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    Vassar College
  Feb 21, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ENGL 365 - Selected Author

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)

Study of the work of a single author. The work may be read in relation to literary predecessors and descendants as well as in relation to the history of the writer’s critical and popular reception. This course alternates from year to year with ENGL 265 .

Topic for 2017/18b: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Life Writing, and the Life of Writing. This course examines the life and works of Samuel Johnson, poet, playwright, lexicographer, biographer, critic, journalist, translator, scholar, philosopher, and hack writer.  In addition to studying Johnson’s works, this course explores this writer’s great influence on British literary culture, visible, for example, in the writings of Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Beckett. Robert DeMaria.

One 2-hour period.

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