2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 10, 2019  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG 140 - Major British Writers I


As the title suggests, the purpose of this course is pretty straightforward: introduce you to a selection of major British, specifically English, writers from the Middle Ages to the end of the seventeenth century. While a traditional enough requirement for any English Major at any college or university, Clark University, with its radical motto (“Challenge Convention. Change Our World”) boldly implemented in its LEEP (“Liberal Education and Effective Practice”) initiative, is committed to inspiring and preparing you to affect ethical change in our world. In that spirit, we will not just learn how to read medieval and early modern literary texts through historical and aesthetical lenses; we will also attend to how those texts confront a range of ethically resonant issues-war and peace, interpersonal violence, gender, sexuality, class, race, etc.-in a way that helps us see and use those texts as testing grounds for our own ethically responsive, effective practices. For undergraduate English majors, this course partially satisfies EITHER the Historical Sequence (A; pre-1850 portion) OR Period (C-1; at the 100-level) but does not double count.

Prerequisites: VE Prerequisite

Anticipated Terms Offered: Every year