British Literature Beginnings-1660

This course was a survey course for the earlier years of British Literature for my major. It introduced medieval and early modern British authors and allowed students to discover the rich cultural heritage that accompanies those works. It also helped to develop a genuine appreciation for some of the most important and culturally relevant pieces of literature in the English language.

The final exam for this course consisted of a 3 page essay that forbid outside research. We were given three prompts to choose from, where I chose to discuss Christianity (since I was Catholic at the time). Christianity is an important theme in literature, as evidenced by the number of works that either focus solely on Christianity or allude to it in some way. Choose one work from Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Sixteenth Century, and Seventeenth Century and explore how the author uses Christianity in his/her work.