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SYLLABUS FOR E211 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1760, CAL STATE FULLERTON SPRING 2004
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Catalog Information. "This course meets a GE Disciplinary Learning requirement in Category III.B.2, Introduction to the Humanities."
Required Texts (Titan Bookstore)
Abrams, M. H. et al, Eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 7th. edition. Vols. 1ABC. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 1A = 0393975657, 1B = 0393975665, 1C = 0393975673.
Bunyan, John. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN 0192821326.
Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of the Plague Year. New York: Norton, 1992. ISBN 0393961885.
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. New York: Penguin. 1999. ISBN 0140714855.
Sterne, Laurence. A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003. ISBN 0192839969.
Course Policies. (Please review this information.)
Papers #1 and #2 Instructions. (25% and 35% of grade; first paper due Week 10 (April 7) and second paper due along with in-class final exam. See also Advance Draft Comments.
Final Exam. (40% of grade.) View suggestions on how to prepare.
General: Sample Essay | Grammar | Deductive Essays | Citation | Analysis | Editing | Plagiphrasing | Orwell | Rubric | Links
Guides: Chaucer's English | Medieval Humours | Renaissance Soul | Typology | Great Chain | Allegory | Renaissance Lyric | Epic Conventions | Petrarchan Sonnet | Poets & Gospel | Shakespeare Review | P.L. Arguments | P.L. Guide | P.L. Chronology | P. L. Modes | Divine Right | Renaissance Rhetoric
Questions: Bede | Rood | Maldon | Marie | Ancrene | Chaucer | Langland | Wakefield | More | Wyatt | Spenser | Ralegh | Hariot | Marlowe | Shakespeare | Donne | Jonson | Bacon | Browne | Hobbes | Milton | Herbert | Bunyan | Defoe | Swift | Pope | Johnson | Boswell | Gray | Sterne
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
W. 02/04. Course Introduction.
W. 02/11. Geoffrey Chaucer, other Medieval Works. From Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue lines 1-164, Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale. Bede's Ecclesiastical History. Dream of the Rood. The Battle of Maldon. Marie de France's "The Wolf and the Lamb" and "The Wolf and the Sow." Ancrene Riwle.
WEEK 3 (Wednesday, February 18)
W. 02/18. William Langland and the Wakefield Master. From Langland's Piers Plowman. The Wakefield Master's Second Shepherds' Play.
W. 02/25. Sir Thomas More, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Edmund Spenser, Sir Walter Ralegh, Thomas Hariot. More's Utopia. Wyatt's "The Long Love," "My Galley," "Madam, Withouten Many Words," "Whoso List to Hunt," "My Lute, Awake!" "They Flee from Me," "Divers Doth Use," "Blame Not My Lute," "Forget Not Yet," "Who List His Wealth and Ease," "Mine Own John Poins." Spenser's "Epithalamion." Ralegh and Hariot: all Norton selections.
W. 03/03. Christopher Marlowe. Doctor Faustus.
W. 03/10. William Shakespeare. The Tempest. (Separate text)
W. 03/17. John Donne and Ben Jonson. Donne's "The Flea," "The Good Morrow," "Song -- Go and Catch a Falling Star," "The Canonizaton," "A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "Holy Sonnets" (all), "Good Friday, 1613: Riding Westward," from Devotions, selection from "Death's Duel." Jonson's The Masque of Blackness.
W. 03/24. Sir Francis Bacon, Thomas Browne, Thomas Hobbes. From Bacon's Essays, from The Advancement of Learning, from Novum Organum, from The New Atlantis. From Browne's Religio Medici and Hydriotaphia. From Hobbes's Leviathan.
W. 03/31. Spring Recess, no class.
W. 04/07. John Milton. Paradise Lost.
W. 04/14. George Herbert and John Bunyan. Herbert's "The Altar," "Redemption," "Easter," "Easter Wings," "Affliction (I)," "Prayer (1)," "Jordan (1)," "Denial," "Jordan (2)," "Time," "The Bunch of Grapes," "The Pilgrimage," "The Pulley," "The Flower," "Discipline," "Death." Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Bunyan Electronic Text.
W. 04/21. Daniel Defoe. A Journal of the Plague Year. (Separate text)
W. 04/28. Jonathan Swift. From Gulliver's Travels.
W. 05/05. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock and "Eloisa to Abelard."
W. 05/12. Samuel Johnson and Thomas Boswell. From Johnson's Rasselas, Rambler #4, "Preface" to Dictionary, "Preface" to Shakespeare, "Metaphysical Wit." From Boswell's "Grand Tour" and The Life of Samuel Johnson.
W. 05/19. Thomas Gray and Laurence Sterne. Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." Sterne's A Sentimental Journey. (Separate text)
Wednesday, May 26, 5:00-6:50 p.m. at the usual location. Exam is open-book and open-note. It will consist in an essay question and possibly a short response or two (paragraph-length). The second paper is also due on this date.