University Honors Program

Kansas State University

215 Fairchild Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506


785-532-2642

785-532-2955 fax

ksuhonors@k-state.edu

ENGL 210 - Honors English

 

Section A: MWF 12:30 – 1:20

Section B: MWF 1:30 – 2:20 

 

Sixteenth Century England might seem miles away from the ideas and concerns of today, but much of the way we now think and write about literature has its roots in the English Renaissance. Everybody has heard of Shakespeare. Most people might recognize the names John Donne or Andrew Marvell. But in this period a whole range of poets worked to create new and exciting approaches to the art of writing about life and love, religion and responsibility, hatred and desire. Beginning in the reign of Elizabeth I, we’ll trace our way through what is perhaps the most concentrated flowering of great poetry in English history. We’ll examine a cross section of literature from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, set within its shifting historical context. In doing so we'll examine some of the central texts of English and begin to consider, in some general ways, the role of literature in interpreting and illuminating the culture from which it arises. Even for the non-English major, these are beautiful and compelling texts, and they form a valuable foundation, not just for a study of literature but for a study of life. The requirements of this course will include four to six essays of varying lengths and a great deal of class discussion.