English 51 – MW12 – Overview of Literary Study I

Tanya Pollard

3412 Boylan

MW 12:15-1:30

e-mail: Tpollard@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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

Office: 3108 Boylan

phone: 718-951-5000 x6216

hours: MW 11:15-12:15, 3-3:30,

     and by appointment

Week

Date

Reading

Assignment

1

1-28

Introduction

 

 

1-30

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

 

2

2-4

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

 

2-6

Shakespeare sonnets 1, 12, 18, 20, 30, 55, 57, 87, 130, 138

3

2-11

OED workshop, library classroom 384

 

 

2-13

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

 

4

2-18

President’s Day: no class

 

 

2-20

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3-4

short essay

5

2-25

Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5

 

 

2-27

Shakespeare, Othello, 1-2

 

6

3-3

Othello, 3-4

 

 

3-5

Othello, 5

 

7

3-10

midterm review

 

 

3-12

midterm exam

exam

8

3-17

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

 

 

3-19

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

 

9

3-24

no class

 

 

3-26

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

 

10

3-31

Racine, Phèdre, 1-2

 

 

4-2

Phèdre, 3-4

 

11

4-7

Phèdre, 5

 

 

4 -9

Sheridan, The Rivals, 1-2

 

12

4-14

The Rivals, 3-4

staging exercise

 

4-16

The Rivals, 5

 

13

4-21

no class

 

 

4-23

no class

 

14

4-28

review

 

 

4-30

exam

exam

15

5-5

presentations

 

 

5-7

presentations

 

16

5-12

presentations

 

 

5-14

presentations

 

 

5-19

final essay

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. Latemess will count as a partial absence.

Texts: Because this class is based on close reading of the plays, it is very important that everyone has a copy of the play 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.

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

25%

25%

25%

25%