Syllabus

Literature Before 1660 – Identity and Community – ENGL 020.301   

Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Package 1, Volumes A-C, Ninth Edition (New York: W.W. Norton, 2012): ISBN-10: 0393913007

William Shakespeare, Richard II (Folger Shakespeare Library) (2016): ISBN-10: 0743484916

**Please purchase a PAPER copy of these books not a digital edition**

Additional readings will be circulated as handouts and posted on Canvas.

Assessments:

Three short language exercises                                                            15%

Two short creative writing assignments                                          10%

Short Paper #1 (500-700 words)                                                         10%

Short Paper #2 (700-900 word)                                                          15%

In-class presentation                                                                                 10%

Final paper (2000-2200 words)                                                           30%

Attendance and Participation                                                                10%

Grade Scale:

95-100 = A                              73-76 = C

90-94 = A-                              70-72 = C-

87-89 = B+                              67-69 = D+

83-86 = B                                63-66 = D

80-82 = B-                               60-62 = D-

77-79 = C+

Extensions and Late Assignments:

If you need an extension on an assignment you must request an extension at least 36 hours in advance. If you do so, I will grant an extension, no questions asked. But extensions will not be granted on shorter notice barring a medical or family emergency. Assignments submitted late will be docked 2 points per day.

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is central to our lives as scholars and socially productive individuals. Please consult the university’s Code of Academic Integrity which can be found here:

http://www.upenn.edu/academicintegrity/ai_codeofacademicintegrity.html

For the rules of proper citation please consult the MLA Formatting and Style Guide here:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

Course Schedule:

Unit 1: The Medieval Period

Tues, Aug. 29

Introductions and Overview

Exeter Book Riddles – Handout

Thurs, Aug. 31

Bede, “The Story of Caedmon” and Caedmon, “Caedmon’s Hymn”

“The Dream of the Rood” – Norton A pp. 29-36

 

Tues, Sept. 5

Beowulf, lines 1-1250 – Norton A pp. 36-69

Thurs, Sept. 7

Beowulf, lines 1251-2199 – Norton A pp. 69-88

**DUE: Old English Language Exercise**

 

Tues, Sept. 12

Beowulf, lines 2200 – 3182 – Norton A pp. 88-108

Thurs, Sept. 14

“The Wanderer” & “The Wife’s Lament” – Norton A pp.117-122

De origine gigantum and Des Grantz Geanz – (The Albion Myth) – Canvas

 

Tues, Sept. 19

Marie de France, Lanval – Norton A pp. 154-167

Marie de France, Bisclavret – Canvas

Thurs, Sept. 21

Middle English Breton Lay, Sir Orfeo – Norton A pp. 169-182

**DUE: Short Paper #1 (500-700 words)**

 

Tues, Sept. 26

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Fitts 1 & 2 – Norton A pp. 183-209

Thurs, Sept. 28

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Fitts 3 & 4 – Norton A pp. 209-238

Mallory Ortberg, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” – Canvas

 

Tues, Oct. 3

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales “The General Prologue,” lines 1-42 – Norton pp. 241-4

“The General Prologue,” lines 447-478, portrait of the Wife of Bath – Norton pp. 254-255

“The Wife of Bath’s Prologue,” lines 1-862 – Norton pp. 282-301

**DUE: Middle English Language Exercise**

Thurs, Oct. 5

No class – Fall Break

 

Tues, Oct. 10

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Tale –  Norton A pp. 301-310

Carissa Harris, “Women have been drugged and raped by men for centuries. This medieval woman fought back — and won.” Vox (2017) – Canvas

Thurs, Oct. 12

Geoffrey Chaucer, Portrait of the Miller, “General Prologue,” lines 547-568 – Norton pp. 256-7 The Miller’s Prologue and Tale  – Norton A pp. 264-281

 

Tues, Oct. 17

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Prioress’ Prologue and Tale – Canvas

“Put a Curse on My Enemy” by Meir b. Elijah of Norwich – Canvas

“Poems of Protest: Meir ben Elijah and the Jewish People of Early Britain” by Anthony Bale

**DUE: Short Creative Writing Assignment # 1 (300-500 words)**

Thurs, Oct. 19

Selections from The Book of Margery Kempe – Norton A pp. 424-438

 

Tues, Oct. 24

“Cywydd y cedor” (The Female Genitals) by Gwerful Mechain – Canvas

“A Talk of Ten Wives on Their Husbands’ Ware” – Canvas

The Trotula, A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine (selections) – Canvas

Unit 2: The Early Modern Period

Thurs, Oct. 26

Queen Mary I, The Oration of Queen Mary in the Guildhall – Norton B pp.726-727

Queen Elizabeth I, Speech to the Troops at Tilbury and The “Golden Speech” – pp. 762-766 Elizabeth I, From A Letter to Mary, Queen of Scots – Norton B p. 757

Mary, Queen of Scots, A Letter to Elizabeth I – Norton B pp. 740-742

**DUE: Early Modern English Language Exercise**

 

Tues, Oct. 31

William Shakespeare, Richard II, Acts I-III

Thurs, Nov. 2

William Shakespeare, Richard II, Acts IV-V

 

Tues, Nov. 7

William Shakespeare, Richard II¸ Film version of the 2015 Globe production – Canvas

Thurs, Nov. 9

William Shakespeare, Sonnets 18, 116, 127, 130 – Norton B pp. 1172-3 & 1182-4

Sir Philip Sidney, Sonnets 1, 34, 45, 81 from Astrophil and Stella – pp. 1084-5, 1090-2, 1096-7 Lady Mary Wroth, Sonnets 1, 25, 40 from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus – Norton B pp. 1566-9

**DUE: Short Paper # 2 (700-900 words)**

 

Tues, Nov. 14

John Donne, The Flea, The Sun Rising, Elegy 19: To His Mistress Going to Bed, & Holy Sonnets 1 & 14 – Norton B pp. 1370-73, 1376, 1393-4, 1410, 1413

Thurs, Nov. 16

Aemilia Lanyer, Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women – Norton B pp. 1433-1436

Katherine Philips, A Married State, Friendship’s Mystery (To My Dearest Lucasia), and On the Death of My First and Dearest Child – Norton B pp.1783-4, 1786-7, 1788-9

 

Tues, Nov. 21

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress – Norton B p. 1796

Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time and Upon the Nipples of Julia’s Breast – Norton B pp. 1762, 1764

**Due: Short Creative Writing Assignment #2 (300-500 words)**

Thurs, Nov. 24

No Class – Thanksgiving

 

Tues, Nov. 28

Margaret Cavendish, From The Blazing World – Norton B pp. 1891-7

Thurs, Nov. 30

John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1,lines 1-375 and 599-669 – Norton pp. 1943-1954 & 1960-1

 

Tues, Dec. 5

John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 4, lines 288-323 – Norton B pp. 2009-10

Book 9, lines 192-454 – Norton B pp. 2095-2101

*Final Paper Presentations (Group 1)*

Thurs, Dec. 7

John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 9, lines 455-end – Norton B pp. 2101-16

*Final Paper Presentations (Group 2)*

 

 

**DUE – Monday, Dec. 18 – Final Paper (2000-2200 words)**