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Teaching Genesis B in the British Literature Survey

Alison Langdon

Western Kentucky University

 With almost a thousand years of literature to cover in a term, grappling with the sheer volume of material in a typical survey course can be a challenging prospect. Not only do instructors have to make judicious decisions about what to include, we also may struggle with creating a cohesive course unified by something more than mere geography and chronology. One effective way I have found to do this in my Survey of British Literature I course at Western Kentucky University (WKU) is to create several thematic threads we will follow throughout the semester: tracing the evolution of the hero, exploring conceptions of good and evil, and so on. In this course I use Genesis B as the first text establishing one of these threads: the portrayal of women through the figure of Eve.

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