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Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  Literatura Inglesa 1
Topic Sub-topic
1. Introduction 1.1. What Is literature? What Is English Literature?
1.2. The “canon” of English literature
1.3. Periodization

2. The Anglo-Saxon or Old-English Period in English Literature (450 – 1066) 2.1. Introduction to English literature prior to the 11th Century
2.2. Epic and elegiac poetry
Readings: Excerpts from "The Battle of Maldon,” “The Wife’s Lament,” Beowulf and “The Dream of the Rood”
3. Medieval English Literature or Middle English Period (1066-1500) 3.1. Introduction: historical, social and cultural context
3.2. English religious drama
a) The origins of English drama
b) Mystery, miracle and morality plays
Readings: Excerpts from Everyman
3.3. Geoffrey Chaucer and his contemporaries
a) Gower and the Gawain poet
b) Chaucer and his work
Readings: Excerpts from the “General Prologue” in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
3.4. 14th- and 15th-century English lyrics
a) Medieval lyrics
b) Courtly love
c) Medieval romance
Readings: “In praise of women,” “Syng We, Syng We,” “Gentilesse,” from “Merciless Beauty”
4. English Renaissance Literature (1500-1660) 4.1. Introduction: historical, social and cultural context
4.2. 16th-century English poetry: the English sonnet
a) Wyatt and Surrey
b) Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare
Readings: A selection of sonnets
4.3. Renaissance English theatre
a) Architecture, conventions and plays
b) Elizabethan and Jacobean drama: Marlowe and Shakespeare
Reading: Hamlet
4.4. Early 17th-century metaphysical poetry
a) Metaphysical poets and “cavalier” poets
b) John Donne and Andrew Marvell
Readings: A selection of poems
5. The Restoration (1660-1700): Late 17th-Century Prose 5.1. Religious prose
5.2. Autobiography and diaries
5.3. Travel books
Readings: Excerpts from Samuel Pepys’ Diary

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