to the schedule of readings and assignments
prerequisites: ENGL 2350
required text: The Norton Anthology of Western Literature (Eighth Edition, Paperback), Volume 1 [ISBN 978-0-393-92572-2]. Note that a Ninth Edition is now in print, but we're using the Eighth, widely and cheaply available at the UTA Bookstore and other venues.
grading:There will be eight in-class papers, as listed in the schedule below. There will also be a final exam. All papers will be handwritten in class. All papers will be closed-book. The first eight will be on individual authors or texts; the final exam will be comprehensive. No makeup papers or exams will be given except for official UTA-excused absences.
The first eight papers are "summary-contextualization" papers. Each will ask you to give a summary of a specific text or set of texts, in each case an assigned reading from the anthology. (For example, if asked to summarize a portion of the Odyssey, summarize the excerpt we read for class, not the entire epic.) Each paper will then ask you to provide contexts for that text (historical, cultural, literary-historical and other information introduced in class lectures).
The first eight papers will simply be graded Yes or No. A Yes grade indicates that you've done both the summary and the contextualization adequately. Each Yes grade earns you a single point. You can never lose points once you've earned them.
The final exam will ask you to write a comprehensive literary history, based on all the materials we've studied. The final exam will be graded according to the standard A, B, C, D, F scale.
Your course grade will be determined by the following matrix. Read down along the left and find your short-paper points, across the top to find your final exam grade, and then find where the two lines cross (your course grade):
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schedule of assignments and readings:
(all page numbers are from The Norton Anthology of Western Literature [Eighth Edition, Paperback], Volume 1)
22 Aug: Syllabus, introductions, policies
27 Aug: lecture: history and languages
29 Aug: lecture: materials of literary history
3 Sept: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)
5 Sept: Homer, from the Iliad (Books 22 & 24, 173-206)
10 Sept: Homer, from the Odyssey (Books 6 & 7, 271-287)
12 Sept: Homer, from the Odyssey (Books 8-11, 287-344)
17 Sept: Aeschylus, Agamemnon (506-551)
19 Sept: Sophocles, Oedipus the King (612-653)
24 Sept: in-class papers 1 & 2 (classical Greek literature)
26 Sept: Lucretius (838-848)
1 Oct: Catullus (922-926)
3 Oct: Virgil, from the Aeneid (Book 2, and from Book 6, 952-974 & 995-1014)
8 Oct: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)
10 Oct: Ovid, from the Metamorphoses (from Books 5, 9, & 10, 1041-1064)
15 Oct: in-class papers 3 & 4 (classical Latin literature)
17 Oct: Lanval, by Marie de France (1318-1324)
22 Oct: from Chrétien de Troyes, The Story of the Grail (1328-1374)
24 Oct: medieval lyric poetry (1391-1419)
29 Oct: from Dante, Inferno, Cantos 1-5 (1465-1481)
31 Oct: from Dante, Inferno, Cantos 15 (1510-1513) and 26 (1546-1549), and excerpts from Purgatorio & Paradiso (1590-1597)
5 Nov: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)
7 Nov: in-class papers 5 & 6 (medieval Western European literature)
12 Nov: Petrarch, sonnets (1903-1908)
14 Nov: Boccaccio, from the Decameron (1600-1624 and 1634-1641)
19 Nov: Montaigne, essays (2182-2217)
21 Nov: Cervantes, from Don Quixote (2226-2260)
26 Nov: in-class papers 7 & 8 (early modern Western European literature)
28 Nov: NO CLASS MEETING (Thanksgiving)
3 Dec: Review
12 Dec: FINAL EXAM, 0800-1030, 207 Preston (our regular classroom).
In the blue book provided, write your own narrative literary history of the Western literature we've read together this semester. Choose a governing theme for your narrative: some interesting or striking concern, topic, literary technique, or other idea that occurs across all the periods we've studied. You need not refer to absolutely every text we've read, but papers that include a wide range of examples coherently, across all periods, will be strongest. You may not consult any books, notes, or other reference materials or media while you write.