Monday 21 July 2014

ENGL21001 English Literature to 1750: Heroes and Anti-Heroes

English Literature to 1750: Heroes and Anti-Heroes


Course Outline


·         Part 1: Medieval Heroes and Anti-Heroes

§  Week 1: Sir Orfeo

§  Week 2: Chaucer, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale, The Canterbury Tales


·         Part 2: Renaissance Overreachers: Pushing Boundaries

§  Week 3: Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Part 1

§  Week 4: Marlowe, Dr Faustus

§  Week 5: Shakespeare, The Tempest


Week 6: Reading Week


·         Part 3: Taking Sides: Heroes of the Republic

§  Week 7: Milton’s Satan, God and Son, Paradise Lost

§  Week 8: Milton’s Adam and Eve, Paradise Lost

§  Week 9: Marvell, ‘An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’


·         Part 4: Writing Travel and Conquest

§  Week 10: Behn, Oroonoko

§  Week 11: Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

§  Week 12: Swift, Gulliver’s Travels


Primary Reading List


Sir Orfeo, ed. by Anne Laskaya and Eve Salisbury, in The Middle English Breton Lays (1995). Available online at:

The Introduction to Sir Orfeo, available at:

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale, in The Canterbury Tales, ed. by Robert Boenig and Andrew Taylor (Broadview Press, 2008).

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, Part 1 and Doctor Faustus. Both of these plays are in Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Other Plays eds. David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen (Oxford World’s Classics, 2008).


Shakespeare, The Tempest, eds. Vaughan and Vaughan (Arden Shakespeare, 2011).


John Milton, Paradise Lost, ed. Barbara K. Lewalski (Blackwell, 2007).


Andrew Marvell, ‘An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland’, in Nigel Smith (ed.), The Poems of Andrew Marvell (Pearson, 2003), or readily available online.


Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, ed. Joanna Lipking (Norton Critical Edition)


Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, ed. Michael Shinagel (Norton Critical Edition)


Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, ed. Albert J. Rivero (Norton Critical Edition)





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