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History of English Literature: The Pre-Chaucerian to the Jacobean
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'History of English Literature: The Pre-Chaucerian to the Jacobean' is a course offered in First Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

On completion of the course, the student should: Understand the evolution of English literature; apply their awareness of literary history of the period to literary studies; identify the trends and movements in English literature during the period; get familiarity with the writers and their major works.

History of English literature fromPre-Chaucerian era to Jacobean age with special emphasis on major writers.

Unit 1

General introduction.
Pre-Chaucerian era.

Unit 2

Chaucer – life and works.

Unit 3

Elizabethan age – characteristics – socio-political background – major writers.
University Wits – Marlowe, Lily, Kyd, Greene.

Unit 4

Shakespeare - life and works.

Unit 5

Jacobian Age – characteristics – socio-political background- Milton and Puritanism.
The Metaphysicals - characteristics-socio-political background-major writersDonne/Herbert/Herrick.

  1. I for Evans. A Short History of English Literature. Penguin.
  2. Hudson, William Henry. An Outline History of English Literature, B.I Publications.
  3. Prasad B. A Background to the study of English Literature. Rev. ed. Chennai Macmillan.
  4. Compton Rickett. A History of English Literature.