Please remember this calendar is subject to change as the class
progresses. Check it frequently to make sure you
are up to date!
|Aug. 24||Introductions and the Big Questions|
|Aug. 26||Terms, timelines, and literature in history. How this course is going to work. Read: The Dream of the Rood (125-131). After class, look at "Tips for Reading a Work of Literature" from the English/Core pages and at "Critical Reading: A Guide" by Professor John Lye of Brock University. Here is The Lord's Prayer in Anglo-Saxon.|
|Aug. 31||The Middle Ages (3-26). ¤Anglo-Saxon Perspectives: 131-146; The Wanderer; Wulf & Eadwacer and The Wife’s Lament (150-155).|
|Sept. 2||Chaucer: The General Prologue¤. Here is a good explanation of medieval estates from the Norton Anthology website.|
|Sept. 7||Chaucer: The Miller’s Tale and The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale.¤ Here are some images to help you visualize these tales.|
|Sept. 9||Chaucer: The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale. Margery Kempe, from The Book of Margery Kempe (529 ff). ¤|
|Sept. 10||Friday: Last day to elect or change S/U option|
|Sept. 14||Marie de France, Prologue and Lanval (176-191); skim the "Perspectives" on Arthurian Myth, p. 159 ff. Here are a bunch of links to Arthurian Resources on the web, ranging from the scholarly to the utterly ridiculous, and here is the slide show on the evidence for King Arthur.|
|Sept. 16||Sir Thomas Malory, from Le Morte Darthur (249-279). Exam review. You should also e-mail an essay question to the class discussion list no later than 7 pm Monday night. Here are the rules for "fin amor" or courtly love.|
|Sept. 21||The Early Modern Period (640-662). Perspectives on Government and Self-Government (756-777). You should fill out the comparison sheet "How Does the Early Modern Period Differ from the Middle Ages?" before Tuesday's class. Here is the list of essay questions submitted for the first test.|
|Sept. 23||First Midterm Exam. It will cover materials from Aug. 24 till Sept. 16.|
|Sept. 27||Monday: Last day to drop courses with grade of automatic ‘N’|
|Sept. 28||Some Shakespeare on video. Introduction to the Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre.|
|Sept. 30||Shakespeare, “The Tempest” Acts I - III. Here's the slideshow.|
|Oct. 5||Shakespeare, “The Tempest” Acts IV-V|
|Oct. 7||Spenser, Sidney, Donne, and other important sonneteers; The Passionate Shepherd and friends.† Here's a cheat sheet on sonnet notes if you need it. The Sonnet Game slideshow. Click here for the list of sonnets you must all know.|
|Oct. 12||Sonnet Day.† Here is the list of assigned sonnets; you'll read yours OUT LOUD.|
|Oct. 14||No class; instructor at conference. Get a running head start on Milton if you’re smart!|
|Oct. 15-18||Fall Break|
|Oct. 19||Introduction to Milton. Areopagitica (1827-36) and online selections from The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce. Milton is tough; you might want some online help with him. You might be interested in this important talk about "Milton and the First Amendment" from the Yale Law School, or the notes from Dartmouth's Milton Reading Room on Areopagitica. (The Dartmouth Milton Reading Room is a wonderful resource for any of Milton's writings!)|
|Oct. 21||Milton, Paradise Lost. Read books I, II,. Focus on the characters of Satan, Beelzebub, Adam, and Eve. Make notes about the four themes. Pay attention to Milton's style, especially to his use of blank verse, epic conventions, and enjambment. Many students find Milton the hardest author we read this semester; if you want to look at the Spark Notes for Paradise Lost as a starter, here's the link. (Don't rely on these alone; remember that you will have to recognize specific quotations and discuss specific episodes on the exam!) Believe it or not, there is Milton humor. If you are interested in lots of illustrations of Milton, try this page: http://www.paradiselost.org/4-stories-pictures.html. Here is today's slide show on Key Terms in Milton.|
Paradise Lost book IV. Exam review. Introduction to
The Restoration and the 18th Century (2061-2084).
Print out and fill out the grid.
Essay questions due by 9 pm October 25!
Second midterm exam. It will cover everything from Sept. 21 to Oct 21.
|Nov. 2||Election day; no class. After you vote, take time to get started reading Pride and Prejudice.|
|Nov. 4||Discuss final paper. If you are interested in the Great Fire of London, click here. Slideshow from today.|
|Nov. 9||Perspectives: The Royal Society and the New Science; Pepys, The Diary (selections). Pope, Essay on Criticism, Essay on Man (selections).|
|Nov. 11||Swift, A Description of a City Shower, Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, A Modest Proposal; (Hint: read the selection from Petty’s Political Arithmetic, 2472, first!)|
|Nov. 16||Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, †Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard . Johnson, Letter to Lord Chesterfield; from A Dictionary of the English Language, from The Plays of William Shakespeare.|
|Nov. 18||Pride and Prejudice: Introduction and Vol. I (to p. 119). Rise of the Novel/Intro to Jane slideshow. Resources for studying Jane Austen.|
|Nov. 23||Pride and Prejudice Vol. II (119-208). Skim “Marriage and the Marriage Market,” pp. 349-383.|
|Nov. 24-28||Celebrate Thanksgiving and my mother’s 87th birthday.|
|Nov. 29||Monday: Last day to withdraw from classes.|
|Nov. 30||Pride and Prejudice Vol. III (208-329). Skim “Female Character and Conduct” and “Male Character and Conduct,” pp. 384-407.|
|Dec. 2||Final papers or lesson plans due at the beginning of class–no late papers will be accepted without doctor's or Dean's excuse. Wrap-up, course evaluations, and review for final exam. Essay questions for this exam must be e-mailed to the class list by 7 pm today.|
|Dec. 12||Review Session. 6:30 PM. Bancroft 267.|
Monday Dec. 13,
Final Exam. It will be in two parts: 50 points on the material from Oct. 26 to the end of the term (with terms, quotations to identify, and one essay, like a normal midterm) and 50 points from a mini-grid of ideas and characteristics and one comprehensive essay (you'll have some choice). You will need at least one blue book (I don't care which size, and you can get them at the Bookworm). You must take the final exam to pass the course. The only excuses accepted for missing the final that would warrant a re-scheduling of the exam are medical or those accepted by Dr. Bethany Marlowe, Dean of Students. Check your exam schedule at http://www.winthrop.edu/recandreg/pdf/exams/F04sched.pdf.
† On these days everyone will have an assigned work or portion of a work to
read aloud and make comments on it. Be prepared!
¤ Tapes of these works in the original language will be placed on reserve in Dacus if you’d like to hear them.