ENGL 352 Before Literature: Topics in Literary History I




Pre-modern poetic cultures were characterized by a dizzying variety of literary and interpretive practices, encompassing oral and written poetry, political rhetoric, prose narrative, dramatic performance, fable, history, confession, and philosophical speculation. But these practices were not understood to belong under a single unifying idea of "literature" as a distinct discipline of fiction-making and interpretation. How did such works fit in their historical worlds, and what can they teach us about our own moment?


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework including 6 credits of 100 or 200-level ENGL

Course Notes

ENGL 352 is an approved Culture and Creative Expression course for Cap Core requirements.

This special topics course focuses on a specific literary-historical period or movement prior to the mid-seventeenth century. For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.

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