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Literary Movements Summary Essay

Literary Movements Summary Essay

Write an essay summarizing the literary periods that have been studied in each unit. Consider the Christian worldview throughout, and explain where and how these worldviews conflict or are in agreement with Christianity.

This should be an academic essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion. The essay should be approximately 1,200 to 1,500 words, with 10 paragraphs of approximately 120 to 150 words each. The paragraphs should adhere to the following structure.

Introduction: The introduction (Paragraph 1) should state the basic scope of the literature periods the essay will cover—from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism.

Body: The body of the essay should reflect the structure of the course, with a paragraph devoted to summarizing the main works of literature, themes, and worldviews represented by each unit.

These paragraphs should contain at least one citation each from the Norton Anthology or the World Literature from a Christian Perspective text. Be sure to include a scriptural reference in each paragraph to compare/contrast a Christian Worldview with the topic.
● Paragraph 2: Enlightenment Literature
● Paragraph 3: Romanticism
● Paragraph 4: Victorianism
● Paragraph 5: Realism & Naturalism
● Paragraph 6: Precursors to Modernism
● Paragraph 7: Modernism
● Paragraph 8: Existentialism
● Paragraph 9: Postmodernism
Conclusion: The final paragraph (Paragraph 10) should summarize and restate the central ideas of the paper.

The essay should be a minimum of 1,200 to 1,500 words, be APA-compliant, and include a title page, appropriate citations, and references.

Cite any of the course texts and any academic article(s) from the Belhaven Library databases in the essay. All references must by cited correctly in the text and be included in the references page. Do not use online or printed sources beyond the parameters outlined above.


Course Description

A survey of major continental authors and their writings, the literary historical periods, and the linguistic cultures of various nations. ENG 203 covers the Greco-Roman and Hebrew-Christian periods through the Renaissance; ENG 204 from the Enlightenment to the modern and postmodern eras.

Student Competencies

● Interpret, analyze, and synthesize material from readings in classic Western Literature.
● Assess and write critically about literature, demonstrating a knowledge of the cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts of the literary texts studied in the course.
● Demonstrate understanding of the experiential and intellectual relevance of worldviews exhibited by the literary selections to contemporary culture and personal experience.
● Demonstrate in writing the ability to adhere to standard APA format and documentation techniques.
● Show, through quizzes, writings, presentations, and participation in class discussions, a familiarity with representative literary selections from the Enlightenment through the postmodern era.
● Distinguish from one another the characteristics of each literary period’s attitude regarding man, the divine, and the creation, and demonstrate this ability through quizzes, writings, presentations, and participation in class discussions.
● Identify literature from a Christian perspective; relate themes and ideas learned to Christian principles.