The invention and institutionalization of “literature” as we know it occurred between the late-sixteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, alongside vast political and cultural changes—the rise of settler-colonial empires, a reading middle class, women’s entrance into the literary marketplace, scientific and industrial revolutions, and the first truly global wars. How were literary innovations in realism, character, diction, prosody, and performance shaped by these historical contexts, and what do they reveal about the world we live in now?
45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework including 6 credits of 100 or 200-level ENGL
ENGL 353 is an approved Culture and Creative Expression course for Cap Core requirements.
This special topics course focuses on a specific literary period or movement between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. For the focus of the course each term, see the "Courses" page on the English Department website.
Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).