Schedule

Sept. 8/16 — Introduction to course; discussion of intellectual property and academic honesty

Please note: All readings are from the Broadview Anthology.
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.

THE MIDDLE AGES

Sept. 13 Introduction to the Medieval Period; Beowulf I
Reading: from BABL: Beowulf (pp. 62–75, ll.1–836)
See the glossary (106–108), the genealogies (109), and the note on the Geatish-Swedish wars (110). Also, please read “The Medieval Period” (1–12).
Video: Beowulf and Old English literature (Films for the Humanities, 1984. 38 min.)

Sept. 15 — Beowulf II
Reading: from BABL: Beowulf (pp. 75–93 ll.837–2220)

Sept. 20 — Beowulf III
Reading: from BABL: Beowulf (pp. 93–106 ll.2221–3182)
Video: excerpts from filmed versions of Beowulf

Sept. 22 — “Lanval”
Reading: from BABL: Marie de France (111–112); “Lanval” (112–126); “The Medieval Period” (12–34)

Sept. 27 — Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I
Reading: from BABL: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (pp. 159–189 Pts. 1 & 2); “In Context” (225–228); “The Medieval Period” (12–34)
Additional Reading: from BABL: from “The Crises of the Fourteenth Century” (135–146)

Sept. 29 — Sir Gawain and the Green Knight II
Reading: from BABL: Sir Gawain (pp. 189–211 Pt. 3)
Due date: Poetry assignment: recitations in class

Oct. 4 — Sir Gawain and the Green Knight III
Reading: from BABL: Sir Gawain (pp. 211–224 Pt. 4)

Oct. 6 — Everyman
Reading: from BABL online: Everyman
Additional Reading: from “Religious and Spiritual Life” (381–401)
Video: Everyman (Insight Media, 1991. 50 min.)
Due date: Writing assignment #1 due

THE SIXTEENTH AND EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES

Oct. 11 — Introduction to the Renaissance and early Seventeenth Century; Sonnets I: love sonnets
Reading: from BABL: “The Elizabethan Sonnet and Lyric” (546); Francesco Petrarch (546); Rime Sparse 190 (548); Edmund Spenser (555–556); Amoretti 67 (646); Sir Philip Sidney (654–655); Astrophil and Stella 52 (660)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (465–515), particularly “Poetry” (506–510)

Oct. 13 — Sonnets II: more love sonnets
Reading: from BABL: William Shakespeare (791–796); Sonnets 18, 94, and 130 (798, 803, 806)
Additional Reading: from BABL : “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (465–515), particularly “Poetry” (506–510)
New due date: Writing assignment #1 due

Oct. 18 — Doctor Faustus I
Reading: from BABL: Christopher Marlowe (743–744); The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (757–774 Acts I–II); “In Context” (786–790)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (465–515), particularly “The Drama” (510–515); “The Supernatural and the Miraculous” (709–712)

Oct. 20 — Doctor Faustus II
Reading: from BABL: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (774–786 Acts III–V)
“In Context” (786–790)
Additional Reading: from BABL: “The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century” (465–515), particularly “The Drama” (510–515); “The Supernatural and the Miraculous” (709–712)

Oct. 25 — Sonnets III: sonnets revised
Reading: from BABL: Mary Wroth (851–852); Pamphilia to Amphilanthus 35 (854); Katherine Philips (891–892); “A Married State” (892–893); John Donne (824–825); Holy Sonnet 18 (848); John Milton (897–899); Sonnet 18: “On the Late Massacre in Piedmont” (909); “In Context” (855)

Oct. 27 — Debates about women
Reading: from BABL: Aemilia Lanyer (717), “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women” (719–720)
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)

Nov. 1 — Metaphysical poets I
Reading: from BABL: Christopher Marlowe (743–744); “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” (756); John Donne (824–825); “The Bait” (832–833)

Nov. 3 — Metaphysical poets II
Reading: from BABL: John Donne (824–825); “The Flea” (831–832); Andrew Marvell (878–879); “To His Coy Mistress” (883–884)

THE RESTORATION AND THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Nov. 8 — Introduction to the Long Eighteenth Century; Restoration Bawdy
Reading: from BABL: Aphra Behn (1103–1104); “The Disappointment” (1104–1106); John Wilmot (1195–1196); “The Imperfect Enjoyment” (1204–1205); In Context (1206).
Additional Reading: from BABL: from “Introduction to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century” (1001–1037), in particular “Poetry” (1021–1025)

Nov. 10 —Fall Term Reading Day-No classes or tests/assignments scheduled

Nov. 15 — Amatory Fiction
Reading: from BABL: Eliza Haywood (1430–1431), “Fantomina” (1431–1447)
“In Context” (1447–1450)
Due date: Writing assignment #2 due; deadline for rewrites of first assignment

Nov. 17 — Pepys’ Diary
Reading: from BABL: Samuel Pepys (1072–1073); from The Diary (1074–1097); In Context (1098–1102)

Nov. 22 — Prose: Defoe
Reading: from BABL: Daniel Defoe (1207–1208); from A Journal of the Plague Year (1237–1246)

Nov. 24 — Satire: A Modest Proposal
Reading: from BABL: Jonathan Swift (1254–1256); A Modest Proposal (1368–1373);  In Context (1373–1377)

Nov. 29 — The Periodical Essay
Reading: from BABL: Samuel Johnson (1476–1478); essays from The Rambler and The Idler (1483–1495)

Dec. 1 — Battle of the Sexes
Reading: from BABL: Jonathan Swift (1254–1256), “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (1260–1262); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1423–1424), “The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called the Lady’s Dressing Room” (1426–1427)
Additional Reading: Margaret Cavendish, “A Woman drest by Age“; Miss W——, “The Gentleman’s Study, In Answer to [Swift’s] The Lady’s Dressing Room” (PDF)
Due date: Writing assignment #3 due

Dec. 6 — Final class: discussion and review
Preparation: bring two questions you would put on the exam

NEW: Dec. 14 — Final exam, 7pm, G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre (rows 4-5)

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