SYLLABUS FOR E491 TRADITIONS OF LITERARY CRITICISM, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2005
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Course Information. English 491, Course Code 12839. Thurs. 7:00-9:45, McCarthy Hall 463. Office hrs: Thurs. after class in UH 329. 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: 0393974294. (Titan Bookstore)
Shaftesbury, Earl of. Sensus Communis Electronic text. From Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times.
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.
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 E491 Last Name, First, as in "E491 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 strongly suggested. 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 Thursday, Dec. 15th. 25%.
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Questions: Gorgias | Plato | Aristotle | Horace | Longinus | Augustine | Aquinas | Boccaccio | Pizan | Giraldi | Du Bellay | Sidney | Pope | Johnson | Corneille | Shaftesbury | Stael | Kant | Hegel | Wordsworth | Coleridge | Emerson | Poe | Marx | Baudelaire | Arnold | Nietzsche | Saussure
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
08/25. Introduction to Course and Wiki Features.
09/01. Gorgias of Leontini, Plato. Gorgias' "Encomium of Helen" (29-33). Plato's Republic Books II, III, VII, X (49-81), Phaedrus (81-86).
09/08. Aristotle. Poetics (86-117).
09/15. Horace and Longinus. Horace's Ars Poetica (121-35); Longinus' On Sublimity (135-55). Journal Set 1 Due.
09/22. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Giovanni Boccaccio, Christine de Pizan. Augustine's On Christian Doctrine (185-92); The Trinity (192-96). Aquinas' Summa Theologica (240-46). Boccaccio's Genealogy of the Gentile Gods (253-263). Pizan's Book of the City of Ladies (263-71).
09/29. Giambattista Giraldi, Joachim du Bellay, Sir Philip Sidney. Giraldi's Discourse on the Composition of Romances (273-79); du Bellay's Defence and Illustration of the French Language (281-90); Sidney's An Apology for Poetry (326-40, 348-50).
10/06. Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson. Pope's "An Essay on Criticism" (438-58). Johnson's The Rambler No. 4 "On Fiction" (458-66); from Rasselas (466-68); "Preface to Shakespeare" (468-80).
10/13. Pierre Corneille, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Germaine de Stael. Corneille's "Of the Three Unities of Action, Time, and Place" (363-79); Shaftesbury Sensus Communis E-text; de Stael's "Essay on Fictions" and "On Women Writers" (594-610). Journal Set 2 Due.
10/20. Immanuel Kant. Critique of Judgment Bk I: "Analytic of the Beautiful" (499-518); Bk II: "Analytic of the Sublime" (519-36).
10/27. Georg Hegel. "Master-Slave Dialectic" from Phenomenology of Mind (626-36); "Introduction" from Lectures on Fine Art (636-45).
11/03. William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge. Wordsworth's "Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 1802" (645-68); Coleridge's The Statesman's Manual (668-74); Biographia Literaria (674-82).
11/10. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe. Emerson's The American Scholar (717-21); "The Poet" (724-39). Poe's "The Philosophy of Composition" (739-50). Journal Set 3 Due.
11/17. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (759-67); The German Ideology (767-69); from The Communist Manifesto (769-73); Grundrisse (773-74); "Preface" to A Contribution... (774-76); Capital, Vol. 1 Ch. 1 "Commodities" (776-83).
11/24. Thanksgiving holiday; no classes all week.
12/01. Charles Baudelaire, Matthew Arnold. Baudelaire's The Painter of Modern Life (789-802); Arnold's "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (802-25).
12/08. Friedrich Nietzsche, Ferdinand de Saussure. Nietzsche's "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense" (870-884); de Saussure's "Introduction" to Course in General Linguistics and Part One, Chapter I (956-77).
Final Exam Date Thurs. Dec. 15, 7:30-9:20 p.m. Also due: Journal Set 4 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 2006.)