E212: British Literature since 1760

Syllabus Page for Spring 2005

Al Drake | Uni Hall 329 | Th. 6:00-7:00 | ajdrake@ajdrake.com

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

Course Particulars: English 212, Course Code 12664. Thurs. 7-9:45 p.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 617. Office hours: Thurs. 6-7 p.m. in University Hall 329. Home phone: 714-434-1612. E212 covers "major periods and movements, major authors, and major forms from 1760 through modern times." Units: (3). Satisfies General Education requirements with grade of C or better. I will be using the +/- grading system.

Catalog Information: "This course meets a GE Disciplinary Learning requirement in Category III.B.2, Introduction to the Humanities. Learning goals for that category: a. To understand the distinctive characteristics of the humanistic perspective. b. To understand the historical and cultural factors, in a global context, that led to the development of the humanistic perspective. c. To understand the differences between the humanistic and other perspectives, as well as the differences among the humanistic disciplines. d. To understand and appreciate the contributions of the humanities to the development of the political and cultural institutions of contemporary society. e. To be familiar with and understand major texts (both written and oral), key figures, significant traditions, and important themes in the humanities. f. To analyze the meaning of major texts (both written and oral) from both Western and non-Western cultures, either in English or, if appropriate, in the language of the texts being analyzed. g. To apply the humanistic perspective to values, experiences, and meanings in one’s own life, and demonstrate how understanding the humanities can shed light on what it means to be human today."

Required Texts (Titan Bookstore):

Abrams, M.H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volumes 2A/2B/2C. 7th edition. ISBN 0-393-15114-X.

Austen, Jane. Persuasion. Eds. Deidre Shauna Lynch and James Kinsley. 2nd. Edition. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. ISBN 0192802631.

Haggard, H. Rider. King Solomon's Mines. Ed. Dennis Butts. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN 0192834851.

Shaw, George Bernard. Pygmalion. Dover, 1994. ISBN 0486282228.

Course Policies--important, so please review early in the semester.

5-7 Pg. Paper Requirement. 25% of course grade. Rough draft suggested, 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. New: see Paper Topic Suggestions.

Journal Requirement. 25% of course grade. Consists of responses to a choice of study questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 4, 8, 12, and on final exam day. (Or you may email them by the end of those evenings.)

Short Presentation Requirement (Schedule Included). 25% of course grade. Each class, several students will offer their responses to a different study question about the day's assigned texts. Responses can be informal, and there is no need to turn in anything. Students will sign up for their preferred authors in advance, and I will further arrange a schedule based on specific study questions. The schedule will be posted online, available from the Syllabus page. Each participant will present on three different authors during the semester. Responses need not take more than 3-5 minutes. Missing these presentations reduces the effectiveness of class sessions, and will adversely affect the course grade. Rescheduling on a new author may be possible, but presents difficulties in a weekly seminar.

Final Exam Requirement. 25% of course grade. The exam will consist of substantive, prominently mentioned passages to identify, short questions requiring a paragraph-length response, and one comparative essay. On all three sections, there will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes are allowed for all three sections. Exam date is Thursday, May 26 from 7:30--9:20 p.m.

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

C19-20 Webs and Guides: Author Portraits | Romantic and Victorian Introduction | Characteristics | Liberalism | Topics | Backgrounds | Milton | Metaphor | Nature | Poetry? | Marx | Rubaiyat Intro | Romantic Circles | Victorian Web | Victorian Women Writers Project | A Celebration of Women Writers | Johns Hopkins Romantic Period | Johns Hopkins Victorian Period.

Study Questions: Barbauld | Smith | Burke | Wollstonecraft | Paine | Blake | Robinson | W. Wordsworth | D. Wordsworth | Coleridge | Shelley | Keats | Austen | Carlyle | Mill | Tennyson | Hopkins | Rossetti | Haggard | Owen | Yeats | Shaw | Forster | Lawrence | Desai | Coetzee | Rushdie

Audio Note: If your browser has a media plug-in, left-click on class session links; if you have a separate player, right-click first and save file to disk.


02/03. Introduction to class.


02/10. Anna Barbauld, Charlotte Smith; Edmund Burke, and Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Paine. Barbauld's "Washing-Day" (29-31), "Life" (31-32). Smith's "Written at the Close of Spring" (33), "To Sleep" (33), "To Night" (33-34), "Written in the Church-Yard..." (34), "On Being Cautioned..." (34-35), "The Sea View" (35). Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (121ff). Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Men (128ff). Paine's Rights of Man (133ff).


