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Course Name History of English Literature: The Pre-Chaucerian to the Jacobean
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester I
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Ouline

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

Unit I: 

General introduction.

Pre-Chaucerian era.

Unit II:

Chaucer – life and works.

Unit III:

Elizabethan age – characteristics – socio-political background – major writers.

University Wits – Marlowe, Lily, Kyd, Greene.

Unit IV:

Shakespeare- life and works.

Unit V:

Jacobian Age – characteristics – socio-political background- Milton and Puritanism.

The Metaphysicals- characteristics-socio-political background-major writersDonne/Herbert/Herrick.


Scope and Objectives

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.


  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.

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