English Literature before 1750
The course is mainly based on individually selected literary texts from a reading list. In addition to the primary texts, students study appropriate parts of a work of literary history, as well as at least three works of criticism or theory connected to the time period, and selected in consultation with the examiner. The course also includes a series of seminars on selected primary texts from the reading list. Students are expected to be well prepared for seminars, and to actively participate in discussions.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to
- demonstrate deepened knowledge of English literature in the period before 1750,
- demonstrate further understanding of problems related to literary historiography, particularly regarding periodisation and genre,
- demonstrate enhanced ability to critically analyse and evaluate literary texts and different types of literary studies.
The course is primarily aimed at students admitted to a doctoral programme in English, with specialization in literary studies.
Assessment is continuous and based on individual assignments, active participation in seminars and an essay.