E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: English (34920-34965)
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Literature in History--
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to English literature. In addition to some introductory texts (A. S. Byatt's "Christ in the House of Martha and Mary" and Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe) and various short illustrative texts introduced along the way, 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
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. You get three free absences. Four section absences and your final course grade penalty will be 0.25 grade point; five = .50 off; six = .75 off; seven = 1.0 off; eight absences and you fail the course.