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					                                     University of Guelph
                                         College of Arts
                            School of English and Theatre Studies
                                           Fall 2009
                                        English 1080 (05)
                           Literatures in English I: Reading the Past

Instructor: Dr. Maria Broser
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-3:30 pm; Thursday 2-2:30 pm.
Office: MacKinnon 423

Lectures: Tuesday, Thursday 1-1:50 MacKinnon 224
Seminars: Thursday 10-10:50 MacKinnon 228, 229

Course Description
        ENGL 1080, Reading the Past, focuses on the disciplinary skill of close reading and is
intended for students planning to specialize in the study of English Literature. Through a series
of case studies, the course introduces students to a range of historical and national writings in
prose, poetry, and drama, and to some of the key terms and concepts in contemporary literary
        Lectures will address selected works from the Middle Ages onwards, the periods in
which these works were produced, and some of the ways in which these texts have been or could
be interpreted. Seminars will be devoted to further exploration of ideas raised by reading
assignments in group discussions, writing workshops, and the completion of graded in-class
writing exercises.
        Assignments in ENGL 1080 are designed to strengthen your skills as a critical reader, an
analytical thinker, and a persuasive writer-- skills you will continue to develop and strengthen in
1080’s companion course, Literatures in English II: Finding a Critical Voice (ENGL 2080) and
throughout your studies.


In-class writing exercises                           15%
2 close reading assignments (1 page each)            20%
Midterm Test                                         15%
Pre-writing assignment                                5%
Essay (3-4 pages)                                    20%
Final Exam                                           25%

Final Exam Dec. 9       2:30-4:30
Late submission penalty: 5 marks will be deducted for each day that a paper is late, including
weekends. If you complete a late assignment over the weekend, e-mail me a copy of your paper
to avoid losing additional marks, and then submit a hard copy of your paper on Monday.

In-class writing exercises
There will be four in-class writing exercises, each worth 5%. The 15 marks allotted to these
exercises will be comprised of the three highest grades you receive. Please refer to the class
schedule for the dates of these in-class writing exercises.

Laptops and cell phones
Laptops are permitted in class only for the purpose of note-taking and text access. Please ensure
that your cell phones are turned off during the class period.

Required Texts

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Oxford World’s Classics)
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pelican)
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (Norton Critical edition)
H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (Norton Critical edition)
Willa Cather, My Antonia (Broadview Press)
The Seagull Reader: Stories 2nd edition, ed. Joseph Kelly (Norton)

The poems selected for this course, as well as the short story “The Zebra Storyteller,” are
available online (see Texts Online page). Please ensure that you bring a print-out of each poem
to class.

Summary of Course Objectives

In English 1080 you will

(1)    read and discuss selected texts (lyric and narrative poetry, drama, and prose) from
       the middle ages to the twentieth century
(2)    learn a set of basic literary terms
(3)    learn and practise the art of close reading
(4)    develop your writing skills to produce polished prose where attention is given to the
       development of a persuasive argument, clear expression, and the appropriate and
       effective use of textual evidence from primary sources.

Students should familiarize themselves with University policies and procedures. This
information appears on the following websites:
                             Schedule of Classes

Sept. 10      Introduction to Reading the Past/Close Reading

              Poetry/ Art/ Imagination

Sept. 15-17   William Shakespeare: Sonnet 55
              Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “Hiram Powers’s Greek Slave”
              Anne Bradstreet: “The Author to Her Book”
              John Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
              W. H. Auden: “Musee des Beaux Arts”

              The Elements of Fiction/ the Short Story

Sept. 22-24   Spencer Holst: “The Zebra Storyteller”
              Paul Theroux: “The Memory Priest of the Creech People”
              Kate Chopin: “The Story of an Hour”
              Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “The Yellow Wallpaper”
              Eudora Welty: “A Worn Path”

              The Medieval Period
              The Quest/ Journeys/ Myth and Legend

Sept. 29-     Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Oct. 1        IN-CLASS WRITING EXERCISE #1 OCT. 1 (Seminar)

              The Renaissance
              Metaphysical Poetry/ Sonnets

Oct. 6-8      John Donne: “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,”
              Holy Sonnet 14: “Batter my heart, three-person’d God”
              William Shakespeare: Sonnet 130
              Andrew Marvell: “To his Coy Mistress”
              Robert Herrick: “To Virgins, to Make Much of Time”
              George Herbert: “Easter Wings”

Oct. 13-15       Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Oct. 15          MIDTERM TEST (Seminar)

Oct. 20-22       A Midsummer Night’s Dream

                 The Restoration and Eighteenth Century
                 Heroic Romance/ Colonial Encounters

Oct. 27-29       Aphra Behn: Oroonoko
                 IN-CLASS WRITING EXERCISE #2 OCT. 29 (Seminar)

                 The Nineteenth Century
                 The Romantic Poets/ The Victorians

Nov. 3-5         William Blake: “The Lamb,” “The Tyger,” “London”
                 William Wordsworth: “The World is too much with us”
                 Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “Kubla Khan”
                 Robert Browning: “My Last Duchess”
                 Alfred, Lord Tennyson: “Ulysses”
                 IN-CLASS WRITING EXERCISE #3 NOV. 5 (Seminar)

Nov. 10-12       H.G. Wells: The Time Machine
                 Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Young Goodman Brown”

                 The Modern Period
                 Writing the Past/Memory

Nov. 17-19       William Faulkner: “A Rose for Emily”
                  Katherine Anne Porter: “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”
                 Dylan Thomas: “Fern Hill”
                 Elizabeth Bishop: “Sestina”
                 James Joyce: “Araby”
                 IN-CLASS WRITING EXERCISE #4 NOV. 19 (Seminar)

Nov. 24-Dec. 1   Willa Cather: My Antonia
                 ESSAY DUE NOV. 26
                                         Texts Online

Shakespeare: Sonnet 55

Shakespeare: Sonnet 130

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “Hiram Powers’s Greek Slave”

Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

Auden: “Musee des Beaux Arts”

Spencer Holst: “The Zebra Storyteller”

Donne: “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning”

Donne: Holy Sonnet “Batter my heart, three-person’d God”

Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress”

Herrick: “To Virgins, to Make Much of Time”

Herbert: “Easter Wings”
Blake: “The Lamb”

Blake: “The Tyger”

Blake: “London”

Wordsworth: “The World is too much with us”

Coleridge: “Kubla Khan”

Browning: “My Last Duchess”

Tennyson: “Ulysses”

Dylan Thomas: “Fern Hill”

Elizabeth Bishop: “Sestina”