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Course Information. English 212, Course Code 12795. MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 617. Office hours: MW 8-9 in University Hall 329. e212-m_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "major periods and movements, major authors, and major forms since 1760." Units (3). Satisfies General Ed. requirements GE Category III.B.2 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, Volumes 2A-C. 7th edition. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.

Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians. New York: Penguin, 1982. ISBN 014006110X.

Polidori, John et al. The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. ISBN 0192838946.

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: "E212-M Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. Copying-and-pasting is fine for journal sets, or you can send them as an attachment. Please contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within three days.

Course Policies. Please review this information early in the semester.

Presentations Requirement. Undergraduates will sign up for several (usually three) 3-5-minute informal presentations (graduates 5-7 minute). On the first day, students will choose authors; I will add specific questions and post a schedule on the Presentations Page. Each session will feature several presentations and comments by the instructor and other participants. At least two days before you present, I require that you contact me to discuss your ideas. After you present, I require that you post a version to your blog. Your post should be similar to your class comments, but it need not be identical. See Blogging for instructions; Creating and Using a Blog (along with a class demonstration) will explain how to set up a blog. 25% of course grade.

Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 4, 8, 12, and Final Exam Day, May 24th. Electronic format required. 25%.

Term Paper Requirement. Rough draft suggested, final draft (5-7 pg / 10-15 grad) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; for undergraduates research is optional. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. 25%.

Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, short questions requiring paragraph responses, and one comparative essay. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. Exam date Wednesday, May 24th 9:30-11:20 a.m. 25%.

Questions: Blake | W. Wordsworth | D. Wordsworth | Coleridge | Robinson | Shelley | Keats | Hazlitt | Polidori | Hogg | Landon | Carlyle | Newman | Tennyson | Mill | Ruskin | Arnold | Hopkins | D. G. Rossetti | C. Rossetti | Morris | Swinburne | Pater | Wilde | Conrad | Achebe | WWI | Housman | Joyce | Yeats | Eliot | Rhys | Graves | Pinter | Coetzee

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01/30. Introduction to Course and to Wiki Features.

02/01. William Blake. Songs of Innocence and of Experience (43-59).

02/03. William Blake. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (72-84).


02/06. William Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" (238-51).

02/08. William Wordsworth. "She dwelt among the untrodden ways" (252), "Three years she grew" (252-53), "Lucy Gray" (254-56), "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (284-85), "The Solitary Reaper" (293-94).

02/10. William and Dorothy Wordsworth. William's "Tintern Abbey" (235-38). Dorothy's Alfoxden and Grasmere Journals (383-97).


02/13. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Biographia Literaria (467-86), Lectures on Shakespeare (486-89), The Statesman's Manual (489-92).

02/15. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "The Eolian Harp" (419-20), "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (422-38), "Kubla Khan" (439-41).

02/17. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mary Robinson. Coleridge's "Frost at Midnight" (457-58), "Dejection: an Ode" (459-62). Robinson's "To the Poet Coleridge" (98-99) and "The Haunted Beach" (96-97).


02/20. Presidents' Day Holiday -- no classes.

02/22. Percy Bysshe Shelley. "Defense of Poetry" (789-802), "Mutability" (701), "Mont Blanc" (720-23).

02/24. Percy Bysshe Shelley. "Ozymandias" (725-26), "Ode to the West Wind" (730-32), "To a Sky-Lark" (765-67). Journal Set 1 Due.


02/27. John Keats. "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (826-27), "The Eve of St. Agnes" (834-44).

03/01. John Keats. "Ode to a Nightingale" (849-51), "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (851-53), Letters (889-903).

03/03. William Hazlitt. "On Gusto" (513-19), "My First Acquaintance with Poets" (519-26).


03/06. Polidori, John. "The Vampyre" from The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (1-24). Oxford edition.

03/08. James Hogg. "Some Terrible Letters from Scotland" from The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (99-112). Oxford edition.

03/10. Letitia Landon. "The Bride of Lindorf" from from The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (175-200). Oxford edition.


