E212: British Literature since 1760

Syllabus Page for Fall 2004

Al Drake. 520 Hum. T/Th. 7:30-8:30 | ajdrake@ajdrake.com

Note: My Portal links to Summer 2004, Spring 2003, and Fall 2002. versions of E212. This semester at CSUF I am also teaching E491, History of Literary Criticism.

Course Particulars: English 212, Course Code 12722. Tues/Thurs 8:30-9:45, Humanities 511. Office hours: T/Th 7:30-8:30 a.m. + by appt. after class in Humanities 520.

Course Policies and Required Texts. (Please review.)

5-7 Pg. Paper Requirement. 30% of course grade. Final draft due on day of final exam. See Advance Draft Comments. The paper should follow recent MLA guidelines and include a works cited page.

Journal Requirement. 30% of course grade. Consists of responses to a choice of study questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 4 (Th.), 9 (Tu.), 13 (Tu.), and final exam day. (Or you may email them by the end of those evenings.)

Spotlight Response Requirement (Schedule Included). 10% of course grade. Each class, three or more students will offer their responses to a different study question about the day's assigned text. Responses can be informal, and there is no need to turn in anything. Students will sign up in advance for two study questions, each on a different author. Responses need not take more than 2-3 minutes, not including others' remarks. I will bring in a hard-copy signup schedule and transfer the names to the online schedule that accompanies the hyperlinked page in this paragraph.

Final Exam Requirement. 30% of course grade. The exam will consist partly of substantive, prominently mentioned passages to identify, some short questions requiring a sentence or two in response, and one essay. Books and notes are not allowed for the first part, but are allowed for the short responses and the essay. Exam date is 12/16, Thursday. 9:30-11:20.

General: College | Lit. Theory | Sample | Grammar | Deductive | Citation | Analysis | Editing | Plagiphrasing | Bad English | Links | Newspapers

C19 Period: Intro | Characteristics | Liberalism | Topics | Backgrounds | Milton | Metaphor | Nature | Poetry? | Marx | Rubaiyat Intro

Questions: Blake | Wordsworth | Coleridge | Shelley | Keats | Byron | Lamb | Hazlitt | Austen | Carlyle | Mill | Arnold | Tennyson | Browning | Hopkins | Carroll | Rossetti | Morris | Wilde | Shaw | Sassoon | Owen | Graves | Joyce

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08/24. Introduction to class.

08/26. Blake. Songs of Innocence.


08/31. Blake. Songs of Experience.

09/02. Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" ... "Expostulation and Reply," "The Tables Turned," Intro. to "Tintern Abbey."


09/07. Wordsworth. "Tintern Abbey" ... "She dwelt among the untrodden ways," "A slumber did my spirit seal," "Lucy Gray," "Three years she grew," "Resolution and Independence," "I wandered lonely as a cloud," "My heart leaps up," "The Solitary Reaper," "Sonnet composed upon Westminster Bridge, 1802," "Intimations of Immortality."

09/09. Coleridge. Biographia Literaria ... Lectures on Shakespeare; The Statesman's Manual, "The Eolian Harp."


09/14. Coleridge. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" ... "Kubla Khan," "Frost at Midnight," "Dejection: an Ode."

09/16. Shelley. "A Defence of Poetry" ... "Mutability," "To Wordsworth," "England in 1819," "Ozymandias." [Journal Set 1]


09/21. Shelley. "Mont Blanc," "Ode to the West Wind," "To a Sky-Lark."

09/23. Keats. "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode on a Grecian Urn" ... "To Autumn," "Letters" 889-95.


09/28. Byron. Manfred.

09/30. Hazlitt and Lamb. Hazlitt: "On Gusto," "My First Acquaintance with Poets." Lamb: "Christ's Hospital Five-and-Thirty Years Ago."


10/05. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park. (film)

10/07. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park. (film)


10/12. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park. (discussion of novel)

10/14. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park. (discussion of novel)


10/19. Thomas Carlyle. Sartor Resartus. [Journal Set 2]

10/21. Thomas Carlyle. The French Revolution; Past and Present.


10/26. J. S. Mill. Autobiography, On Liberty.

10/28. Matthew Arnold. "Dover Beach" . . . "The Buried Life," "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time."


11/02. Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning. Tennyson: "The Lady of Shalott"; "The Lotos-Eaters"; "Ulysses"; "Mariana"; "The Eagle." Browning: "Porphyria's Lover," "My Last Duchess," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb," "Caliban upon Setebos."

11/04. D.G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Morris. D.G: "The Blessed Damozel"; Christina Rossetti: all except "Goblin Market"; Morris: "The Haystack in the Flood."


11/09. G. M. Hopkins and Lewis Carroll. Hopkins: all selections; Carroll: "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter."

11/11. Oscar Wilde. "The Critic as Artist."


11/16. George Bernard Shaw. Mrs.Warren's Profession. [Journal Set 3]

11/18. Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves. Sassoon: "They," "The Rear-Guard," "The General," "The Glory of Women," "Everyone Sang," "On Passing the New Menin Gate"; Owen: "Anthem for Doomed Youth," "Apologia Pro Poemate Meo," "Miners," "Dulce et Decorum Est"; Graves: all Norton selections.


11/23. Thanksgiving holiday--no class.

11/25. Thanksgiving holiday--no class.


11/30. Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (film, Dir. Joseph Strick, 1977)

12/02. Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (discussion)


12/07. Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (discussion)

12/09. Review.


12/16, Thursday. 9:30-11:20. Books and notes may be used only on the full-essay portion of the exam. [Also due: Journal Set 4 and Paper.]