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ENGL 321. British Literature: Medieval

Credits: 4
Department: English
Description: The emergence of literary traditions from Beowulf through the fifteenth-century, with special emphasis on Chaucer.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF
Additional Information: The outcomes will not change. These courses teach their subject in a holistic way, so the subtraction of 1 credit will mean eliminating some readings but will not change the course description or outcomes. It may of course reinforce those outcomes less than formerly.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and compare different genres of medieval literature.
2. Use literary terms appropriately when discussing and writing about medieval literature.
3. Analyze differences between early and late medieval literature.
4. Identify and evaluate connections between medieval literary texts and historical events such as the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman Conquest, the Black Plague, etc.
5. Formulate arguments about medieval literature using close reading and theoretical approaches such as historicism, feminist criticism, etc.

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