The History of English Literature I

lgerm1324  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

The History of English Literature I
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
De Bruyn Ben;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
This course offers a chronological and critical survey of the literature of the given language area from the Middle Ages to the 17th and 18th centuries. It examines the different movements and genres developed during these periods and places them in their socio-cultural contexts. Excerpts (compulsory reading) are used as illustrations.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, students should be able to show insight into the distinctive features of major literary movements and genres. They should be able to situate them in their socio-cultural and historical contexts. Students will become familiar with important literary figures and canonical works of the historical period that is studied. They will be expected to know how to read and interpret some key texts.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Lectures making ample use of audiovisual material help the students acquire insight into English literary texts and tendencies of the Older Period. The course traces the development of English literature from 600 to 1800 in the context of major historical developments in Britain, Ireland, and the Continent. Through a combination of "sampling" and "digging," the course offers both a panoramic view and, in the discussion of short extracts, more in-depth analysis of the major authors of this period: the Anglo-Saxon poets, the Gawain-poet, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Swift, Pope and the early Romantics.
Teaching methods
Formal lectures
Evaluation methods
Written exam
Online resources
Audio-visual materials will be used to illustrate the course.
Course materials: The Norton Anthology of English Literature 1; text syllabus.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in English Studies

Minor in Literary Studies