British Literature

Western Texas College
 Department of English

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A survey of the development of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Eighteenth Century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions.
    2. Prerequisites: Students must successfully complete ENGL 1301 and 1302 before enrolling in ENGL 2322. The class is identified as reading and writing intensive.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
    2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.
    4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
    5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Essay assignments will comprise the largest percentage of the final grade.
    2. Regularly scheduled Critical Thinking writing assignments will/or may comprise a percentage of the final grade.
    3. Regularly scheduled tests over the reading material will/or may comprise a percentage of the final grade.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Norton Anthology of English Literature: 9th Edition, Volume 1;  ISBN: 978-0-393-91964-6
    2. Norton Anthology of English Literature: 9th Edition, Volume 2;  ISBN: 978-0-393-91965-3
    3. Recommended: an English dictionary
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    Syllabi assignments derived from Norton Anthology of English Literature: 9th Edition


    Week 1/Unit One First day handouts and an introduction to the course are offered.
    Week 2 Unit One: Anglo Saxon Period and the Middle Ages to ca. 1485 Readings begin from the Anglo Saxon Period.
    Week 3 Anglo Saxon Period material is covered, leading into the Middle Ages.
    Week 4 Works from the Middle Ages continue.
    Week 5 Readings are discussed circa 1400 and the time of Chaucer.
    Week 6/ Unit Two: The 16th Century (1485-1603) Study material from this period begins in the late 15th Century.
    Week 7 Writing from the 16th Century is surveyed: the time of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare.
    Week 8/ Unit Three: Early 17th Century (1603-1660) Written work during the reign of King James is studied.
    Week 9 Source material includes writers leading up to the Restoration Period.
    Week 10 Study continues of writers leading up to and during the Restoration Period: the time of Milton.
    Week 11/ Unit Four: The Restoration and the 18th Century (1660-1785) A range of poets from the post-Restoration period are discussed.
    Week 12 The 18th Century and its writers are the focus
    Week 13 Unit Five: The Romantic Period (1785-1830) The Romantic poets dating from the late 18th Century are studied.
    Week 14/ Unit Six: The Victorian Age (1830-1901) Writing studies shift to the middle and late 19th Century and the beginnings of the 20th Century.
    Week 15/ Unit Seven: The Twentieth Century The course concludes with modern British writing from the 20th Century.
    Week 16 Final Exam Week  

Disclaimer: “The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstance.”




Last Modified: September 25, 2017