ENGL 2122

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British Literature II

British Literature II surveys literature from the United Kingdom from the Romantic period—the end of the eighteenth century—to today. We will survey works from the major historical periods of this period, in prose, drama, and poetry, touching on both major and minor authors from England and the United Kingdom.


ENGL 2122 familiarizes students with the major authors and movements of British national literature since the Romantics—Victorian, Edwardian, Modernist, Postmodernist—and other cultural and critical movements that grew out of these. The course examines how various texts help to construct and critique a British (inter)national identity and the values implicit in such an identity. Authors may include, Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Rosetti, Dickens, Hardy, Conrad, Forster, Eliot, Woolf, Yeats, Auden, Joyce, Lessing, Orwell, Ballard, Heaney, McEwen, Rushdie, Isiguru, and others. Our study will examine poetry, short and long prose, and dramatic forms.


Term CRN Class Day and Time Room
Spring 2022 24244 ENGL 2122.02 Online ⚠️ 2nd Session -
Fall 2021 84542 ENGL 2122.01 Online ⚠️ 2nd Session -

Student Learning Outcomes

Students of any ENGL 2000-level literature survey (ENGL 2111, 2112, 2121, 2122, 2131, 2132, 2141 or 2142) will:

  • interpret and critically analyze texts (MGA General Education Learning Goal C),
  • communicate effectively, in a professional manner, in discussing or writing about works of literature in the given area/time period,
  • acquire knowledge of genres, literary and historical periods, and at least implicitly, basic approaches to literary theory,
  • engage in effective library research processes,
  • appreciate how literary works reflect the aesthetic qualities and cultural values inherent in literary works.