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SYLLABUS FOR E211 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1760, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2015 (1/21/15)
COURSE INFORMATION. English 211, Course Code 21000, Section 1. MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 406. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: M/W 8:00-8:55 a.m. in University Hall (UH) 329. email@example.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. The English Dept. may be reached at (657) 278-3163. Students who need special accommodations at the main campus should contact the Disability Support Services Office in UH 101 or call (657) 278-3117; for the Irvine Campus, see Student Affairs, IRVC-159 phone (657) 278-3112. One other required link: Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.
REQUIRED TEXTS AT TITAN BOOKSTORE
Greenblatt, Stephen and Carol T. Christ. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th. edition. Package 1: Vols. A, B, C. Paperback. Norton: 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0393913002.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
LISTEN TO OUR CLASS SESSIONS IN MP3 AUDIO. Audio becomes available a day or two after each session.
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
COURSE POLICIES. Please review the Course Policies Page early in the semester. Key points easily stated here: missing more than 20% of sessions may affect course grade; failing to stay reasonably engaged during sessions may also adversely affect course grade; academic dishonesty on any assignment (journals, presentations, paper, exam) may result in course failure. The four evaluative requirements outlined below must be substantially completed to earn at least a "C" in the course. Since most assignments will be due by email, it is students' responsibility to contact me promptly if they do not get an email verifying receipt.
MAJOR STUDY UNITS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES. This course will cover a selection of literary, critical, and dramatic texts from the early Medieval Period through the mid-Eighteenth Century. The aim of a broad survey is to acquaint students with a variety of excellent work from the periods studied, and point them towards further reading in the areas that interest them.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. Lecture, student presentations, discussion, and perhaps a limited number of in-class quizzes. I encourage questions and comments -- student participation improves any course. My tasks are to lecture concisely, listen well, ask good questions, and help you find out more about our texts. Your tasks are to listen, respond, and develop your own ideas.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for one or two 5-7 minute in-class presentations on an author of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with a range of journal questions from which they need choose only one, and a few days after sign-up I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. Required: Around five days in advance of your presentation, email me as full a draft as possible of what you intend to say in class. I will email you back with advice. If I suggest developing the remarks further, email me a revised version at least one day before your in-class presentation. I won't judge students on their rhetorical skills during the presentation, but rather on evidence of prior preparation and consultation as well as on the written draft. How to do well on this assignment: email me as required, and send a final written version; craft your responses to invite discussion; aim for spontaneity and a personal touch: use the question as a springboard rather than a prescription. (15% of course grade.)
JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each author. Four separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the session schedule. Electronic format required. I will not mark journal sets down unless they are late (maximum grade = B), incomplete, or so brief and derivative as to suggest evasion of intellectual labor: they should consist of honest responses to the assigned readings, not "yes-or-no" style answers, quotation of the assigned texts without further comment, or pasted secondary material from Internet sources. How to do well on this assignment: read instructions; complete entries as you go through each text; send sets on time, making sure I verify receipt; respond with a thoughtful paragraph on each chosen question--use your own words and refer to the texts' specific language. (30% of course grade.)
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. By Monday, April 20 (beginning of Week 14) a one-paragraph description addressing the general topic and specific argument of the projected paper will be due by email. Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the general prompt, suggested 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) due as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. There is no need to consider this a research paper, though you are free to make it one. CSUF academic integrity policies apply -- see UPS 300.021). See CSUF Library. How to do well on this assignment: send required advance paragraph on time and incorporate advice I send; allow time for revision; proofread and follow MLA formatting and style guidelines; avoid exhaustive coverage and stale generalities: instead, develop a specific, arguable set of claims, demonstrating their strength by showing how they enhance our understanding of specific language, structures, and themes; document your online/print sources; read instructions and take advantage of Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive (see especially), Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30% of course grade.)
