My spring 2016 course. If you are #GWU
undergraduate, please enroll!
Myths of Britain
T 12:45-2:00 p.m.
1330W.30 F 9:35-10:50 a.m.
1330W.31 F 9:35-10:50 a.m.
1330W.32 F 12:45-2:00 p.m.
1330W.33 F 12:45-2:00 p.m.
A course full of monsters, violence, comedy, romance and drama, taught by two popular professors from the English Department. Writing intensive and enjoyable.
Much great English literature turns out not to be so English after all: Beowulf takes place in Scandinavia; King Arthur was a Welsh warlord before he was a legendary English king; and Shakespeare’s Pericles travels the wide world, haunted by shipwreck and loss. “Myths of Britain” looks at the early island within a global frame. We explore literature as a way to imagine collective and individual identities, and as way of escaping their constraints. Among our recurring keywords: heroism, monstrosity, fantasy, nation, race, enjoyment, beauty, possibility, gender, catastrophe, endurance.
The course focuses on close reading (we do not rush through any of our texts) and teaches you how to compose a persuasive argument using the text as evidence. Class meets once a week for a discussion-propelled lecture given by both professors, and once a week in a small section where attention is given to writing and conversing about the texts.