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 2 (March 10, 12) Anglo-Saxon England
Week 3 (March 17, 19) The Middle Ages
Week 4 (March 24, 26) The Renaissance
(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
(May 26, 28) The Victorian age
Week 14 (June 2, 4) 20th century
(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.
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.