English 217: British Literature
English 217 will consist primarily of dramatic works that span the history of British literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, although poems and novels will also furnish readings for the semester. The works will largely be determined by the Summer 2009 theatre season. We will investigate the history and culture of London and discuss its distinctive character as well as its significance as a cosmopolitan center. In addition to focusing on London itself, we will consider the long-standing theme of the contrast between the manners, customs, and people of the country and those of the city. This will open up conversations throughout the semester, and on the trip itself, about the relationship between nature and civilization, as we think about how country landscapes as well as urban cityscapes help define British identity.