SYLLABUS FOR E336 MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE, CHAPMAN U FALL 2005
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Course Information. English 336. Thursdays 4:00-6:50, Beckman 202. Office hours: Thurs. 2:45-3:45 Cyber Cafe. E336_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Examines the impact of modernism and post-modernism on Britain's literary tradition." Units (3).
Required Texts (Chapman Bookstore)
Abrams, M. H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 7th ed., Vol. 2C. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 0393975703.
Achebe, Chinua. Anthills of the Savannah. New York: Anchor, 1987. ISBN 0385260458.
Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. ISBN 019283620X.
Waugh, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust. Boston: Little, Brown, 1934 (repr. 1999). ISBN 031692605.
Library Reserve: Antonin Artaud, Ezra Pound. Library Reserve Packet.
Turning in Journals/Papers: Email assignments as Word/WP attachments. Email them separately -- i.e. send one email with your term paper attached, and four separate emails for the four journal sets. Label subject lines appropriately: "E336 Smith Journal Set 1," etc. Copy-and-paste is okay for journal sets.
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Presentations Requirement. Undergraduates will sign up for three 3-5-minute informal presentations (graduates 7-10 minute). On the first day, students will choose authors; I will add specific questions and post a schedule at Requirements / Presentations. Each session will feature several presentations, my comments, and class-wide discussion. Before presenting, contact me to discuss your ideas. After presenting, post a version to your blog: see Communicate! / Blog, Create. (Name the blog E336 Last Name, First, as in "E336 Garcia, Anna.") 25%. See Creating and Using a Blog.
Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 4, 8, 12, exam day. Electronic format required. 25%.
Term Paper Requirement. Rough draft suggested, final draft (5-7 pages u-grad, 10-15 grad) due by exam day. Follow MLA guidelines. Graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; for undergraduates research is optional. Suggested: see "Guides" in the "Resources" menu section. 25%.
Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, short questions requiring 1- or 2-paragraph responses, and one comparative essay. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. Exam date Thurs. 12/15, 4:15-6:45. 25%.
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Questions: Conrad | Housman | WWI | Yeats | Ford | Woolf | Joyce | Eliot | Pound | Waugh | Lawrence | Mansfield | Rhys | Graves | Auden | Artaud | Beckett | Achebe
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
Th. 09/01. Introduction to C20 British Literature: post-Victorian, WWI, Modernism, and After. (Reminder for your other classes: Monday, September 5 is Labor Day; University will be closed Monday.)
Th. 09/08. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness (1957-2016). Read also Chinua Achebe's "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness (2035-40).
Th. 09/15. A. E. Housman, WWI Voices Section. Housman's "The Loveliest of Trees" (2042); "When I was One-and-Twenty" (2042); "To an Athlete Dying Young" (2042); "On Wenlock Edge" (2043); "Terence, This is Stupid Stuff" (2044); "The Chestnut Casts his Flambeaux" (2046). WWI Voices Section, All: Brooke, Thomas, Sassoon, Gurney, Rosenberg, Owen, Cannan, Jones (2048-84).
Th. 09/22. William Butler Yeats. "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (2092); "Easter 1916" (2104); "The Second Coming" (2106); "Sailing to Byzantium" (2109); "Leda and the Swan" (2110); "Among School Children" (2111); "A Dialogue of Self and Soul" (2113); "Byzantium" (2115); "Crazy Jane... " (2116); "After Long Silence" (2117); "The Circus Animals' Desertion" (2120); "Under Ben Bulben" (2121); from Reveries over Childhood and Youth and The Trembling of the Veil (2124-31). Journal Set 1 Due.
Th. 09/29. Ford Madox Ford. The Good Soldier. (Separate text.)
Th. 10/06. Virginia Woolf. A Room of One's Own (2153-2214).
Th. 10/13. James Joyce. "The Dead" (2240-69); from Ulysses (2269-2309); from Finnegans Wake (2310-13).
Th. 10/20. James Joyce. "The Dead" (2240-69); from Ulysses (2269-2309); from Finnegans Wake (2310-13). Journal Set 2 Due.
Th. 10/27. T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound. Eliot's The Waste Land (2368); "The Hollow Men" (2383); "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (2395-2401). Pound's "The Seafarer," "In a Station of the Metro," "The River-Merchant's Wife: a Letter," and from The Cantos, 1. (See library reserve packet for Pound selections.)
Th. 11/03. Evelyn Waugh. A Handful of Dust.
Th. 11/10. D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys. Lawrence's "The Odour of Chrysanthemums" (2313-30), "Why the Novel Matters" (2341-45). Mansfield's "The Daughters of the Late Colonel" (2408-23). Rhys's "Mannequin" (2437-42).
Th. 11/17. Robert Graves, W. H. Auden. Graves' "Down, Wanton, Down!" (2445); "Love Without Hope" (2446); "The Cool Web" (2446); "The Reader Over My Shoulder" (2446); "To Juan at Winter Solstice" (2447); "The White Goddess" (2448); "The Blue-Fly" (2449); "A Slice of Wedding-Cake" (2450). Auden's "Petition" (2501); "On This Island" (2502); "Spain 1937" (2502); "Musee des Beaux Arts" (2505); "In Praise of Limestone" (2509); "The Shield of Achilles" (2511). Journal Set 3 Due.
Th. 11/24. Thanksgiving Holiday (Recess begins Wednesday; University closed Thursday-Friday).
Th. 12/01. Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett. Artaud's Ch. VI "No More Masterpieces" from The Theater and Its Double (library reserve packet). Beckett's End Game (2471-2500).
Th. 12/08. Chinua Achebe. Anthills of the Savannah.
Final Exam Date Thursday, Dec. 15th, 4:15-6:45. Also due: Term Paper and Journal Set 4. (I must turn in grades by 4:00 pm Wednesday, December 21.)