Great Books: Seduction and Betrayal

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for ENGLISH 102.


Surveys a selection of literary masterpieces by major authors from different periods in the history of English literature. Selection of texts is organised around the theme of seduction and betrayal, understood more particularly as a story-arc exploring attitudes to love and sex, to politics and ambition, to ethical conduct, and to the activity of reading itself.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ENGLISH 102.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Professor Alex Calder


Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice                          

Lord Byron, Don Juan (Canto 1) (provided online)

Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Miller’s Tale” (from Canterbury Tales) (provided online)

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim   

William Shakespeare, Richard III

Selected poets, “Poems of seduction and betrayal” (provided online)

Copies of Austen, Dickens, Conrad and Shakespeare can be obtained through the University Bookstore. The works of Byron, Chaucer and the “Selected Poems” will be placed on Canvas, the University’s Learning Management System.


ENGLISH 102: 15 points