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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: English (34040 to 34095)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34040 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
wch 1.120

Course Description

This course has two objectives. The primary one is to introduce students to the systematic study of English literature from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. It will include lectures about historical issues central to the various periods covered; these lectures will focus on social and political as well as literary, artistic, and intellectual history. The purpose of these lectures is to help students understand the ways in which a text embodies the chief concerns of its age. The second objective of the course is to help students improve their skills as readers and interpreters of literature. Hence, they will be required to perform close and careful readings of the works studied. The course will offer a wide variety of different kinds of literature from lyric to epic, satire to tragedy, and most class periods will be devoted to detailed reading of those works. On their exams students will be asked to write analyses of texts as well as essays situating the texts in the periods studied.

Grading Policy

There will be two examinations, each covering one-half of the semester's work.
Two exams 35% each
Six quizzes during the semester; taken together, they total 20%
Participation in the discussion sections of the course 10%

Students are expected to attend the lectures as well as the discussion sections. They will be allowed two absences in the discussion sections without penalty. Every absence after that will result in the loss of a third of a letter grade on their final grades.


Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors (the eighth edition)
Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1 (Penguin)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt, Brace)
Course Packet at Speedway Copy in Dobie Mall

Optional text: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, ed. A. Kent Hieatt and Constance Hieatt (Bantam)


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