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History of Literature in English

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This core survey course introduces students to the history of literature in the English language, from early writings from the Anglo-Saxon period in the British Isles to contemporary works from around the English-speaking world. Organized around works representative of major periods, movements, and places in literary history (e.g., medieval, Victorian, American, post-colonial), and supplemented by historical information and documents, the course traces developments in the definition of English as a literary language, the status and role of the writer in society, and the ways in which literary texts are produced and circulate, as each relates and contributes to the understanding of individual texts. 

Readings

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Search-Engine(link is external) to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Required Textbooks

  • Abrams, M.H., and Geoffrey Galt Harpham, eds. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 11th ed. CT: Cengage, 2015.
  • Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. 1818. 2nd. ed. Ed. Claire Grogan. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2002.
  • Greenblatt, Stephen, et al, eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol 1, 10th ed, (A/B/C). NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012.
  • Greenblatt, Stephen, et al, eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol 2, 10th ed, (D/E/F). NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012.

Assessment

20% - Essay 1
14% - Research Assignment
20% - Essay 2
16% - Interaction Participation Questions (x4)
30% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ONLY ONLINE COURSES WILL HAVE TWO OPTIONS TO WRITE THEIR EXAMS:

  1. You may choose to write your exam(s) online using Examity proctoring services where you will be charged the additional $100 exam fee; or
  2. You may choose to write your exam(s) in-person on Queen's campus in Kingston where you will NOT be charged the additional $100 exam fee.

LOCATION AND TIMING OF FINAL EXAMINATIONS

Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.

Prerequisites

  • ENGL 100

Additional information

Exclusion: ENGL 110

Department of English, Queen's University

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