All required reading in the Norton Anthology unless otherwise noted.
Fri., Sept. 27: Introduction
Required reading: please read through the syllabus and course policies!! SLIDES
Mon., Sept. 30: Beowulf and Headnotes, pp. 3-11 in NA
If you need access to a copy of Beowulf while we are waiting for the Library to come through with my reserve request, pls use this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3e38vyc3avh3pee/heaney_beowulf.pdf?dl=0
Wed., Oct. 2: Beowulf SLIDES
Fri., Oct. 4: “Headnotes, 14-18 and 20-25; 256-61. Chaucer, “General Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales. SLIDES
Mon., Oct. 7: Summary of the Knight’s Tale and “The Miller’s Tale.” Review ll. 547-568 of the GP.
Wed., Oct. 9: Millers Tale and “Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale.” Review ll. 447-478 of GP SLIDES
Fri., Oct. 11: No class today
Week Three: Guest Professor Vitkus SLIDES
Mon., Oct. 14: “Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale.” Review ll. 447-478 of GP Guest lecture by Prof. Daniel Vitkus
Wed. Oct 16: Chaucer, "Pardoner’s Tale.” Review ll. 671-716 of GP. Guest lecture by Prof. Daniel Vitkus
Fri., Oct. 18: No class today.
Mon., Oct. 21: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (with headnote 201-3). Guest lecture by Prof. Seth Lerer
Wed., Oct. 23: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (with headnote 201-3). PAPER ONE DUE IN LECTURE. SLIDES
Fri., Oct. 25: Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe and headnotes (442-3). SLIDES
Mon., Oct. 28: Headnotes: “The Sixteenth Century,” (pp. 3-19) Spenser (238-40) and FQ.
Spenser: “A Letter of the Authors” and Fairie Queene, Book I, cantos 1 and 2. SLIDES
Wed., Oct. 30: Headnotes (27-33) on Marlowe (658-9) and Dr. Faustus. Marlowe: Dr. Faustus.
Fri., Nov. 1: Marlowe: DF SLIDES
Mon., Nov. 4: The Sonnet and Sonnet Cycle forms. SLIDES
Please read all of the sonnet selections and head notes in the sections for: Anne Locke (505), Philip Sidney (Astrophel and Stella 586-603) and Shakespeare (718-38) in order to get as full a sense as possible of the “sonnet cycle.” Specific poems to be emphasized in lecture and section and exams will be announced.
Wed., Nov. 6: The Sonnet continued.
Fri., Nov. 8: The next three lectures will focus on early Seventeenth-century lyric poetry grouped around the themes “love,” “politics” and “religion,” but as we will see it’s pretty hard to untangle these themes. Not all poems will be covered in lecture, but read each selection listed to get a sense of the range of the verse, specific poems for lecture/section/exam focus will be announced. I may add or subtract lyrics depending on our pace.
Donne: headnote ; “The Canonization,” “Break of Day,” “The Flea,”
“A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” “The Ectasy,” “The Relic,” Elegy 19. Herrick (headnote); “To the Virgins.”
Marvell : headnote; “To His Coy Mistress.”
Jonson: headnote ; “Still to Be Neat.”
Mon., Nov. 11: UCSD closed to observe Veteran’s Day. No lecture today.
Wed., Nov. 13: ‘Social poetry.’ Donne: “The Sun Rising.” Jonson: “To Penshurst.” Marvell: “Bermudas,” “An Horatian Ode.” Lanyer: “Cookham.”
Fri., Nov. 15: ‘Religious poetry.’ Donne: Holy Sonnets 1, 9, 10, 13, 14.
Herrick: “Corrina’s Going A-Maying.”
Mon., Nov. 18: Finish up poetry unit. 17th c. poetry SLIDES
Wed., Nov. 20: Milton: Headnote: Paradise Lost, Headnote; Books 1-2 and ll. 1-134 of Book 3.
Further specific assignments for PL will be announced later in the quarter after I’ve determined our pacing.
Fri., Nov. 22: PL PAPER TWO DUE IN LECTURE
Mon., Nov. 25: PL
Wed., Nov. 27: No lecture
Fri., Nov. 29: No lecture
Week Ten: PL SLIDES
Mon., Dec. 2: PL wrap-up
Wed., Dec. 4: Review/Make-up
Fri., Dec. 6: Review for final exam—time for spill-over/make-up