Power, Passion, and Protest in British Literature

This course is a one-semester introductory overview of British literature, from its medieval beginnings to the mid-eighteenth century, with special attention to literature’s role as an instrument of various forms of desire and power.  As we survey this history, we will consider not just great literature, but also its relation to the social, political, intellectual, and religious histories in which it was written.

This course will meet Averett University’s Program Learning Outcomes. Additionally, upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Identify several formal elements in a work of literature;
  • Write an analysis of an interpretive problem in a work of literature;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major periods, authors, genres, and texts of British literature;
  • Explain some of the relationships among these; and
  • Write an essay free of errors that addresses a literary topic.