History of British Culture
Brother Anthony (An Sonjae)
Spring Semester 2014
Wednesday, Friday 3:00 pm
This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Britain and the development of the literature written in England.
The main text book (available in PDF by clicking on the title below) should be printed out by each student and used in class : History of English culture and literature, by Brother Anthony [See my main home page index with links to each historical period]
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
Class topics and linked materials
Week 7 (April 16, no class Good Friday) Early 17th century -- John Donne
Week 8 (April 23, April 25) Midterm exams
Week 9 (April 30, May 2) The Civil War -- John Milton
Week 10 (May 7, 9) The Restoration & 18th century
Week 12 (May 21,23) Romanticism -- William Wordsworth
Week 14 (June 4, no class June 6) 20th century
Week 15 (June 11, 13) Britain today
Week 16 Exams
Assignments : Each student will prepare two reports:
The first report will be: Write
about the different kinds of
satire found in More's Utopia.
The first report is due in my mailbox in the Department Office on the 8th floor of J Hall by 5pm on Monday April 28 . I expect 4 - 5 pages single spaced. Nothing should be simply copied from the Internet, I want to read your own words.
The second report will be: Write about life in the United Kingdom as it is today, indicating ways in which Britain retains elements inherited from centuries past and ways in which British culture has changed radically in the last 100 years, especially the last 70 years (since the Second World War). Pinpoint some of the current tensions in British society and indicate their roots in history. (see the BBC home page )
The second report will be due in my mailbox in the Department Office on the 8th floor of J Hall by the morning of Tuesday June 24 at the latest. I expect 4 - 5 pages single spaced. Nothing should be simply copied from the Internet, I want to read your own words.