Representative British Writers ENGL 208 A | Section 01 | MWF 2:10-3:00PM | Fall 2013 | Calhoun Hall 218 Professor Emily King | Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:10-1:45PM & by appointment in Benson 423 Course Description This course traces the evolution of British literature over almost one thousand years (7001660) and four major periods. As we explore salient cultural and literary developments, we will examine the content, form, and historical context of works such as Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, The Book of Margery Kempe, Astrophil and Stella, The Duchess of Malfi, Paradise Lost, and The Convent of Pleasure. In order to connect disparate periods and genres, we will attend to the changing conceptions of what constitutes the state and its subject, gender norms and sexuality, and, of course, literature itself. By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to recognize and describe British literary history as chronological, developmental, and thematic, and, as in other literature courses, students will be expected to identify and explain the fundamental features of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Course Requirements Required Texts: Our required text – The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 1 (9th edition) – may be purchased at the campus bookstore. All other materials may be found online at OAK. Please print out these readings and bring them to class on the day that they are assigned. Attendance and Participation: Some of the most significant discoveries occur during class, and as such, there is no way to make up for the loss of a classroom learning experience. I permit three absences from my class for illness, family emergencies, and other personal matters. After three absences, I will subtract 1/3 letter grade for each subsequent absence. Should you miss class, the class material and any associated assignments are still your responsibility. Please note that Vanderbilt athletic or extracurricular activities do not constitute “allowed” absences beyond the two permitted for our class. The educational benefits of a dynamic, interactive classroom that features engaging and respectful discussions are numerous. However, I will not simply award full participation credit to students who talk the most. I recognize that there are a myriad of ways to productively participate in a classroom, and I will stimulate discussion to encourage this diversity. If you tend to be a “talker” in a class, please make sure that you’re listening to the ongoing discussion and encouraging the participation of your peers. If you are hesitant to speak in larger groups, please push yourself to speak once or twice during each class period. Both you and your peers will reap the rewards of this effort. Essays, Exams, and Grading Procedures Essays: You will write two formal essays. The first paper will be 4-5 pages, and the second essay, which will require outside research, will be 7-9 pages. Exams: Exams include short answer questions, passage identification, and short essays. Please note that the midterm and final are comprehensive; however, I will facilitate an optional review session before each exam to assist you. Leading Class Discussion: Each student will lead discussion during one class period. This means that you, along with a partner or two, will be running the class for the opening 15-20 minutes. You will summarize the subject for day and select an issue or theme drawn from the assigned reading. Because your goal is to stimulate discussion, you should come prepared with questions and/or activities to do so. To reflect on these experiences, you are required to write a 2 page paper that addresses the following questions. How did you prepare for this activity? Were the preparatory tasks shared equitably? How do you feel the discussion went? And why? Anything you wish you could do differently? This reflection paper is due one week after you lead discussion. Quizzes: I reserve the right to give out surprise quizzes if I suspect that students are not keeping up with the readings. Grading: Your final grade will be based on the following: 15% for Formal Essay #1 25% for Formal Essay #2 20% for Midterm Exam 25% for Final Exam 15% for Teaching Activity and class participation Course Policies Late Policy: Tardy students disrupt the learning environment, so if you arrive late to class more than 3 times, I will count this tardiness as an absence. As this is an early class, please feel free to bring breakfast and/or your preferred form of caffeine, but please be on time. Late Papers: I collect papers at the beginning of class on the due date. I penalize late papers 1/3 letter grade for each subsequent calendar day (e.g., B becomes B-). Academic Integrity: Vanderbilt’s Honor Code governs all work in this course, and a violation of this code carries serious consequences that may include a failing grade on the plagiarized assignment, a failure in the course itself, suspension, or even expulsion. More importantly, you cheat yourself out of a valuable