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Course Information. English 238. Time TBD. Location: TBD. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: TBD in Jazzman Café (Beckman Hall, 1st. floor). e238@ajdrake.com. Catalog: "This survey introduces a wide range of literature written in Great Britain between 1789 . . . and the present . . . spanning four major periods: Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Post Modern. (Offered every semester.) 3 credits." The English Dept. is located in Wilkinson 217 and the administrative staff may be reached at engdept@chapman.edu or by phone: (714) 997-6750.

Required Texts at the Chapman U Bookstore

Abrams, M. H. et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2006. ISBN Package 2 (Vols. DEF) 0-393-92834-9.

Austen, Jane. Persuasion. Eds. Deidre Shauna Lynch and James Kinsley. 2nd. Edition. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. ISBN 0-192-80263-1.

Optional Materials: Instructor & Student Blogs | Class Sessions in MP3 Audio | Guides | Offsite Links.

See in particular the section of Offsite Links entitled C19 British Literature.

Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.

Presentations Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for two to four (depending on class size) five-minute in-class presentations on plays of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions to address (from among those on the questions pages) and within a few days after sign-up I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature several presentations. Required: Several days before you present, email me as full a draft as possible of what you intend to say in class. I will email you back with advice. I will post your original draft to the students' blog for this course, but if in my comments I suggested developing the remarks further, you should also send me a revised version within one week after your in-class presentation so that I can post the new version. Other students may, if they wish, access the written entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. 20% of course grade.

Journals Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each play. Three separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the reading schedule. Electronic format required. (30%)

Term Paper Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. By the end of Week 12 (Sunday, 11/22) 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 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. Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines. See Chapman Library. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)

Final Exam Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y), and essay and/or short-essay questions. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Students may not share books or notes during the exam. Exam date: see below. (20%)

Emailing Journals/Paper/Presentations to e238 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: "E238 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: W. Wordsworth | Coleridge | Shelley | Keats | Austen | Carlyle | Mill | Arnold | Tennyson | Hopkins | D. G. Rossetti | C. Rossetti | Wilde | WWI | Yeats | Joyce | Rhys | Auden | Beckett.



02/02. Course introduction and brief introduction to British romanticism.

02/04. William Wordsworth. "Expostulation and Reply" (250-51); "The Tables Turned" (251-52); "Three years she grew" (275-76).


02/09. William Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" (262-74).

02/11. William Wordsworth. "Tintern Abbey" (258-62); "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (305-06); "The Solitary Reaper" (314-15).


02/16. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Biographia Literaria (474-85); Lectures on Shakespeare (485-88); The Statesman's Manual (488-91).

02/18. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "The Eolian Harp" (426-28); "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (430-48); "Kubla Khan" (446-48); "Frost at Midnight" (464-66); "Dejection: an Ode" (466-69).


02/23. Percy Bysshe Shelley. "Mutability" (744); "Ozymandias" (768); "Mont Blanc" (762-66) ; "Ode to the West Wind" (772-75); "To a Sky-Lark" (817-19).

02/25. John Keats. "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (880-81); "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (905-06); "Ode to a Nightingale" (903-05); "Letters" (940-955). Journal Set 1 Due by Email Sunday, 02/28


03/02. Jane Austen. Persuasion. (Film).

03/04. Jane Austen. Persuasion. (Film) and Persuasion, Vol. 1. (Separate text.).


03/09. Jane Austen. Persuasion, Vol. 1. (Separate text.)

03/11. Jane Austen. Persuasion, Vol. 2. (Separate text.)


03/16. Thomas Carlyle. Sartor Resartus (1005-1024).

03/18. John Stuart Mill. "On Liberty (1050-61); Autobiography'' (1070-77).


03/23. Matthew Arnold. "The Buried Life" (1356-58); "Dover Beach" (1368-69); "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse" (1369-74); "Preface to Poems" (1374-84).

03/25. Alfred Tennyson. "The Lady of Shalott" (1114-18); "The Lotos-Eaters" (1119-23); "Ulysses" (1123-25); from In Memoriam A.H.H.: Prologue (1138-39), 1-5 (1140-42), 54-56 (1157-59).


03/30. Spring Break, No Classes.

04/01. Spring Break, No Classes.


04/06. Gerard Manley Hopkins. "God's Grandeur" (1516); "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" (1517); "The Windhover" (1518); "Pied Beauty" (1518); "Binsey Poplars" (1519); "Duns Scotus's Oxford" (1520); "Felix Randal" (1520-21); "I wake and feel . . ." (1522-23); "No worst, there is none" (1522); "That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire . . ." (1523); from Journal (1524-26).

04/08. Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. Dante Gabriel's "The Blessed Damozel" (1443-47). Christina's "Song -- She sat and sang alway" (1460-61); "Song -- When I am dead . . ." (1461); "In an Artist's Studio" (1463); "An Apple-Gathering" (1464); "Winter My Secret" (1464-65); "No Thank You, John" (1478). Journal Set 2 Due by Email Sunday, 04/11.


04/13. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (Film + text Act 1. 1698-1740).

04/15. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (Film + text Acts 2-3. 1698-1740).


04/20. WWI Poetry. Voices of World War I Section -- Sassoon (1960-64); Gurney (1965-66); Rosenberg (1966-70); Owen (1971-80); Cannan (1981-84); Graves (1984-87).

04/22. W. B. Yeats. "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (2025); "The Second Coming" (2036-37); "Leda and the Swan" (2039); "Sailing to Byzantium" (2040); "Among School Children" (2041-42); "Byzantium" (2044-45); "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop" (2045-46); "Under Ben Bulben" (2047-50); "The Circus Animals' Desertion" (2051-52). Term Paper Topic/Argument Paragraph due by email Sunday, 04/25.


04/27. James Joyce. "The Dead" (2172-99 and John Huston film adaptation).

04/29. James Joyce. "The Dead" (2172-99 and John Huston film adaptation).


05/04. Jean Rhys "The Day They Burned the Books" (2357-61); "Let Them Call It Jazz" (2361-72)

05/06. W. H. Auden. Selected Poems (2421-41).


05/11. Samuel Beckett. End Game (2393-2420 and film).

05/13. Samuel Beckett. End Game (2393-2420 and film).


Final Exam Date: TBD. Due by TBD: Term Paper. I must turn in grades by Sunday, May 30, 2010. For your other courses, check the Spring 2009 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.