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Syllabus for English 45C Fall 2003

Instructor: Charles Altieri

Wheeler 427

Office hours; Wed 1:00-3:00

Aug 25: Introduction: Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" and the Heritage of romanticism.

Start reading the first two novels--Portrait of Dorian Gray and Portrait of a Lady--the second of these is quite long.

" 27: Samples of Victorian Poetry: in reader from Copy Central on Bancroft--Arnold, Tennyson, and both Elizabeth and Robert Browning.

Sept 1: Holiday

" 3: Victorian aestheticism and disillusion with modernity: in Norton Anthology of modern poetry--poems by Oscar Wilde and by Thomas Hardy, especially the first six, "channel firing," and the last one. In reader Walter Pater Stud in Renaissance, then Darwin and Schopenauer.

Sept 8: Wilde, Portrait of Dorian Gray.

" 10: "

" 15: Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

" 17: Finish Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

" 22: America and the aesthetic made political: Walt Whitman, from NAMP: "Song of Myself," "When I heard ...," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," and "I saw in Louisiana ... ." If you get a chance reader will have "Preface" to Leaves of Grass and selections from Democratic Vistas, but they are not required reading.

" 24: Emily Dickinson, from NAMP:entire selection

“ 29:. Start Henry James, Portrait of a Lady. Please try to have half the novel read by this class.

Oct. 1: James cont. Also in reader James, "The Art of Fiction," and "Centers of Consciousness" as well as the section from Wells-James correspondence.

Oct 6: Finish Portrait of Lady.

“ 8: Modernism as Pathos: T.S Eliot in NAMP. Class will focus on “Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock,” “Preludes,” and “Sweeney Among the Nightingales.” Also read the three Eliot essays in the reader

“ 10. **Midterm exam--to be administered in the discussion sections.

" 13: Eliot “Waste Land.” Please memorize the opening stanza and the last seven lines of this poem.

“ 15: Constructivist Modernism. Lecture on Modernist Painting. Read in NAMP: W.C Williams, down to "The Young Housewife." In Reader, all the selections from Chipp Theories of Modern Art, and the Gertrude Stein portraits.

“ 20: Lecture will continue on painting, then turn to Ezra Pound’ poetics. IN NAMP read his short lyrics. In reader selections from Pound Gaudier-Brzska.

“ 22: Modernist Music-Rites of Spring (possible text to be announced)

“ 27: William Carlos Williams, Spring and All

“ 29: Finish Williams.

Nov 3: Modernist Fiction. Begin Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse. In Reader some Woolf essays from A Common Reader.

" 5 : finish Woolf

" 10:. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

" 12:. Continue Faulkner

" 17 Finish Faulkner

" 19: Beyond Modernism: the poetry of Langston Hughes. Also in reader see Zora Neale Hurston, "Characteristics of Negro Expression," and "Spirituals and Neo-Spirituals." I will try to include some other materials from the Harlem Renaissance.

" 24: George Oppen—from Discrete Series and Of Being Numerous (in reader).

No class Wed of thanksgiving week

Dec 1: Anglophone Writing: Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

“ 3: Finish Achebe

" 8: Review class

“ 13: For this review I will not prepare anything but will answer your questions. Or if we get backed up this will be the formal review.

Basic Information

Regular attendance in both lectures and sections is mandatory, and to make any sense of the class you will have to have read the primary materials carefully before coming. This is especially the case with the poetry: ideally you will be able to remember how each lyric is put together and you will have memorized at least some lines from each author. In addition there will be two five page papers, a mid-term and a final. The first paper should concentrate on developing the implications of some character or theme for the overall force of a novel, or it should show how syntax, voice, and structure enable a poem to realize some significant emotional and intellectual state. The second paper can do the same thing again with different texts or can try to show how certain moments in texts or comparison among texts dramatize some distinctive and not-obvious feature of what you think is central to understanding the period we are studying. Please discuss your paper topics either with the section leader or with me.

Due dates for the papers will seem somewhat strange, but the way I want to do it will help everyone. Anyone whose last name begins with A through G will have papers due on Sept 19 and Nov 7. Those whose last name begins with H through O will have papers due on Sept 26 and Nov 14. Those whose last name begins P through Z will have papers due on Oct 3 and Nov 21. You can turn in your papers before the due date (eg if you have a heavy schedule when yours is due), but not after the date unless you ask me first and give a good reason. Only in extraordinary circumstances will I accept papers more than one week after the due date, even when you are excused from that date. If the section leaders agree, we will have a policy where you get a total of one rewrite in order to improve your grade. Papers will be about 40% of grade; midterm 25% and final 35%.