English 203 (A-Term, Summer 2010)

Dr. Fike

Key:  RP = response paper


Notes:  1) You must read and bring handouts posted on the handouts/slide shows page.  Links to these do not appear on this calendar of assignments. 2) You should read ahead for May 20, May 26, June 1, and June 3.

Day Date Reading Assignment Writing
M May 17 Introduction to the course; lecture on the Anglo-Saxon literary context

Anglo-Saxon Period, Volume 1:  3-11; "Deor's Lament" 98-100; "The Wanderer" 100-04; optional reading:  see link on slide show page to "'The Wanderer' and the Psychology of Sailing"



May 18

"The Battle of Maldon," and "The Dream of the Rood" 104-18; and Beowulf, lines 2368-2724 (pages 84-92)

Middle English Period 11-18; Chaucer, "General Prologue" (Penguin paperback); please number the lines of poetry in your book (not everyone has the same pagination)

By today, select a primary text from the Rom. to Mod. periods.


May 19

Wife of Bath's "Prologue" and "Tale"; Pardoner's "Prologue" and "Tale"  (please number the lines:  start each prologue or tale at line 1)

Optional draft due:  RP #1


May 20

Early Modern Period 503-18; Marlowe, Doctor Faustus 845-99

RP #1 returned; no office hour today


May 21

Sidney, Defence of Poesie 636-49 and Sonnet 5 from Astrophel and Stella 632; Shakespeare's Sonnets 927-38

RP #1 final draft due; I.D. 3272398; password "winthrop"


May 24

Milton, "Lycidas" 1251-57; background handout on Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 9, 1322-50

Midterm exam posted today; RP #1 returned


May 25

Donne, selected poems 1024-44, esp. "The Flea" and "A Valediction:  Forbidding Mourning"; also the Holy Sonnets on 1050-52

18th Century 1549-60; Swift, "A Modest Proposal" 1767-73; also read Dr. Koster's overview of the period

Optional draft due:  RP #2  (on two conflicting articles)


May 26

Pope's The Rape of the Lock 1867-88; Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Book 4, 1782-1836

Midterm exam due; RP #2 draft returned; no office hour today


May 27

Romantic Period Volume 2:  3-9; Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience 17-29; Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey" 146-50, "The World Is Too Much With Us" 174, and "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" 592-611

RP #2 final draft due


May 28

Wordsworth, The Prelude, Book 1, 188-96; and Book 12, 223-25, lines 208-335; Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, Chapter XIV, 645-50; "Frost at Midnight" 273-75; "Kubla Khan" 254-57; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 238-54

RP #2 returned; midterm exam returned


May 31

Victorian Period 789-99 and 1177-79; Tennyson, "Ulysses" and "The Lady of Shalott" 1184-88 and 1204-04; Browning, "My Last Duchess" 1288-89 and "Porphyria's Lover"; Arnold, "Dover Beach" 1379-80; and Hecht's "The Dover Bitch"; Newman, "The Idea of a University"; Mill, On Liberty, "On the Subjection of Women," and "A Crisis in My Mental History" 869-94 and 912-17

Optional draft due:  RP #3 (on your resolution to a critical controversy)


June 1

Modern Period 1511-20; Conrad, Heart of Darkness 1613-79

RP #3 draft returned


June 2

Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" 1970-76; Yeats, selected poems, 1679-1721:  "The Magi," "The Second Coming," "Sailing to Byzantium," "Leda and the Swan," "Among School Children, "The Wild Swans at Coole," "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," and "The Song of Wandering Aengus"





June 3

Woolf, A Room of One's Own (paperback)

Postmodern Period:  Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape https://www.msu.edu/~sullivan/BeckettKrapp.html

Course evaluation


June 4

You will have the whole period to write the final exam.

RP #3 final draft due;
final examination