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The course “Shapers of Destiny” is a look into the history of the great and glorious British empire over which the sun did not set, once upon a time. It will take you through the entire time span since the inception of humankind upon the island to the present times. It aims to make the learner aware of the way in which history shapes the life and literature of a people. It is a Complementary Course offered in the third semester of BA in English Literature.
Objectives of the Course:
* To give the learner a comprehensive overview of the History of Britain and its impact upon the rest of the world.
* To enable the learner to understand English literature in the light of historical events.
* To analyse the manner in which a person is moulded by the historical events of his/her personal and communal life.
Module 1: Moulding and Being Moulded
This module is a time-line which looks at the history of Great Britain from the beginning of time- from the advent of humankind on the island nation, covering the following topics: Earlysettlers and invaders- theIberians, theCeltsand Romans, theAngles, Saxons, Jutes. The Anglo Saxon heptarchy- The coming of Christianity-Theodore of Tarsus and the organization of the church- Alfred the Great – St. Dunstan and Edgar – Canute the Danish king-Edward theConfessor, Harold Godwin- Societyand literature of thetime-the Witangemot -the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, Beowulf,Caedmon, Cynewulf,Venerable Bede and others.
Module 2: The True Briton
This module introduces the learner to the coming of the Normans and the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The important aspects under discussion here are: Normans: The last invaders –William the Conqueror –the reforms of Henry I-Feudalism- the Angevin kings - the struggle between the church and the state, St. Thomas Becket– the universities of Oxford and Cambridge–the Guilds- Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades-the Magna Carta- Henry III – Simon de Montfort, and the Parliament- Edward I, annexation of Wales, Scotland and Ireland – Edward II and Edward III – The Black Death, The Hundred Years War, The Peasants Revolt– the effects of these on society and literature- The Wars of the Roses – Chaucer and the growth of the East Midland dialect into standard English – Growth of drama and stage performances- Chaucer‘s contemporaries- John Wycliffe and the Lollards..
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