E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: British (35400-35445)
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to British literature. There will be four units:
In addition to some tiny introductory texts (A. S. Byatt's "Christ in the House of Martha and Mary" and Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe, to be found on the BB site), there will be four units in this course:
Renaissance: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Othello, and various poems
18th-century: Swift's Gulliver's Travels
19th-century: Romantic and Victorian Poetry: Blake, Shelley, Keats, Browning, Tennyson
Modern: Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
We'll have four to six lectures and a test on each unit. (Attendance is not required for lecture.) The 75-minute exams will be mostly essay in format, though I may incorporate some objective elements from lecture. The bulk of your exam labor will consist of identifying and discussing the significance of selected quotations from the works. Together the exams will constitute 100% of your grade (save for section attendance factors and possible quizzes). I hope to be able to have the last exam on the last class day, but it might be necessary, depending on our progress, to have it on the day the final is scheduled. If you make plans to travel after classes end, assuming you'll be free on our finals day, you may have to change your travel plans if you don't want to miss the exam. All exams are required for passing the course: no skipping and averaging. There is no cumulative final exam.
Discussion sections. You'll attend a discussion section once a week. Attendance is required for the sections. Four absences and your final course grade will be cut by one grade point; eight absences and you fail the course.
You can use any editions you wish of the texts I've assigned (they're at the Coop), but the Shakespeare plays exist in significantly varied forms, and you'll be responsible on the exams for exactly the forms I ordered, so it's probably a good idea to buy these two (the Bedford Merchant and the Cambridge Othello). Editions without footnotes or sidenotes are a really bad idea. I'll also be giving you some etexts from LION. In any case, whenever I say in lecture, "look at page 386" or "look at 3.2.93," I'll be referring to the specific editions I ordered.