for English 45C Fall 2003
hours; Wed 1:00-3:00
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
" 27: Samples of Victorian Poetry: in reader from Copy Central
on Bancroft--Arnold, Tennyson, and both Elizabeth and Robert Browning.
" 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
Democratic Vistas, but they are not required reading.
Emily Dickinson, from NAMP:entire selection
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
6: Finish Portrait of
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
**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.
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
20: Lecture will continue on painting, then turn
to Ezra Pound poetics. IN NAMP read his short lyrics. In reader selections from
22: Modernist Music-Rites of Spring (possible text to be announced)
27: William Carlos Williams, Spring
29: Finish Williams.
3: Modernist Fiction. Begin
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse. In Reader some Woolf essays from A
: finish Woolf
William Faulkner, The Sound
and the Fury
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
" 24: George Oppenfrom Discrete Series and Of Being Numerous (in reader).
No class Wed of thanksgiving week
1: Anglophone Writing: Chinua Achebe, Things
3: Finish Achebe
" 8: Review class
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.
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