English 51:MW3 – Overview of Literary Study I

Tanya Pollard

4129 Boylan

MW 3:30-4:45

e-mail: Tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-6126

hours: MW 2:30-3:15, Sun 11:45-12:15, and by appointment

Week

Date

Reading

Assignment

1


2


3


4


5


6


7


8


9


10


11


12


13


14


15


16


17

8-27

8-29

9-3

9-5

9-10

9-12

9-17

9-19

9-24

9-26

10-1

10-3

10-8

10-10

10-15

10-17

10-22

10-24

10-29

10-31

11-5

11-7

11-12

11-14

11-19

11-21

11-26

11-28

12-3

12-5

12-10

12-12

12-19

Introduction

Petrarch sonnets (handout)

no class

Petrarchan sonnets: Stampa and Labé (handout)

Shakespeare sonnets 1, 3, 12, 18, 20

no class

Shakespeare sonnets, 23, 29, 30, 55, 57, 63

Shakespeare sonnets 87, 93, 103, 130, 138

presentations of OED research

Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1-2

As You Like It, 3-4

As You Like It, 5

no class

Shakespeare, Othello, 1-2

Othello, 3-4

Othello, 5

midterm review

midterm exam

Cervantes, Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Beaumont, Knight of the Burning Pestle, 1-2

Knight of the Burning Pestle, 3-4

Knight of the Burning Pestle, 5

Racine, Phèdre, 1-2

no class

Phèdre, 3-4

Phèdre, 5

Sheridan, The Rivals, 1-2

The Rivals, 3-4

The Rivals, 5

reviewfinal exam, 3:30-5:30









short essay









exam






staging exercise




final essay proposal



final essay

Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance

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.

Texts

Because this class is based on close reading of literary texts, it is very important that everyone has a copy of the text and brings it to class. You may use other editions if you prefer; if you forget your copy 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.

Writing

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 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, topics, short essay, and staging exercise

midterm exam

final essay

final exam

40%

20%

20%

20%

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