03/13. Thomas Carlyle. Sartor Resartus (1077-1103).

03/15. John Henry Newman. The Idea of a University (1119-27), Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1128-35), and Liberalism (1135-37).

03/17. Alfred Tennyson. Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" (1204-08), "The Lotos-Eaters" (1208-13), "Ulysses" (1213-15).


03/20. John Stuart Mill. Autobiography (1166-73).

03/22. John Ruskin. The Stones of Venice (1432-42) and The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century (1443-51).

03/24. Matthew Arnold. "The Buried Life" (1480-82), "Dover Beach" (1492-93), "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse" (1493-98), "Preface to Poems" (1504-14). Journal Set 2 Due.


03/28 - 03/31. Spring Recess -- no classes all week.


04/03. Gerard Manley Hopkins. "God's Grandeur" (1651), "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" (1652), "The Windhover" (1652), "Pied Beauty" (1653), "Binsey Poplars" (1654), "Duns Scotus' Oxford" (1654), "Carrion Comfort" (1656), "I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day" (1657), "That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection" (1658), "Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord" (1658).

04/05. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti. Dante's "The Blessed Damozel" (1573-78). Christina's "Song -- She sat and sang alway" (1584), "Song -- When I am dead, my dearest" (1584), "After Death" (1585), "In an Artist's Studio" (1586), "Winter: My Secret" (1588), "No, Thank You, John" (1601), "Sleeping at Last" (1604).

04/07. William Morris, Algernon Swinburne. Morris' "The Haystack in the Floods" (1614-18), "How I Became a Socialist" (1619-21). Swinburne's "Hymn to Proserpine" (1625-28).


04/10. Walter Pater. From The Renaissance (1636-44), "Style" from Appreciations (1645-48).

04/12. Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1761-1805).

04/14. Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1761-1805).


04/17. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness (1957-2016).

04/19. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness (1957-2016).

04/21. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness (1957-2016). Read also Chinua Achebe's "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness (2035-40). Journal Set 3 Due.


04/24. Voices of World War I Section -- read all selections: Brooke, Thomas, Sassoon, Gurney, Rosenberg, Owen, Cannan, Jones (2048-84).

04/26. Voices of World War I Section -- read all selections: Brooke, Thomas, Sassoon, Gurney, Rosenberg, Owen, Cannan, Jones (2048-84).

04/28. A. E. Housman. "The Loveliest of Trees" (2042); "When I was One-and-Twenty" (2042); "To an Athlete Dying Young" (2042); "On Wenlock Edge" (2043); "Terence, This is Stupid Stuff" (2044); "The Chestnut Casts his Flambeaux" (2046).


05/01. James Joyce. The Dead (2240-68).

05/03. William Butler Yeats. "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (2092); "Easter 1916" (2104); "The Second Coming" (2106); "Sailing to Byzantium" (2109); "Leda and the Swan" (2110); "Among School Children" (2111); "A Dialogue of Self and Soul" (2113).

05/05. William Butler Yeats. "Byzantium" (2115); "Crazy Jane... " (2116); "After Long Silence" (2117); "The Circus Animals' Desertion" (2120); "Under Ben Bulben" (2121); from Reveries over Childhood and Youth and The Trembling of the Veil (2124-31).


05/08. T. S. Eliot. The Waste Land (2368-83).

05/10. Jean Rhys, Robert Graves. Rhys' "Mannequin" (2437-42). Graves' "Down, Wanton, Down!" (2445); "Love Without Hope" (2446); "The Cool Web" (2446); "The Reader Over My Shoulder" (2446); "To Juan at Winter Solstice" (2447); "The White Goddess" (2448); "The Blue-Fly" (2449); "A Slice of Wedding-Cake" (2450).

05/12. Harold Pinter. The Dumb Waiter (2594-2616).


05/15. Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians. (Penguin Edition)

05/17. Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians. (Penguin Edition)

05/19. Review.


Final Exam Date Wednesday, May 24th 9:30-11:20 a.m. Also due: Journal Set 4 and the Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Friday, June 2nd, 2006.) For other courses, see CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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