ENGL 262: British Literature from 1660 to 1900 (Fall 2014)
All written assignments should be submitted on the due date to your tutorial leader at the beginning of tutorial, or by 4:00 at the English Department Office.
- Participation, incl. attendance (25%): Excellent participation means consistent, active, respectful and pertinent comments and questions in tutorial (and lecture), as well as participation in peer-review workshops, writing exercises and other activities coordinated by your tutorial leader. You may also contribute to this grade by contributing to the course website (posting comments), or by sending me pertinent suggestions for topics to mention in lecture. Online participation might include short textual analyses, responses to or extensions of class discussion, or more informal thoughts relevant to the course material. Online submissions should be sent to me in the body of an email; let me know whether you want your name to appear with your submission.
- In-turtorial essay (5%): on Septmber 24, the tutorial hour will be devoted to writing a short essay on a passage selected from a pre-circulated list. Think of this assignment as an investment—a chance to get comments and advice early on from your tutorial leader—that will help you boost your grade on the more weighty assignments later on.
Poem comparison (15%), due October 22: for this short assignment (~3 pages, double-spaced), compare two poems: either
- “Mutability” by Wordsworth (BABL pg 259) and “Mutability” by Percy Shelley (BABL pg 732);
- “To Sleep” by Keats (online only) and “To Sleep” by Charlotte Smith (BABL pg 46);
- “London” by Blake (BABL IV.71) and “London, 1802” by Wordsworth (BABL IV.244).
You should do more than just describe how the poems differ; explain how the differences relate to the two poems’ different goals and meanings. For example, the Wordsworth and Shelley poems differ in form—Wordsworth’s is a sonnet but Shelley’s isn’t; this is an accurate description and potentially interesting, but it’s not an analysis. But if you can argue that the different forms somehow differ in how they relate to the theme of mutability, then we’re getting somewhere! The best comparisons will not try to cover everything: focus on one or very few aspects of the poems (e.g., how each author uses myth, imagery, conceits, poetic language, meter and form, etc). Be sure to quote the text as evidence to back up your claims.
Exam (30%), December 11, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in rooms H 603 (last names BON-KHO), H 609 (last names LAM-PIE) and H 611 (POL-ZAK): (this is not the official exam schedule; please confirm the time and place of your exam on MyPortal).
The final exam will comprise three parts: (1) definition of terms, with examples; (2) short answer questions (pre-circulated); (3) essay question. For all three parts, you will be given a choice of questions to answer.