The purpose of the new ba honours course in English, under the semester system, is to provide a thorough grounding in literature written in the English




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Recommended reading


Greenfield & Calder, A New Critical History of Old English Literature

Michael Swanton, English Literature before Chaucer

Barron, Medieval English Romance

C.L. Wrenn, The English Language


2. English Literature 1500-1630

A. Background


Historical introduction to the Renaissance

B. Drama


1. Two plays by Shakespeare

2. One play by Marlowe

C. Poetry


Selections from the poetry of Skelton, Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Elizabeth I, Wroth, Shakespeare, Donne

.

D. Prose


Selections from Bacon’s Essays, Sidney’s Arcadia and More’s Utopia


Recommended reading


Douglas Bush, Prefaces to Renaissance Literature

Hardin Craig, The Enchanted Glass

A.L. Rowse, The Elizabethan Renaissance

David Norbrook, Politics and Poetry in Renaissance England

L.C. Knights, Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson

Frances Yates, Astraea

Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning

David Aers, Bob Hodge and Gunther Kress, eds, Literature, Language and Society in England, 1560-1680

Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World


3. English Literature 1630-1760
  1. a. Background


History, politics and culture 1630-1760

B. Drama


One play by John Dryden/ William Congreve/ John Gay

C. Poetry (Selections from)


  1. Milton, Marvell

  1. Religious poetry: Vaughan, Crashaw and Traherne

  1. Phillips, Finch

  1. Satire: Pope, Rochester, Dryden, Johnson


D. Fiction


Two novels by Aphra Behn/ Daniel Defoe/ Henry Fielding

E. Prose


Any one of the following components:

  1. Pamphlets

  1. Periodical essays

  1. Journals

  1. Biographies



Recommended reading


Jeremy Black, ed., An Illustrated History of Eighteenth Century Britain, 1688-1793

James Clifford, ed., Eighteenth Century English Literature: Modern Essays in Criticism

Bonamy Dobree, The Oxford History of English Literature Vol. 7

Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution

Ian Jack, Augustan Satire: Intention and Idiom in English Poetry 1660-1750

Ronald Paulson, Satire and Novel in Eighteenth Century England

Pat Rogers, The Augustan Vision

James Sambrook, The Eighteenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1700-1789

Basil Willey, The Seventeenth Century Background: Studies in the Thought of the Age in Relation to Poetry and Religion


4. English Literature 1760-1830
  1. a. Background


The historical context of the Romantic Movement


B. Fiction

  1. Two novels by Mary Shelley / Jane Austen / Walter Scott / Peacock



  1. Poetry (selections from)


Gray, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Robinson, Clare, Charlotte Smith

  1. Prose


Extracts from Burke, Paine, Godwin, Lamb, Hazlitt, Wollstonecraft, De Quincey

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