Schedule

Please note:

  • All readings are from The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Vol. A, 3rd Ed. Joseph Black et al., eds.
  • BABL = Broadview Anthology of British Literature
  • With all readings from the BABL, you are expected to read the introductory material about each author and text.
  • Texts listed under “Reading” are required; texts listed under “Additional reading” are optional but recommended.
  • Videos are subject to availability.
  • Periodically check this site for any changes or updates to this schedule.

September 6 Introduction to course; discussion of intellectual property and academic honesty

THE MIDDLE AGES

September 11 — Introduction to the Medieval Period; Beowulf I

Reading: from BABL: Beowulf (pp. 81–96, ll.1–836); see the glossary (128–130), the genealogies (131), and the note on the Geatish-Swedish wars (132). Also, please read “The Medieval Period” (1–14).
Video: Beowulf and Old English literature (Films for the Humanities, 1984. 38 min.)

September 13Beowulf II

Reading: from BABL: Beowulf (pp. 96–114 ll.837–2220)

September 18Beowulf III

Reading: from BABL: Beowulf (pp. 114–127 ll.2221–3182)
Video: excerpts from filmed versions of Beowulf

September 20 — “Lanval”

Reading: from BABL: Marie de France (179–180); “Lanval” (188–203); “The Medieval Period” (14–39)

September 25Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I

Reading: from BABL: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (pp. 225–255 Pts. 1 & 2); “In Context” (291); “The Medieval Period” (14–39)
Additional Reading: from BABL: from “The Crises of the Fourteenth Century” (211–224)

September 27Sir Gawain and the Green Knight II

Reading: from BABL: Sir Gawain (pp. 228–277 Pt. 3)
Due date: Poetry assignment: recitations in class

October 2Sir Gawain and the Green Knight III

Reading: from BABL: Sir Gawain (pp. 277–290 Pt. 4)

October 4Everyman

Reading: Everyman (pp. 473–486)
Additional Reading: from “Religious and Spiritual Life” (422–444)
Video: Everyman (Insight Media, 1991. 50 min.)

October 9In-class test: The Medieval Period

THE SIXTEENTH AND EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 

October 11 Introduction to the Renaissance and early Seventeenth Century; Sonnets I: love sonnets

Reading: from BABL: “The Elizabethan Sonnet and Lyric” (624–625); Francesco Petrarch (625); Rime Sparse 190 (627); Edmund Spenser (667–668); Amoretti 67 (727); Sir Philip Sidney (729–730); Astrophil and Stella 52 (735)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (542–593), particularly “Poetry” (584–587)

October 16Doctor Faustus I

Reading: from BABL: Christopher Marlowe (831–832); The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (846–863 Acts I–II); “In Context” (875–879)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (542–593), particularly “The Drama” (587–591); “The Supernatural and the Miraculous” (770–791)

October 18Doctor Faustus II

Reading: from BABL: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (863–875 Acts III–V); “In Context” (875–879)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (542–593), particularly “The Drama” (587–591); “The Supernatural and the Miraculous” (770–791)

October 23 — Sonnets II: more love sonnets

Reading: from BABL: William Shakespeare (880–885); Sonnets 18, 94, and 130 (887, 892, 895); Mary Wroth (942–943); Pamphilia to Amphilanthus 35 (945)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (542–593), particularly “Poetry” (584–587)

October 25 — Debates about women

Reading: from BABL: Aemilia Lanyer (804), “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women” (806–807)
Additional Reading: Online: Skim these three: Joseph Swetnam, The Araignment of Lewd, idle, froward, and inconstant women (1615); Rachel Speght, A Muzzle for Melastomus (1617); Ester Sowernam, Ester hath hang’d Haman (1617)

October 30 — Metaphysical poets I

Reading: from BABL: Christopher Marlowe (831–832); “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” (845); John Donne (913–914); “The Bait” (921)

November 1 — Metaphysical poets II

Reading: from BABL: John Donne (913–914); “The Flea” (920); Andrew Marvell (974–975); “To His Coy Mistress” (979–980)

November 6, 8 — Reading week: no classes

THE RESTORATION AND THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

November 13 — In-class test: The Renaissance

November 15 —Introduction to the Long Eighteenth Century; Restoration Bawdy

Reading: from BABL: Aphra Behn (1230–1231); “The Disappointment” (1231–1233); John Wilmot (1323–1324); “The Imperfect Enjoyment” (1332–1333); In Context (1334).
Additional Reading: from BABL: from “Introduction to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century” (1108–1144), in particular “Poetry” (1128–1132)

November 20 —Amatory Fiction

Reading: from BABL: Eliza Haywood (1564–1565), “Fantomina” (1565–1580); “In Context” (1580–1583)

November 22 —Prose: Defoe [Please note: the readings for Nov. 22 & 27 have been reversed. This is the updated schedule.]

Reading: from BABL: Daniel Defoe (1335–1336); from A Journal of the Plague Year (1372–1381)

November 27 —Pepys’ Diary [Please note: the readings for Nov. 22 & 27 have been reversed. This is the updated schedule.]

Reading: from BABL: Samuel Pepys (1199–1200); from The Diary (1201–1225); In Context (1225–1229)

November 29 — The Periodical Essay

Reading: from BABL: Samuel Johnson (1629–1631); essays from The Rambler and The Idler (1636–1648)

December 4 — Battle of the Sexes

Reading: from BABL: Jonathan Swift (1389–1391), “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (1395–1397); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1557–1558), “The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called the Lady’s Dressing Room” (1560–1561)
Additional Reading: Margaret Cavendish, “A Woman drest by Age” (1157); Miss W——, “The Gentleman’s Study, In Answer to [Swift’s] The Lady’s Dressing Room” (PDF)

December 6 — Final class: discussion and review

Preparation: bring two questions you would put on the exam
Due date: [Please note: the due date was originally Dec. 4. You’re welcome.] Writing assignment due

December 15 — Final Exam: 2pm, gym

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