These courses provide an overview of British literature, beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period and extending into the 20th century. Selections may be drawn from fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Both courses invite students to explore developments in British literature through the lens of different historical contexts, and both feature a variety of writings from different social classes, genders, and cultural traditions. ENG 225 begins with the earliest works in English literary history, ends at 1700, and includes selections from Medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration literature. ENG 226 includes selections from Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and modern literature. Students contemplating graduate study in English are strongly recommended to take both courses.