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LIT 371 English Literature: Beginnings-1800

In this course, students survey important and influential texts of the medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods. Emphasis is placed on literary history and the development of the English language as the vehicle of literary expression. Attention is also given to literary analysis and to the application of various interpretive approaches.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Articulate substantial and clearly presented responses to works of British literature at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Conduct literary analysis that is responsive to details and to complexities of text and theme in British literature.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with genres and subgenres of British literature and understand the development and characteristics of these subgenres
  • Interpret works of British literature, applying biographical and/or cultural evidence as relevant.
  • Know the historical and aesthetic development of the British literary tradition from its origins to 1800, including Shakespeare.
  • Master the integration of literary evidence into the student's own writing, including standard formatting and citation practices.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 English Literature: Beginnings-1800 Durant, Tammy L Books for LIT-371-50 Spring 2024 Course details for LIT-371-50 Spring 2024