English Literature - Wayland Baptist University

School of Languages and Literature
Wayland Baptist University Mission Statement:
Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and
distinctively Christian environment for professional success, and service to God and
Course Name: ENGL 2301.PL# English Literature
Term: (Winter 2011)
Name of Instructor: Dr. Pamela Mills
Office Phone and E-Mail: (806) 777-5731; [email protected]
Office Hours, Building, and Location: I am happy to speak with you during the
afternoons, or you can email me anytime. I will try to reply as soon as possible. If you
need to meet with me in a physical setting, I can be found on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 6:00, CST in room 184 on the Lubbock campus.
Class Meeting Time and Location: Unless there are technical problems, you should be
able to access the class anytime, day or night, through Blackboard.
Catalog Description: Selected studies in important works of English literature beginning
with Beowulf
Prerequisite: English 1302
Required Textbook and Resources: The Norton Anthology of English Literature
Eighth Edition
Optional Materials: You will need access to a computer that has Internet access.
Course Outcome Competencies:
Upon the conclusion of this course, students actively engaged in learning will be able to:
1. Discuss a representative selection of canonical British literary works.
2. Analyze these works’ themes.
3. Differentiate the cultural and historical contexts (periods) in which the works were
4. Demonstrate comprehension of limited scholarship on an assigned literary work.
5. Articulate this comprehension in a research essay.
The more the student puts in the course, the higher his or her outcome competencies will
Attendance Requirements: This Virtual Campus or online course is set up on a weekly
“module” basis. Assignments, readings, discussions, papers will be due each week
(Monday-Sunday). Therefore a minimum “attendance” of checking in with the course, on
Blackboard, once early in the week and once late in the week, is required in order to
complete the course successfully.
Disability Statement:
“In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of
Wayland Baptist University that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be excluded
from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any
educational program or activity in the university. The Coordinator of Counseling Services
serves as the coordinator of students with a disability and should be contacted concerning
accommodation requests at (806) 291- 3765. Documentation of a disability must
accompany any request for accommodations.”
Academic Honesty: No form of cheating will be tolerated. Plagiarism—copying someone
else’s words or ideas and presenting them as your own—is not only a form of cheating, but
also a serious academic offense. In the very least plagiarism or related forms of cheating
will result in an F on the work in question. An official report will also be filed with the
Executive Vice President and Provost. See the Wayland catalog for further information on
the penalties of plagiarism:
Class Communication, Announcements, and Updates: Official class announcements will
be made in Blackboard. Information directed to you individually will be disseminated via
your Wayland email address. *Please set up your Wayland email account and check it
regularly. If you need assistance setting up your Wayland email account, follow this link:
http://www.wbu.edu/current_students/student_email/default.htm ; OR call IT at (806)
291-3540. (This link provides similar information on WBU email:
Technical problems?? Contact the Virtual Campus at the following link:
http://www.wbu.edu/academics/online_programs/Help%20Desk/default.html ; scroll down
for Live Chat. OR, feel free to call (800) 203-9048 or email at [email protected] .
Course Requirements and Grading Criteria:
All assignment due dates reflect Central Stand Time (CST). All assignments are due by nine
a.m. on Monday of the start of the next week. In other words, Week One assignments are
due by 11:30 on Sunday of each week. I do not take late work except in extraordinary
circumstances. The class for the next week beings on Monday as 12:30 a.m.
Near weekly Discussion Boards, and/or items activities that accompany the Lecture
Notes – approximately. (These individual items/activities will be approx. 25%.)
1 Final Exam (essay and short answer responses) – approx. 10%.
2 Reading Responses—from, Twelfth Night, and Paradise Lost - approx. 15% points
1 Research and Analysis Paper (5 pages) analyzing some aspect of one of the
following short stories “Araby” (James Joyce), “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter,” (D.H.
Lawrence), or “The Garden Party” (Katherine Mansfield) – approx. 35%.
*All of the above assignments and activities will be based on the weekly readings and
lectures, as listed below. *The Reading Responses and Paper must be submitted to or
through Blackboard’s Safe Assignment as .rtf or .doc files. Do NOT use .wps , as it is not
readable. Additionally, do not email me any assignments (unless I specifically ask you to do
so). All weekly assignments will be due no later than Sunday at 11:30 p.m.
Tentative Schedule November 7 – February 11
*All due dates reflect Central Stand Time (CST). Please adjust accordingly.
Week 1, Monday, November 7 - Sunday, November 13:
1 – Review Blackboard through the tutorial on the opening screen.
2 - Email me from your Wayland.wbu.edu email address to introduce yourself to me.
3 – Read: “The Texting Version of the Background to Beowulf in the lecture notes, and
read Beowulf on pages 26 – 98.
