Updated: Aug. 17, 2017


Course Number:  ENGL 2322

Course Title:  British Literature I

Course Description:  A survey of the development of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Eighteenth Century.  Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. 

Course Credit Hours:        3

Lecture Hours:          3

Prerequisite:  ENGL 1301

State-mandated Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.
  2. Analyze literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.
  4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.


Additional Collin Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

1.    Demonstrate familiarity with a scope and variety of works.

2.    Demonstrate knowledge of literature as expressions of individual and cultural values within social, political, historical, and religious contexts

3.    Demonstrate critical thinking skills in oral and written discussion and argumentative analysis

4.    Demonstrate correct MLA documentation conventions

5.    Relate literature to personal experiences


Withdrawal Policy:  See the current Collin Registration Guide for last day to withdraw.

Census date: Sept. 11 (All students must be participating in the course.)

Collin College Academic Policies:  See the current Collin Student Handbook

Plagiarism policy: zero for the assignment; if it is a response paper, students may not choose to skip it.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the studentís responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.


Dr. Mary Anne Andrade
Collin County Community College
Spring Creek Campus
Office hours: MWF: 10:15-11:00; Mon. 12:50- 2:00; Mon. through Thurs. office hours online 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Office: B-106; phone: 972-881-5823
Internet address:


1) The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, vol. 1, ed. 9. ISBN: 978-0-393-91964-6

Also Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1

2) Online Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in modern English translation. The textbook has some of these tales in the original Middle English. I prefer you to find modern translations of these tales on the Internet.

All of the works, except the modern translation of Beowulf,  we will be studying are out of copyright, so you can find them all online if you can't afford the textbook. For Beowulf, I suggest you find any older edition of a British Literature I textbook if you can't afford the Major Authors A textbook.

No laptop computers in the classroom.

Keep graded essays in case of grade disputes.

I reserve the right to change this calendar, so please do not rely on a printed copy.

I will not accept more than one emailed assignment.


Method of Evaluation:

10% Participation Grade: this is based on attendance and class discussion. For a 90, you must have only missed three classes. Frequent tardiness will cause this grade to suffer, as well.

20%: Exams: Mid-Term and Final (10%)

30%: Response papers. Using the response paper topics listed in Weekly Assignments, write a one -page typed response. The grade will be based on the thoughtfulness of the response; the response paper must be in my hands before we discuss the particular topic; in other words, I want you to read the material assigned and respond to the topic question before we discuss it in class; therefore, I will not accept any late responses, but students may skip one.

Response papers are graded for content not form, so you don't need a formal organization. I will not grade off for grammar on these, unless the grammatical errors prevent my understanding of the paper. Length should be one to one and a half pages. Response papers with the grade of 85-90 will have quotations as well as a good response to the question; 75, good response but no quotations; 70, skimpy responses that are off the mark.

Support: for response papers and essays, it's important to remember that you have to back-up every assertion -- every point you make -- with quotations. And the quotations must support the thesis -- or main idea. Choosing the right quotations is important. Not just any quotation will do. Quotations are your proof; otherwise, all you are writing is an opinion. The essays and response papers should be analytical, not plot summary. Please read the samples below

40% Essays: 2 essays, typed, 4-5 pages long. Correct grammar and formal organization are required. See essay example for organization. See essay example for organization. Each essay must have at least two scholarly sources from college data bases or library books. MLA style with a Works Cited page.

Obtaining secondary sources:

Library Resources: find a list of databases: Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, or Project Muse.

Do not use the Internet for your sources.

    Primary sources:  the text; that is to say, the story/stories/poem/poems you are analyzing. A citation for each of these must go on the Works Cited page.

    Secondary sources: these are scholarly articles written about the texts. A citation for each of these must go on the Works Cited page

Knight Cite: this site helps you prepare your Works Cited page. Just fill in the blanks and this machine orders correctly the bibliographic information and provides the appropriate punctuation.

Grammar errors: Review these before writing responses and essays

Sample essay with sources

Sample response paper

Grading checklist: I use this checklist to grade your essays. If you have too many grammatical errors, you cannot make higher than a C.

Late essays: Late essays will not earn a grade higher than a C. I will not accept an essay later than two days. I will not accept any late writing response papers. You may skip one response paper, however.


Final Exam: Wed. Dec. 13. 11:00

British Literature Grade Sheet


1 Essay______________________X 20%_________


2 Essay______________________X 20%_________

_____________________________X 40%_________


1 Response_____

2 Response_____

3 Response_____

4 Response_____

5 Response_____

6 Response_____


Total__________divided by 5 =_____X 30%__________________


Participation (In-class discussion and attendance) ___________________10%


Mid-Term Exam_________________X 10%__________________


Final Exam_____________________X 10%___________________