English 38 Syllabus: Spring 1999

Shelley Reid, Austin College

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Day         Class Topics        Readings Due (from Introduction to Literature)    Terms
F1      Introductions, surveys  
        Close Reading & Annotation

F3      Sound & structure       *Sonnet 73, 650 Brought 657     *Grandeur 670   Henry 648       connotation
        Image & metaphor        Autumn 659      Concord 661     Byzantium 672   *Spring 675     enjambement
        DG organization         Child 730       *Dover 666      Papa 603        Father 728      metaphor
                Hughes:  Blues 518, Rivers 761, Blues 762, Ruby 763                             parallelism
                                                                                                personification

F5      Irony, paradox        *anyone 524     Ozymandias 590  *Sonnet 593     Oak 571 conceit
        & "symbolism"         Death Song 722  *Musee 686      Poem 690        *America 682       irony
        Writing about poetry  Daystar 727     Colonel 616     Wheelbarrow 561 Supermarket 698    parody  
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F8      Speakers, tone        Spider 521      *The Man 540    *Mistress 592   *Duchess 536    diction
        Disc. Group Mtg.      Wreck 579       Helen 678       Mother 515      Mother 543      persona
        *Disc. Start, quiz   *Loyalty 697    Runaways 567    Borderlands 712 Acquainted 754  tone
                Dickinson:  Slant 738, Soul 739, World 740, Miles 741, Truth 743

F10     Drama:  movements &     Trifles:  783­793                                             Freytag's Pyramid
        dimensions                                                                            genre, plot

F12     Short Analysis #1 Due   Antigone:  799­800, 836­848 (through Scene II)                catharsis, chorus
        Characters and conflicts                                                              in medias res
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F15     Tragedies and resolutions       Antigone:  848­862                                  tragedy
        Poetry and performance                                                              tragic flaw

F17     Fiction:  The basics    Misery 61       Goodman 96      Civil Peace 350 Everyday 409    allegory
        Writing about prose     Two Kinds 447   Skin Deep (X)                                   melodrama
                                                                                                point of view

F19     Irony and ambiguity     Revelation 141  Carried 418     M'lle 241        Rose 287        Gothic
        Layers of meanings      Fleur 461                       Girl 440                         stream of conc.
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F22     Discussion Group Mtg.   Wallpaper 244   Moths 475       Gloaming 481    Old Man 346     magic realism
        Disc. Starters, Quiz                   Orientation (X)                 Jigsaw Man (X)  theme

F24     Short Analysis #2 Due   Chopin shorts:  Hour 19, Figs 42, Storm 65, Desiree 69; "Criticism" 1403-4      

F26     No Class:  Start The Awakening
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M1      Literary Periods        Awakening:19­69     Old & Mid. Eng., Renaiss., Romantic, Vict., Mod.
        Reading Chopin         "Intro" 3­18         Early Nat'l., Realistic, Naturalistic, Har. Ren., Mod.

M3      "New Criticism"         Awakening 69­114                                    New Criticism
        Something about Edna...                                                     affective and intentional fallacies

M5      Quiz   (Chopin's world) Awakening 114­137       "Critical" 141­157          Begin Friday E-mails
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M8      All in your head        "Reader" 297            "Psycho...." 218         archetype
                                "Construction" 308      "Thanatos" 233           myth & myth criticism

M10     Under the influence     "Feminist" 158  "Historicism" 190                gender, gay & lesbian crit.
                                "Tradition" 169 "Personal" 201                   Marxism
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M22     Revision Due           "Deconstruction" 259                            cultural criticism
        No there, there          "Language" 270                                  post-modernism

M24     Disc. Group Mtg.
        Disc. Starters
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M29     Possibilities with critical perspectives; wrapping up Chopin

M31     Starting from scratch:  "Sweat" 25­40                    Hughes (Intro to Lit): "...Mountain" 769
        Hurston                 "Gilded" 135­146
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A5      Exploration Due       "Intro" 3       "Research" 43   "Looking" 211
        Authorial contexts

A7      Cultural contexts       "Negot'n" 73     "Blues/Gen" 107 "Speakerly" 119
        Quiz
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A12     Critical contexts       "Artist" 169    "Comedy" 183    "Hero" 193

A14     Abell Library:  Literary Research (Tentative Topics Due)
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A19     Joining the conversation
        Disc. Group Mtg.—Disc. Starters Due

A21     Abell Library:  Research Day  ("Flashback" text nominations due by Friday)
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A26     No Class:  Conference Week
        Annotated Bibliography due by 5:00 pm

A28     Flashbacks:  Re-re-readings, connections, explorations
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M3      Presentations

M5      Presentations
        Final Essay Due

M7      Presentations
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