SYLLABUS FOR E211 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1760, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2010 (UPDATED 12/16/10)
COURSE INFORMATION. English 211, Course Code 17798, Section 1. M/W 2:30-3:45 p.m., University Hall (UH) 248. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: M/W in TBD. email@example.com. Catalog: "major periods and movements, major authors, and major forms through 1760." Units (3). Satisfies requirements for General Education (GE) Category III.B.2 with grade of C or better. I will use +/- grading. The English Dept. may be reached at (657) 278-3163. Students who need special accommodations should contact the Disabled Student Services Office in UH 101 or call (657) 278-3117. One other required link: Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.
REQUIRED TEXTS AT TITAN BOOKSTORE
Abrams, M. H. et al, eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2006. Package 1 (Vols. ABC) ISBN 0-393-92833-0.
Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. Simon and Schuster, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0671722586.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
BROWSE INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG AND COLLECTIVE STUDENT BLOG. My thoughts on the assigned readings; separately, I will post a running blog with written versions of students' in-class presentations.
LISTEN TO OUR CLASS SESSIONS IN MP3 AUDIO. Audio becomes available a day or two after each session.
VIEW SUPPLEMENTARY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS. Brief list of recent and older studies on Shakespeare.
VIEW SHAKESPEARE RESOURCE CENTER'S GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN GRAMMAR. This excellent offsite guide covers syntax (word order), key rhetorical devices such as antithesis, and usage shifts aside from offering a limited, searchable glossary.
VISIT ALEXANDER SCHMIDT'S ONLINE 1902 SHAKESPEARE LEXICON. Good supplement to the Norton notes.
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
COURSE POLICIES. Please review the Course Policies Page early in the semester. Key points easily stated here: missing more than 20% of sessions may affect course grade; academic dishonesty may result in course failure. The four evaluative requirements outlined below must be substantially completed to pass the course. Since most assignments will be due by email, it is students' responsibility to contact me promptly if they do not get an email verifying receipt of materials.
MAJOR STUDY UNITS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES. This course will cover a selection of literary, critical, and dramatic texts from the early Medieval Period through the mid-Eighteenth Century. The aim is that of a broad survey: to acquaint students with a variety of excellent work from the periods studied, and point them towards further reading in the texts and eras that most interest them.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. Lecture, student presentations, discussion, and a limited number of in-class quizzes. I encourage questions and comments. Student participation improves any course, broadening its scope and introducing a variety of opinion that wouldn't be available otherwise. We may also do some small-group work. Class sessions improve significantly when students take an active part: I become more spontaneous, remembering to mention things I might have forgotten to say and making new connections. My tasks are to lecture concisely, to listen well, to ask good questions, and to help you find out more about our texts. Your tasks are to listen, respond, and develop your own ideas, your own "voice," as a reader of literary works. In humanities study, insightful interpretation and an ability to make interesting connections are central goals.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for one 5-7 minute in-class presentation on an author of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with a specific question to address from among those on the questions page, and a few days after sign-up I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. Required: One week in advance of your presentation, email me as full a draft as possible of what you intend to say in class. I will email you back with advice. If I suggest developing the remarks further, email me a revised version at least one day before your in-class presentation. I will post final written versions to a collective "students' blog" on the wiki site: everyone is welcome to access the entries as they are added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. I won't judge students on their rhetorical skills during the presentation, but rather on evidence of prior preparation and consultation as well as on the written draft. How to do well on this assignment: meet with/email me as required, and send a final written version; good critics challenge and pose questions, so craft your responses to invite discussion; aim for spontaneity and a personal touch: use the question as a springboard rather than a prescription; speak up, but don't rush things. (20% of course grade.)
JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each author. Four separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the session schedule. Electronic format required. I will not mark journal sets down unless they are late (maximum grade = B), incomplete, or so brief and derivative as to suggest evasion of intellectual labor: they should consist of honest responses to the assigned readings, not "yes-or-no" style answers, quotation of the assigned texts without further comment, or pasted secondary material from Internet sources. How to do well on this assignment: read instructions; complete entries as you go through each text; send sets on time, making sure I verify receipt; respond with a thoughtful paragraph on each chosen question--use your own words and refer to the texts' specific language. (30% of course grade.)
