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SYLLABUS FOR E212 BRITISH LITERATURE SINCE 1760, CAL STATE FULLERTON SPRING 2003

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Required Texts (Titan Bookstore)

Abrams, M. H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 7th ed. Vols. 2ABC.

De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium- Eater. New York: Dover, 1995. ISBN 0-486-28742-4.

Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York: Dover, 2001. ISBN 0-486-41920-7.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. New York: Dover, 1991 or subsequent reprint. ISBN 0-486-26688-5.


Catalog Information. "This course meets a GE Disciplinary Learning requirement in Category III.B.2, Introduction to the Humanities."

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

Term Papers: First (due 3/7); Second (5/30) with early draft or notes included.

General: College | Internet | Lit. Theory | Sample | Grammar | Deductive | Citation | Analysis | Editing | Plagiphrasing | Bad English | Rubric | Links

C19 Period: Intro | Characteristics | Liberalism | Topics | Backgrounds Milton | Metaphor | Nature | What Good is Poetry? | Marx

Questions: Blake | Wollstonecraft | Wordsworth | Shelley | De Quincey | Carlyle | Mill | Dickens | Tennyson | Stevenson | Hopkins | Wilde | Housman | Sassoon | Owen | Yeats | Woolf


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

WEEK 1

02/03. Intro to Course and to the Romantic Period. Norton introductions to authors/periods are assigned.

02/05. William Blake. From Songs of Innocence.

02/07. William Blake. From Songs of Experience.

WEEK 2

02/10. William Blake. From Songs of Experience. Mary Wollstonecraft. Intro. to "A Vindication"

02/12. Mary Wollstonecraft. From "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman."

02/14. William Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads."

WEEK 3

02/17. Holiday; no class. (Presidents' Day.)

02/19. William Wordsworth. "Preface" (continued) and "Tintern Abbey."

02/21. William Wordsworth. "Tintern" and "Intimations of Immortality"; also assigned: "The Solitary Reaper"; "She dwelt among the untrodden ways"; "I wandered lonely as a cloud"; "Lucy Gray."

WEEK 4

02/24. Percy Bysshe Shelley. from "A Defence of Poetry." 02/26. Percy Bysshe Shelley. "A Defence" (cont.); begin "Ode to the West Wind."

02/28. Percy Bysshe Shelley, (cont). "Ode to the West Wind"; "To a Sky-Lark"; "Ozymandias"; "Mutability."

WEEK 5

03/03. Percy Bysshe Shelley (cont.); Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

03/05. Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

03/07. Thomas de Quincey, Confessions; "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth"; "Alexander Pope"; "The Literature of Knowledge and the Literature of Power." Final Draft of Paper #1 Due.

WEEK 6

03/10. Introduction to the Victorian Period.

03/12. Thomas Carlyle. From Portraits; from Sartor Resartus.

03/14. Thomas Carlyle. From Sartor Resartus.

WEEK 7

03/17. Thomas Carlyle. From Sartor ("Natural Supernaturalism"); from The French Revolution.

03/19. Thomas Carlyle. From The French Revolution and Past and Present.

03/21. Midterm Exam in class.

WEEK 8

03/24. John Stuart Mill. From On Liberty.

03/26. John Stuart Mill. From On Liberty (cont.); from Autobiography.

03/28. John Stuart Mill. From Autobiography (cont.). Charles Dickens. Intro. to Hard Times.

WEEK 9

03/31. Spring Break; no classes.

04/02. Spring Break; no classes.

04/04. Spring Break; no classes.

WEEK 10

04/07. Charles Dickens. Hard Times, Part 1.

04/09. Charles Dickens. Hard Times, Part 2.

04/11. Charles Dickens. Hard Times, Part 3.

WEEK 11

04/14. Alfred Tennyson. From In Memoriam A.H.H. Prologue, 1-5, 7, 11, 14-15, 28, 30, 34, 39, 54-56, 75, 108, 118, 123-24, 126, 130-31, Epilogue.

04/16. Alfred Tennyson. From In Memoriam A.H.H. (cont.)

04/18. Alfred Tennyson. "The Lady of Shalott"; "The Lotos-Eaters"; "Ulysses"; "The Eagle"; "Tears, Idle Tears"; "Crossing the Bar."

WEEK 12

04/21. Robert Louis Stevenson. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. (Separate edition.)

04/23. Robert Louis Stevenson. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. (Separate edition.)

04/25. Hopkins. All Norton selections.

WEEK 13

04/28. Gerard Manley Hopkins. All Norton selections.

04/30. Oscar Wilde. "The Critic as Artist."

05/02. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest. (Film in class)

WEEK 14

05/05. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest. (Film in class)

05/07. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest.

05/09. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest.

WEEK 15

05/12. A. E. Housman. All Norton selections.

05/14. Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. All Norton selections.

05/16. William Butler Yeats. "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"; "Easter 1916"; "The Second Coming"; "Sailing to Byzantium"; "Leda and the Swan"; "Byzantium"; "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop"; "Among School Children"; "Under Ben Bulben."

WEEK 16

05/19. William Butler Yeats. "Sailing to Byzantium"; "Byzantium"; "Leda and the Swan"; "Crazy Jane Talks to the Bishop"; "Among School Children"; "Under Ben Bulben."

05/21. Virginia Woolf. A Room of One's Own.

05/23. Virginia Woolf. A Room of One's Own.

FINAL EXAM

05/30. Friday, 9:30-11:20 a.m. In-class exam, comprehensive but with main emphasis on post-midterm texts. (Also, Paper #2 due in class today.)


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