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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2008

E 374L • The Earlier 17th Century: Donne, Jonson and Their Contemporaries

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35280 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

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 assessing borderline grades.

Grading Policy

The student must complete a reading journal, which will count 30% of the final grade. Three short papers, each counting 10% of the final grade, must be submitted on an assigned date. Revision of the first is mandatory, of the second and third encouraged. A final paper will comprise 40% of the grade. One scheduled conference during the semester is mandatory.

Reading journal: 30% Three 2-page papers: 30% Final 8-10 page paper: 40%

Attendance: After three absences or three tardies (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.

No incompletes will be given in this course.

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.

Course packet.


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