Intro to Lit: Lit History (English Literature after 1800)

In this course, we will
examine the British comedic tradition, primarily in the ‘television era’, but
with some background readings from earlier British comedies.  This course will involve a lot of television
and movie time – we will watch and talk about classic British television
comedies (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers) and more
recent comedies (Absolutely Fabulous, League of Gentlemen, Little
as well as a few carefully chosen movies (Monty Python and the
Holy Grail, Borat
).  Readings will
include The Rivals, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A
Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This course is designed to
meet the ‘W’ criteria of the university. 
Students will write three papers and a shorter ‘movie review’, and
revise these papers under my supervision. 
In addition, students wlil be involved in evaluating each other’s work,
and will take a final examination.