FINAL EXAM REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. The exam will consist of substantive id passages (30% of exam), mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y; 30% of exam), and key lecture points paired with substantive quotations from the assigned texts (40% of exam). Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Students may not share books or notes during the exam. Exam date: see below. How to do well on this assignment: read the online prep. sheet; take good notes and ask questions/make comments; above all, enjoy the works rather than thinking of them only as "test material." If you take pleasure in the assigned texts' language, attend to the sophistication with which they have been structured, and reflect on the intellectual/moral/spiritual value you derive from them, you are likely to earn a good exam grade. (25% of course grade.)
EMAILING JOURNALS, TERM PAPER, PRESENTATION DRAFTS TO E211 at AJDRAKE.COM. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments, though it's a good idea also to paste them into the message itself as a backup strategy, especially if you're using a program other than Microsoft Word to generate your materials. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E211 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. 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. Finally, please check your SPAM folder before emailing me about not receiving confirmation for receipt of materials.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS AND PRESENTATIONS
Bede | Rood | Chaucer | Malory | Everyman | Wyatt | Sidney | Marlowe | Spenser | Elizabeth I | Ralegh | Shakespeare
Donne | Jonson | Bacon | Milton | Behn | Pope | Gay | Addison and Steele | Johnson | Boswell | Burney
SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
01/19. Mon. MLK, JR. DAY, NO CLASSES. CAMPUS CLOSED.
01/21. Wed. Course Introduction.
01/23. Fri. Bede and Anonymous. From Bede's Ecclesiastical History (Vol. A, 30-32). Anonymous author's "The Dream of the Rood" (Vol. A, 33-36).
01/26. Mon. Geoffrey Chaucer. From The Canterbury Tales, "General Prologue" (Vol. A, 243-63).
01/28. Wed. Geoffrey Chaucer. From The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" (Vol. A, 282-301).
01/30. Fri. Geoffrey Chaucer. From The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Tale" (Vol. A, 301-10).
02/02. Mon. Sir Thomas Malory. From Morte Darthur (Vol. A, 482-500).
02/04. Wed. Everyman (Vol. A, 508-29).
02/06. Fri. Sir Thomas Wyatt. "The long love" and Petrarch's "Rima 140" (Vol. B, 648-49); "Whoso list to hunt" and Petrarch's "Rima 140" (649-50); "My galley" (651); "Divers doth use" (652); "Madam, withouten many words" (653); "They flee from me" (653-54); "My lute, awake!" (655); "Forget not yet" (656); "Blame not my lute" (656-57); "Who list his wealth and ease retain" (658); "Mine Own John Poins" (659-61).
02/09. Mon. Sir Philip Sidney and Christopher Marlowe. Sidney's "The Defense of Poesy" (Vol. B, 1046-51, 1066-74 only). Marlowe's "Hero and Leander" (1108-26), "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" (Vol. B, 1126).
02/11. Wed. Edmund Spenser. "Epithalamion" (Vol. B, 990-99).
02/13. Fri. Queen Elizabeth I. All Selections (Vol. B, 749-59).
JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL WEDNESDAY 02/18; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Bede through and including Elizabeth I. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt of this and subsequent journal sets.)
02/16. Mon. PRESIDENTS' DAY, NO CLASSES. CAMPUS CLOSED
02/18. Wed. Sir Walter Ralegh. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (Vol. B, 1024-25); "What is our life? (1025); "...to His Son" (1025); "The Lie" (1026-27); "Farewell, False Love" (1028); "Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay" (1028-29); "Nature, that washed her hands in milk" (1029-30); "The Author's Epitaph..." (1030); from The discovery of the large, rich, and beautiful Empire of Guiana (1030-33) and The History of the World (1033-34).
02/20. Fri. Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Act 1 (Vol. B, 1189-1204).
02/23. Mon. Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Act 2 (Vol. B, 1204-18).
02/25. Wed. Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Act 3 (Vol. B, 1219-35).
