Department of English

Graduate Program

Contact Info
Dr. Jen Bacon
532 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Literature Courses

Symbol: ENG

+ = This course may be taken again for credit.

517 Beowulf (3) An analysis of the full poem in Old English. Emphasis on the artistic, linguistic, and historic values. PREREQ: ENG 584 or equivalent.

518 Chaucer (3) A study of the Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde.

519 16th-Century Poetry and Prose (3) A survey of the major poetry and prose written in England during the Tudor period from Skelton to Shakespeare.

520 Spenser and Milton (3) The major works of Spenser and Milton studied in relation to the intellectual climate of the Renaissance. Emphasis on The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost.

521 Major Renaissance Writers (3) An in-depth study of major figures in the Renaissance. Intellectual background and literary influences. Variable topics.

522 English Drama to 1642 (3) A survey of English drama (exclusive of Shakespeare) from its medieval beginnings to the closing of the theatres in 1642.

523 Shakespeare's Sisters (3) Poetry, prose, and drama by Renaissance women writers. Includes Elizabeth I, Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Cary, Amelia Lanier, Katherine Philips, Bathsua Makin, and others. Topics addressed include women's education, attacks on and defenses of womankind, love poetry by men and women, heroic women, and "a woman's place."

525 Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories (3) Histories and tragedies read with analysis of dramatic and poetic effects.

526 Shakespeare's Comedies and Poems (3) The comedies analyzed. The poems read in relation to Shakespeare's developing dramatic and poetic power.

527 17th-Century Poetry and Prose (3) An in-depth study of the major poets and prose writers from Donne to Milton.

529 18th-Century Poetry and Prose (3) A study of the literature of the era, with emphasis on the cultural context, aesthetic theory, and the evolution of poetic techniques.

530 Restoration and 18th-Century Drama (3) Critical history of the British drama from the re-opening of the theatres to Sheridan. Major playwrights and study of theatre history.

531 18th-Century British Novel (3) A study of the rise of the novel and its development in the 18th century. Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, and Sterne.

533 Romantic Poetry and Prose (3) The poetry and prose of the early 19th century with emphasis on the five major poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats) and three major essayists (Lamb, Hazlitt, and De Quincey).

534 Victorian Poetry (3) A study of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Hopkins, Swinburne, and Hardy.

535 Culture and Society in the 19th Century (3) A study of Victorian literature against its social and intellectual background.

536 19th-Century British Novel (3) The British novel from Scott to Hardy.

537 20th-Century British Novel (3) A study of the British novel from 1914 to the present. Among the novelists to be studied are Conrad, Ford, Forster, Lawrence, Woolf, Waugh, Green, Murdoch, Spark, and Golding.

538 20th-Century British Poetry (3) A comprehensive study of the major British poets from 1890 to the present: Dowson, Housman, Hardy, Owen, Yeats, Eliot, Thomas, Lawrence, and Auden.

539 Major 20th-Century Irish Writers (3) A comprehensive study of significant Irish writers of the 20th century: Yeats, Joyce, O'Casey, Synge, O'Connor, O'Faolain, Beckett, and Shaw.

540 Joyce and Beckett (3) Detailed critical analysis of Joyce's Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Exiles, and Ulysses; Beckett's drama and novels.

541 20th-Century Drama (3) Principal British and American playwrights from Shaw to Pinter and Albee

+ 544 Seminar in English Literature (3) Topic announced when offered.

545 Medieval Women's Culture (3) Writings by medieval women and their contribution to the development of medieval culture.