Web syllabus: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/251Q04.htm
Office Hours= M, W 10-12; Th 1:30-2:15
By studying representation in literature, you will be learning how to improve your critical reading, critical thinking. and writing skills. As an Inquiry class, this special freshmen-only section will emphasize the kinds of open-ended, challenging questions requiring significant independent effort, imaginative spirit, and active participation on you part. The majority of the written work will be papers, primarily analytic and argumentative, but with an option for some creative writing as well. There will be a comprehensive final.
At the end of the course students will demonstrate that they are able to:
Percentages for each required graded category are figured via a percentage of a 12-pt. scale in which
an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on paper 1 would net you 9 x .10 or .9 points. Or, a C on participation nets you 5 x .15 or .75
I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade. For example, an 8.2 final score = B for the class.
Participation includes your grades on periodic quizzes, and
to class prepared, having
done the readings and being able to talk and write about them intelligently.
You must complete all the required work to pass the class. I will grade plus/minus.
Attendance: You are allowed 3 absences. If you are absent,
more than 3 times over
the course of the semester, your absences will count progressively against your final grade, as a
significant part --15%--of your final grade. Anyone who misses the first two classes can be immediately dropped from the class.
Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper,
or the course at my discretion.
And yes, I have caught people in the past--the last time I taught this very class, in fact.
Late Papers: Papers received ONE class session late will be
but docked a full grade.
No late papers accepted after one class session late.
Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for
with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available
students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900
Health Center, Campus
Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/dss/
Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.
Required Print Text--available now in the NCSU bookstore.
1. M. H. Abrams et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of
English Literature: The Major
Authors. 7th edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2001.
It comes bundled with a CDrom.
This is the latest edition of the one-volume Norton. Be sure to get the one that says
"The Major Authors." All readings from this Norton Anthology are indicated by page numbers in parentheses.
Required Online Texts
2. How to Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online (Morillo)
3. Guide to Prosody (Morillo)
4. English Translation of Petrarch's Sonnet 140
5. Shelley's "On Love"
Th Aug. 19 Introduction. Literature, representation, and critical thinking: careful words and imaginative thoughts. Read Guide to Prosody (see link above) and "Poetic Forms and Literary Terminology" (Norton 2838)
T Aug. 24 Byron "She Walks in
First Paper due
Th Aug. 26 Wroth "Song: Love What Art Thou?" (656); Marvell "The Definition of Love" (681)
T Aug. 31 Writing and critical thinking.
Readings: On sonnets (494); Spenser "Sonnet 64" (431)
Th Sept. 2 Writing and critical thinking; self assessment of paper 1
T Sept. 7 Petrarch
"Sonnet 140" (click
here for Petrarch
Wyatt "The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor" (340);
Surrey "Love, That Doth
Reign and Live Within My Thought"
Th Sept. 9 Marlowe "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" (457); Raleigh "The Nymph's Reply"; Herrick "Upon Julia's Clothes" (670)
T Sept. 14 Shakespeare "Sonnet 18"
(496), "Sonnet 129"
Th Sept.16 Shelley "On Love" (online)
Topic 2: Representing Death
T Sept. 21 Raleigh "On Death" (444); Boswell, "Johnson on Fear of Death" (1280) Second Paper Due.
Th Sept. 23 Swift Ch. 10, Bk. 3 Gulliver's Travels: "The Struldbruggs [Immortals]" (1062)
T Sept. 28 Wordsworth "A Slumber Did My
Seal" (1451); Keats "When I Have Fears That I
May Cease to Be" (1803)
Th Sept. 30 Gray "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1283) and Gray's draft of this poem, in "Poems in Process" (2756)
T Oct. 5 Gray "Elegy" continued
Th Oct. 7 NO CLASS, FALL BREAK
T Oct.12 Rossetti "When
I am Dead, My Dearest" (2135); "Dead
Death" (2136) and "After Death" (2136);
Th Oct. 14 Hemans "England's Dead" (1782); Hardy "Drummer Hodge" (2294)
T Oct. 19 Thomas "After the Funeral" (2699)
Th Oct. 21 Larkin "Aubade," Larkin reading his poem Norton CD-ROM 2 (2709); Heany "Casualty" (2725)
T Oct. 26
Topic 3: Representing Faith
Th Oct. 28 1 Corinthians 13, King James Bible (347); Blake "A Divine Image" (1364)
T Nov. 2 Julian of Norwich, "The First
Revelation; Jesus as Mother;
Th Nov. 4 Donne "Holy Sonnet 14" (624)
T Nov. 9 Herbert "The Altar"
(661) and "Easter
Th Nov. 11 Hopkins "God's Grandeur" (2158)
T Nov. 16 Yeats "Leda and the Swan" (2386),
"Adam's Curse" (2372)
Topic 4: Love, Death, and Faith
Th Nov. 18 Joyce, The Dead (2496-2524)
T Nov. 23 The Dead continued
Th Nov. 25 NO CLASS, THANKSGIVING
T Nov. 30 The Dead finished.
Th Dec. 2 Reflections on Representation, Literature, critical thinking
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