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English 201 introduces student to the greatest stories in English Literature before 1800.  The battle between Beowulf and Grendel, the challenge by the  headless green knight to Sir Gawain, the adventures of “jolly body” of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath—these are only a few of the tales we discuss in English 201.  Throw in

* the yearnings of some love-crazed saints and sonneteers,
* the over-reaching ambitions of a power-hungry scholar,
* the hubris of a fallen angel, and
* the cannabalistic leanings of an misanthropic dean,

and you’ll have read your way through 1000 years of great English story-telling. As one student wrote, "we studied a love, lust, and power in both heaven and hell this semester!" Our class requires a midterm, a final examination, and a research paper, as well as weekly reading assignments and homework.

English 201: Survey of English Literature I Montgomery County Community College

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English 201 introduces student to the greatest stories in English Literature before 1800.  The battle between Beowulf and Grendel, the challenge by the  headless green knight to Sir Gawain, the adventures of “jolly body” of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath—these are only a few of the tales we discuss in English 201.  Throw in

* the yearnings of some love-crazed saints and sonneteers,
* the over-reaching ambitions of a power-hungry scholar,
* the hubris of a fallen angel, and
* the cannabalistic leanings of an misanthropic dean,

and you’ll have read your way through 1000 years of great English story-telling. As one student wrote, "we studied a love, lust, and power in both heaven and hell this semester!" Our class requires a midterm, a final examination, and a research paper, as well as weekly reading assignments and homework.

    Week 1 Introduction to Old English

    Week 1 Introduction to Old English

    • 39 min
    Week 2 Beowulf

    Week 2 Beowulf

    • 49 min
    Week 3 Part 1 Chaucer's Language and Social Context

    Week 3 Part 1 Chaucer's Language and Social Context

    • 53 min
    Week 3 Part 2 Irony and Character in Chaucer's General Prologue

    Week 3 Part 2 Irony and Character in Chaucer's General Prologue

    • 30 min
    Week 4 Authority and Experience in Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale

    Week 4 Authority and Experience in Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale

    • 28 min
    Week 5 Arthurian Literature and its Themes

    Week 5 Arthurian Literature and its Themes

    • 22 min

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