Fall 2014 In-Class Presentation Schedule

Click here for tips for a successful presentation.  If you need to change your scheduled presentation, either pick one for which nobody has signed up, or contact someone with whom you can switch.  But above all, let me know in advance what you are going to do.  I would be delighted to talk to you in the days before your presentation is due, and I am happy to help you work on performance strategies, ways to explain your choice of passage or work, and ways to analyze what you have performed.       

Friday 9/5: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, KT summary and "Miller's Prologue and Tale" (lines 1-746). Terms of art: fabliau, parody, plot, flat and round characters


By this Friday, you should be prepared to sign up for an in-class performance and analysis of a portion of one class's reading.

Week 3
Monday 9/8: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, "Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" (lines 1-1270).  
Terms of art: romance, autobiography, anti-feminism, realism  To see the Luminarium.org Web page containing an image of the Wife of Bath's tale's illustration from the Ellesmere Manuscript, which is stored in a nitrogen-filled case at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, click here.

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Wednesday 9/10: Everyman (9th ed. pages 507-29). Terms of art: personification allegory, moralities and mysteries (as dramatic genres), dramatic irony

 Friday 9/12:  Julian of Norwich (9th ed. pages 412-24) and Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe (9th ed. pages 424-38).  Terms of art:  mysticism, literacy, book (pre-printing definition--see the Oxford English Dictionary for its German origin), anchoress  Web page with some issues for today's discussion.

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Week 4  First Stage of the "Getting to Know Some Old Things Very Well" Project--optional extra credit work in Special Collections: MS to Print, Editing Chaucer, from Medieval (1478) to Renaissance (1598) to Modern (1721)
Monday 9/15:  "Sixteenth Century" background (9th ed. pages 531-63) and Sir Thomas More, Utopia (9th ed. pages 569-645).  
Terms of art: utopia/utopian, dystopia/dystopian, speculative fiction, travel narrative  Web page with some issues for today's discussion.


Wednesday 9/17: Sir Thomas Hoby (English translator) & Baldassari Castiglioni (Italian author), The Courtier or Il Cortegiano.  Terms of art: Neoplatonism, Rensaissance "self-fashioning" (also a book title), Renaissance, Machiavelli's The Prince

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Friday 9/19:  Start of literature originally written in Early Modern English--Please read this web page for guidance for the rest of the course readings!  Sir Thomas Wyatt & Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (all the poems).  Terms of art: translation, imitation, sonnet, iambic pentameter, octave & sestet, "Italian" sonnet, verse epistle and epistolary satire, Petrarchan conceit  If rhyming poetry is something you never have studied formally before, click here for some basic rules for how to read a poem.

____Ariel Foster (Wyatt)_________________        _______________________________________

What time is it in sonnets?  England's First Sonneteers, and Teachers of Sonnet Writing (1503-1557--"Wyatt to Tottel")

Week 5
Monday 9/22: Start of "Elizabethan literature" written in Early Modern English during the reign of Elizabeth I Tudor (lived from 1533 to 1603, queen from 1558-1603).    If you have an hour to spend listening to an attempt to recreate the soundscape of Elizabethan England, starting from what C21 England sounds like, click here.   [National Punctuation Day (9/24)!]  Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella (all the poems) 
Terms of art: stanzaic narrative, irony, stoicism, "English" sonnet, quatrain, couplet, anti-Petrarchanism 


Wednesday 9/24: Edmund Spenser, Amoretti and "Epithalamion" (all the poems). Terms of art: Spenserian sonnet, "concatenated" or chained rhyme, epithalamion, prothalamion

Friday 9/26: Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus (essay on Marlowe, essay on the play, play prologue and scenes 1-5). Terms of art: dramatic tragedy, act/scene, subplot, blank verse, psychomachia, metadrama

____Lauren Bernstein___________________

Week 6
Monday 9/29: Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus (scenes 6-13, 1041-57). 
Terms of art: despair (Christian sin), the Seven Deadly Sins, apostrophe (rhetorical, not punctuation mark never used properly anymore), soliloquy, time compression  Click here for a general observation on Marlowe's style and special concerns as a dramatist.