02/27. Fri. Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Act 4 (Vol. B, 1235-41).
03/02. Mon. Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Act 5 (Vol. B, 1241-50).
03/04. Wed. John Donne. "The Flea" (Vol. B, 1373); "The Good-Morrow" (1373-74); "The Sun Rising" (1376); "The Canonization" (1377-78); "A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day" (1382-84); "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (1385-86); "The Ecstasy" (1386-88).
03/06. Fri. John Donne. from Holy Sonnets (Vol. B, 1410-15), "Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward" (1415-16); from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and "Death's Duel" (1419-24).
03/09. Mon. Ben Jonson. "On My First Daughter" (Vol. B, 1541); "On Lucy, Countess of Bedford" (1542-43); "Inviting a Friend to Supper" (1544-45); "To Penshurst" (1546-48); "Song: To Celia" (1548-49);"To the Memory of my Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare" (1556-58), "Ode to Himself" (1558-59).
03/11. Wed. Sir Francis Bacon. Essays (Vol. B, 1663-75).
03/13. Fri. Sir Francis Bacon. From The Advancement of Learning (Vol. B, 1675-77) and Novum Organum (1677-81). Read also William Harvey's The Anatomical Exercises (1687-88) and Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy (1690-96).
JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL MONDAY 03/16; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Ralegh through and including Bacon.)
03/16. Mon. Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 1 (Vol. E, 1945-64).
03/18. Wed. Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 1 (Vol. E, 1945-64).
03/20. Fri. Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 2 (Vol. E, 1964-86).
03/23. Mon. Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 4 (Vol. E, 2003-24).
03/25. Wed. Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 9 (Vol. E, 2091-2116).
03/27. Fri. Milton. Paradise Lost, Book 9 (Vol. E, 2091-2116).
03/30. Mon. SPRING RECESS, NO CLASSES. CAMPUS OPEN EXCEPT 03/31.
04/01. Wed. SPRING RECESS, NO CLASSES. CAMPUS OPEN EXCEPT 03/31.
04/03. Fri. SPRING RECESS, NO CLASSES. CAMPUS OPEN EXCEPT 03/31.
04/06. Mon. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko (Vol. F, 2313-58; read approx. the first half).
04/08. Wed. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko (Vol. F, 2313-58; read approx. the second half).
04/10. Fri. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock (Vol. F, 2686-2704).
04/13. Mon. Pope. "Eloisa to Abelard" (Vol. F, 2705-13).
04/15. Wed. Pope. from "Essay on Criticism" (Vol. F, 2713-21).
04/17. Fri. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera, Introduction and Act 1 (Vol. F, 2789-2803).
JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL MONDAY 04/20; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Milton through and including Pope.)
04/20. Mon. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera, Act 2 (Vol. F, 2803-18).
04/22. Wed. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera, Act 3 (Vol. F, 2818-33).
04/24. Fri. Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. "The Aims of the Spectator" (Vol. F, 2644-46); "Inkle and Yarico" (2647-49); "The Royal Exchange" (2649-52) "Wit: True, False, Mixed" (2652-56); "Paradise Lost: General Critical Remarks" (2657-60); "The Pleasures of the Imagination" (2660-62); "On the Scale of Being" (2662-65).
04/27. Mon. Samuel Johnson. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, Chs. 1-29 (Vol. F, 2856-95).
04/29. Wed. Samuel Johnson. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, Chs. 30-49 (Vol. F, 2896-2923).
05/01. Fri. Samuel Johnson. Rambler #4 "On Fiction" (Vol. F, 2923-26); "The Preface to Shakespeare" (Vol. F, 2936-47).
05/04. Mon. Thomas Boswell. From The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (Vol. F, 2962-92).
05/06. Wed. Frances Burney. From Journal and Letters. (Vol. F, 2993-3011).
05/08. Fri. General Review.
JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL BY EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Gay through and including Burney.)