English 10A-2 - Spring, 2016

Literatures in English I: to 1700

Class Information

Instructor: Weise, Peter
CRN: 42465
Time: MW 6:10-7:30
Location: 167 Olson


    This reading- and writing-intensive course introduces students to the study of literatures in English before 1700. Laying the groundwork for taking upper-division English courses, English 10A provides students with a sense of key texts and social, political, and economic problems of the period and asks students to hone their skills in close reading and contextualization. Topics will include the development of the English language; the uneven shift from feudalism to capitalism; the functions of gender, sexuality, and religion; the Scientific Revolution; and the emergence of the British Empire.


    Weekly writing assignments and quizzes, an explication paper, a research paper, and a final


    Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1