Literary Foundations II

Schedule

Monday, January 23.
Introduction.

Wednesday, January 25.
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, prefatory material and part I (1-77).
Make a first commonplace-book entry.

Monday, January 30.
Class rescheduled for Friday, February 3.
Read Gulliver’s Travels, parts II and III (78-201).

Wednesday, February 1.
Gulliver’s Travels, complete.

Friday, February 3.
Make-up sessions at 10:30 and 2:00 (locations TBA).
Gulliver’s Travels, complete.

Monday, February 6.
Donne, selected poetry (E-reserve).
Elegy 2: To his Mistress Going to Bed (12–13).
The Flea (89).
The Good Morrow (89–90).
Song (90–91).
The Sun Rising (92–93).
The Canonization (95–96).
The Triple Fool (96–97).
The Anniversary (102–103).
Love’s Growth (109).
A Valediction: of Weeping (112–13).
A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day, being the shortest day (116–17).
A Valediction: forbidding Mourning (120–21).
The Ecstasy (121–23).
The Funeral (127).
The Relic (130).
Holy Sonnets (excerpts). (175–78)

Wednesday, February 8.
Milton, selected poetry (E-reserve).
On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity (3–10).
On Shakespeare. 1630 (20).
L’Allegro (22–25).
Il Penseroso (25–30).
Sonnet 7 (34–35).
Lycidas (39–44).
Sonnets 14–19 (80–82).

(Friday, February 10. Drop deadline.)

(Monday, February 13.)
Class cancelled.
Read Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther, Book One.

Wednesday, February 15.
Goethe, Werther, Book Two.

(Monday, February 20. Presidents’ Day: No class.)

Wednesday, February 22.
Paper draft workshop.
Percy Shelley, selected poetry (E-reserve).
Mutability (112).
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty (version A). (114–17)
Mont Blanc (version A). (120–24)
Ozymandias (198).
Stanzas Written in Dejection (209–10).
Ode to the West Wind (412–14).
England in 1819 (446).
To a Skylark (463–66).
Adonais (529–45).

Monday, February 27.
Shelley, poetry, continued.

Wednesday, February 29. Leap day!
Extended deadline: First paper due.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 1.

Monday, March 5.
Shelley, Frankenstein, complete.

Wednesday, March 7.
Shelley, Frankenstein, continued.
Critical essays on Frankenstein (in Norton Critical Edition):
Mary Poovey, “‘My Hideous Progeny’: The Lady and the Monster” (251-61).
Anne K. Mellor, “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein” (274-86).
Optional: Mary Shelley, introduction to the 1831 edition (169-73).
Optional: Anne K. Mellor, “Choosing a Text of Frankenstein” (160-66).

(Friday, March 9. Withdraw deadline.)

(Monday, March 12. Spring break: No class.)

(Wednesday, March 14. Spring break: No class.)

Monday, March 19.
Dickinson, selected poetry (E-reserve under “Final harvest. Selection I”).
Poems 7 (p. 5), 9 (6), 11 (7), 21 (12), 24 (14), 26 (15–16), 34 (20), 47 (26), 48 (26–27), 58 (32), 65 (35–36), 66 (36–37), 75 (41), 78 (42–43), 85 (47–48), 87 (49–50), 95 (55), 112 (66), 119 (71), 122 (73), 128 (77).

Wednesday, March 21.
Dickinson, continued. (E-reserve under “Final harvest. Selection II”).
Poems 133 (p. 80), 162 (97), 168 (101), 177 (107), 184 (111–12), 193 (117–18), 202 (123–24), 240 (147), 270 (166), 288 (176–77), 290 (177–78), 307 (187–88), 321 (195 ), 389 (229), 417 (243), 427 (248–49), 508 (288–89), 525 (297), 532 (300–301), 563 (314–15).

Monday, March 26.
Douglass, Narrative of the Life.

Wednesday, March 28.
Douglass, continued.

Monday, April 2.
Dickens, Great Expectations, through vol. 2, chap. 7 (3-217).
Second paper assignment distributed.

Wednesday, April 4.
Dickens, continued, through vol. 2, chap. 19 (3-312).

Monday, April 9.
Dickens, continued, through vol. 3, chap. 11 (3-408).

Wednesday, April 11.
Dickens, continued (whole novel).
Dickens, Appendix A (the alternate ending).

Monday, April 16.
Paper draft workshop.
Eliot, The Waste Land.

Wednesday, April 18. (Cruellest.)
Second paper due.
Eliot, The Waste Land.

Monday, April 23.
Eliot, continued.
Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” Egoist 6, nos. 4-5 (1919), Modernist Journals Project (part I and parts II–III)
Early responses to The Waste Land by Woolf, a TLS reviewer, Edmund Wilson, Elinor Wylie, a Time reviewer, Charles Powell, Malcolm Cowley, Ralph Ellison (in Eliot, ed. North, 137, 140-48, 153, 156, 163-66)

Wednesday, April 25.
Eliot, continued.
Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, up through the tolling of twelve o’clock (3–94).

Monday, April 30.
Woolf, continued.

Wednesday, May 2.
Woolf, continued.
Critical essays on Woolf:
Alex Zwerdling, “Mrs. Dalloway and the Social System,” PMLA 92, no. 1 (January 1977): 69-82 (online via JSTOR; New School proxy).
Christine Froula, “Mrs. Dalloway’s Postwar Elegy: Women, War, and the Art of Mourning,” Modernism/Modernity 9, no. 1 (January 2002): 125-63 (online via Project MUSE; New School proxy).

Monday, May 7.
Kafka, The Metamorphosis.

Wednesday, May 9.
Kafka, continued.
Final exam review.

(Friday, May 11.)
Make-up exam: 1 to 3 p.m. in 66 West 12th St., Room 501.

Monday, May 14.
Final exam in class.