LAN2100: British Literature

05/01/2024 to 05/30/2025 • Modified 04/23/2024

Course Description

This semester-long course provides a wide-lens overview of British Literature, spanning from the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, Romantic, and Victorian periods through the early 20th Century. The course focuses on the connections between historical events, philosophies, and art in England and helps students connect the literature they read to their own life and faith. It covers selections from England’s most famous authors and allows students to explore these works through reading, creative writing, and interest-based research.




Module 1: Anglo-Saxon Literature

  • Week 1: Anglo-Saxon Literature
  • Week 2: Anglo-Saxon Literature, continued

Module 2: Medieval Literature

  • Week 3: Arthurian Legends
  • Week 4: Medieval Literature and Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

Module 3: Elizabethan Literature

  • Week 5: Queen Elizabeth
  • Week 6: Edmund Spenser and Faerie Queene
  • Week 7: William Shakespeare and Hamlet
  • Week 8: Shakespeare, Poetry
  • Week 9: English Language and Religion

Module 4: 17th Century England & The Restoration

  • Week 10: 17th Century
  • Week 11: John Milton
  • Week 12: The Restoration
  • Week 13: Jonathan Swift and the 18th Century

Module 5: Romanticism & Victorian Literature

  • Week 14: Romanticism
  • Week 15: Victorian Literature
  • Week 16: Victorian Literature, continued

Module 6: Modern British Literature & Semester Exam

  • Week 17: Modern Literature
  • Week 18: Modern Essay, Review and Exam

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