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. By the end of Week TBD (Date TBD) a one-paragraph description addressing the general topic and specific argument of the projected paper will be due by email. (Full rough drafts are also encouraged.) Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the general prompt, suggested topics, and advance draft comments. I reserve the right to require proof of the final paper's authenticity, such as notes or an early draft. Final draft (5-7 pages) due as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. There is no need to consider this a research paper, though you are free to make it one. CSUF academic integrity policies apply (see UPS 300.021). See CSUF Library. How to do well on this assignment: send required advance paragraph on time and incorporate advice I send; allow time for revision; proofread and follow MLA formatting and style guidelines; avoid exhaustive coverage and stale generalities: instead, develop a specific, arguable set of claims, demonstrating their strength by showing how they enhance our understanding of specific language, structures, and themes; document your online/print sources; read instructions and take advantage of Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive (see especially), Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30% of course grade.)
FINAL EXAM REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. The exam will consist of substantive id passages (30% of exam), mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y; 30% of exam), and key lecture points paired with substantive quotations from the assigned texts (40% of exam). There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Students may not share books or notes during the exam. Exam date: see below. How to do well on this assignment: read the online prep. sheet; take good notes and ask questions/make comments; above all, enjoy the works rather than thinking of them only as "test material." If you take pleasure in the assigned texts' language, attend to the sophistication with which they have been structured, and reflect on the intellectual/moral/spiritual value you derive from them, you are likely to earn a good exam grade. (20% of course grade.)
EMAILING JOURNALS, TERM PAPER, PRESENTATION DRAFTS TO E211 at AJDRAKE.COM. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E211 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email or send them as an attachment. (Journal "sets" include responses to questions about several authors; do not send entries on each author in a given set separately. Responses on the relevant authors should be combined into one document.) Contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within approximately three days.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS AND PRESENTATIONS
Bede | Rood | Chaucer | Malory | Wyatt | Elizabeth | Sidney | Spenser | Marlowe | Ralegh | Hariot | Shakespeare | Donne | Jonson | Bacon | Herbert | Milton | Pope | Gay | Swift | Addison | Johnson | Boswell | Burney
SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
08/23. Course Introduction.
08/25. Bede, Anonymous. From Bede's Ecclesiastical History (24-27). Anonymous author's "The Dream of the Rood" (27-29).
08/30. Geoffrey Chaucer. From The Canterbury Tales "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" (256-75).
09/01. Geoffrey Chaucer. From The Canterbury Tales. "The Wife of Bath's Tale" (275-84).
09/06. Labor Day Holiday. Campus closed.
09/08. Thomas Malory. From Malory's Morte Darthur (438-56).
09/13. Sir Thomas Wyatt. "The long love" (594); "Whoso list to hunt" (595); "My galley" (597); "Divers doth use" (598); "Madam, withouten many words" (599); "They flee from me," both versions (599-600); "My lute, awake!" (600-01); "Forget not yet" (601-02); "Blame not my lute" (602-03); "Who list his wealth and ease retain" (603-04); "Mine Own John Poins" (604-06).
09/15. Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Philip Sidney. Elizabeth I's "A Speech to a Joint Delegation of Lords and Commons, Nov. 5, 1566" (692-94); "A Letter to Sir Amyas Paulet, August 1586" (697); "A Letter to King James VI of Scotland, February 14, 1587" (697-98); "Verse Exchange between Elizabeth and Sir Walter Ralegh" (698-99); "Speech to the Troops at Tilbury" (699-700); "Golden Speech" (1700-03). Sidney's "The Defense of Poesy" (953-68 only).
JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 09/19; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Bede through Sidney. Respond with a full paragraph to the number of questions specified on the Journal Instructions Page for each author. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt of this and subsequent journal sets.)
09/20. Edmund Spenser and Christopher Marlowe. Spenser's "Epithalamion" (907-16). Marlowe's "Hero and Leander" (1004-22).
