Wild Civility: English Literature, 1380-1830

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Wild Civility: English Literature, 1380-1830

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    'Wild Civility' introduces some of the great English texts from the medieval to the Romantic period (1380-1830). It explores literature from the bawdy tales of Chaucer, to the drama and poetry of the age of Shakespeare, to the verse of the Romantic poet Keats. These texts provide a vivid insight into the literature of the past, its themes and techniques, and into the foundations of the English literary canon. The course also focuses on the essential reading skills which enable a student to understand and enjoy such works, and on the basic skills of academic writing.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • demonstrate knowledge of the set texts;
    • demonstrate knowledge of the historical and generic contexts of the set texts as described in lectures
    • approach texts analytically
    • express their understanding and appreciation clearly in writing

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