English 2120: Overview of Literary Study I

Tanya Pollard

 

4137 Boylan

TR 11:00-12:15

E-mail: Tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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Hours: T 12:15-1 & 3:30-4:15, Th 10:30-11, and by appointment

 

 

Wk

Day

Assignment

Presenters

1

8-28

Introduction: Petrarch sonnets

 

2

9-2

Labˇ and Stampa sonnets

 

 

9-4

Shakespeare sonnets 1, 3, 18, 20, 30, 55, 57, 87, 130, 138; Oxford English Dictionary research; Library room 383

 

3

9-9

Shakespeare sonnets

1

 

9-11

Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Acts 1-2

2

4

9-16

Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Acts 3-4

3

 

9-18

Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Act 5

4

5

9-23

No class: CUNY follows Friday conversion schedule

 

 

9-25

No class: CUNY closed for Rosh Hashanah

 

6

9-30

Cervantes, Don Quixote (abridged), Bk 1, chapters 1-7 & 9

1

 

10-2

Don Quixote, Bk 1, chapters 11, 15, 19, 20, & 24

2

7

10-7

Don Quixote, Bk 2, chapters 1, 3, 4, 8, 14, 15, & 16

3

 

10-9

Exam

 

8

10-14

Beaumont, Knight of the Burning Pestle, Acts 1-2

4

 

10-16

Knight of the Burning Pestle, Acts 3-4

1

9

10-21

Knight of the Burning Pestle, Act 5

2

 

10-23

Jonson, Alchemist, Acts 1-2

3

11

10-28

Jonson, Alchemist, Acts 3-4

4

 

10-30

Alchemist, Act 5

1

12

11-4

Sheridan, The Rivals, Act 1-2

2

 

11-6

Sheridan, The Rivals, Acts 3-4

3

13

11-11

Sheridan, The Rivals, Acts 5

4

 

11-13

Review

 

14

11-18

Exam

 

 

11-20

Library research workshop

 

15

11-25

Research presentations and responses

 

 

11-27

No class: CUNY closed for Thanksgiving

 

16

12-2

Research presentations and responses

 

 

12-4

Research paper due; peer-editing workshop

 

17

12-9

Research presentations and responses

 

 

12-11

Revised research paper due

 

 

Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance

Because your contributions to class discussion are a central part of your work for this course, attendance is crucial.  If you miss more than three classes, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Class will start promptly at 11:00; arriving after that point will count as one-third of an absence. Missing an exam will result in a failing grade unless you have documentation of a severe emergency. 

Readings

Poems by Petrarch, Labˇ, and Stampa will be distributed in class; editions of all texts will be available at Shakespeare & Co. You may purchase books elsewhere if you prefer, except for Don Quixote: we are using an abridged edition, and others will have different chapter structures.  Bringing a hard copy of the dayÕs reading to each class session is required: if cost is an issue, you will find copies in the library.

Participation

Learning is a collaborative process, which works best when each of you engages fully with the texts and with each other.  To this end, I will expect you to participate actively in class discussions, and you will be required to present ideas for class discussion on a rotating basis.  Your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semesterÕs grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, please avoid behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with othersÕ learning, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc.

Writing

Over the course of the semester you will write four short (2 page) papers accompanying in-class presentations, as well as one longer (8-10 page) research paper.  All written work should have a central argument that is well formulated, clearly written, and directly supported by close readings of textual passages; the research paper will also incorporate, and respond to, at least three secondary sources.  All papers should be stapled, typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides.  Written work is due at the start of class, and lateness will result in lowering of the grade by one-third of a grade per day.  Any use of othersÕ ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; speak to me if you are unsure about what this means.  Plagiarism is a serious offense, and will result in failing the class and being reported to the DeanÕs Office.

Coursework and grading:

Regular brief quizzes

15%

4 short (2 pages) essays

20%

Presentations and participation

15%

Midterm exam

15%

Final exam

15%

Final research project (5% proposal, 5% draft, 10% final)

20%

 

 

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