Syllabus: Spring, 2004
A. Required Texts:
The ISBN number for the entire package of 4 books is 0-393-15324-X.
(1) Nina Baym, ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Sixth edition, 2003.
(2) The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, 2000.
(3) The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2A: The Romantic Period, 2000.
(4) The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2B: The Victorian Period, 2000.
B. Course Requirements:
(1) A journal [3 units] in which students will be asked to write entries on every text studied. It must be submitted twice: on Thursday, March 4, and Thursday, April 22. Each entry, a minimum of one page of double-spaced type, must be written neatly and dated, and must refer to specific points in each text. The journal will be graded on:
(a) thoroughness: each entry must show that you have read the text in question;
(b) quality of thought and critical engagement with the text;
(c) neatness of presentation;
(d) promptness: you may be asked to read aloud from your journal in any given class.
An incomplete journal will result in failure of the entire course.
(2) A final examination [3 units]: Thursday, May 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
(3) Class participation counts for 2 units. If you do not contribute to class discussion your grade will not be higher than a C. If you disrupt the class by talking or arriving late, you risk failing the entire course.
(4) Attendance: any unexcused absence will lower the student’s grade by one point, e.g. from D to D-.
Anyone missing an assignment, for whatever reason, should contact me as soon as possible.
C. Course Description:
A survey, within their historical contexts, of some of the renowned texts of English and American literature from 1660 to 1900.
Weekly Class Assignments:
THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND NEO-CLASSICISM:
Tue Jan 20: Introduction to Course.
Thu Jan 22: William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, pp. 76-94.
Tue Jan 27: John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 95-106.
Thu Jan 29: Anne Bradstreet, poems.
Tue Feb 3: Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, Epistle 1, pp. 2554-2561.
Thu Feb 5: Aphra Behn, “The Disappointment,” pp. 2167-2170.
THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND FRENCH REVOLUTION:
Tue Feb 10: John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, pp. 2146-2150.
Thu Feb 12: Joseph Addison, “The Periodical Essay: Ideas,” pp. 2492-2498.
Tue Feb 17: Benjamin Franklin, “The Way to Wealth,”pp. 221-226; de Crevecoeur, “What is an American,” pp. 300-310.
Thu Feb 19: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, pp. 321-328; Thomas Jefferson, “Religion,” pp. 342-345.
Tue Feb 24: Equiano, The Interesting Narrative.., pp. 351-361; Wheatley, poems, pp. 367- 372.
Thu Feb 26: Wollstonecraft, A Vindication, pp. 166-179.
Tue Mar 2: English Controversy about the Revolution, pp. 118-128, 133-137.
Thu Mar 4: Blake, Songs of Innocence/Experience.
Tue Mar 9: Wordsworth, “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads, pp. 239-251.
Thu Mar 11: Coleridge, poems; Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind,” pp. 730-732.
Tue Mar 23: Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado,” pp. 743-748.
Thu Mar 25: Emerson, “The American Scholar,” pp. 514-526.
Tue Mar 30: Fuller, “The Great Lawsuit,” pp. 763-771.
THE LATER NINETEENTH CENTURY:
Thu Apr 1: Carlyle, Democracy, pp.1110-1119.
Tue Apr 6: Newman, The Idea of a University, pp. 1121-1127.
Thu Apr 8: J.S. Mill, “On Liberty,” pp.1147-1155.
Tue Apr 13: Whitman, Song of Myself, pp. 1003-1019.
Thu Apr 15: Melville, “Bartleby, The Scrivener,” pp. 1086-1111.
Tue Apr 20: Dickinson, poems.
Thu Apr 22: Howells, “Editha,” pp. 1443-1453.
Tue Apr 27: Arnold, Culture and Anarchy, pp. 1528-1534; poems.
Thu Apr 29: Kate Chopin, “At the ‘Cadian Ball,” pp.1596-1603; Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk, pp. 1703-1710.
Final Examination: Thursday, May 6, 2:00-5:00.