____Sarah Denn________________________

Wednesday 10/1: William Shakespeare, King Lear (essay and Acts 1 & 2, 1139-1180.  Note--clicking on any day's assignment for King Lear will take you to the same web page.)  You have a wide variety of alternative ways to encounter this play if the Norton seems inadequate.  For the "quarto" version of Lear (printed in 1608, probably pirated) click here.   For the "folio" edition of Lear (i.e., from the "First Folio," printed in 1623 by Shakespeare's friends) click here.   Both are printed in facsimile from surviving volumes, but the text is transcribed in the frame at the center top of your screen, and you can go directly to individual scenes, or to pages in the volume, using the left frame navigation aid.  You also can compare the quarto and folio versions at any given act/scene.    If digital surrogates of early printed books seem insubstantial and their interfaces cranky, you can read the play in Goucher's copy of the 1685 "Fourth Folio" edition of Shakespeare's plays.  To watch a twelve-minute Real Audio clip of Peter Brook's 1960 black and white version of IV.7.12-85 and V.2.257-end, click here.   Note that the video quality is poor, but the sound gives you a good sense of how a "realist" 1960s production would see its "Lear," outdoors, plain-spoken, without rhetorical flourishes.  To watch a ten-minute Real Audio clip of Sir Laurence Olivier playing the same portions of Lear in a 1988 version, click here.  In addition to being shot on a set, in color, it also harks back to more formal performance of the dialogue's verse.  For the call numbers and descriptions of the library's two video versions (including the Olivier "Lear") and Kurosawa's 1985 Japanese adaptation (Ran), click hereTerms of art: thematic repetition, Machiavel, stage whisper, man/microcosm


Friday 10/3: William Shakespeare, King Lear (Acts 3, 4, & 5, 1180-1227)  Also, by this Friday, if you are not taking or have not already taken English 200, you must make an appointment with either Jim Huff or Liz DeCoster of the library staff to receive some one-on-one or small group instruction in the use of the MLA Bibliography and the LION database.  Click here to learn more about this requirement.  If you never have written literary analysis before, read "The Dream of the Text" and talk to me.  Click here for some issues related to the early performances of King Lear and our perception of comedy or tragedy.

____Megan Meluskey_____________________

Week 7
Monday 10/6:  William Shakespeare, Biographical essay and Sonnets (1058-77).   Terms of art: Shakespearian sonnet, "ruins of time" motif, hyperbole  Web page.  Review the notion of poetic "persona" in lyrics and drama, and think about what this means for biographical readings of the sonnets as Shakespeare's personal beliefs and feelings.

_____Gaby Messinger___________________

Wednesday 10/8  Mary Herbert, countess of Pembroke (all lyric poems),  and Queen Elizabeth I (lyric poems, letters, and speeches, especially the works indicated on her web page).  [NOTE: Each author has her own web page!] Terms of art:  poulter's measure, dramatic interlude, copia, Ramist rhetoric, the Armada Year  Click here for a modern critical perspective on reading early women writers' work.

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Friday 10/10  Amelia Lanyer, "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women" and "The Description of Cooke-ham,"   Lady Mary Wroth (all lyrics), Wroth and Lanyer are the first poets we have read who fit the formal description of “feminist poets” in that they both address an audience of female readers, and they specifically write about women’s position in life and in literature.  Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath” is hedged about with potential and actual satire of her positions, but neither Lanyer nor Wroth is less than passionately direct about her assertions.  Lanyer, in particular, attempts a particularly daring reinterpretation of the foundation narrative in Genesis in a manner that should remind us of Margery Kempe’s reading of Luke’s “woman in the crowd” passage and of Julian of Norwich’s interpretation of God as having a nurturing female aspect.  Wroth and Lanyer are contemporaries of Shakespeare and Jonson, and both publish their works, under their own names (!).  Keep them in mind when reading that later, male poet’s reinterpretation of Genesis, which he called Paradise Lost.Terms of art: foundation narratives, "immasculation" and "the Resisting Reader" (Judith Fetterly), gender roles and literature "doing cultural work." 

______Cyndi Koster (Amelia Lanyer)_____________        _______________________________________

Week 8  C16-17 Authors in Time: Who Was Alive When, and What Was Published in their Lifetimes?           

Monday 10/13: Sir Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesie (953-74).  Terms of art:  literary theory, aristotelianism, Horace' Ars poetica, Puritan/"Precisionist," vates, maker

Monday (afternoon) or Tuesday (morning): Midterm Exam Review Session(s), time and number depending on your availability and interest.  Click here for some study tips.  Click here for a short overview of the practice of canon formation and the critique of canon formation, which the exam ultimately is designed to enable you to describe and understand.  If you cannot take the exam on the day it scheduled, please see me to work out an alternative.

Wednesday 10/15: Midterm Exam--Medieval to Early Renaissance Literature.  Click here for some study tips.  The examination will be held in our regularly scheduled classroom at the regularly scheduled time.

