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English 201:
  • Character Analyses of Main Characters in one of the works
  • Portrayal of the Heroic Code in Beowulf and/or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Allegory in The Faerie Queene
  • Religion in The Faerie Queene
  • Dialogue between Marlowe and Ralegh
  • Knowledge in Faustus
  • Temptation in Faustus
  • The Character of Satan in Paradise Lost
  • Conventions of Epic Poetry in Paradise Lost
  • Portrayal of God in Paradise Lost
  • Satire in "Mac Flecknoe"
  • Satire in Gulliver's Travels
  • Race and Colonialism in Oroonoko
  • Gender in Oroonoko
  • Religion and Morality in Oroonoko
  • Portrayal of Women in The Rape of the Lock
  • The Rape of the Lock as Mock-Epic
  • Characteristics of the Graveyard School in Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" and "On the Death of a Favorite Cat"
  • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olauduh Equiano and the Slave Narrative Genre
  • Identity in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olauduh Equiano

English 202:
  • Contrasting Portrayals of Similar Subjects in Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
  • Biblical Imagery in "The Rime of Ancient Mariner"
  • Characteristics of the Lyrical Ballads (as per Preface) in Coleridge's Ancient Mariner or Wordsworth's poems from the collection
  • Representations of the Gothic in Coleridge
  • Justice: Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner", Stevenson, Conrad
  • Isolated Figures: Ancient Mariner, Byronic Heroes, Jekyll/Hyde, Marlowe/ Kurtz
  • Relationship between Human and Nature:  Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Conrad, Yeats, Thomas
  • Theories of Poetry/Literature: Wordsworth, P. Shelley, Arnold, Eliot, Orwell
  • Use of Folklore/Mythology: P. Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, C. Rossetti
  • Position of Women: C. Rossetti, E. B. Browning, R. Browning
  • Figure of the Victorian Englishman: Wilde, Stevenson, R. Browning, Tennyson
  • Figure of the Poet: Coleridge, Shelley, Keats
  • Views of Childhood: Blake, Wordsworth, Thomas
  • Abolitionist portrayal of Africans: E. B. Browning
  • Race and Imperialism: Kipling, Conrad, Walcott
  • Interpersonal Relationships/Alienation: Eliot, Lawrence, Joyce, Thomas