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

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35625 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 214

Course Description

E383L Teaching Masterworks of British Literature Fall, 2008 Description: This class is intended for first-year TAs working with me in E316k, Masterworks of British Literature. As a companion course to E316k, this E383L will focus in part on practical and pedagogical issues relating to that course. In the first half of the term especially, we will spend considerable time addressing such matters as how to construct meaningful tests and quizzes; how to normalize grading across the various discussion sections; and how to run effective in-class discussions. At the same time, however, we will undertake more advanced investigations of the works on the E316k reading list than any that will be required of the undergraduates. Our discussions of the works along these lines will not only help TAs prepare for discussion section meetings but also (ideally) result in a broader collective inquiry into such questions as what it means to teach literature at various levels; how TAs and faculty members can best teach the kinds of students we normally see in E316k; and how the experience of teaching even a basic course can affect one's own analytical methods and critical perceptions. Texts for E316k: "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 Gullivers Travels (selections) Johnson Preface to Shakespeare Wordsworth Preface to Lyrical Ballads Keats Ode on Melancholy, Ode to a Nightingale Shelley Frankenstein Jerrold Black Eyd Susan Tennyson Mariana Tithonus Rossetti Goblin Market Eliot The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Beckett Happy Days Additional Texts for E383L: Milton Paradise Lost (all) Swift Gullivers Travels (all) Shelley Frankenstein (1818 edition) Beckett Waiting for Godot Critical essays by Fish, Greenblatt, Mandell, Hunter, Abrams, Wasserman, Moers, Cox, Mermin, and others. Grading and Requirements: Two presentations on texts on the E316k syllabus and critical work related to it (20% each) Weekly 1-2 page journals on discussion section work (30% total) Draft of a teaching philosophy (5%) Final paper, 10-12 pages, on a literary or pedagogical topic related to the texts in E316k (25%).


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