This course consists of the critical study of selected works of British Literature from the Middle Ages through the late 17th century, including such authors as Chaucer, Malory, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Johnson and Milton. The historical and cultural context of each work will be examined as essential to the understanding and appreciation of the work. Because this course may be taken as an alternative to English Composition II, students will be expected to demonstrate competency in writing and research by producing work which is not only grammatically and mechanically correct but which displays effective sentence structure and organization, precise diction, appropriate use of research materials and proper MLA documentation. This course satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirement and is an alternative to ENC 1102. A grade of "C" or higher must be attained.