Syllabus for 45 B. Instructor:
Charles Altieri, Wheeler 427
OH Mon 1-2: 3-5.
Jan 23. The Puritans in the U.S. Bradford, Norton Anthology of Am Lit 156-61,
Winthrop 206-17; Mather 392-97; Edwards
25. American Exceptionalism. Franklin 534-37; Crevecoeur
726-32, 734-37; Federalist 742-47
The Way of the World,
Norton Anthology of English literature,
Feb 1, Swift, A
Modest Proposal 2462-2468. Begin Gullivers Travels, 2323.
Feb 6 and 8 All Gullivers Travels.
Feb 13. The pleasures of the heroic couplet. Pope, 2405-6 (a selection from
on Criticism and from Dunciad
2559-61. All of Ann Finch and Lady
Mary Wortley MOntagu
and Earl of Rochester,
15. Pope, Rape of the Lock. I
also highly recommend Eloise and Abelard 2513-24,
but probably will not get to it in class.
Feb 20. Holiday
22. William Blake. Norton anthology of Romantic Literature, 79-97
Feb 27. Wordsworth, preface to Lyrical ballads 262-73, poems 258-62,
Mar 1. Wordsworth
cont292-301, 317 314-17, 361-367. Landscape painting.
Mar 6. Keats, Letters and 880-863, 887-901, 939
8. Keats 901-926.
Mar 13 and march 15. Jane Austen, Emma.
17 Midterm**in sections.
Mar 20. Emerson, Nature, Norton Anthology of American
1134, and Experience
22. Poe, Fall of
the House of Usher 1534-1546, The Purloined Letter.
Apr 3 . Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown 1263-1272,
The Ministers Black
5. Hawthorne, young Goodman Brown
1263-72, Rappaccinis Daughter
Apr 10. Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener, 2330-2344. begin Benito C.
12. , Benito Cereno, 2371-2426..
Apr 17. Emily Dickinson, poems 2499-2523
19. , poems 2524-2542.
Apr. 24 Tennyson, Norton Anthology of Victorian Lit, 1109-1126,
26. Browning, 1255, 1259-65, 1271-86.
May 1 Arnold, 1350-1357, 1368,
3, and May 8 review and catch up.
will be a lot of reading and regular quizzesthis is the
only way to do a survey and to prepare yourself
eventually to enjoy the material. There will also be questions for the class available on
my website at least by 10PM the evening before the class. There will be quizzes on these questions.
also have to comment on the texts for the course. I initially ordered two very general Norton anthologies. This year for the first time they broke the
anthologies into several texts. They are giving you a very good deal on the English anthologies,
and if you are an English major you should buy them. But in case you are short on money, I will produce a reader
that includes all that I am assigning from the Victorian anthology. And this reader will contain all that I am assigning from
the first American literature anthology from 1495 to 1820. The reader will also contain some philosophy
texts that we will not actually study in class, but I recommend
them for anyone interested in the period. Sorry for this complexity,
but it stems from wanting coverage in this course and also texts
in which you browse forever.
will be two papers and mid-term in this course, along with some
short writing assignments imitating the texts we read (for example
you might try the first or the last two paragraphs of a puritan
sermon). (You can extend
this assignment to cover one of the papers. The section leaders can set the dates and decide
whether you should all hand in at once or sequence each of the
papers. I will suggest
dates and topics but the leaders have the power to modify the
assignments. The first paper will be due March 6. It can be a close reading of any text or section
of a text we have studied. I
will explain what I mean by a close reading in the
course of the course. The second paper will be due on May 1. I would like this to a be a comparison of two
short passages where you see that close attention to the difference
between the passages can make a distinctive contribution to understanding
some form of cultural pressure creating problems for the authors. You can deal with big problems like concerns
with religion or gender or moral value, or you can try more nuanced
issues like qualities of character or affect that seem called
upon by situations, or that fail to handle the problems addressed. Another possibility is that you write an essay on some
Victorian novel dealing with similarities and differences from
the treatment of character in Jane Austen.