(Subject to Change) Week 1: Course Introduction Old English Caedmon’s Hymn Deor “The Wife’s Lament” “The Wanderer” Week 2: Beowulf Week 3: Chaucer—“The Pardoner’s Tale” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Morte de Arthur Week 4: Sonnets and Drama Wyatt Shakespeare (Sonnet 116, 130, 138) Sidney Dr. Faustus (scenes chosen) Week 5: Twelfth Night Week 6: William Bradford. From “Of Plymouth Plantation” Read Milton (1608–74) from Paradise Lost, “When I consider How My Light is Spent,” Donne (1572–1631), “Death Be not Proud,” Marvell “To His Coy Mistress” (1621–78), Civil War poetry Week 7: from Gulliver's Travels In class: Lady Wortley Montagu, Letter “The Lover” (1747) Christopher Smart, “[My Cat Jeoffrey]” from Jubilate Agno. (1722–71) “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” Gray (1751) Week 8: Samuel Johnson, from Rasselas (1759), Dictionary (1755) In-class: from The Castle of Otranto (1764) Week 9: Midterm exam Week 10: 1776 (film) Robert Burns: “To a Mouse,” “To a Louse,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “A Man’s a Man for A’ That.” Week 11: from Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography Thomas Jefferson “The Declaration of Independence” Contexts (in-class): William Godwin. Caleb Williams “Preface” from The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) A Vindication of the Rights of Men, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Edmund Burke (Marie Antoinette), Rights of Man, Tom Paine Week 12: From Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, ch. 14 In-class reading of Romantic poetry: Shelley: “Ozymandias,” Blake: “Little Lamb Who Made Thee?” “The Tyger,” “The Chimney Sweep,” Wordsworth: “Simon Lee,” “French Revolution” Week 13: Dickens. A Christmas Carol (1843). Industrialization. Week 14: Dickens. A Christmas Carol (1843). Tennyson’s Idylls of the King. Ghost stories. Week 15: Native Americans Removal and Resistance. p. 1252-1271. from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845). from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). Week 16: from To Kill a Mockingbird, Finish ch. 1–3, ch. 9, ch. 12, 14–15. Week 17: To Kill a Mockingbird, ch. 16–22, ch. 24 Review for final exam Week 18: Final Exam
Grade Percentages: I may modify these grade weights at my discretion. If I do so, I will let you know. In-class Writing and Reading Quizzes: 25% Presentations/Groupwork: 15% Midterm: 20% Final: 30% In-class Activities and Participation: 10% Grading Criteria: A Superior work. Achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements. B Achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements. C Achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect. D Achievement that fails to meet fully the course requirements. F Achievement that is not worthy of credit. The only way to outright fail this course is through lack of effort and/or plagiarism. The student may not participate in classroom work. Assignments are either (a) completed but not completed at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit; (b) frequently late, thereby lowering the grade too significantly to give the student a chance to pass; or (c) never completed at all.
Course Packet E-reserve materials A Christmas Carol To Kill a Mockingbird