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

James D Garrison

Professor Ph.D., 1972, University of California, Berkeley

University Distinguished Teaching Professor
James D Garrison

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Biography

James D. Garrison attended Princeton and The University of California Berkeley, receiving his PhD in English in 1972. He has taught at UT since 1973, serving as Chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2006.  He is the author of two books on the poetry of John Dryden -- Dryden and the Tradition of Panegyric and Pietas from Vergil to Dryden – as well as articles on Dryden, Gray, and Gibbon.  His book A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy appeared in 2009. In 2011 he received the Chad Oliver Award for Teaching Excellence in Plan II and in 2012 the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. He holds the Archibald A. Hill Regents Centennial Professorship in English and American Literature and the title Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Interests

Restoration and eighteenth-century literature; satire; epic; the Bible in English and American literature.

E 320L • Maj Writ Of Restoratn/18th Cen

35670 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 300pm-430pm PAR 105
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Instructor:  Garrison, J

Unique #:  35670

Semester:  Fall 2013

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: E 320L surveys more than a century of English literature from the Restoration to the end of the Eighteenth Century. The course will trace the literary history of the period by exploring its principal genres and major authors in chronological order.

Texts: John Milton, Paradise Lost (Modern Library); Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (Oxford World Classics); Samuel Johnson, Selected Poems and Prose (University of California Press); James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (Penguin Classics)

Requirements & Grading: Reading journal, 60%; Midterm exam, 10%; Final exam, 30%

E 356 • The European Novel

36085 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 300pm-430pm PAR 105
(also listed as EUS 347 )
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Instructor:  Garrison, J

Unique #:  36085

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  EUS 347

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: E356 will consider representative continental novelists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. We will distinguish three different national traditions of the novel – French, Russian, and German, while at the same time asking how these traditions might converge to create a transnational European form. The reading will be demanding but rewarding, offering a chance to become acquainted with fiction that has an enduring claim on the western imagination.

Texts: Goethe, Elective Affinities; Stendhal, The Red and the Black; Dostoievsky, Crime and Punishment; Flaubert, A Sentimental Education; Tolstoy, Anna Karenina; Mann, Buddenbrooks.

Requirements & Grading: Two hour exams (30% each); final exam (40%).

E 320L • Maj Writ Of Restoratn/18th Cen

35660 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 306
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Instructor:  Garrison, J            Areas:  II / E

Unique #:  35660            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Fall 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: E 320L surveys more than a century of English literature from the Restoration to the end of the Eighteenth Century. The course will trace the literary history of the period by exploring its principal genres and major authors in chronological order.

Texts: John Milton, Paradise Lost (Modern Library); Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (Oxford World Classics); Samuel Johnson, Selected Poems and Prose (University of California Press); James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (Penguin Classics)

Requirements & Grading: Reading journal, 60%; Midterm exam, 10%; Final exam, 30%

E 320L • Maj Writ Of Restoratn/18th Cen

35280 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm JES A215A
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Instructor:  Garrison, J            Areas:  II / E

Unique #:  34610            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: E 320L surveys more than a century of English literature from the Restoration to the end of the Eighteenth Century. The course will trace the literary history of the period by exploring its principal genres and major authors in chronological order.

Texts: John Milton, Paradise Lost (Modern Library); Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (Oxford World Classics); James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (Penguin Classics)

Requirements & Grading:  Reading journal, 50%; Midterm exam, 20%; Final exam, 30%

E 603A • Comp And Reading In World Lit

34555 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CRD 007A
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This section of E603A-B will consider versions of epic narrative from ancient to modern times.  The first semester will be devoted to the study of classical and medieval epic, which we will read in translation.  The second semester will consider transformations of this literary inheritance in English literature beginning with the Renaissance and continuing to the present.  The emphasis throughout will be on how these narratives engage in dialogue with one another, how this cultural heritage speaks across the centuries to us as a class and to each of us individually.

Texts/Readings:

Fall

Homer, Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett)

Homer, Odyssey, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett)

Virgil, Aeneid, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett)

Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney (Norton)

Das Nibelungenlied: Song of the Nibelungs, trans. Burton Raffel (Yale)

The Song of Roland, trans. Glyn Burgess (Penguin)

The Song of the Cid, trans. Burton Raffel (Penguin)

Spring

Spenser, The Faerie Queene (Penguin)

Milton, Paradise Lost (Norton)

Pope, The Dunciad (Penguin)

Byron, Don Juan (Penguin)

Pound, Cantos (New Directions)

Walcott, Omeros (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

Assignments/Requirements:

Papers 60% (papers 1 and 2 15% each, third paper 30%)

Reading journal 20%

In-class essay 10%

Final exam 10%

A strong attendance record (5 absences or fewer) provides exemption with a grade of 100 from the final exam. 

About the Professor:

James D. Garrison attended Princeton and The University of California Berkeley, receiving his PhD in English in 1972.  Since 1973 he has taught at UT, serving as Chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2006.  He is the author of two books on the poetry of John Dryden -- Dryden and the Tradition of Panegyric and Pietas from Vergil to Dryden – as well as articles on Dryden, Gray, and Gibbon.  His book A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy appeared in 2009 and in 2011 he received the Chad Oliver Award for Teaching Excellence in Plan II.  He holds the Archibald A. Hill Regents Centennial Professorship in English and American Literature and the title Distinguished Teaching Professor.

