Honors 202 006: Discovering Literature--The Appeal of Pastoral                                                 Fall 2005

Tompkins G123.  M, W, 1:30-2:45
Section 006
Dr. Morillo

Web syllabus: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/hon202.html

Dr. Morillo's Office is Tompkins 270;     email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
Office Hours=  Th 1-3  F 12:30-2:30

Honors Discovering Literature Courses
Discovering Literature Courses
study works of literature to treat the themes of inquiry and discovery--its risks, its creativeness, its ambiguities and complexities, and its moral dilemmas--through selected works from literature and other media, including theater, music, visual arts, and film. Analysis of each work in terms of its historical context and internal structure as well as its treatment of the nature of inquiry and discovery.

The Appeal of Pastoral

What's with all the shepherds? From ancient Greece and Rome in the Idylls of Theocritus and the Eclogues of Virgil, through the Bible, Renaissance European poetry, drama, and painting, neoclassical satires, Romantic poetry and symphonic music, back-to-nature communes of the 1960s-70s in America, much contemporary country music, and films including FantasiaLost Horizon, and Local Hero, the pastoral has enabled cultures to imagine the superior values of some better, simpler time and place within or against which they can define themselves.  The pastoral is a protean form, and the very character of the changeling god Proteus appears most vividly in one of Virgil's pastoral poems. The pastoral's foundation in the purportedly pleasant and virtuous lives of shepherds has been built into a fascinating and highly adaptable range of responses to moral and religious ideas about innocence and virtue, political ideas about corruption and the location of power, and aesthetic ideas about the sources and ends of good art. We will explore why pastoral appeals and to whom, when and why it falls out of favor, and how, perhaps why, it manages to return with vigor even after being laughed to scorn by its many wry critics. We will encounter pastoral in texts, images, and sounds, as well as in some noteworthy attempts to define and understand it, including Samuel Johnson's and William Empson's. We will consider whether the medium in which pastoral is represented significantly changes its meaning.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:

This will be measured primarily by your final paper, in which you will explore the meaning of pastoral in a current play, novel, or other work approved by the instructor.

Course Requirements

1. Attendance = 10%.
2. Participation in discussions, quizzes, in-class writing =10%
3. Midterm = 20%
4. 2 papers
5. Research Project 15%
total                       100%

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 coming 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, unexcused, 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. Every 2 unexcused absences beyond the allowed 3 loses you a half letter grade. Anyone who misses the first two classes can be immediately dropped from the class. For the definition of an unexcused absence, see http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/pols_regs/REG205.00.4.php

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 accepted but docked a full grade.
No late papers accepted after one class session late.

Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student 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 Texts & Resources
Print Texts (1-4 below)--available now in the NCSU bookstore.

1. Theocritus. Idylls. Ed. and trans. Anthony Verity. Oxford: Oxford World Classics, 2002.   $8.76
2. Virgil. Eclogues.  Trans. Guy Lee. London: Penguin, 1996.  $13
3. Gifford, Terry. Pastoral. London: Routledge, 1999.  $18.95
4. Empson, William. Some Versions of Pastoral: New York: W. W. Norton, 1960.  $13.95

5. Barrel, John and John Bull, ed. Penguin Book of English Pastoral Verse. (ELECTRONIC RESERVE for works by
Spenser, Sidney, Marlow, Raleigh, Milton, Marvell, Phillips, Gay)
6. Pope, Alexander. Pastorals (E RESERVE)
7. Wordsworth, William. Michael: A Pastoral Poem (E RESERVE)
8. Beethoven, Ludwig Van. Symphony #6 "Pastoral" (cd, Library Media Center)
9. Debussy, Claude. Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun (cd Library Media Center)
10. Disney, Walt, dir. Fantasia (cd Library Media Center)
11. Capra, Frank, dir. Lost Horizon (DVD Media Center)
12. Forsyth, Bill, dir. Local Hero (DVD Media Center)
13. Kopecky, Arthur. New Buffalo: Journals from a Taos Commune (selections, Print Reserves)
14. Agnew, Eleanor. Back from the Land (selections, Print Reserves)

15. Roth, Philip. American Pastoral (novel, D. H. Hill reserve room)
16. Stoppard, Tom. Arcadia (play, D. H. Hill reserve room)

    How to Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online (Morillo)


W. Aug.17
Introduction Pastoral as Discourse
M. Aug 22
Theocritus. Idylls 1-5
W. Aug. 24
Idylls 6-13
M. Aug. 29

Idylls 14-18 22 24 26 28-30

W. Aug. 31

Virgil  Eclogues 1-5

M. Sept. 5
Labor Day, no class
W. Sept. 7

Virgil Eclogues 6- 10

M. Sep. 12
Spenser, from Shepheardes Calendar
W. Sept. 14
Sidney, "Dispraise of Courtly Life; Marlowe: "Passionate Shepherd to his Love; Raleigh, "Nymph's Reply"
M. Sept. 19
Milton, Lycidas
W. Sept. 21
Marvell, "Bermudas, The Mower Against the Gardens, Damon the Mower, Amytas and Thestylis Making Hay-Ropes, The Garden"
M. Sept. 26
Phillips, "Second Pastoral, Fifth Pastoral"; Gay, "The Birth of the Squire"
W. Sept. 28
Pope Pastorals (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)
M. Oct.3
Wordsworth, Michael: A Pastoral Poem
W. Oct. 5
Midterm Exam
M. Oct. 10
Pastoral in Painting: works by Poussin, Lorrain, Hecking, Cezanne, Watson
W. Oct. 12
paintings continued
M. Oct. 17
Beethoven, Symphony #6
W. Oct. 19
Debussy, Preulde to Afternoon of a Faun
M. Oct. 24
Disney, Fantasia, cartoon rendering of Beethoven "Pastoral Symphony'   SHOWN IN CLASS
W. Oct. 26
Canned Heat, "Goin up the Country"; Miller, from  The 60s Communes; Kopecky, from New Buffalo Jounnals BOTH ON ELECTONIC RESERVE 
M. Oct. 31
Gifford Pastoral
W. Nov. 2
.Empson, Some Versions of Pastoral  chapters on Proletarian Literature and Marvell's Garden
M. Nov. 7
Capra, Lost Horizon
W. Nov. 9
Capra cont.
M. Nov. 14
Forsyth, Local Hero
W. Nov. 16
Forsyth, cont.
M. Nov. 21
Pastoral Now:  Projects Due
W. Nov. 23
No Class, Thanksgiving
M. Nov.  28
projects cont.
W. Nov. 30
projects cont.


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