English 2120 – TR9 – Overview of Literary Study I – Fall 2010

Tanya Pollard

2307 Boylan

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45

e-mail: Tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

website: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/tpollard

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-5000 x6216

hours: TR 12:15-1:15

     and by appointment

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8-26

8-31

9-2

9-7

9-9

9-14

9-16

9-21

9-23

9-28

9-30

10-5

10-7

10-12

10-14

10-19

10-21

10-26

10-28

11-2

11-4

11-9

11-11

11-16

11-18

11-23

11-25

11-30

12-2

12-7

12-9

Reading

Introduction; Petrarch sonnets 182, 134, 19, 133, 220, 59

Labé sonnets 13, 18, 24, & Stampa sonnets 8, 32, 132

Shakespeare sonnets 1, 3, 18, 20, 30, 55, 57, 87, 130, 138

OED workshop, library classroom 384

no class (Rosh Hashanah)

no class (Friday conversion day)

OED presentations

Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1-2

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3-4

Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5; Shakespeare, Othello, 1

Othello, 2-3

Othello, 4-5

midterm review

midterm exam

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

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

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

Racine, Phèdre, 1-2

Phèdre, 3-4

Phèdre, 5; Sheridan, The Rivals, 1

Sheridan, The Rivals, 2-3

The Rivals, 4-5

staging project presentations

Library research workshop; Library Room 383

review

exam

no class (Thanksgiving)

presentations

presentations

presentations

essay drafts due; peer-revision exercise

Assignment







short essay







exam









staging



exam





final essay

Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Lateness will count as a partial absence.

Readings: Because this class is based on close reading of the texts, it is very important that everyone reads everything fully before coming to class. To ensure that this happens, we will have regular brief reading quizzes. If you fail more than six reading quizzes (whether from absence or not having done the reading), you will fail the course. It is also very important that everyone brings a copy of the text to class. Editions of all the texts are available to be purchased at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore on Hillel, but you are welcome to use other editions if you prefer (I note, though, that it will be difficult to see other editions of Don Quixote, since the Abridged edition we are using features different chapter divisions than standard editions; please do use this version). If you forget your copy of any text, you should stop by the library and check out an edition on the way to class.

Participation: Learning is a collaborative process, and it is important that each of you engage 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 provide and introduce topics for class discussion on a rotating basis. Your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semester’s grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, please avoid behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others’ learning, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc.

Written work should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analytical close readings of textual passages. Specific guidelines will be distributed before each assignment. Late papers will be marked down for each day late. Any use of others’ ideas and/or words must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; see me if you are unsure about what this means. Plagiarism will result in failing the class and being reported to the Dean’s Office.

Coursework and grading:

Participation, including providing discussion topics

short essay and staging exercise (10% each)

midterm exam

final essay

final exam


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