EN233-001 English Literature I--Fall 99

MWF 11:00-11:50, CAS 211

Dr. Gadzinski, Library 319, Phone: 635-2115

Office Hours: T 12:00-5:00, and by appt.

 

Text: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, 6th ed.

 

Note to Education students: This course addresses the criteria of the Education program for preparation of English language arts teachers in the knowledge of language, literature, written composition, the reading process, ways of responding to literature, and an understanding of British literature from the 11th to the 18th Centuries, including works that reflect ethnic diversity.

 

Schedule:

 

Aug. 30 Introduction

Sept. 1 The OE period

3 Background on Beowulf, Norton 2-5, 14-15, 21-26,

 

8 Beowulf (handout) ll. 1-836.............Group 1

10 ll. 837-1250..........................Group 2

 

13 ll. 1251-1650............................Group 3

15 ll. 651-1887..........................Group 4

17 ll. 1888-2199, ll. 2200-2541.........Group 5

 

20 ll. 2542-2723........................Group 6

22 ll. 2724-2891........................Group 7

24 ll. 2892-3182...........................Group 8

27 Test Review

29 Test

Oct. 1 The ME period, Norton 5-14

 

4 Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Norton 76-81

6 General Prologue.......................Group 1

8 Miller's Prologue and Tale.............Group 2

 

11 Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale....Group 3, 4

13 Pardoner's Prologue and Tale........Group 5

15 Nun's Priest's Tale......................Group 6

 




18 Tale of Sir Thopas (handout), Parson's Tale and Retraction.............................Group 7, 8

20 Test Review

22 Test

 

25 The 16th C., Norton 395-413

27 Shakespeare, Norton 801-3, Sonnet 18..Group 1

29 Sonnets 73, 130..Group 2, 3

 

Nov. 1 1 Henry IV, Act 1........................Group 4

3 1 Henry IV, Act 2............Group 5

5 1 Henry IV, Act 3........................Group 6 PAPER A DUE

8 1 Henry IV, Act 4........................Group 7

10 1 Henry IV, Act 5........................Group 8

12 The Early 17th C., Norton 1069-79

 

15 John Donne, Norton 1080-2, The Sun Rising, A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, Holy Sonnets 10, 14......................Group 1

17      Francis Bacon, Norton 1257-8, Of Truth, Of Marriage and Single Life..Group 2

19      Of Superstition, Of Studies (1625 version), The Abuses of Language....Group 3

22 John Milton, Norton 1433-5, Lycidas......Group 4

29 Paradise Lost, Book 1....................Group 5

Dec. 1 The Restoration and 18th C., Norton 1767-85

3 Jonathan Swift, Norton 2007-9, A Description of a City Shower, A Modest Proposal.................Group 6, 7

 

6 Alexander Pope, Norton 2212-6, The Rape of the Lock.....Group 8

8 Test Review

10 PAPER B DUE

 

13 Final Exam, 10:00-12:00

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

Your grade will be based on attendance and participation, 3 tests, 4 group reports, and 2 individual papers:

 

4 group reports.....................(@ 6.25%)= 25%

2 individual papers........... .....(@ 15%) = 30%

2 tests.............................(@12.5%) = 25%

Final Exam.....................................20%

Attendance, Part., Prep.........................x%

 

Attendance, Participation, and Preparation

 

We have a lot of material to cover and need the benefit of your questions and insights. Be here. I will take roll. If you can't make class, notify me in advance and I'll be happy to catch you up. Absences will become an issue if you make them one.

 

The course has made an effort to keep the reading load manageable. Do the reading and be prepared to talk about it, otherwise you will find yourself cast down into a lake of fire (see Milton) on the exams.

 

 

Tests/Final Exam

 

There are 3 tests: 2 during the semester, and a Final Exam. The tests will be short answer/essay, and will cover each of the 3 parts of the course (OE period, ME period, 16-18th C.). You will receive a review sheet prior to each test, which we will go over. The Final is called that because it is the last one, but will be similar to the others, except that it may contain a few questions asking you to consider issues that span the course.

 

Group Reports

 

The class will be divided into 8 groups. During the course, each group will receive 4 sets of questions about specific reading assignments. On the date indicated on the schedule, your group will present the answers to the class. In addition, the answers must be typed out and handed in to me (include your name(s), group number, and question number(s)). They will be graded both on quality of response and writing mechanics.

 

There are several ways to handle these reports. The group can collaborate on all of the questions, or each group member can take one of the questions, or there can be some mix of these two.

The course schedule is busy, so group work will have to occur outside of class. While this can create some practical problems, group discussion can be rewarding and help to lighten the load.

 

 

Individual Papers

 

Choose 2: 1 each from group A and B. * = extra credit available (half grade). As a rule you are limited to these choices, but other works/authors may be approved after consultation with me.

 

Papers should be 5-7 pgs (word processed, double-spaced, page numbered), and include a cover page that has a descriptive title, your name, and the course number. You must use MLA documentation style for quotations and citations, and include a Works Cited page at the end.

 

The papers are designed to exercise your critical faculties and to supplement class readings with other representative works. No secondary research is necessarily required. The general object of these papers is to provide an interpretation which discusses a problem, issue, theme, or feature as it relates to the period that the work represents. PLAN TO TALK TO ME about your paper topics. Papers will be graded on quality of thought, but also on organization and mechanics.

 

Group A

 

Gnomic Verses (handout)

Wulf and Eadwacer (handout)

The Wanderer (handout)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight *

A selection from Margery Kempe

A Mystery Play: Noah's Flood or the Second Shepherd's Play

William Langland: Piers Ploughman *

 

Group B (if several works are listed, choose one)

 

Edmund Spencer, The Faerie Queen, Canto 1 *

Sir Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesy *

Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus *

George Herbert: Jordan (1), The Collar

Ben Jonson: On My First Daughter, On My First Son, To Penshurst,

Volpone *

Robert Herrick: Delight in Disorder, Upon Julia's Clothes

Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress

Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism *

John Dryden, Mac Flecknoe *

William Congreve, The Way of the World *

Samuel Johnson, From The Preface to Shakespeare *

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave *

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress *

Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno (My Cat Jeoffry)