Thursday, 10/19: FIRST PAPER DUE by 5 PM in an email to me as an attached Word or RTF file--MAXIMUM LENGTH, 3 PAGES OF TEXT EXCLUDING NOTES AND "WORKS CITED" SECTION.   The paper's primary source must be a work we read before the midterm exam.  See the "Required Graded Work" page linked to the home page menu.  If this your first attempt to write a college-level literary analysis paper?  If this is your first, be aware that this genre of writing differs enormously from what usually is taught in high school as a "research paper" or "book report."  Avoid common errors such as mistaking plot summary for analysis, or assembling previous scholarly opinion rather than writing about original thinking that uses research to solve problems.  Make sure you create a document that works like and looks like a college-level literary analysis.  Read these linked tip sheets for first-time writers and ask me if you have questions.  You also can read examples of successful midterm papers in my office.   Click here for a description of the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion of a typical literary analysis based on typical questions academic readers ask in the order in which they typically ask them.  Click here for the criteria I will use to evaluate the midterm papers, and click here for a checklist of obvious things you should look for when proofreading the final draft.  Click here for the English 211 Style Sheet, including a shorter version of the MLA format for Works Cited citations.  I welcome preliminary drafts or emails about your thesis.   

Friday 10/18:to Sunday 10/19: MIDSEMESTER HOLIDAY 

Week 9

Monday 10/20: "Early Seventeenth Century English Literature and Cultual Change" (1235-59 8th ed. / 1341-69 9th ed.),  Literature assignments:  Two lyrics and a prose sales pitch from a nobleman to his queen/banker--Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," (1022 8th ed. / 1126 9th ed.); Ralegh, "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," "The Lie" and "The discovery of...Guiana" (917-18, 919-21,  and 923-26 8th ed. / 1024-33 9th ed.),; an early printed "blog" attacking Charles I's decision to attack France instead of preparing for a Spanish attack--The spyte of Spaine, OR A thankefull remembrance of GODS Mercie in Britanes [d]eliuerie from the Spanish Armado. 1588. (Anonymous, Edinburgh: The Heirs of Andro Hart, 1628). (Note: The most complete surviving copy of Spyte is in Goucher's James W. Bright Collection in Rare Books [4th floor, Athenaeum].  The web link connects to a "diplomatic transcription" that preserves the Early Modern spelling.  In 1622, Nathaniel Butter had begun publishing the first London "news paper," and Spyte appears to be an early Edinburgh response to the public's appetite for political opinion on the hottest news of the day.  Click here to view the broadsheet [single page] copy of the 24 January 1688 issue of the London Gazette.Terms of art: satire, propaganda, colonialism/imperialism, pastoral poetry.

Wednesday 10/22: Ben Jonson, Volpone, Acts I & II.  Terms of art: aube/aubade, parasite/patron, type-character, Old Comedy vs. New Comedy

_____Jake Meyer_____________________

Friday 10/25: Ben Jonson, Volpone, Acts III, IV, V.  Terms of art:  moral center, farce, the Grand Tour  


Week 10  Second Stage of the "Getting to Know Some Old Things Very Well" Project--optional extra credit work in Special Collections: Medieval to Renaissance receptions of Chaucer and English legendary history

Monday 10/27:  Robert Herrick (all lyric poems).  Terms of art: the Sons of Ben, "wild civility," paradox, carpe diem


Wednesday 10/29:  John Donne, Songs and Sonnets (all the secular lyrics), Holy Sonnets and other sacred poetry and prose (the "Holy Sonnets" and the three "Devotions" excerpts).  tetrameter, trimeter, dimeter, monometer, metaphysical poetry

____Marina Velazquez-Suarez__________

Friday 10/31:  George Herbert (all the lyric poems) shaped poems, baroque style  Note that you have a long reading due for Monday and Wednesday of next week, so if you have time you should read ahead.  Herbert is dealing with religious subjects, like Milton, but Milton's style and ambitions stand in stark contrast with his.  Can you describe and explain what kinds of issues Herbert treats with lyric poems and the subjects of Milton's epic?  This is an excellent opportunity to experience the importance of "genre" or poetic form as it sets readers' expectations for what "a work of literature" should be and do.


All Saint's Day (November 1), and its predecessor, All Hallowes Eve (October 31), are commonly associated with supernatural phenomena in the English literary tradition. For an image to inspire your Halloween reading, click here.

Week 11

Monday 11/3:  John Milton, Paradise Lost, opening biographical essay and Books I and II. Terms of art: metaphysical conceit, Cavalier poets, : miltonic syntax, epic simile, "anxiety of influence" (also book title), epic tradition, epic.

_____Natalie Guajardo_______________________________

Wednesday 11/5: John Milton, Paradise Lost, Books IV, IX, and XIIClick here for an important corrective passage from Book III which just might prevent you from mistaking Satan for Milton's hero.

_____Caroline Less_____________________

Friday 11/7: Andrew Marvell (the shorter lyrics an "Upon Nun-Appleton House").  metaphysical conceit, Cavalier poets.

