English 316K: Masterworks of British Literature (Unique# 3527535320) Spring 2011 Prof. E. Mallin, Parlin 317, 4711697 Office hours: T, Th, 11:0012:30. Required Books Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (Bantam Classics); Gawain and the Green Knight (trans. Boroff); Shakespeare, Hamlet (ed. A.R. Braunmuller); Milton, Paradise Lost, intro. Susanne Woods; English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology, ed. Stanley Appelbaum; Dickens, A Christmas Carol, ed. Richard Kelly; Jeannette Winterson, The Passion; Tom Stoppard, Arcadia. Description This course will provide a broad overview of British literature from the 14th to the late 20th century. We will read and endeavor to understand some of the important works in the English tradition. Some effort will be made to place the literature in its historical context, but our primary attention will be directed towards the works themselves. The course is aimed at the development of your skills as close, careful readers of literature. Most of the class period will be devoted to lecture; however, I will frequently ask questions and solicit commentary, so please be prepared to talk about what you have read. Assisting Teachers (with section Unique #s) Laura Beerits (35290, 35310) Cynthia Francica (35305, 35320) Jennifer Shapland (35300, 35315) Joanna Thaler (35275, 35280) Jennifer Sapio (35285, 35295) Requirements 1. Reading: please read the works carefully for the relevant day. 2. Attendance. 3. Testtaking. There are four exams, including a comprehensive final exam, with several diagnostic quizzes. Policy Statement 1. Attendance is required. It is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheets which the assisting teachers will make available every day. A total of three unexcused absences are allowed for lecture and section. A fourth absence will result in a onegrade reduction for the course. A fifth absence will cost you another grade. If you miss more than five classes, you cannot pass the course. No absences are considered excused except in the case of extreme medical and personal emergencies, which will require documentation. 2. Please arrive promptly at 9:30 a.m. Habitual latecomers will be penalized on “class participation.” 3. Reading quizzes will be given in section, and occasionally in lecture. There will be no makeups and no extensions during class time for latecomers. A missed quiz counts as a zero. 4. Examinations must be taken at the times specified in the syllabus. Makeups will only be given in the case of religious holidays or dire, documented circumstances (personal medical emergencies or family deaths). Unexcused missed exams count as zero. 5. Grading. Here is the approximate weighting of the major assignments: first test, 15%; midterm, 20%; third test, 20%; final exam, 30%. Quizzes and class performance in section will constitute the remaining 15% of the grade (the lowest quiz grade will be dropped). Improvement throughout the semester will be considered favorably in your evaluation. Plus/minus grades will given. Here an example of how the grades translate numerically: 80 82.99= B. 8386.99=B. 8789.99=B+. 90= A, etc. 6. No incompletes will be given except for medical emergencies. Students will have access to the course’s Blackboard site through UT Direct.
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 4716259. Course Schedule Week 11 (3/29) Week 1 (1/18) T: TEST #2. English Romantic Poetry: Blake. T: Introduction, course plan, requirements. Th : English Romantic Poetry: Keats, Wordsworth. Th: Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales, “General Prologue” lines 1 78, 118162. Week 12 (4/4) T: English Romantic Poetry, Coleridge. Week 2 (1/25) Th : Dickens, A Christmas Carol T: “General Prologue,” cont’d. “General Prologue,” Week 13 (4/11) cont’d. lines 447-478; 547-568; 671-860. T: Dickens, end. Th: The Canterbury Tales, “Wife of Bath's Prologue” Th : Winterson, The Passion, book 1. (1480). Week 3 (2/1) T: “Wife of Bath’s Prologue”, 481860. “Wife of Bath's Tale,” 8631270. Th : “Wife of Bath,” end. Week 4 (2/8) T: “Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale.” Th : “Pardoner’s Tale.” Chaucer review. Week 5 (2/15) T: TEST #1. Gawain and the Green Knight, part 1. Th : GGK, part 2. Week 6 (2/22) T: GGK, end. Th : Introduction to the Renaissance. Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 1. Week 7 (3/1) T: Shakespeare, Hamlet acts 23. Th : Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 4. Week 8 (3/8) T: Hamlet, end. Th : John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1. Week 9 (3/15) SPRING BREAK Week 10: (3/22) T: Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 4, selections from Book 9. Th : Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 9, selections from Book 12.
Week 14 (4/18) T : Winterson, The Passion, book 23. Th: Winterson, The Passion, end. Week 15 (4/25): T: TEST #3. Stoppard, Arcadia Th : Stoppard, Arcadia Week 16 (5/3): T: Stoppard, Arcadia, end. Th : Course review, questions, evaluations. Final Exam: Saturday, May 14, 7:0010:00 pm