Major British Writers
English 202Y, 2006-07
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6:00-9:00, North Building 224

 

Professor: Dan White
Offices:
UTM, 296A NB, x. 8-5291; St. George, Book History Office, Massey College (House V, Room 3)
Fall Office Hours:
UTM, Monday 4:00-5:00 and Wednesday 4:00-5:00

Winter Office Hours: UTM, Monday 4:00-5:00; St. George, Wednesday 4:00-5:00

E-Mail: daniel.white@utoronto.ca

Course Focus: This course will introduce you to many of the major figures in the British literary tradition. Because our reading proceeds chronologically, you will gain familiarity and comfort with the literary periods according to which we divide and understand the past. In addition to learning about these periods, we will focus our explorations by considering the powerful and varied consequences of periodization itself. We will ask questions such as: How do literary-historical divisions affect the way we conceptualize past cultures? What kinds of readings do these categories enable, and what kinds do they restrict? How does periodization shape our own literary heritage as speakers and readers of the English language?

Requirements and Grading: Your grade for the year will be divided as follows: quiz (October 23, 10%), first-term paper (November 27, 1500 words, 25%), first-term test (December 4, 20%), second-term paper (April 2, 1500 words, 25%), second-term test (April 9, 20%). Please submit your papers titled, double-spaced, paginated, and stapled. Late work will be penalized 3% for each day late. Before writing your papers, please consult “Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and Grading.”

Resources: To access some of the following resources from off-campus computers, a U of T Library Card barcode and Student ID number are required.

Texts: The following texts have been ordered and are required for this course:

WEEK 1, SEPTEMBER 11

Introduction

WEEK 2, SEPTEMBER 18

Beowulf (26-97)

WEEK 3, SEPTEMBER 25

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (112-65)

WEEK 4, OCTOBER 2

Geoffrey Chaucer, from The Canterbury Tales: “The General Prologue,” lines 1-78, 547-68, 717-860; “The Miller’s Prologue and Tale” (191-207)

WEEK 5, OCTOBER 9 (THANKSGIVING)

WEEK 6, OCTOBER 16

Sir Thomas Wyatt, “They flee from me” (351)

William Shakespeare, Sonnets 18, 116, 129, 130

John Donne, “The Flea” (603), “The Canonization” (607-608), “Elegy 19. To His Mistress Going to Bed” (618-19)

Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress” (677-78)

WEEK 7, OCTOBER 23

Comprehension and Close Reading Quiz

Close Reading Workshop

WEEK 8, OCTOBER 30

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (510-72)

WEEK 9, NOVEMBER 6

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (510-72)

WEEK 10, NOVEMBER 13

John Milton, from Paradise Lost: Books 1 (715-43) and 4 (778-94)

WEEK 11, NOVEMBER 20

Milton, from Paradise Lost: Books 4 (778-94), 9 (811-40), and from 12 (848-52)

WEEK 12, NOVEMBER 27: First-term paper due (1500 words)

Review for first-term test

WEEK 13, DECEMBER 4

First-term test

WEEK 14, JANUARY 8

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave (927-71)

WEEK 15, JANUARY 15

John Locke, from An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding (handout)

Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Man (1155-62); from The Dunciad: Book the Fourth (1174-78)

WEEK 16, JANUARY 22

Jonathan Swift, from Gulliver’s Travels (974-1056)

WEEK 17, JANUARY 29

Swift, from Gulliver’s Travels (1056-1113)

WEEK 18, FEBRUARY 5

William Blake, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience (selections to be announced); The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1430-41)

WEEK 19, FEBRUARY 12

William Wordsworth, from Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1495-1507), “We Are Seven” (1487-88), “Strange fits of passion have I known” (1507-1508), “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” (1491-95), “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” (1538-44)

WEEK 20, FEBRUARY 19 (READING WEEK)

WEEK 21, FEBRUARY 26

Jane Austen, Emma, volumes I-II

WEEK 22, MARCH 5

Austen, Emma, volume III

WEEK 23, MARCH 12

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, chapters 1-30

WEEK 24, MARCH 19

Dickens, Great Expectations, chapters 31-59

WEEK 25, MARCH 26

T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (2614-28)

WEEK 26, APRIL 2: Second-term paper due (1500 words)

Review for second-term test

WEEK 27, APRIL 9

Second-term test

 


Daniel E. White
daniel.white@utoronto.ca