Spring 2009


Bronte, Charlotte (1816-1855). Jane Eyre (1847). Signet.
Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886). Selected Poems. Dover Thrift Edition.
Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906). Hedda Gabler (1890). Dover Thrift Edition.
Keats, John (1795-1821). Lyric Poems. Dover Thrift Edition.
Morrison, Toni (1931-  ). The Bluest Eye (1970). Plume.
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616). Hamlet (1600-1601). Signet.
Tan, Amy (1952-  ). The Joy Luck Club (1970). Ballantine.


Week 1:  January 30
 Morrison, The Bluest Eye, pp. 3-16
Week 2:  February 6
 The Bluest Eye, pp. 16-183
      Morrison, Online Overview
      Pp. 61-109
Pp. 110-131
      Pp. 132-183
Week 3:  February 13
 The Bluest Eye, pp. 184-206
      Pp. 184-206
"Afterward," pp. 209-216
      The Other in The Bluest Eye
Keats, Lyric Poems
Online overview  
      Reading Lyric Poetry 
      The Lyric Stanza: A Convention
      "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"
      "When I have fears that I may cease to be"
      "Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art"
      "The Eve of St. Agnes" 
      "La Belle Dame sans Merci"
**Supplemental Reading**
Reading Lyric Poetry 
      The Lyric Stanza: A Convention
Week 4:  February 20 Keats, Lyric Poems
Lyric Epiphanies and Speakers
      The Romantic Meditative Ode
      "Ode to a Nightingale"
      "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
      "Ode to Psyche"
      "Ode on Melancholy"
Week 5:  February 27
Dickinson, Selected Poems
      "Wild nights! Wild nights!"
      "If you were coming in the fall"
      "I cannot live with you"
      "I started Early--took my Dog--"
   --Pain, separation, & ecstasy
      "For each ecstatic instant"
      "I measure every grief I meet"
      "I had been hungry all the years"
      "Pain has an element of blank"
      "After great pain a formal feeling comes"
      "My life closed twice before its close"
      "Success is counted sweetest"
      "I died for beauty but was scarce"
     "I heard a fly buzz when I died,"
      "Because I could not stop for Death,
      "The bustle in a house"
  --God, religion, & eternity--
     "Safe in their alabaster chambers,"
     "He fumbles at your spirit"
     "The heart asks pleasure first,"
Paper 1 due (minimum: 3-4 pages)
**Supplemental Reading**
Topics for Paper
      Introduction to Writing Your Paper
      Critical Essays, written by students
      Personal Response Essays, written by students
      Essays of Society or General Analysis
            written by students
Week 6:  Dickinson, Selected Poems
  --The inner world--
      "There's a certain slant of light"
      "I felt a funeral in my brain"
      "It was not death, for I stood up"
      "The brain within its groove"
     "I felt a cleaving in my mind"
     "I taste a liquor never brewed"
      "She sweeps with many-colored brooms"
      "I'll tell you how the sun rose"
      "A bird came down the walk"
      "I like to see it lap the miles"
      "A narrow fellow in the grass"
      "Hope is the thing with feathers"
      "I'm nobody! Who are you?"
      "Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn"
      "It dropped so low in my regard"
      "The soul selects her own society"
      "My life had stood a loaded gun"
Week 7:  March 13
Shakespeare, Hamlet
Week 8:  W, Sept. 29 Selected Poems (Dickinson) , pp. 1-28
      Dickinson, Online Overview
Week 9:  M, Oct. 4
Selected Poems (Dickinson) , pp. 29-54
     First paper due
Week 10:  W, Oct. 6
Hamlet, Act I
       Shakespeare Page
Week 11:  W, Oct. 13 Hamlet, Act II
Week 12:  M, Oct. 18 Hamlet, Act III
Week 13:  W, Oct. 20
Hamlet, Act IV
Week 14:  M, Oct. 25
Hamlet, Act V
Week 15:  W, Oct. 27 Midterm
Week 16:  M, Nov. 1
Hedda Gabler, Act I
      Ibsen, Online Overview
Week 17:  W, Nov. 3
Hedda Gabler, Act II
Week 18:  M, Nov. 8
Hedda Gabler, Act III
Week 19:  W, Nov. 10
Hedda Gabler, Act IV
     Second paper due
Week 20:  M, Nov. 15
Jane Eyre, pp. 6-84
      Bronte, Online Overview
Week 21:   W, Nov. 17
Jane Eyre, pp. 85-142
Week 22:  M, Nov. 22
Jane Eyre, pp. 143-208
Week 23:  M, Nov. 29
Jane Eyre , pp. 208--279
Week 24:  W, Dec. 1
Jane Eyre , pp. 279-343
Week 25:  M, Dec. 6
Jane Eyre , pp. 344-417
Week 26:  W, Dec 8
Jane Eyre , pp. 417-461
Week 27:  M, Dec. 13 The Joy Luck Club, pp. 3-181
      Tan, Online Overview
Week 28:  T, Dec. 14 The Joy Luck Club, pp. 182-332
T. Dec. 21. 3:30-5:30
Noon, M, Jan. 3
Last Week to hand in papers

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