Literary Studies: The Legacy of England

Doctor Syntax - a British cartoon by Thomas Rowlandson.

"Doctor Syntax, in the middle of a smoaking hot political squabble, wishes to whet his whistle" by Thomas Rowlandson, early 19th century British cartoonist. (Image courtesy of the U.S. The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number: LC-USZC4-3647 (color film copy transparency), part of the British Cartoon Prints Collection].)

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MIT Course Number

21L.420

As Taught In

Spring 2006

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

Topic: The English sense of humor. This course examines English literature across genre and historical periods. It is designed for students who want to study English literature or writing in some depth, or to know more about English literary culture and history. Students will also learn about the relationships between literary themes, forms, and conventions and the times in which they were produced. Materials include: Medieval tales, riddles, and character sketches; Renaissance lyrics and a play, 18th-century satires in words and images, 19th century irony, modern stories and film.

Tapscott, Stephen. 21L.420 Literary Studies: The Legacy of England, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-420-literary-studies-the-legacy-of-england-spring-2006 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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