E 383L • TEACHING MASTERWKS OF BRIT LIT
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This class is constructed for, and limited to, first-year TAs working with me on E316K, Masterworks of British Literature. We will "track" the syllabus of E316K, spending the first half of each 3 hour Monday seminar discussing the literary texts that we will be teaching the following week. During the early weeks of the semester, the second part of the seminar will be spent working on practical pedagogical issues: how to conduct effective discussion sessions, construct fair quizzes, manage difficult students, and grade tests. I will visit individual classrooms to monitor progress. As TAs become more confident, both about their knowledge of the literature and their ability to handle their positions of authority, we will consider wider questions. What does it mean to "teach" literature, especially to those who are initially unconvinced of its value? Do we aim to impart knowledge, provide students with particular methods of interpretation, or stimulate critical thinking about many kinds of texts? Can we achieve all these objectives at once? To help us focus on these issues, we will read selected essays on pedagogy contained in a course packet.
"The Dream of the Rood" and "The Battle of Maldon" Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Shakespeare - Henry IV, part 1 Milton - Paradise Lost (selected Books) Lillo - The London Merchant Swift - Gulliver's Travels (selections) Johnson - Preface to Shakespeare Wordsworth - Preface to Lyrical Ballads Keats - "Ode on Melancholy," "Ode to a Nightingale" Shelley - Frankenstein Jerrold - Black-Ey'd Susan Tennyson - "Mariana," "Tithonus" Rossetti - "Goblin Market" Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" Beckett - Happy Days