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Survey of English Literature I Syllabus Winter 2019

Dr. sc. Boris Beric boris.beric@bj.t-com.hr

Office: 72
Office Hours: Tuesday 10-11, or by appointment

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. I

A Glossary of Literary Terms. Ed. M. H. Abrams

Reading Assignments

Week 1 Introduction

Week 2 Roman and Anglo-Saxon Britain

Caedmon’s Hymn; Beowulf

Week 3 Anglo-Norman Britain. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Week 4 Middle English Period. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, The

General Prologue; “Miller’s Tale”
Medieval Drama, lyrics and ballads

Week 5 The Sixteenth Century. Sir Thomas More, Utopia; Roger

Ascham, From The Schoolmaster

Week 6 The Sonnet. Skelton: “Lullay, lullay, like a child”; Wyatt, “The
long love that in my thought doth harbor”; Surrey: “The soote
season”; Sidney, Astrophel and Stella:#5, #10, #52;
Shakespeare, Sonnets: #3, #18, #20,#116, #130.

Week 7 Marlowe, Dr. Faustus

Week 8 Examination #1

Week 9 The Early Seventeenth Century. John Donne: “The Indifferent”,

Holy Sonnets, #5, #10; George Herbert: “Easter Wings”, “The
Andrew Marvell: "A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body"
Robert Herrick: “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”,
“Upon Julia’s Clothes”
Prose: Francis Bacon, “Of Marriage and Single Life”;
Hobbes, Leviathan

Paper assigned
Week 10 Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I

Week 11 The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. Dryden, “Annus

Mirabilis”; “Alexander’s Feast”; Pepys, “The Great Fire”;
John Wilmot: "The Disabled Debauchee"

Paper due

Week 12 Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes

Week 13 Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Part IV

Week 14 Revision

Examination #2 (as scheduled in the February exam period)

Class Requirements and Grading Policy

While the reading assignments outline primary texts, you are also expected to read the
accompanying introductions to individual authors and their works as well as general
introductions to various periods.

Please come to class regularly and always bring the assigned texts. It is a must! You
won’t be able to participate in seminar discussions if you don’t have them with you.
Make sure you read the assigned texts because I’ll be giving you pop quizzes at the
beginning of class. Quizzes and class participation are worth 10% of your final grade
for the course. There will be 1 midterm examination, 1 final examination (30% each)
and 1 out-of-class paper (30% of your final grade).

Important: If you have any problems meeting these requirements let me know in
advance; late excuses won’t be accepted. The final grade is based on your total
performance in this course, and there is no comprehensive examination at the end.
You cannot take or retake exams at any other date or make up for them in any other
form. If you miss more than 30% of classes or if you don’t complete class
assignments, you won’t be granted my signature for the course. Submit your essays
on time: late papers will be penalized 2 points a day.

Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic ethics and it won’t be tolerated!