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SYLLABUS FOR E211 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1760, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2005

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Note: all links have been removed from this archival copy, but the author questions (bundled according to subject/period) and study guides referenced below can be found in relevant sections of the Resource Gallery. Instructions pages for journals, presentations, etc. were similar to those available in my current courses. MP3 audio of class sessions for selected courses is still available in the Audio Archive. My blog entries for most courses are available from the Blogs Index.


Course Particulars. English 211, Course Code 12747. Mon. 7-9:45 p.m., Mc Carthy Hall (MH) 685. Office hours: Mon. 6-7 in University Hall 329. e211_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "major periods and movements, major authors, and major forms through 1760." Units (3). Satisfies General Education requirements with grade of C or better. I will use +/- grading.

Required Texts (Titan Bookstore)

Abrams, M. H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vols. 1ABC. 7th. edition. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN: 1A = 0393975657, 1B = 0393975665, 1C = 0393975673.

Maus, Katharine E., ed. Four Revenge Tragedies: The Spanish Tragedy, the Revenger's Tragedy, the Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois and the Atheist's Tragedy. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000. ISBN 0192838784.

Shakespeare, William. Measure for Measure. Washington Square Press, 1997. (Folger Shakespeare.) ISBN 067172276X.

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: "E211 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 three 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 E211 Last Name, First, as in "E211 Garcia, Anna.") 25%.

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 Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30 - 9:20 p.m. 25%.

Site Features: Contact Instructor | Subscribe to News | View Your Files | Set Preferences | View All Blogs | Create Your Blog | Post to Your Blog | View Forum | Chat/Virtual Office | MP3 Audio | Instructor's Blogs | View Guides | Quizzes | Offsite Links

Questions: Beowulf | Gawain | Chaucer | Kempe | Wakefield | Malory | Wyatt | Ralegh | Hoby | Kyd | Shakespeare | Donne | Herbert | Milton | Congreve | Pope | Johnson | Boswell | Burney | Gray


SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

08/22. Course Introduction.

WEEK 2

08/29. Beowulf (29-99).

WEEK 3

09/05. Labor Day Holiday -- Campus Closed.

WEEK 4

09/12. Pearl Poet. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (156-210). Journal Set 1 Due.

WEEK 5

09/19. Geoffrey Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe. Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale (296-310). Julian's A Book of Showings (355-66). Kempe's The Book of Margery Kempe (366-79).

WEEK 6

09/26. The Wakefield Master and Sir Thomas Malory. Wakefield Master's The Second Shepherds' Play (391-419). Malory's Morte D'Arthur (419-39).

WEEK 7

10/03. Thomas Wyatt, Walter Ralegh, Thomas Hoby. Wyatt's "Whoso List to Hunt" (527); "Madam, Withouten Many Words" (529); "They Flee from Me" (529); "Mine Own John Poins" (535-37). Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (879); "What is our life?" (879); "to His Son" (880); "The Lie" (882); "Farewell, False Love" (882); "Methought I saw" (883); "Nature, that washed her hands in milk" (883); "The Author's Epitaph" (884); from The Discovery of Guiana (885-88) and The History of the World (888-89). Hoby's The Courtier (577-93).

WEEK 8

10/10. Thomas Kyd. The Spanish Tragedy (separate text). Journal Set 2 Due.

WEEK 9

10/17. William Shakespeare. Measure for Measure (film).

WEEK 10

10/24. William Shakespeare. Measure for Measure (discussion, separate text).

WEEK 11

10/31. John Donne, George Herbert. Donne's "The Good Morrow" (1236-37); "The Sun Rising" (1239); "The Canonizaton" (1240-41); "A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day" (1245-46); "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (1248-49); "The Ecstasy" (1249-51); "The Blossom" (1252-53); "Holy Sonnets" (1268-72); "Good Friday, 1613: Riding Westward" (1272-73). Herbert's "The Altar" (1597); "Redemption" (1597); "Easter" (1598); "Easter Wings" (1599); "Affliction 1" (1599-1601); "Prayer 1" (1601) "Jordan 1" (1601-02); "Denial" (1603); "Jordan 2" (1605-06); "Time" (1606-07); "The Bunch of Grapes" (1607); "The Pilgrimage" (1610); "The Pulley" (1610); "The Flower" (1610-12).

WEEK 12

11/07. John Milton. Paradise Lost, Books 1-4, 9 (1815-94, 1961-86). Journal Set 3 Due.

WEEK 13

11/14. William Congreve and Alexander Pope. Congreve's The Way of the World (2215-80); Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard" (2546-54).

WEEK 14

11/21. Thanksgiving Holiday; no classes all week.

WEEK 15

11/28. Samuel Johnson, James Boswell. Johnson's Rasselas (2678-2712); Rambler #4 "On Fiction" (2712-15); Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (2752-83).

WEEK 16

12/05. Frances Burney, Thomas Gray. Burney's Journals and Letters (2783-2805). Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (2825-29); "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (2830-33).

FINAL EXAM

Final Exam Date Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30 - 9:20 p.m. Also due: Journal Set 4 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 2006.)


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