English 495/595




Engl. 495/595-01 First Parts/British Literary History Fall 1998


11:30-12:20 MWF Grainger 110. Dr. Lund (Grainger 223; 395-2168; Office Hours: MW 9:30-10:30; TTR 1:45-2:45; and by appointment)


Course Objectives: An understanding of our cultural heritage as revealed in literature, its movements and traditions.


Texts are listed below with publishers in parentheses. Those with "N," "R," "I." are available in the Norton Anthology of British Literature, Two Volumes, Sixth Edition; on reserve at the Longwood Library; or at http://web.lwc.edu/staff/mlund/mlund.html.


August 26: Introduction: "The Open Book"

28: Part One of Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?

(Everyman) January 1864. Chapters 1-4


31: Alexander Pope's first commercial success, volume

one of the Iliad (R, I) 1715

September 2: Book One of Swift's Gulliver's Travels (NRI) 1726*

4: Can You Forgive Her? Chapters 5-8


7: volume one of the first(?) gothic novel, Anne

Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (Oxford) 1794-

chapters I-VII

9: The Mysteries of Udolpho Chapters VIII-XIII*

11: Can You Forgive Her? Chapters 9-16


14: Derek Walcott's Book One of Omeros (Noonday)

16: first volume (two cantos) of Byron's Childe

Harold's Pilgrimage (RI) 1812*

18: Can You Forgive Her? 17-24


21: Omeros Book Two

23: First poem in Tennyson's Idylls of the King, "Morte

d'Arthur" (NRI) 1842*

25: Can You Forgive Her? 25-32


28: Omeros Book Three

30: Book One (a bimonthly half-volume) of George

Eliot's Middlemarch (RI) December 1871 chpts I-VI*

October 2: Can You Forgive Her? 33-44


5: Middlemarch chpts VII-XII

7: Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd (1-5)

January 1874 Cornhill Magazine (New American Lib.)*

9: Can You Forgive Her? 45-56


* Fall Break *


14: Virginia Woolf's first novel, The Voyage Out

(Penguin) 1915 Chapters I-VIII

16: The Voyage Out IX-XIV

19: Far from the Madding Crowd (6-14)

21 The Voyage Out XV-XXI

23: Can You Forgive Her? 57-64


26: Far from the Madding Crowd (21-19)

28: Omeros Books 3-4

20: Can You Forgive Her? (65-76)


November 2: Far from the Madding Crowd (30-38)

4: The Voyage Out XXII-XXVII

6: Can You Forgive Her? (August 1865) Chapters 25-28


9: Part one of James Joyce's Ulysses (serialized in

Little Review (RI) 1918

11: Book one of Doris Lessing's Children of Violence

sequence, Martha Quest (Harper) 1952 Part One

13: Far from the Madding Crowd (39-47)


16: Martha Quest Parts Two-Three

18: Martha Quest Part Four

20: Discussion of Long Paper Topics


23: Derek Walcott, Omeros Book 5


* Thanksgiving *


30: Far from the Madding Crowd 48-51)

December 2: Omeros Book 6

4: Far from the Madding Crowd (52-57) December 1874


7: Omeros Book 7


12: Final Exam: noon-3:00 p.m.


Course Requirements: read the material listed below for discussion on the dates shown (200 points); write six short papers* (300 points) analyzing the initial attraction of a literary work; write one longer paper on how literary history is made (300 points) write an essay final exam on the relationship of artistic integrity and commercial success (100 points); give an oral report explaining known causes for the success of a single work (50 points). You should save all returned written work from the course for one semester. Grading scale: 90%=A; 80%=B; 70%=C; 60%=D; less than 60%=F. Attendance Policy: The attendance policy for this course is the same as the college policy in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook. Unexcused absences for more than 10% of classes may lower a final grade one letter. Absence, excused and/or unexcused, from more than 25% of classes may be an automatic F in the course. Honor Code: Students are expected to abide by the college Honor Code. Inclement Weather: If the college closes for inclement weather, students should continue work as outlined above.


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