4 – Complete Discussion Board as instructed.
5 – Complete weekly individual assignment.
Week 2, Monday, November 14 - Sunday, November 20:
1 – Watch the Power Point and read further background information in the lecture notes.
2 - Read “The Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales. The version in your text is written inMiddle English, so you may want to find a translated version to read online. I found a
modern version at http://www.ronaldecker.com/general.htm.
3 – Complete Discussion Board.
4 – Complete assignment.
Week 3, Monday, November 28 - Sunday, December 4:
1 – Read background information in lecture notes.
2 - This section will be comprised of poetry, so the lecture notes will guide you through your
reading. Please read the following poems in the order listed: “The Passionate Shepherd
to His Love,” (459), “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” (448), Shakespeare’s
sonnets 18, 29, 116, 130 (pages are list in the Table of Contents in your book, “To
Lucasta, “Going to the Wars” (670), “To Althea, from Prison” (671), “To His Coy
Mistress” (677).
3 – Complete Discussion Board.
4 – Complete assignment.
Week 4, Monday, December 5 – Sunday, December 11:
1 – Read background information to Twelfth Night in lecture notes.
2 – Read Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. If you can find a copy of the play in No Fear
Shakespeare, it would help you with your reading. Barnes & Noble is the only place that
sells the books. Very important, all of your writing and quotes must be based on
Shakespeare’s original language.
3 - Complete Discussion Board.
4 – Submit Reading Response due December 11 Twelfth Night.
Week 5 Monday, December 12 – Sunday 18 :
1 – Read the background information to Paradise Lost in lecture notes. I have included a
reading guide for this piece.
2 – Read Books 1 and 2 of Paradise Lost using the guide (723 – 765) to help you follow the
3 – Complete Discussion Board.
4 – Complete assignment.
Week 6, Monday, January 2 – Sunday, January 8:
– Read Books 4 (778 -794) and 9 (811 -835) of Paradise Lost using the guide again.
– Complete Discussion Board.
- Review related Lecture notes
- Submit Reading Response for Paradise Lost.
Week 7, Monday, January 9- Sunday, January 15:
1 – Read background information in lecture notes.
2 – Read the following poems: Poems by William Blake: Songs of Innocence and of
Experience pages 1410 – 1421. “The Tyger” will be the last poem you read on 1421.
William Wordsworth: the poems on 1507 – 1510, “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud”
(1537), “Composed on Westminster Bridge” (1548), “London 1802” (1549), “The World
is Too Much With Us” (1550), Lord Byron: “She Walks in Beauty” (1676), Percy Shelley:
“Ozymandias” (1741), John Keats: “When I Have Fears” (1830), “Bright Star” (1840).
3 – Read the short story you have chosen and submit a study guide for it by January 15,
2012. You need to consider the elements of the short story such as: characters, theme,
structure, literary devices such as irony, symbolism, imagery motif. You may want to
write a short summary of the story to make sure you have understood the story. List
questions you have. List quotes from the story that you think are particularly
important. You will be thinking about and analyzing the story before you search for
secondary sources.
4 – Complete the assignment for this week.
Week 8, Monday, January 16 – Sunday, January 22:
1 – Read the background information in the lecture notes.
2 – Read the following poems (Yes, I know more poems. At least they are short.)
Alfred Lord Tennyson: “The Lady of Shalott” (1953), “Ulysses” (1962), Robert
Browning: “Porphyria’s Lover” (2054), “My Last Duchess” (2058), Matthew Arnold:
“Dover Beach” (2105). Find the film “The Importance of Being Earnest,” starring Colin
Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett, and Judi Dench. I recoded it from the STARZ
3 - Complete Discussion Board.
4 – Submit the opening paragraph of your paper if you want me to check your thesis. If
you feel confident, then just keep working on the paper.
5 – Complete the assignment for this class.
Week 9, Monday, January 23 - Sunday, January 29:
1 – Read the background information in the lecture notes.
2 – Read the short stories: “Araby” (2503), “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” (2576), and “The
Garden Party” (2646).
3 – You will find questions for each story individually. Read and consider the questions for
the story you are going to research. I hope they will help you think about your story.
4 – Complete the questions that cover all of the short stories for your weekly grade.
5 – Work on paper due next week.
Week 10, Monday, January 30 – Sunday, February 5:
1 – Read final instructions for the research paper in the lecture notes
2 – Work on your paper.
3 – Turn in your research/analysis paper to Safe Assignment in Blackboard by Monday,
February 5. I won’t take the exam after the due date.
Week 11, Monday, February 6 – Sunday, February 11:
1 - Take Final Exam.
2 – I will probably close the window for the exam earlier so look at the due date.