02/17. William Blake, Mary Robinson. Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience (43ff) and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (72ff). Robinson's "London's Summer Morning" (92-93), "January, 1795" (93-94), "The Poor Singing Dame" (94-96).

WEEK 4 [Journal set #1 is due in class or by email: responses to selected questions on Barbauld, Smith, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, Blake, Robinson, W. Wordsworth, D. Wordsworth.]

02/24. William and Dorothy Wordsworth. William's "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" (238ff), "She dwelt among the untrodden ways" (252), "Three years she grew" (252), "Lucy Gray" (254), "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (254), "The Solitary Reaper" (293), "Tintern Abbey" (235); "Intimations of Immortality" (286). Dorothy's Alfoxden and Grasmere Journals (383-97).


03/03. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Robinson. Coleridge's Biographia Literaria (467ff), Lectures on Shakespeare (486ff), The Statesman's Manual (489ff), "The Eolian Harp" (419), "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (422), "Kubla Khan" (439), "Frost at Midnight" (457), "Dejection: an Ode" (459). Robinson's "To the Poet Coleridge" (98-99) and "The Haunted Beach" (96-97).


03/10. Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats. Shelley's "Mutability" (701), "Ozymandias" (725), "Mont Blanc" (720), "Ode to the West Wind" (730), "To a Sky-Lark" (765), "Adonais" (772). Keats' "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (826), "The Eve of St. Agnes" (834), "Ode to a Nightingale" (849), "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (851), "To Autumn" (872), "Letters" (889ff).


03/17. Jane Austen. Persuasion. (film)

WEEK 8 [Journal set #2 is due in class or by email: responses to selected questions on Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Austen.]

03/24. Jane Austen. Persuasion. (discussion of novel, separate text)


03/31. Spring recess; no class.


04/07. Thomas Carlyle and J. S. Mill. Carlyle's Sartor Resartus (1077ff), Past and Present (1110ff). J. S. Mill's Autobiography (1166-73) and On Liberty (1146-55).


04/14. Tennyson, Hopkins, Christina Rossetti. Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" (1204ff) and In Memoriam A.H.H. (1230ff) Prologue (1231), 1-3, 5, 7, 11, 14-15, 28, 34, 39, 54-56, 75, 108, 118, 123-24, 126, 130-31, Epilogue. Hopkins' "God's Grandeur" (1651), "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" (1652), "The Windhover" (1652), "Pied Beauty" (1653), "Binsey Poplars" (1654), "Duns Scotus' Oxford" (1654), "Carrion Comfort" (1656), "I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day" (1657), "That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire..." (1658), "Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord" (1658). Rossetti's "Song--She sat and sang alway" (1584), "Song--When I am dead, my dearest" (1584), "After Death" (1585), "In an Artist's Studio" (1586), "Winter: My Secret" (1588), "No, Thank You, John" (1601), "Sleeping at Last" (1604).

WEEK 12 [Journal set #3 is due in class or by email: responses to selected questions on Carlyle, Mill, Tennyson, Hopkins, Rossetti, Haggard.]

04/21. H. Rider Haggard. King Solomon's Mines. (Separate text)


04/28. Wilfred Owen, W. B. Yeats. Owen's "Anthem for Doomed Youth," "Apologia Pro Poemate Meo," "Miners," "Dulce et Decorum Est" (2066ff). Yeats' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (2092), "The Second Coming" (2106), "Sailing to Byzantium" (2109), "Leda and the Swan" (2110), "Among School Children" (2111), "Byzantium" (2115), "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop" (2116).


05/05. George Bernard Shaw. Pygmalion. [Film and discussion, separate text]


05/12. E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence. Forster's "Chapter 2. Mosque" from A Passage to India (2131ff). Lawrence's "Odour of Chrysanthemums," "The Horse-Dealer's Daughter," and "Why the Novel Matters" (2313-45).


05/19. Anita Desai, J.M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie. Desai's "Scholar and Gypsy" (2768ff), from Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians (2829ff), and Rushdie's "The Prophet's Hair" (2842ff).

FINAL EXAM WEEK [Journal set #4 is due in class or by email: includes responses to questions on Owen, Yeats, Shaw, Forster, Lawrence, Desai, Coetzee, Rushdie. 5-7 page paper is also due; see paper instructions and advance comments.]

Cumulative final exam takes place in class Thursday, May 26 from 7:30--9:20 p.m. If you haven't yet read instructions on how to prepare, please read that document before the exam. I must file grades by Friday, June 3rd.