Spring 2023 - ENGL 211 D100

The Place of the Past (3)

Class Number: 4282

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

    Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2023
    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    12 units or one 100-division English course.



Examines literature and language within specific social, cultural, geographical, and textual environments to explore the mutually informing relationship between history and text. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Breadth-Humanities.


The modern English language, and its literature, dates to the mid-sixteenth century. From then until the late seventeenth century is the period we call “early modern.” In this course we will read some awesomely early-modern poems and plays, by Wyatt, Donne, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton and others.


  • Short Writing Assignment (3-4 pages) 20%
  • Term Paper (7 pages) 35%
  • Creative Project or Presentation 20%
  • Final exam (2 hours) 25%


At present I anticipate that all of our readings will be made available online through Canvas.



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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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