Calendar (Spring 2011)

ENGL 520

Dr. Fike


Date Reading Writing and  Announcements
M, Jan. 7

First day of class

W, Jan. 9


Religious Prose

John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and The Pilgrim's Progress (953-64) 



M, Jan. 14

Sir Thomas Browne,
Religio Medici (465-88)

W, Jan. 16  

Jeremy Taylor,
Funeral Sermon and Holy Living, Holy Dying (673-91)


Paper topic proposal due. It is okay to submit more than one possible topic.
M, Jan. 21  

MLK day--no class


W, Jan.23

Secular Prose

Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia, Urne-Burial (489-97)


M, Jan. 28


Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (188-217); Burton handout


First Response Paper due (New Critical reading of your term paper topic)
W, Jan. 30  

John Locke,
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1029-35)


M, Feb. 4  

Francis Bacon,
Essays (25-47); John Aubrey, "Francis Bacon" (924-26)


W, Feb. 6
Margaret Cavendish, A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding, and Life; also read poems and prose (886-900); also read "A Dialogue Between Melancholy and Mirth" at, and selected poems at Everyone should bring hardcopies to class. 

M, Feb. 11


Donne, Devotions and Divine Poems (128-32; 122-28)


W, Feb. 13

 Herbert, The Temple (363-79)

Second Response Paper due (annotated bibliography of criticism on your term paper topic: 10 sources for undergraduates, 15 for graduate students)
M, Feb. 18  

Herbert, continued


W, Feb. 20  

Vaughan, poems (872-85)


M, Feb. 25


  • Donne, Songs and Sonnets (102-14)

  • Eliot’s "The Metaphysical Poets" (


W, Feb. 27


Donne, Elegies and "Satire III" (114-22)


Third Response Paper due (researched outline of your term paper)
M, Mar. 4  

Jonson, poems (146-63):  "On My First Son" and "To Penshurst" only


W, Mar. 6

Jonson (146-63):  All poems except "On My First Son" and "To Penshurst"

M, Mar. 11

Spring Break--no class; it would be a good idea to read Jonson's Volpone over the break.

W, Mar. 13  

Spring Break--no class


M, Mar. 18  


Midterm Examination in class
W, Mar. 20  

Marvell, "Definition of Love" and "To His Coy Mistress" (833-35); Aubrey, "Andrew Marvell" (932-33)


M, Mar. 25  

Marvell, for discussion in class: "An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell's Return From Ireland" and "Upon Appleton House" (835-37 and 841-55)

Also read: "The Coronet," "The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn," "Dialogue between the Soul and Body," and "The First Anniversary of the Government under His Highness the Lord Protector" (832, 838-40, 857-58, 864-70)


Fourth Response Paper due (full draft of your term paper)
W, Mar. 27  

Hobbes, Leviathan (239-71); John Aubrey, "Thomas Hobbes" (928-30)


M, Apr. 1


The Civil War and the Politics of Religion

  • Laud, The Diary of…William Laud (164-82)

  • Charles I, "A Proclamation and Declaration," etc. (420-23)

  • William Walwyn, "The Bloody Project" (434-42)

  • Queen Henrietta Maria, The Queen’s Letter (606-08)

  • Edward Hyde, "The Character of William Laud" (609-17)

  • Hyde, "The Temper and Spirit of the Nation after 1660" (618-22)  

  • Evelyn, "The Restoration" (800-01)

  • King Charles II, "The Declaration of Breda" (965-66) 

  • Katherine Philips, "Upon the Double Murder of K. Charles I," "On the Numerous Access of the English," and "On the 3 of September 1651" (1008-10)  

  • Burnett, "The Restoration" (1149-54)

  • Oliver Cromwell, "Oliver Cromwell to Colonel Valentine Walton" (1217-18)

  • Charles I, Letter to Prince Rupert (1218) 

  • "Information from the Scottish Nation" (1235-36)

  • "The Trial of King Charles I" (1261-65)

  • Wood, "Notes on Oxford during the Interregnum" and "The Restoration" (1021-25)

The Great Fire

  • Overbury, The Overburian Character (218-21)

  • Hyde, Plague and Fire (622-31)

  • Evelyn, The Fire of London (802-06)

  • Pepys, The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1047-55)

Note: The Civil War handout contains a chronological breakdown of the above texts and a group assignment. Each group will have 20 minutes of class time. A carefully integrated slide show would work well.You may want to consider Hobbes's text as a lens through which to view some of the readings for today. If time remains, we will spend our last 15 minutes talking about another key event in English history: the Great Fire.


W, Apr.3                                                                     DRAMA

Jonson, Volpone

M, Apr. 8 Jonson, continued Draft of long paper due (this is a researched draft--at least 7 critical sources for undergraduates, at least 10 critical sources for graduate students; I.D. is ***; password "winthrop")
W, Apr. 10
Aphra Behn, The Rover
M, Apr. 15
Behn, continued
W, Apr. 17

Behn, Oroonoko (paperback)


M, Apr. 22 Behn, continued; last day of class

Additional texts on colonialism (a 3rd major event):
  • Bacon, "Of Plantations" (43-44)

  • Drayton, "To the Virginian Voyage" (63-64)

  • William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (290-96)

  • Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, etc. (1068-79)

  • Watts, A True Relation of the Inhumane and Unparallel'd Actions, etc. (1266-75)

Final draft of long paper due

Course evaluation in class today

Final examination:  ***


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