British Literature II

Course Description

A survey of important British authors and literary trends from the late 18th century through the modern era, with a focus on Romantic, Victorian and Modernist writers and texts. Some attention will also be paid to colonial and post-colonial writing in English.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, familiarity with the important authors, movements, and genres of the period under study.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to analyze individual works within the context of their author’s oeuvre and development, and the literary and social contexts of their production.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to identify characteristics of the work of particular authors, movements, and periods, and to compare works written by different authors and in different periods.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to perform ‘close readings’ of individual works based on their formal qualities, incorporating relevant literary and critical terminology.


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