SYLLABUS FOR E491 TRADITIONS OF LITERARY CRITICISM, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2004
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Course Information. English 491, Course Code 12816. M/W 1:00-2:15, McCarthy Hall 685. Office hours: M/W 12-12:55 in Humanities 520. e491_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "(covers) the major English critics, from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century, in relationship to the classical theories of criticism. Units (3)." I will use +/- grading.
Required Texts (At Titan Bookstore)
Leitch, Vincent B., ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: Norton, 2001. ISBN: 0-393-97429-4.
Turning in Journals/Papers: Email assignments to e491_at_ajdrake.com 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: "E491 Smith Journal Set 1," etc. Copy-and-paste is okay for journal sets.
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Term 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. Graduate students should write a 10-15 page paper rather than a 5-7 page paper.
Journal Requirement. 30% of course grade. Consists of responses to a choice of study questions for each author. Due by email Wednesday of Weeks 4, 8, 12, and on final exam day.
Presentation Requirement. 10% of course grade. Each class, several 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 three 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 of some short questions requiring a few sentences or a short paragraph in response, and one essay, probably comparative. Books and notes are allowed. Exam date is Friday 12/17, 2:30-4:00.
Criticism and Theory Resources: Voice of the Shuttle | Johns Hopkins Guide | Sokal's Hoax | Teachers Web -- Study Guides.
General: 4 Theory Coordinates | Sample Paper | Grammar Guide | Essay- Writing Guide | Citing Sources | Analyzing Texts | Editing Drafts | Plagiphrasing | Bad English | Links | C18 and Romanticism | Restoration and C18 | Organic Metaphor | Romantic Nature | Victorian Intro. | Marx Intro.
Questions: Plato | Aristotle | Horace | Plotinus | Augustine | Aquinas | Dante | Sidney | Du Bellay | Corneille | Pope | Johnson | Hume | Kant | Lessing | Schiller | Hegel | Wordsworth | Coleridge | Shelley | Marx- Engels | Arnold | Baudelaire | Nietzsche | James | Mallarme
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
(titles refer to Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism)
M. 08/23. Introduction to class.
W. 08/25. Plato. Ion.
M. 08/30. Plato. Republic, Books II, III, VII, X (49-81).
W. 09/01. Plato, Aristotle. Plato's Phaedrus (81-86). Aristotle's The Poetics (86-117).
M. 09/06. Labor Day Holiday.
W. 09/08. Aristotle. The Poetics (86-117).
M. 09/13. Horace. Ars Poetica (121-35).
W. 09/15. Plotinus. From The Enneads, Fifth Ennead, Eighth Tractate: "On the Intellectual Beauty" (171-85). Journal 1 due.
M. 09/20. Augustine, Aquinas, Dante. From Augustine's On Christian Doctrine (185-92) and The Trinity (192-96). From Aquinas' Summa Theologica (240-46). From Dante's Il Convivio (246-50) and "The Letter to Can Grande" (251-52).
W. 09/22. Sir Philip Sidney. "An Apology for Poetry" (326-40, 348-50).
M. 09/27. Joachim du Bellay, Pierre Corneille. Du Bellay's Defence and Illustration of the French Language (279-90). Corneille's "Of the Three Unities of Action, Time, and Place" (363-78).
W. 09/29. Alexander Pope. "An Essay on Criticism" (438-58).
M. 10/04. Samuel Johnson. The Rambler, No. 4 "On Fiction" (458-66); from Rasselas (466-68); "Preface to Shakespeare" (468-80).
W. 10/06. David Hume. "Of the Standard of Taste" (483-99).
M. 10/11. Immanuel Kant. From Critique of Judgment, Book I: "Analytic of the Beautiful" (499-518).
W. 10/13. Immanuel Kant. From Critique of Judgment, Book II: "Analytic of the Sublime" (519-36). Journal 2 due.
M. 10/18. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. From Laocoon (551-70).
W. 10/20. Friedrich von Schiller. From On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Letters 2, 6, 9 (571-82).
M. 10/25. Georg Hegel. "The Master-Slave Dialectic" from The Phenomenology of Mind (626-36).
W. 10/27. Georg Hegel. "Introduction" from Lectures on Fine Art (636-45).
M. 11/01. William Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 1802" (645-68).
W. 11/03. William Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 1802" (645-68).
M. 11/08. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Statesman's Manual (668-74); Biographia Literaria (674-82).
W. 11/10. Percy Bysshe Shelley. "A Defense of Poetry" (695-717). Journal 3 due.
M. 11/15. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. From Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (759-67); from The German Ideology (767-69); from The Communist Manifesto (769-73); from Grundrisse (773-74); from "Preface" to A Contribution... (774-76); from Capital, Vol. 1, Ch. 1 "Commodities" (776-83).
W. 11/17. Matthew Arnold. "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (802-25).
M. 11/22. Holiday Recess.
W. 11/24. Holiday Recess.
M. 11/29. Charles Baudelaire. From The Painter of Modern Life (789-802).
W. 12/01. Friedrich Nietzsche. "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense" (870-884).
M. 12/06. Henry James. "The Art of Fiction" (851-69).
W. 12/08. Stephane Mallarme. "Crisis in Poetry" (841-51).
Final exam in class Friday, 12/17 from 2:30-4:00. Also due: Journal 4 and Term Paper.