Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 202: 01
Spring 2017
Office:  Holmes Hall 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/eng202links.htm

Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page. Please check the web page regularly for any announcements, especially if you have missed class.

Go To Assigments For:
January  February  March  April  May 
Course Requirements

Required Text: Greenblatt, et. al., eds. Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors. 9th Ed. NY: Norton, 2013.

Purpose of the Course:
This course focuses on British literature from the late eighteenth century until the twentieth century. During this time, there were significant changes in the philosophical, political, and religious views of British subjects, both within the United Kingdom and in its colonies abroad. For that reason, we will examine a number of important historical events over the course of the semester in order to appreciate one motivating factor behind the texts of the period. Of course, the primary focus will remain the literature itself, which we will discuss in great detail, incorporating consideration not only of historical context, but also biographical and intellectual factors as well.  Unfortunately, given the constraints of the class, we will be unable to examine all of the readings in the collection.  What we will hopefully be able to do is consider the thoughts of a fairly wide range of different writers to get a good understanding of the types of thought and literature produced during the period .

Students are expected to attend every class and are required to bring all necessary books with them to class. If you are forced to miss class, written verification for the reason for your absence is expected. Because of the importance of regular attendance, excessive (more than three) unexcused class absences will result in the loss of points from the final average. Excessive lates will also lower your grade. The complete attendance policy can be found on the class homepage .  Please come speak with me if you have any questions.

All assigned readings must be completed before coming to class.  On-line versions are available for most readings, so economic hardship, while certainly a reality for many of us, does not constitute a valid excuse in this context.  Please come speak with me if you have any questions. You are expected to arrive prepared to provide thoughtful discussions of  the daily readings, responding to questions from the instructor or your classmates as they arise.

Quizzes on the readings will occur as necessary to insure that everyone is reading.  Classroom discussion will involve the open sharing of ideas and interpretations of the literature.  Because every person's opinion is valid, we will demonstrate civility and respect for each other, taking turns to provide our observations and not interrupting each other.  Only raised hands will be acknowledged.

There will be one (1) brief (800 word minimum) critical response paper,  in addition to one (1) documented research paper (2000 word minimum), using a minimum of six documented secondary sources. You will also take part in a presentation of a minimum thirty minutes to be given during the second part of the course.   There will also be a midterm and a final examination.

All papers will follow MLA format: Typed, double-spaced, use parenthetical citations and when necessary, a list of works cited, including references made to the textbook. (See sample MLA Paper )  The main point of the response papers is to allow you the opportunity to explore specific aspects of texts that you find interesting in terms of the major themes and issues we discuss, but the specific focus is largely up to you.

Finally, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to be active, participating members in the English Society. Dr. Mekler will discuss the benefits and opportunities associated with this organization and will explain what such participation will involve.

English Society Participation
5 %

10 %
A: 90-100
Class Participation 10 % B: 80-89
Critical Response Paper  10 % C: 70-79
Group Presentation  10 % D: 60-69
Midterm Exam 20 % F: 0-59
Research Paper  20 %
Final Exam 20 %

Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Jan 23 Course Introduction

25 The Romantic Period: 1411-38

** No Class **

Blake, 1451-54
"The Lamb," 1458
"The Tyger," 1466-67
"London," 1468-69
Feb 1
W. Wordsworth, 1532-35
"We are Seven," 1535-36
Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 1543-53

Mitchell-Quarles Convocation

W. Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey," 1539-43

W. Wordsworth, "Intimations Ode,"1586-87 and

Coleridge, 1658-60
"Ancient Mariner," 1664-80

Frederick Douglass Convocation

11 Coleridge,
"Kubla Khan," 1680-82
"Christabel," 1683-98

13 Coleridge, concl.

Byron, 1720-24

MLK/Malcolm X Convocation

Byron, from Don Juan, 1737-69 and

20 Byron, concl.

22 P. Shelley, 1784-86
"from A Defence of Poetry," 1839-52

24 P. Shelley, "England in 1819," 1795
"Ode to the West Wind," 1796-98
"To a Skylark," 1822-24

Keats, 1874-77
"Ode to a Nightingale," 1900-2
"Ode on a Grecian Urn," 1902-4
Critical Response Paper Due
March 1
The Victorian Age: 1941-67

E. B. Browning, 1993-95
"from Sonnets from the Portuguese," 1998-2000

E.B. Browning, "Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point," 2000-6

Tennyson, 2021-24
"Lady of Shalott," 2026-30
"The Lotos-Eaters,"
"The Charge of the Light Brigade," 2089-90

Women's History Month Convocation

10 R. Browning, 2117-20
"Porphyria's Lover," 2121-22
"Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister," 2122-24
"My Last Duchess," 2124-25

13 Mid-Term Review

15 Mid-Term Examination

Arnold, 2158-63
"from The Function of Criticism," 2179-93
Research Paper Topics Due
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates for 1st Part of Class

20 ** SPRING **

** BREAK **

24 ** NO CLASS **

Arnold, "from Culture and Anarchy," 2193-94
"Dover Beach," 2172-73

C. Rossetti, 2205-6
"Uphill," 2210-11
"Goblin Market,"  2211-23

Research Paper Discussion
Read the Sample Paper
April 3
Stevenson, 2239-40
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 2240-59

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 2259-82

Honors Convocation

Kipling, 2337-39
"The Man Who Would Be King," 2339-63
"White Man's Burden," 2363-64

Kipling, cont.

12 Wilde, 2282-85
The Importance of Being Earnest, Act One, 2294-2310

14 The Importance of Being Earnest, Acts Two and Three, 2310-37

The Twentieth Century and After: 2367-93
Deadline for Submission of Research Paper Topics
If your topic has not been approved, you can not submit a paper.

 Hardy, 2394-95
"Hap," 2396
"Channel Firing," 2399-2400
"Convergence of the Twain," 2400-1

21 Conrad, 2404-5
Heart of Darkness, Part 1: 2407-29

Heart of Darkness, Parts 2 & 3: 2429-65

Yeats, 2465-68
"Lake Isle of Innisfree," 2470
"The Second Coming," 2481-82
"Leda and the Swan," 2484-85

Joyce, 2629-31
"Araby,"  2631-35
Final Exam for Graduating Seniors
May 1
Eliot, 2706-9
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," 2709-13

Woolf, 2503-5
"from A Room of One's Own":
Ch. 1
Ch. 3

Lawrence, 2672-74
"Odour of Chrysanthemums," 2674-88

Thomas, 2836-37
"The Force that Through the Green Fuse," 2837
"Fern Hill," 2839-40
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," 2841
Research Paper Due

Walcott, 2853-54
"A Far Cry from Africa," 2854-55
from "The Schooner Flight," 2855-56
"The Season of Phantasmal Peace" 2857

Final Exam Review
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences/Lates for 2nd Part of Class

TBA Final Exam
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