English (Intro to English Literature) OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level English Literature Course by UC Berkeley

Published Feb 13, 2009

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This OpenCourseWare version of UC Berkeley's 'Literature in English: Late-17th through the Mid-19th Century' from the Department of English looks at writings by British or American authors from 1670 to 1850. Through recorded lectures, students follow the course of early American writing to the height of the British Romantic Period. Students interested in this undergraduate course can take a closer look at American and British life and ideals through the literature of the time.

Literature in English (Late-17th through the Mid-19th Century): Course Details

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Literature in English (Late-17th through the Mid-19th Century): Course Description

Through a series of webcasts that include lectures, discussions and analysis, students gain exposure to the writing styles from the late 17th century to the 19th century in American and British literature. This OpenCourseWare lecture series from the University of California at Berkeley describes the discipline of writing and encourages students to develop a commitment to deep thinking when considering classic literature. Some topics that are covered include Puritan sermons and other literature that contrasts the religious beliefs and ideals adopted during the Enlightenment. This English literature course looks at colonial poetry and British romance literature, including passages from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. This course also touches on political essays and discusses the changes that occur in rhetoric through time. Originally taught on campus at UC Berkeley, the course lectures are designed and led by Professor Charles Altieri.

Lecture audio recordings are provided online for free. If you are interested in analyzing and reading more about early American and British literature, visit the English Literature introduction course page.

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