Fall Semester 2003
12-047  History of English Literature
TTh 9:30am
Taught by Brother Anthony (An Sonjae) in English.

This course mainly surveys the poetry (with some mention of fiction and drama) written in England before Romanticism (1789). It will include study of the main aspects of English social and political history, which form the background reflected in the literary works. The main text-books will be the Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume 1 (seventh edition) and Brother Anthony's books on Literature in English Society : (1) The Middle Ages and (2)The Renaissance (Sogang University Press). All students are expected to have access to the World Wide Web and to know how to explore it for useful resources. Brother Anthony's Home Page offers a list of some of the main sites for medieval, renaissance and 18th-century literature and culture.

Detailed Course Description

Students should read the following pages in the two volumes by Brother Anthony, focusing on the writers and works listed, as preparation for class. The Norton Anthology will provide the full text of the works we study.

September 2 Week 1
Introduction to the history of English Literature
Reading : The Middle Ages pages 1 - 33 (Old English period)

September 9 Week 2 (no class Thursday, Chusok)
Reading : The Middle Ages pages 123 - 149
Work : Chaucer, The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (Extracts)

September 16 Week 3
Work: The Miller's Tale

September 23 Week 4
The Renaissance : Utopia
Reading : The Renaissance 61 - 101
Works : Sir Thomas More, Utopia (extracts)

September 30 Week 5
Renaissance poetry
Renaissance Sonnets, Sidney, Astrophel and Stella; Shakespeare, Sonnets

October 7 Week 6
Reading :  The Renaissance pages 103 - 129
Shakespeare's Hamlet(video)

October 14 Week 7
Shakespeare's Hamlet

 Week 8: Mid-term Exams

October 28 Week 9
17th-century Poetry (1)
Reading : The Renaissance pages 177 - 178 (society), 189 - 234 (Donne & Jonson),
Works : John Donne 'Song', 'The Sun Rising', 'Batter My Heart';  'A Valediction Forbidding Mourning'; etc. Ben Jonson 'On my First Daughter',  'On my First Son', 'To Celia,' .

November 4 Week 10 - November 12 Week 11
17th-century Poetry (2)
Reading : The Renaissance pages 178 - 187 (society) 253 -263 (Herbert), 294 - 301 (Marvell), 303 - 325 (Milton)
Works : George Herbert 'The Pulley', 'The Altar', 'Easter Wings', 'Love 3' etc. Andrew Marvell 'To His Coy Mistress'. George Herrick 'To the Virgins'. John Milton 'L'Allegro' and 'Il Penseroso,' 'Paradise Lost'

Novermber 18 Week 12 - November 25 Week 13
18th Century :  Nature and Society
Works : Ann Finch 'Nocturnal Reverie'. Thomson's The Seasons: from 'Autumn'. Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.  Oliver Goldsmith 'The Deserted Village'. George Crabbe The Village Book 1.

 December 3 Week 14
18th Century : The Novel
A survey of the early history of the novel

December 9 Week 15
Final Exams begin Thursday


1. A Midterm Essay (due on the Monday after the Mid-term Exam) about one of the works studied in class
2.  A Final Essay  (due on the Monday after the Final Exams) on the various works listed under one of the broad topics studied in the 2nd half of the semester (not "The Novel"!) .

You can illustrate your two reports with a few well-chosen pictures copied from books in the library or from the Internet (with a Bibliography)

Any parts of your papers which are copied from books or from the Internet MUST be indicated by quotation marks and a clear indication of the source.


Grading will be based on the 2 reports and the result of the Mid-term and Final Exams, which will test students' detailed knowledge of what has been taught. Reports and exams are of equal weight.