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E211 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1760, CAL STATE FULLERTON SPRING 2005
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Course Information. English 211, Course Code 12662. Wed. 4-6:45 p.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 617. Office hours: Wed. 3-4 in University Hall 329. E211 covers "major periods and movements, major authors, and major forms through 1760." Units: (3). Satisfies Category III.B.2 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.
Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. Washington, D.C: Washington Square Press, 2004. ISBN: 0743477561. (Folger Editions)
Shakespeare, William. Henry V. Washington, D.C: Washington Square Press, 2004. ISBN: 0743484878. (Folger Editions)
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Term Paper Requirement. 25% of course grade. Rough draft suggested, 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. See Paper Topic Suggestions.
Journal Requirement. 25% of course grade. Consists of responses to a choice of study questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 4, 8, 12, and on final exam day. (Or you may email them by the end of those evenings.)
Presentation Requirement. 25% of course grade. Each class, several students will offer their responses to a different study question about the day's assigned texts. Responses can be informal, and there is no need to turn in anything. Students will sign up in advance for three questions, each on a different author and for a different week. Responses need not take more than 3-5 minutes. I will bring in a hard-copy signup schedule and transfer the names to the online schedule. Missing these presentations will adversely affect the course grade. Rescheduling may be possible.
Final Exam Requirement. 25% of course grade. The exam will consist of substantive, prominently mentioned passages to identify, short questions requiring a paragraph-length response, and one comparative essay. On all three sections, there will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes are allowed for all three parts. Exam date is Wednesday, May 25 from 5-6:50 p.m. in our usual location.
General: College Success | Sample Essay | Grammar | Deductive Essays | Citation | Analysis | Editing | Plagiphrasing | Orwell | Links
Guides: Beowulf Guide | 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 | Addison/Steele's Spectator/Tatler Online
Questions: Bede | Dream of Rood | Beowulf | Marie de France | Chaucer | More | Wyatt | Shakespeare | Donne | Herbert | Milton | Dryden | Pepys | Swift | Addison/Steele | Pope | Gay | Hogarth | Johnson | Boswell | Burney | Gray | Collins | Cowper
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
02/02. Course Introduction.
02/09. Bede (23ff), "The Dream of the Rood" (26ff), and Beowulf (29ff).
02/16. Geoffrey Chaucer and Marie de France. Marie de France's "Lanval" (126ff). Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. General Prologue lines 1-164 (pp. 215-19), Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (pp. 253-81).
02/23. Thomas More and Thomas Wyatt. 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" ( 527ff). More's Utopia (503ff). Journal 1 due by email.
03/02. William Shakespeare. Henry V. (Film)
03/09. William Shakespeare. Henry V. (Discussion, separate text)
03/16. William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice. (Film)
03/23. William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice. (Discussion, separate text) Journal 2 due by email.
03/30. Spring Recess, no class.
04/06. John Donne and George Herbert. 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" (1233ff). 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" (1595ff).
04/13. John Milton and John Dryden. Milton's Paradise Lost 1-4, 9 (1815ff). Dryden's "An Essay of Dramatic Poesy" (2114-18).
04/20. Samuel Pepys and Jonathan Swift. Pepys' Diary entry "The Great Fire" (2122-27). Swift's Gulliver's Travels. (2329ff). Journal 3 due by email.
04/27. Addison/Steele and Alexander Pope. Addison/Steele's "The Gentleman; the Pretty Fellow"; "Dueling"; "The Spectator's Club"; "Sir Roger at Church"; ""The Aims of the Spectator"; "Wit: True, False, Mixed"; "Paradise Lost: General Critical Remarks"; and "On the Scale of Being" (2479ff). Pope's The Rape of the Lock and "Eloisa to Abelard" (2525ff).
05/04. John Gay and William Hogarth. Gay's The Beggar's Opera (2605ff). Hogarth's Marriage a la Mode (2652ff).
05/11. Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. Johnson's Rasselas, (2678-2712), Rambler #4 "On Fiction" (2712-15), "Metaphysical Wit" (2736-38). (Also suggested: "Preface" to A Dictionary of the English Language and "Preface to Shakespeare.") Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D (2752-83).
05/18. Frances Burney, Thomas Gray, William Collins, and William Cowper. Burney's Journals and Letters (2783-2805). Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"; "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (2825ff). Collins' "Ode Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746" and "Ode on the Poetical Character" (2833ff). Cowper's selections from "The Task" and "The Castaway" (2875ff).
05/23-29. Cumulative final exam takes place in class Wednesday, May 25 from 5-6:50 p.m. If you haven't yet read instructions on how to prepare, please go over that document before the exam. Journal 4 and the Term Paper are also due by email on the day of the final exam. I must file grades by Friday, June 3rd.