Honors 100:02--Great Books

Tanya Pollard

Dickson 259
MW 10:00-11:30



my web page: http://chss.montclair.edu/~pollardt/

English department web page: http://english.montclair.edu

Office: 352 Dickson

Office phone: 655-5141 pollardt@mail.montclair.edu

Office hours: M 9:15-10, 2:15-3

R 10:30-11:30, 2:15-2:45


Week Date Reading Assignment
1 9-7 Introduction
2 9-12 Sappho, lyrics
9-14 Aeschylus, Agamemnon
3 9-19 Aeschylus, Eumenides
9-21 Sophocles, Oedipus
4 9-26 Euripides, Medea
9-28 Aristophanes, Lysistrata
5 10-3 Aristotle, Poetics
10-5 no class, Rosh Hashanah
6 10-10 Catullus, lyrics 1st paper due
10-12 Ovid, Metamorphoses, I-II
7 10-17 Metamorphoses, V, IX
10-19 Metamorphoses, X
8 10-24 review session
10-26 midterm exam midterm exam
9 10-31 Marie de France, Lanval, Laustic
11-2 Petrarch, sonnets
10 11-7 Chaucer, Canterbury Tales: General Prologue, Miller
11-9 Canterbury Tales: Wife of Bath
11 11-14 Canterbury Tales: Pardoner
11-16 library research instruction
12 11-21 Renaissance lyric poems
11-23 Renaissance lyric poems
13 11-28 Shakespeare, Hamlet
11-30 Hamlet
14 12-5 Hamlet
12-7 Hamlet
15 12-12 overview final paper due
Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, no matter what the reason, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Arriving late to class will count as one-third of an absence, and may count for more depending on the amount of time missed.


Because this class is based on close reading of literary works, it is very important that everyone has a copy of the reading and brings it to class. If you come to class without a copy of the reading, you may be asked to leave class, and counted as absent for that day.


Learning is a collaborative process, and it is crucial that each of you engage fully with the texts and with each other. To this end, you will be expected 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 the interests of a courteous and focused classroom, disruptive behavior including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc, may result in your being asked to leave class and being counted as absent.


Essays should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analysis of the text. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides. Late papers will be marked down one-third of a grade per day (that is, from B+ to B, B to B-, etc). Any use of others' ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; speak to me if you are unsure about how to do this. Borrowing ideas or phrases from external sources (such as books, friends, or the internet) without attributing the source will result in failing the class and being reported to the Dean's Office.

Coursework and grading:
Participation in class discussion and contribution of topics

first paper

midterm exam

second paper





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