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

Spring 2010

E 316K • Masterworks of Lit: English

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34357 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 210

Course Description

This course is intended to provide an overview of British literature from the Anglo-Saxons to the present. While we will examine the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts of these works in brief, we will focus on close readings and analyses of literary works to develop critical thinking skills. Moreover, we will reflect upon our own experience as readers and the ways in which these texts, both historical and contemporary, challenge and relate to us today. Authors covered will include Chaucer, Donne, Shakespeare, Browning, and Woolf among others.

Grading Policy

Final grades will be determined on the basis of the following rubric. Plus/minus grades will be awarded. See schedule for dates of all assignements. • Weekly quizzes (8 total): 20% of final grade. • Major Exams (4 total): 80% of final grade Please note: to ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage. Thus a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999. The University does not recognize the grade of A+. A = 94-100 , A- = 90-93, B+ = 87-89, B = 84-86, B- = 80-83, C+ = 77-79, C = 74-76, C- = 70-73, D+ = 67-69, D = 64-66, D- = 60-63


• The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors. 8Th Edition. • Hamlet, New Folger Library Edition. • A Midsummer Night's Dream, New Folger Library Edition Please purchase the Folger Library editions of Hamlet and MND ordered for our class as we will be utilizing the background material included in these texts.


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