This course surveys British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the eighteenth century. Its intention is to provide students with a framework for understanding such period courses in third year as ENGL 3045, 3095, 3146, 3147, 3175, and 3505. This framework is established by studying the major periods of literary history and the development of various genres in changing historical contexts. The course builds on ENGL 1105/1106/1107 by focusing on the close critical analysis of poetry and prose and by emphasizing the critical contexts for interpretation. In addition, ENGL 2006 introduces the research and bibliographic skills necessary for further work in the discipline of English Studies.
|5%||first test||May 12, 11:00 a.m.|
|5%||library assignment||due May 14|
|10%||first essay||due May 17|
|10%||second test||May 21, 9:15 a.m.|
|10%||critical essay assignmnet||due May 26|
|15%||second essay||due May 31|
|35%||final exam||June 1 or June 2|
|10%||preparation and participation|
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. All assignments are subject to an additional written or oral test, at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university. The instructor requests that the students submit both of the two essays to Turnitin.com to help deter and control plagiarism.
All assignments are due in class. All assignments may be submitted up to two days late without penalty. After that, there will be a 3%/day (including weekend days) penalty on all assignments. No assignment will be accepted after the start of the final exam.
You are expected to participate in class in an informed manner. At the very least, you are expected to come to class regularly, having read all assigned reading for that class. Ideally, you will have thought about the reading, taken notes on the reading, and have prepared opinions on and notes and questions about the reading. Ideally, you will participate in class discussions. Keep in mind that participating in class is usually a highly rewarding experience, greatly enhancing your ability to understand the course material and helping ensure your success in the course. Everyone is expected to be courteous and professional at all times in class.
Office hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 to 3:00. Please feel free to come to my office during these office hours: no appointment is needed. If you cannot make it to my office hours, you can request meeting me at another time, and I will do my best to arrange something with you.
Please feel free to email me. To assist me, please place ENGL 2006 at the start of the subject line. You may have to wait a day or two for an answer: please do not email me requests that need to be answered immediately. Note also that if I think an email response will take too much time or will not adequately address the complexity of the issue raised, I will respond by requesting you meet with me during office hours to discuss the issue.
Taliesin, “The War-Band’s Return”
|May 5||Beowulf, III|
“Wulf and Eadwacer”
“The Wife’s Lament”
“The Dream of the Rood”
|May 10||Chaucer, “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”|
|May 12||Library research|
|May 14||“The Cuckoo Song”|
“Abuse of Women”
“Adam Lay Ibounden”
“I Sing of a Maiden”
Library assignment due
|May 17||Sidney, “The Apology for Poetry” (selections)|
Spencer, Amoretti, 75
Sidney, Astrophil and Stella, 1
Shakespeare, Sonnets, 18
Shakespeare, Sonnets, 20
Wroth, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, 39
First essay due
|May 19||Donne, “The Sun Rising”|
Marvell, “The Garden”
Herbert, “The Collar”
|May 21||Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1|
|May 26||Behn, “The Disappointment”|
Swift, “The Lady”s Dressing Room”
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Part 4 (selections)
Critical essay assignment due
|May 28||Pope, The Rape of the Lock|
|May 31||Hogarth, A Rake’s Progress|
Cowper, “The Cast-away”
Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
Second essay due