This course is a brief, selective survey of English literature from Chaucer to the late
seventeenth century. The reading list is drawn from a list that includes Chaucer’s The
Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, and Milton’s Paradise Lost (selections)
as well as some of the works of such Elizabethan and Jacobean poets as Spenser, Shakespeare,
Donne, and Jonson.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Read closely and understand Middle and Early Modern English, from Chaucer's rhyming
couplets to Milton's blank verse.
- Recognize and understand figurative language, such as allegory and metaphor, and literary
techniques, like irony, rhyme, and allusion.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the style, structure, and content of the assigned literary
texts, from Chaucer to Milton.
- Identify the unique qualities of the authors studied, and compare and contrast them.
- Situate the assigned literary texts in their historical contexts and recognize the impact
of major events and transitions.
- Develop a well-written argument about one or more literary texts or authors, and
accurately cite literary and other sources.
ENGL 2111: English Literature from Chaucer to Milton includes the following four
Unit 1: Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and English Literature in the Fourteenth
Unit 2: Elizabethan Literature: The Verse Exchange, the Epic Romance, and the English
Unit 3: William Shakespeare's The Tempest: Text, Criticism, Performance, and
Unit 4: Four English Poets of the Seventeenth Century: John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, Katherine
Philips, and John Milton
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Greenblatt, Stephen, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Major
Authors. Volume 1, 10th ed. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2019.
Textbook ISBN: 978-0-393-60308-8.
- Hulme, Peter and William H. Sherman, eds. The Tempest: William Shakespeare. Second
Norton Critical Edition. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2019.
Type: Textbook ISBN:
Note: Students will be receiving a text bundle which includes both the above-noted books
under one ISBN: 978-0-393-44957-0.
- Barnet, Sylvan and William Cain. A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. 12th
ed. Boston: Pearson, 2012.
ENGL 2111 makes use of the textbook publisher’s Digital Resources website. To access
the online materials, you will need to create an account following the instructions on the
Thompson Rivers University is not responsible for the content or privacy
carefully. If you need help accessing the site, please contact the publisher directly.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following table
illustrates how your final grade will be determined for this course.
|Assignment 1: Canterbury Tales
|Assignment 2: Elizabethan Literature
|Assignment 3: Shakespeare’s The Tempest
|Assignment 4: Seventeenth Century Literature
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.