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
-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%
-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
Calendar (Summer II – 2007)
-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
-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)
-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)
-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”
-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
[my website for tips on writing, poetry, resources, etc.: www.blueletters.com]