E 374L • The Earlier 17th Century: Donne, Jonson and Their Contemporaries
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The course is historical in orientation and will attempt to give the student an overview of the literature in the light of premodern perspectives. Format will be lecture, generally keyed to the pattern of the reading list and response to student questions at the beginning of class. The raising of questions from the reading is of the highest importance, and failure to participate will adversely affect final evaluation, particularly in accessing borderline grades.
The student must complete a reading journal, directions for which will be given separately. Three short exercises, each counting 15% of the final grade, must be submitted with the journal-in-progress on an assigned date. Revision of the first is mandatory, of the second and third encouraged. A final examination, based entirely on the reading journal, will comprise 15% of the grade. One scheduled conference during the semester is mandatory.
Reading journal 40%
Three 5-page papers 45%
Final examination 15%
No incompletes will be given in this course.
After three absences or three tardinesses (including early leaving) the final grade will be lowered by 5% with each additional absence or tardiness. Missing or being late to a scheduled conference will count as an absence.
A WARNING: If you are taking a full schedule and/or working, your chances of doing well in this course, or even of passing, are poor. If you are a procrastinator, you are doomed.
Seventeenth-Century British Poetry, 1603-1660, Ed. Rumrich and Chaplin, Norton, 2006,