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Month 1: Old English and Middle English Literature

Historical and cultural context of the Anglo-Saxon period.
Study of Old English poetry, including “Beowulf.”
Exploration of religious and heroic themes in Old English literature.

Impact of the Norman Conquest on English literature.
Chaucer and “The Canterbury Tales”: Introduction and analysis.
Reading Middle English texts and understanding linguistic changes.

Exploration of medieval romances and chivalric literature.
Study of mystical literature, including Julian of Norwich.
Comparative analysis of courtly love and spiritual themes.

Month 2: Renaissance Literature

Historical background of the Tudor monarchy.
Exploration of early Renaissance poetry and prose.
Reading texts such as Thomas More’s “Utopia.”

Overview of Elizabethan drama and the flourishing theater scene.
In-depth study of selected plays by William Shakespeare.
Analysis of sonnets and the Elizabethan sonnet tradition.

Study of major Jacobean and Caroline poets and playwrights.
Exploration of metaphysical poetry and John Donne’s works.
Discussion of the impact of political and social changes on literature.

Month 3: Restoration to Romantic Literature

Analysis of Restoration comedies and tragedies.
Study of prose works from the period.
Reading texts such as Aphra Behn’s “Oroonoko.”

Overview of the Augustan Age and neoclassical literature.
Study of the works of Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Daniel Defoe.
Exploration of the rise of the novel.

In-depth exploration of Romantic poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Analysis of poems and key Romantic prose works.
Examination of the Romantic movement and its themes.

Month 4: Victorian Literature to Contemporary Period

Study of Victorian poets, including Tennyson and Browning.
Exploration of Victorian novels and social context.
Reading texts such as Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”

Overview of major literary movements in the 20th century.
Study of modernist and postmodernist literature.
Reading texts such as Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway.”

Focus on contemporary literature and recent literary trends.
Study of significant works from the latter half of the 20th century.
Exploration of postcolonial literature, global voices, and emerging themes.

Additional Notes

Regular assessments, discussions, and student presentations.
Encourage critical analysis and thematic connections across periods.
Interactive activities, literary discussions, and group projects.
Provide additional resources for deeper exploration of specific authors and movements.
Flexibility to adjust the schedule based on student engagement and needs.

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