learning experience. When you turn in an assignment, you tacitly acknowledge that this is your own work. To avoid unintentional offenses, please document your work according to MLA style. Should you have any questions concerning plagiarism or documentation, please don’t hesitate to ask me. Students with Disabilities: If you haven’t already done so, please visit Vanderbilt’s EAD website to help secure appropriate documentation: www.vanderbilt.edu/ead. In addition, please come to me with your concerns, and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Final Thought on Attendance: Tom Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything” Question frequently asked by students after missing a class Nothing. When we realized you weren't here we sat with our hands folded on our desks in silence, for the full two hours Everything. I gave an exam worth 40 percent of the grade for this term and assigned some reading due today on which I'm about to hand out a quiz worth 50 percent Nothing. None of the content of this course has value or meaning Take as many days off as you like: any activities we undertake as a class I assure you will not matter either to you or me and are without purpose Everything. A few minutes after we began last time a shaft of light descended and an angel or other heavenly being appeared and revealed to us what each woman or man must do to attain divine wisdom in this life and the hereafter This is the last time the class will meet before we disperse to bring this good news to all people on earth Nothing. When you are not present how could something significant occur? Everything. Contained in this classroom is a microcosm of human existence assembled for you to query and examine and ponder This is not the only place such an opportunity has been gathered but it was one place And you weren't here. Course Calendar – British Writers to 1660 Fall 2013 – Emily King Please note that this calendar is subject to change as we progress through our semester together. August 21 (W) Introduction to Course Section One: Anglo-Saxon Literature 23 (F) Introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature, pp. 1-10 Beowulf, Introduction, pp. 36-41 Beowulf, lines 1-490 26 (M) Beowulf, lines 491-1798 28 (W) Beowulf, lines 1799-end Section Two: Anglo-Norman Literature 30 (F) September Introduction to Anglo-Norman literature, pp. 10-13 Andreas Capellanus, De Amore (online) 2 (M) Marie de France, “Guigemar,” (online) 4 (W) Chrétien de Troye, Erec and Enide (online) 6 (F) Chrétien de Troye, Erec and Enide (online) 9 (M) Chrétien de Troye, Erec and Enide (online) 11 (W) Geoffrey Chaucer, Introduction, pp. 238-243 The General Prologue, lines 1-446 13 (F) The General Prologue, lines 447-end 16 (M) The Wife of Bath, lines 1-671 18 (W) The Wife of Bath, lines 672-end 20 (F) The Book of Margery Kempe, pp. 425-438 Section Three: The Sixteenth Century 23 (M) The Sixteenth Century, Introduction, pp. 531-561 Due: Thesis Workshop October 25 (W) Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sonnets, pp. 648-661 27 (F) Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella, pp. 1084-1093 (to #47) 30 (M) Due: Paper #1 Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella, pp. 1093-1101 2 (W) Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, pp. 1127-1147 4 (F) Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, pp. 1147-1165 7 (M) No Class 9 (W) Shakespeare, Sonnets 94, 130, 138, 147 Excerpt from Madhavi Menon’s Shakesqueer (online) 11 (F) Fall Break (No Class) 14 (M) Elizabeth I, Speeches and Writings, pp. 753-766 Section Four: The Seventeenth Century November 16 (W) The Early Seventeenth Century, Introduction, pp. 1341-1367 John Donne, “The Flea,” “The Canonization,” and “The Relic” 18 (F) John Donne, Holy Sonnets, pp. 1410-1415 21 (M) Exam 1 23 (W) Aemilia Lanyer, Selections, pp. 1431-1440 25 (F) Ben Jonson, Selections, pp. 1540-1543 & online poems 28 (M) John Webster, Duchess of Malfi (Acts 1 & 2) 30 (W) John Webster, Duchess of Malfi (Acts 3 & 4) 1 (F) John Webster, Duchess of Malfi (Act 5) 4 (M) Critical Reading, TBD Wrap-up Discussion of Duchess 6 (W) Joseph Swetnam and Rachel Speght, pp. 1650-1655 8 (F) John Milton, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, pp. 1846-1849 Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, pp. 1855-1867 December 11 (M) Holy Poetry, Excerpts from Crashaw, Herbert, and Vaughan 13 (W) Richard Rambuss, Excerpts from Closet Devotions (online) Continued discussion of Holy Poetry 15 (F) John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 2 18 (M) John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 4 (lines 1-775) 20 (W) John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 10 22 (F) John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 12 (lines 466-end) 2 (M) Margaret Cavendish, The Convent of Pleasure (online) 4 (W) Cavendish, The Convent of Pleasure (online) 6 (F) Due: Paper #2 Please note that our final exam will be held on Tuesday, December 10 th at 9AM. I’ll bring the donuts and coffee; you can bring a blue book.