History of British Culture
Brother Anthony (An Sonjae)
Spring Semester 2010    Wednesday, Friday 13:30

This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the history of Britain and the development of the literature written in England.

The main text book (available from the 4th-floor Photocopy room  in Xavier Hall) will be :

History of English culture and literature,  by Brother Anthony

Grading: The two Reports and the two Exams (midterm and final) will have equal value.

If you have questions you may write emails to Brother Anthony

There are many Internet resources available. See my page of links.

Class topics and linked materials

Week 1  (March 3, 5)  Introduction: Prehistoric England, The Roman occupation  A map of Britain    An outline map of Britain

Week 2   (March 10, 12) Anglo-Saxon England

Week 3  (March 17, 19) The Middle Ages

Week 4  (March 24, 26) The Renaissance

Week 5   (March 31, no class April 3 Good Friday Elizabethan England,
Week 6   (April 7, 9) Shakespeare

Week 7    (April 14, 16) Early 17th century

Week 8    Midterm exams

Week 9   (April 28, 30)  The Civil War and the Restoration 

Week 10  (May 5 no class, May 7) The 18th century 

Week 11 (May 12, 14) The Age of Reason  

Week 12  (May 19, no class May 21)  Romanticism 

Week 13  (May 26, 28) The Victorian age

Week 14  (June 2, 4) 20th century 

Week 15  (June 9, 11)  Britain today

Week 16  Exams

Assignments : Each student will prepare two reports:

The first report will be on : The evolution of British culture from the middle ages to the age of Shakespeare, focussing on any aspects you think interesting (political structures, literary forms, intellectual life, religion, architecture, philiosophy, music, economy, technology  . . .) and using some pictures to illustrate if possible. The report is due by Monday May 3.

The second report will be a study of some of the transformations British culture underwent during the 20th century. The second report will be due by June 21 at the latest.