Fall 2014

Making Literary Histories

Listed in: English, as ENGL-217

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Peter Berek (Section 01)


[before 1800]  What is “English Literature,” and how does one construct its history?  What counts as “England” (especially in relation to Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and to ancient Greece and Rome)? What is the relationship between histories of literature and political, social, religious and intellectual histories? What is the role of gender in the making of literature, and the making of its histories? These are the kinds of questions we will ask as we read texts from the seventh through the seventeenth centuries, including works such as Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (in translation) and writers such as Chaucer, Margery Kempe, Sir Philip Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, George Herbert, Marvell, and Milton.

Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Berek.


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2018