09/22. Sir Walter Ralegh, Thomas Hariot. Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (917-18); "What is our life? (918); "...to His Son" (918-19); "The Lie" (919-21); "Farewell, False Love" (921); "Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay" (921-22); "Nature, that washed her hands in milk" (922-23); "The Author's Epitaph..." (923); from The discovery of the large, rich, and beautiful Empire of Guiana (923-26) and The History of the World (926). Hariot's Report on Virginia (938-43).
09/27. William Shakespeare. Coriolanus. Acts 1-3. (Folger edition, separate paperback.)
09/29. William Shakespeare. Coriolanus. Acts 4-5. (Folger edition, separate paperback.)
10/04. John Donne. "The Flea" (1263); "The Good-Morrow" (1263-64); "The Sun Rising" (1266); "The Canonization" (1267-68); "A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day" (1272-73); "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (1275-76); "The Ecstasy" (1276-78); from "Holy Sonnets" (1295-99), "Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward" (1299-1300); from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and "Death's Duel" (1303-08).
10/06. Ben Jonson. The Masque of Blacknesse (1326-34); "On My First Son" (1430); "On Lucy, Countess of Bedford" (1430); "Inviting a Friend to Supper" (1431-32); "To Penshurst" (1434-36); "Song: To Celia" (1436); from "A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyric Pieces" (1437-38); "To the Memory of my Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare" (1444-46); from Timber, or Discoveries (1448-51).
10/11. Sir Francis Bacon. Essays (1552-63) and Novum Organum (1565-69).
10/13. George Herbert. "The Altar" (1607) "Redemption" (1607), "Easter" (1608), "Easter Wings" (1609), "Affliction (I)" (1609), "Prayer (1)" (1611), "Jordan (1)" (1611), "Denial" (1613), "Jordan (2)" (1615), "Time" (1616), "The Bunch of Grapes" (1617), "The Pilgrimage" (1618), "The Pulley" (1620), "The Flower" (1621), "Discipline" (1623), "Death" (1624).
JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 10/17; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Wyatt through Herbert. Respond with a full paragraph to the number of questions specified on the Journal Instructions Page for each author. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt.)/
10/18. John Milton. "Sonnets" (1826-29) and "Areopagitica" (1816-25).
10/20. John Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 1 (1830-50).
10/25. John Milton. Paradise Lost, Books 2-3 (1850-87).
10/27. John Milton. Paradise Lost, Books 4, 9 (1887-1908, 1973-98).
11/01. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock (2513-32).
11/03. Alexander Pope. "Eloisa to Abelard" (2533-40); from "Essay on Criticism" (2496-2513).
11/08. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera (2611-56).
11/10. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera (2611-56).
JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 11/14; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Milton through Gay. Respond with a full paragraph to the number of questions specified on the Journal Instructions Page for each author. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt.)
11/15. Jonathan Swift. From "A Tale of a Tub" (2315-23).
11/17. Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele. "The Aims of the Spectator" (2473-75); "Inkle and Yarico" (2476-78); "The Royal Exchange" (2478-81) "Wit: True, False, Mixed" (2481-85); "Paradise Lost: General Critical Remarks" (2485-88); "The Pleasures of the Imagination" (2488-90); "On the Scale of Being" (2490-92).
11/22. Fall Recess. No Classes.
11/24. Fall Recess. No Classes.
11/29. Samuel Johnson. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (2680-2743).
12/01. Samuel Johnson. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (2680-2743); Rambler #4 "On Fiction" (2743-46); "Preface to Shakespeare" (2755-66).
12/06. James Boswell. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (2778-2810).
12/08. Frances Burney. Journal and Letters. (2810-27).
JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY 12/15; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Swift through Burney. Respond with a full paragraph to the number of questions specified on the Journal Instructions Page for each author. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt.)/
Final Exam Date Wednesday, December 15, 2:30-4:20. Due by email by Wednesday, Dec. 22 (note change in date): Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by January 3, 2011.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.