British Literature

British Literature

English 2323 – Robert Tinajero

Course Number and Instructor Information

English 2323 – British Literature

Instructor: Robert Tinajero

Office: Valle Verde Library

Office Hours: Thursday and Friday 1-2:30


Texts and Materials

Greenblatt, Stephen. Ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature 8th Edition.

Volumes D, E, and F. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein

Course Requirements

-Students will be expected to do a number of readings from poetry to novels and will be expected to keep up with the reading in order to participate in class discussion.

-Students will write two essays/papers throughout the semester and will be expected to show knowledge of the material covered.

-A group presentation will be done by each student.

-There will be 3 quizzes during the semester.

-The grading breakdown is as follows:

Average of Quizzes                                                         25%

Essay 1                                                                          20%

Group Presentation                                                        10%

Essay 2                                                                         25%

Professionalism                                                             20%

Instructor Policies

-Late papers and quizzes will be reduced by 10 points (one letter grade) for every day late.

-Students are expected to get any missed notes from another student in the class.

-At 3 absences the student’s final grade will drop by 5 points; At 5 absences the student can be dropped from the course; I make no distinction between excused and unexcused absences.

-If a student is continually late his/her professionalism and final grade will be adversely affected


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English 2323 – British Literature II

Robert Tinajero

Calendar (Summer II – 2007)

Week 1

-Introduction of class, myself, and students; Reading on the British Empire

-Short discussion of Periods (Romantic, Victorian, 20th Century to Present); British Empire

-4th of July

-Romantic Period Introduction (p.1-22); Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” (p.85)

-Blake’s “The Garden of Love” (p.94); Wordsworth’s “My heart leaps up” (p.306); Discussion of themes of Nature, Religion, and Industrialization

Week 2

-Quiz; Mary Wollstonecraft introduction (p.955-958); Frankenstein (p.1-17)

-Frankenstein video; Discussion

-Frankenstein (p.17-38) Discussion; Frankenstein (p.39-67)

-Frankenstein video; Discussion

-Discuss Paper 1 on the Romantic Period (paper due Monday)

Week 3

-Paper Due; Introduction to the Victorian Age including p.979-1000

-John Henry Cardinal Newman’s “The Idea of a University” (selected readings – p.1033-1042)

-Group Presentation on John Stuart Mill; John Stuart Mill’s “The Subjection of Women”

-Group Presentation on Charles Darwin; Selected readings of Darwin (p.1538-1546)

-Selected Readings from “The Woman Question: The Victorian Debate” (p.1581-1605)

Week 4

-Quiz; Selected Readings on Racial Issues in the 1800s; Rudyard Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden”

-Introduction of English Literature from the 20th Century and Beyond including p.1827-1848

-Group Presentation on WWII; Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” (1974); Siegfried Sassoon’s “They” (p.1960)

-Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” (p.2092); Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving but Drowning” (p.2374); W.H. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” with a look at the painting “Icarus” by Brueghel

-Discussion of Colonization, Imperialism, Post-Colonization, and Neo-Colonialism; Louise Bennett’s “Colonization in Reverse” (p.2472); Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s “Decolonizing the Mind”

Week 5

-Group Presentation on Salman Rushdie; Rushdie’s “English is an Indian Literary Language” (p.2540-2542); Rushdie’s “The Prophet’s Hair” (p.2854-2863)

-Selected Poems from A.K. Ramanujan, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Carol Ann Duffy

-Discussion of English Literature of the 20th Century and Beyond; Discussion of Final Paper; Good Paper writing tips

-Watch “Dead Poet’s Society”; Discussion

-Paper Due

[my website for tips on writing, poetry, resources, etc.:]