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Course Information. English 211, Course Code 12944. Section 1. MW 10-11:15 a.m., McCarthy Hall (MH) 552. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Wed. 11:15-12:15 in University Hall 329. 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.

Required Texts and Optional Resources

Abrams, M. H. et al, eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vols. 1ABC. 8th. ed. New York: Norton, 2006. Package 1 ISBN 0-393-92833-0.

Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. 0-192-80512-6.

Optional Materials: 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* 5-minute in-class presentation on an author 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 don't use "fancy" formatting -- avoid indentation and bulleted lists.) 15% of course grade. *Two if small class size warrants.

Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due by email anytime on class day Weeks 5, 11, and Final Exam Day. Electronic format required. (30%)

Term Paper Requirement. By April 23rd (Week 14), 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 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 by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Research is purely optional. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)

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: see below. (25%)

Turning in Journals/Paper/Presentations. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments to Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E211 Journal Set 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 | Ralegh | Hariot | Shakespeare | Webster | Donne | Jonson | Milton | Behn | Pope | Gay | Hogarth | Johnson | Goldsmith.



01/22. Course Introduction.

01/24. Bede and Anonymous author. From Bede's Ecclesiastical History (24-27); Anonymous author's "The Dream of the Rood." (27-29).


01/29. Beowulf (29-64).

01/31. Beowulf (64-100).


02/05. Geoffrey Chaucer. The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (256-75).

02/07. Geoffrey Chaucer. The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (275-84).


02/12. Thomas Malory. From Morte Darthur (438-56).

02/14. Anonymous. Everyman (463-84).


02/19. Presidents' Day Holiday. No classes.

02/21. Thomas Wyatt. "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). Journal Set 1 Due.


02/26. Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Philip Sidney. Elizabeth I's From "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).

02/28. Sir Walter Ralegh, Thomas Hariot. Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (917-18); "What is our life? (918); " 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).


03/05. William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Acts 1-2 (1077-1108).

03/07. William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night, Acts 3-5 (1108-39).


03/12. John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi, Acts 1-3. (1461-1505).

03/14. John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi, Acts 4-5. (1505-1535).


03/19. John Donne. "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).

03/21. Ben Jonson. 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).


03/26. Spring Recess. No classes.

03/28. Spring Recess. No classes.


04/02. John Milton. "Lycidas" (1805-11); "Sonnets" (1826-29); Paradise Lost, Books 1-2 (1831-71).

04/04. John Milton. Paradise Lost, Books 3-4 (1872-1908). Journal Set 2 Due.


04/09. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko (2178-2200).

04/11. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko (2200-2226).


04/16. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock (2513-32).

04/18. Alexander Pope. "Eloisa to Abelard" (2533-40); from "Essay on Criticism" (2496-2513).


04/23. John Gay. The Beggar's Opera (2611-42, Acts 1-2). One-paragraph description addressing paper topic and argument due by email.

04/25. John Gay and William Hogarth. Gay's The Beggar's Opera (2642-56, Act 3). Hogarth's Marriage a la Mode (2656-63).


04/30. Samuel Johnson. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (2680-2712, Chs. 1-26).

05/02. Samuel Johnson. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (2713-2743, Chs. 27-49).


05/07. Oliver Goldsmith. The Vicar of Wakefield (10-102, Chs. 1-19).

05/09. Oliver Goldsmith. The Vicar of Wakefield (102-89, Chs. 20-32).


Final Exam Date Monday, May 14, 12-1:50 p.m. Now due by May 19: Journal Set 3 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by May 25, 2007.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.