Dr. Wheeler: M/W 3:00-4:15

British Literature II

This course will survey the literature of Great Britain from about 1800 to the present. The major artistic periods that we’ll study—Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, and Postmodernism—are defined by various historical developments and cultural values: individual will vs. social good, the cultural status of women, traditional religion vs. Darwinian science, imperialism and colonialism, the moral imperative of art. Sampling poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction, we’ll read (among other writers) the Wordsworths, Blake, Keats, Mary Shelley, Austen, Shaw, Yeats, Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Tom Stoppard, and Zadie Smith. Course requirements: regular attendance and participation in discussion, some in-class writing, a couple of short (3-4 pp.) analytical papers, 2 or 3 exams.

ENGL 2122 is valuable because it provides an overview of more than 200 years of British writing; it’s useful to English majors as preparation for more specific courses, to anyone who wants to teach literature at any level, or to any Armstrong student who likes to read and wants a liberal education.