E 356 • The European Novel

35510 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 105
(also listed as EUS 347 )
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Instructor:  Garrison, J            Areas:  III / F

Unique #:  35510            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Fall 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  EUS 347            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: E356 will consider representative continental novelists from the 18th to the 20th century.  We will try to distinguish the different national traditions of the novel – the erotic novel in French, the psychological novel in Russian, the domestic novel in German, and the historical novel in Italian -- while at the same time asking how these traditions might converge to create a transnational European form.  The reading will be demanding but rewarding, offering a chance to become acquainted with major works of fiction that have an enduring claim on the western imagination.

Texts: Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons, trans. Helen Constantine (Penguin); Flaubert, Madame Bovary, trans. Lydia Davis (Penguin); Dostoievsky, Crime and Punishment, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokonsky (Vintage); Tolstoy, Resurrection, trans. Anthony Briggs (Penguin); Mann, Buddenbrooks, trans. John E. Woods (Everyman); Roth, The Radetsky March, trans. Joachim Neugroschel (Everyman); Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, trans. William Weaver (Everyman); Lampedusa, The Leopard, trans. Archibald Colquhon (Pantheon).

Requirements & Grading: Short (4-5 page) paper or midterm exam (20%); Longer (8-10 page) paper or final exam (50%); Reading journal (20%); Attendance and contribution (10%).

E 350M • English Elegy-Honors

35350 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm CAL 323
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Instructor:  Garrison, J            Areas:  III / E

Unique #:  35350            Flags:  Writing

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  English Honors

Cross-lists:  LAH 350            Computer Instruction:  n/a

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing. 

Description: Timor mortis conturbat me – so goes the Latin refrain of William Dunbar’s fifteenth-century Lament for the Makiris. The sentiment echoes across the history of elegy, as poets from medieval to modern times give variable shape to human anxiety over life’s transience: the elegy mourns and memorializes, protests and consoles, confesses mortality even as it confers a kind of immortality. Over its long history, the elegy has engaged the best efforts of the greatest poets of Britain -- Spenser, Donne, Jonson, Milton, Dryden, Gray, Shelley, Tennyson, Hardy, Yeats, Auden – and America – Bradstreet, Dickinson, Whitman, Stevens, Williams, Lowell, Plath. A course on elegy, then, offers a comprehensive view of poetry in English through the lens of a single genre, invented and recurrently reinvented to meet our on-going need for paradigms of mourning, for articulations of grief.

This course will require substantial reading and writing, including two short papers and a longer term paper. As this is a seminar, there will be no lectures and no exams, but regular attendance, occasional oral presentations, and consistent contributions to class discussion will be expected.

Texts: Gilbert, Sandra, ed. Inventions of Farewell (Norton).

Requirements & Grading: Two short papers (20% each); Term paper (40%); Class performance, including oral presentations (20%).

The first short paper (4-5 pages) will be revised and resubmitted in light of the instructor’s written comments; the second will be peer reviewed and edited in draft before being submitted for a grade. The term paper (9-10 pages) will involve research beyond the assigned reading: a prospectus for the project will be circulated for review and comment by other members of the class; the completed paper should provide the basis for a possible senior thesis.

E 320L • Maj Writ Of Restoratn/18th Cen

35135 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 105
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Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: E 320L surveys more than a century of English literature from the Restoration (1660) to the French Revolution (1789). The course will trace the literary history of the period by exploring its principal genres and major authors in chronological order. 

Texts: Robert Demaria, Jr. (editor), British Literature 1640-1789 (Oxford: Blackwell); Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (Oxford: Oxford World Classics); Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose (Berkeley: UC Press).

Requirements & Grading: Midterm exam, 20%; Final exam, 30%; 2 short papers, 20% each; Attendance and contribution, 10%.

E 379S • Senior Seminar-W

35120 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 101
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E379S Senior Seminar     Professor Garrison
Updike and Ford     jdgar@mail.utexas.edu
MWF 2:00      Office (Calhoun 203) hours:  MWF 2-3

This senior seminar will consider the Rabbit novels of John Updike and the Bascombe novels of Richard Ford as a way of understanding American cultural history in the latter half of the twentieth century.  We will read seven novels, beginning with Updike’s Rabbit, Run (published in 1960) and concluding with Ford’s The Lay of the Land (published in 2005).  Discussions and writing assignments will focus on the customs and concerns, successes and failures, assumptions and ambitions of American life from the 1950’s to the end of the century.  Particular attention will be given to the intersection of private and public realms, as Rabbit Angstrom and Frank Bascombe contend with the challenges of everyday life (career and money, marriage and family, friendship and faith) against the background of political, economic, and social change.

Required texts

John Updike, Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels (Everyman)
Richard Ford, The Bascombe Novels (Everyman)

Course requirements

Two short papers (20% each)
Two oral reports (5% each)
Term paper (40%)
Attendance (10%)

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

E 379N • Johnson And Boswell-W

35300 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm CAL 200
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TBD

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