LIT 3112: Understanding Literary History I
Fall 2018 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises

Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: Williams 318
Time: 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 850-644-4230 (English Dept.) E-mail: dgants(at)
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 9:00–10:30 or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Description. This course will provide students with an overview of English-language literary prose, verse, and drama up to 1800, with the aim of preparing them for more advanced coursework in the major. The readings will include the work of canonical writers (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton) as well as texts by lesser-known authors. Since all writing engages with previous works to a greater or lesser degree, the course goal will be to familiarize students with a broad range of writing so they may begin to discover the literary interactions and influences within which authors work.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts. We will use four books in this course:

In addition, we will use a few other readings, which will be found either on-line or on our Canvas site. Please complete your reading of each resource by the beginning of the class for which it is first listed on the schedule.

Course Policies.