English 348:01

English Renaissance Literature

Tanya Pollard

M DI-0170, R SP 231
MR 11:30-12:45

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

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

Office: 352 Dickson

Office hours:

Office phone: 655-5141


Week Date Reading Assignment
1 9-8 Introduction
2 9-12 Petrarch sonnets 182, 134, 19, 133, 220, 59
9-15 Sidney sonnets: 1, 2, 5, 6, 12, 19, 20, 36, 47, 71, 89
3 9-19 Shakespeare sonnets: 1, 3, 12, 18, 20, 23, 29, 30
9-22 OED workshop
4 9-26 Shakespeare sonnets: 55, 57, 63, 87, 93, 103, 130, 138
9-29 Shakespeare, "Venus and Adonis," ll. 1-606
5 10-3 "Venus and Adonis," ll. 607-end short paper due
10-6 Marlowe, "Hero and Leander," First Sestiad
6 10-10 "Hero and Leander," Second Sestiad
10-12 no class: Yom Kippur
7 10-17 Sidney, "Defense of Poetry,"102-126
10-20 "Defense of Poetry," 126-148
8 10-24 review session
10-27 midterm exam midterm exam
9 10-31 Marlowe, Jew of Malta, 1-2
11-3 Jew of Malta, 3-4
10 11-7 Jew of Malta, 5
11-10 library research workshop
11 11-14 Jonson, Bartholomew Fair, Ind, 1-2
11-17 Bartholomew Fair, 3-4
12 11-21 Bartholomew Fair, 5
11-24 no class, Thanksgiving
13 11-28 Marlowe, Edward II, 1-2 final paper proposals
11-30 Edward II, 3-4
14 12-5 Edward II, 5
12-7 film, Edward II
15 12-12 film, Edward II
12-15 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 or leaving during class will lower your participation grade, and may count as a partial absence.


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 order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others' learning will not be tolerated. 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

short paper

midterm exam

final paper





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