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SYLLABUS FOR E211 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1760, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2008 (UPDATED 1/19/08)

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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 Information. English 211, Course Code 13028. Section 2. Wednesday 4:00-6:50 p.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 463. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Wednesday 3:00-4:00 in University Hall 329. e211_at_ajdrake.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. Students who need special accommodations should contact the Disabled Student Services Office in UH 101 or call (714) 278-3117.

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.

Mackenzie, Henry. The Man of Feeling. Oxford University Press, USA; 2nd edition. 2001. ISBN-10: 0192840320. ISBN-13: 978-0192840325.

Shakespeare, William. Much Ado about Nothing. Folger Shakespeare Library. Washington Square Press, 2004. ISBN-10: 0743482751. (ISBN-13: 978-0743482752).

Optional Resources: Instructor and Student Blogs | Class Sessions in MP3 Audio | Guides | Offsite Links.


Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.

Presentations Requirement. Students will sign up for one or more* 5-minute in-class presentations on assigned authors of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions from the online journal questions and will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. Required: At least one week before you present, contact me to discuss your ideas. After you have given your in-class presentation, email me a version of your comments and I'll post it as a new entry to the appropriate collective students' blog. Other students may, if they wish, access the entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. Your emailed version should resemble your class comments, but need not be identical. (Please avoid indentation and bulleted lists.) 20% of course grade. *Two or three if small class size warrants.

Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due by email anytime on class day Week 6, Week 12, and May 18th. Electronic format required. Acceptable late, but not for full credit. (30%)

Term Paper Requirement. By April 16th (Week 13), a one-paragraph description addressing the topic and 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 prompt, some possible 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; graduates 10-15 pages) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. CSUF academic integrity policies apply (see UPS 300.021). For undergraduates, research is optional; graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; see CSUF Library. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)

Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y), and short questions requiring a few paragraphs in response. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. No laptops during the exam. Exam date: see below. (20%)

Emailing Journals/Paper/Presentations 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.

Questions: Bede | Rood | Beowulf | Chaucer | Malory | Everyman | Wyatt | Elizabeth | Sidney | Spenser | Ralegh | Hariot | Marlowe | Shakespeare | Donne | Jonson | Milton | Behn | Pope | Gay | Johnson | Mackenzie.


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

WEEK 1

01/23. Course Introduction.

WEEK 2

01/30. Bede, Anonymous, Beowulf. From Bede's ''Ecclesiastical History" (24-27). Anonymous author's "The Dream of the Rood" (27-29). Beowulf (29-100).

WEEK 3

02/06. Geoffrey Chaucer. The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (256-84).

WEEK 4

02/13. Thomas Malory and Anonymous. From Malory's Morte Darthur (438-56). Anonymous. Everyman (463-84).

WEEK 5

02/20. Thomas Wyatt, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Philip Sidney. Wyatt's "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). Queen 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).

WEEK 6

02/27. Edmund Spenser, Sir Walter Ralegh, Thomas Hariot. Spenser's "Epithalamion" (907-16). 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). Journal Set 1 Due.

WEEK 7

03/05. Christopher Marlowe. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1022-55).

WEEK 8

03/12. William Shakespeare. Much Ado about Nothing. (Folger separate paperback.)

WEEK 9

03/19. John Donne, Ben Jonson. Donne's "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). Jonson's 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).

WEEK 10

03/26. John Milton. "Sonnets" (1826-29); Paradise Lost, Books 1-4 (1831-1908).

WEEK 11

04/02. Spring Recess. No classes.

WEEK 12

04/09. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko (2178-2226). Journal Set 2 Due.

WEEK 13

04/16. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock (2513-32); "Eloisa to Abelard" (2533-40); from "Essay on Criticism" (2496-2513).

WEEK 14

04/23. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera (2611-56). Paper topic/argument paragraph due by email.

WEEK 15

04/30. Samuel Johnson. Johnson's The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (2680-2743); Rambler #4 "On Fiction" (2743-46); "Preface to Shakespeare" (2755-66).

WEEK 16

05/07. Henry Mackenzie. The Man of Feeling (Separate Oxford paperback).

FINAL EXAM

Final Exam Date Wednesday, May 14, 5-6:50 p.m. Due by May 18: Journal Set 3 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by May 23, 2008.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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