_____Kenza Elghaib ("Upon Nun-Appleton House")_____

Week 12
Monday 11/10: Literature in Modern English--Lady Anne Halkett, The Memoirs (1764-67 /1874-7 9th ed );  Lucy Hutchinson, "Memoirs of Colonel Hutchinson" (1757-60 8th ed. / 1868-709th ed..).  Terms of art: memoir.  "Restoration and Eighteenth Century" background (2045-70).  Parliamentarians vs. Royalists: Testing Literary Style for Traces of Social and Political Beliefs  Note that you have a long reading due Wednesday and Friday, so if you have time you should read ahead.  Want a more challenging context for this week's readings?  Try reading the stories in an edition of the "broadsheet" (single-page) London newspaper of this era:  the London Gazette, 24 January 1688

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Wednesday 11/12: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, (2313-2334 to the arrival in Surinam at "Possessed of a thousand thoughts of past joys"). Terms of art: novel, autobiography, biography, polemic, genre-bending. narrative fiction before the novel

__Alexander Peroutka-Barcia_____________

Friday 11/14: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, second half (2334-2358). Terms of art: novel, biography, polemic, genre-bending, narrative fiction before the novel+a medieval surprise


Week 13

Monday 11/17:  Mary Astell, Some Reflections Upon Marriage (2420-23)and short lyrics by three Cavalier poets who were popular when Astell was writing--click on the previous hyperlink for the Web page to support their part of the discussion, and later see the use of Waller and Suckling by Congreve in The Way of the World, our last scheduled reading:  Edmund Waller, "The Story of Phoebus and Daphne Applied," (U. Toronto)   Sir John Suckling, "I prithee spare me gentle boy" (Luminarium); and Richard Lovelace, "To Lucasta, Going to the Wars," and "To Althea, from Prison" (check the table of contents for the current edition's page numbers for Lovelace's works [and "Lovelace" is pronounced "LOVE-less," which usually does not mean anything except when it's the name of the suitor/seducer/rake pursuing the heroine of Samuel Richardson's great early epistolary novel, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, in 1740]).   Terms of art: essay, gender roles,  Click here for an explanation of my intentions in clustering together this and other sets of readings from multiple authors. 

_____Anna Sandacz__(Astell)_________        _______________________________________

Wednesday 11/19: John Wilmot, second earl of Rochester (2296-2306). For Anniina Jokinen's Luminarium.org transcription of a selection of Rochester's other poetry, including his translation of "A Passage from Seneca," click here.  For Rochester, definitely read "Upon Nothing" and "A Satire against Reason and Mankind."  As Chaucer said of the Miller, however, Rochester tells "a churles tale" in his shorter lyrics, so "be avised and put me out of blame if that ye choose amiss." Click here for a way to see both literary satire and literary criticism as subspecies of the same social art, discering judgment practice in literature.  Terms of art: verse satire, pornography, obscenity, materialism, skepticism, atheism, deism

_____Colin Cincotta_________________

 Friday 11/21:  John Dryden, Mac Flecnoe (2236-42), excerpt from "Annus Mirabilis" (2010-11) and criticism selections (2251-59).   Click here for a way to see both literary satire and literary criticism as subspecies of the same social art, discering judgment practice in literature.  Terms of art: verse satire, prescriptive criticism, classicism.


Week 14
Monday 11/24:  Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal" and "Description of a City Shower" (2633-2638 and 2446).  Matthew Prior (2440) Terms of art: verse satire, vers de societe, Gresham's Law, the "Irish problem," bourgeois culture, "leisure" and the emergence of a "middle class."  [Note two of Prior's short poems also have to be read online--see the hyperlinks on the Web page.]

_____Haley Rose____________________

Wednesday 11/26 through Sunday 11/30--THANKSGIVING VACATION.  While you're relaxing, your mind is in an excellent state to begin thinking about a final paper topic and to try on some possible thesis ideas.  Why not send me an email asking for some feedback?  Couldn't hurt, eh?  Click here for some ways to think about papers dealing with the literature of the second half of the semester. 

Week 15

Monday 12/1:  Anne Finch, countess of Winchilsea (2431-34); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (2759-63); Note that each has her/his own web page!  Terms of art: vers de societe, nocturne, silencing [Note: Montagu's "The Lover, A Ballad" is hyperlinked to the Web page and was cut in the shift from the eight to the ninth edition of the Norton.]

___Tianna Mignona, Finch_________________________________        _______________________________________

Wednesday 12/3:  William Congreve, The Way of the World (introductory essay and Acts I & II,)Terms of art: Restoration drama, rake, city man/woman Acts I and II performance passages.

___Patrick Bransfield and_Corinne Perham__________________________