to the schedule of readings and assignments
prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302
required texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors, Seventh Edition. You must also purchase, somewhere, a packet of 4x6 notecards.
syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/2319f03/2319index.html
course description: This course is an introduction to the literature of Britain and Ireland from the earliest works in Old English (about 1500 years ago) to the present day.
course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have been introduced to some of the major texts and authors in British literary history.
drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 14 November.
attendance policy: attendance is not mandatory, but you will find yourself very badly prepared for the final, and unable to do well on the "notecard" element, if you don't come to class.
assignments: daily notecards, poem presentation, term paper, and final exam. No quizzes, no midterms. All work may be handwritten (except for the presentation, which is oral).
grading: each of the four elements (notecards, presentation, paper, and exam) counts as one-quarter of your grade. Grading is on a point basis, with 100 total points possible for the semester. If you make 90-100 points for the semester, you will make an A for the course; 80-89 is a B; 70-79 is a C; 60-69 is a D; 59 or lower is an F. Remember that there is no Z grade in 2000-level English courses.
academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]
disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.
student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.
library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at email@example.com You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp
schedule of assignments and readings (all page numbers are from the Norton Anthology)
Tues 26 Aug: introductions and syllabus
Thurs 28 Aug: history of the English language: a very brief view
Tues 2 Sept: British history, part I
Thurs 4 Sept: British history, part II
Tues 9 Sept: Beowulf (23-57): notecards begin
Thurs 11 Sept: Beowulf (57-94)
Tues 16 Sept: Chaucer: General Prologue (178-198)
Thurs 18 Sept: Chaucer: Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (216-244)
Tues 23 Sept: meet first today in 315A Library for a research presentation from Librarian Noel Anderson. Then to regular classroom for discussion of Chaucer: Pardoner's Prologue and Tale (244-259)
Thurs 25 Sept: Presentations Begin. From this day forward, there are three readings for each meeting: two short poems listed in bold plus a slightly longer reading, not bolded. Your notecard for each day should summarize the longer, unbolded reading. Each of the short poems in bold will be the topic of a 15-minute report and, ultimately, a term paper by one of the students in the class. Today's readings are: Wyatt, Whoso list to hunt (340-341); Spenser, The Faerie Queene Canto I (362-375); Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (457-459)
Tues 30 Sept: Sidney, Loving in Truth (446); Sidney, remaining sonnets (446-450); Drayton, Since there's no help (455-456)
Thurs 2 Oct: Shakespeare, When I do count (495-496); Henry IV Part I Acts 1-2 (506-540); Let me not to the marriage (503-504)
Tues 7 Oct: Donne, Air and Angels (608); Shakespeare, Henry IV Part I Acts 3-5 (540-575); Donne, Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness (625-626)
Thurs 9 Oct: Jonson, To Penshurst (643-645); Herbert (659-666); Herbert, Easter Wings (662)
Tues 14 Oct: Herrick, To the Virgins (670); Marvell, To His Coy Mistress (679-681); Lovelace, To Althea (671-672)
Thurs 16 Oct: Philips, A Married State (673-674); Milton, Lycidas (703-709); Milton, When I Consider (720-721)
Tues 21 Oct: Finch, A Nocturnal Reverie (964-966); Milton, [Eve's Dream] (794-797); Dryden, A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (910-912)
Thurs 23 Oct: Swift, A Description of a City Shower (967-969); Pope, An Essay on Criticism Part 1 (1123-1127); Montagu, The Lover (1184-1186)
Tues 28 Oct: Gray, Elegy (1283-1287); Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes (1198-1206); Cowper, The Castaway (1289-1291)
Thurs 30 Oct: Barbauld, Washing-Day (1341-1343); Wordsworth, Lines [Tintern Abbey] (1432-1435); Blake, London (1361-1362)
Tues 4 Nov: Coleridge, Kubla Khan (1596-1598); Byron, Darkness (1642-1644); Shelley, Ozymandias (1719-1720)
Thurs 6 Nov: Keats, Ode on Melancholy (1822-1823); Ode on a Grecian Urn (1820-1822); To Autumn (1841-1842)
Tues 11 Nov: Hemans, Casabianca (1785-1786); Tennyson, Ulysses (1929-1931); Barrett Browning, When our two souls (1897-1898)
Thurs 13 Nov: Browning, My Last Duchess (2028-2030); Arnold, Dover Beach (2090-2091); Arnold, To Marguerite -- Continued (2081)
Fri 14 Nov: last date to drop
Tues 18 Nov: Hopkins, The Windhover (2159-2160); Rossetti, Goblin Market (2140-2152); Wilde, The Harlot's House (2167-2168)
Thurs 20 Nov: Hardy, Neutral Tones (2292-2293); Woolf, The Mark on the Wall (2403-2408); Yeats, Lapis Lazuli (2393-2394)
Tues 25 Nov: Lawrence, Piano (2601); Eliot, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock (2607-2611); Eliot, Journey of the Magi (2630-2631)
Thurs 27 Nov: Thanksgiving
Tues 2 Dec: course evaluations; Auden, Musée de Beaux Arts (2689-2690); Gordimer, The Moment Before the Gun Went Off (2711-2715); Larkin, Church Going (2704-2705)
Thurs 4 Dec: course evaluations; Walcott, A Far Cry from Africa (2715-2716); Rushdie, The Prophet's Hair (2739-2749); Heaney, Punishment (2724-2725); term papers due
final exam on final exam date: Tues. December 9, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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