Instructor: Dr. Bruce R. Magee
Fall Quarter 2008-2009

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Course Description

Catalogue Information. 201-202: Sophomore English - Introduction to British and American Literature. 0-3-3. Preq., English 101- 102.
This course is designed to introduce the most important British writers from the Medieval Period to the present. Given this scope, the course can provide only a limited study of any writer. Daily assignments are given on the syllabus so that you will know what is expected for each class. Follow the syllabus closely; read each assignment before coming to class. Textbooks

Attendance Requirements

English 201-007 
Room: GTM 215 
MoodleMoodle Time:  12:00-1:50 TTh
Home Page: 

Office: GTM 222 
Phone: 257-5494 
Hours: 10:00-12:30 MW
9:30-12:00 TR
or by appointment

Daily Quizzes 60%
Discussion Questions 15%
Paper 15%
Attendance 10%
Total 100%
The grading scale is A: 90-102%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.
Late Work 
  1. You may make up quizzes and the essay exam if you have a university-accepted excuse.  You have one week from the time yo return to class to make up your work.
  2. Your paper is due BY the due date.  It is due in class by the beginning of the period.  In an emergency, send it by a friend or upload it to my Blackboard drop-box.  You can turn it in any time until the due date.  After that, the grade drops 5 points per period.
Graded Material 
In the event of a question regarding an exam grade or final grade, it will be the responsibility of the student to retain and present graded materials which have been returned for student possession during the quarter. 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities 
Students needing testing or classroom accommodations based on a disability are encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as possible. 

Honor Code 
In accordance with the Academic Honor Code, students pledge the following: Being a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody the principles of academic integrity.


English 201 over the Internet: Requirements and Information

This section is offered as an Internet class through the HIM program.  The readings are mostly the same as in my regular 201 classes.  I'm setting up the assignments as though the class is a T-Th class so people will be able to pace themselves. We'll have a quiz every week on Blackboard.  This will help everybody keep up with your reading. 

We'll have one essay exam during the quarter & an outside mini-research paper (These are standard for all the 201 & 202 classes). 

Additional Information

  • I will respond to your email within 24 hours during the week (Monday-Friday).
  • I will not check email on weekends (Saturday-Sunday).
  • Do not expect replies to emails sent after three p.m. until the next business day.
  • Over the weekend, I do not promise a speedy reply, but if I am working at home and receive your email, I will try to answer it. 
  • Please remember: I am not online 24 hours a day.
  • Technical support is your responsibility. If a document or lecture does not work, let me know. However, if the problem is on your end (your computer, your software, your modem), it is your responsibility to find someone to help you with the problem. 
Note - When the syllabus lists only the first page of a selection, read the whole selection.


 Reading Norton page   
Registration Week: (September 4-5)
Period 1

Introduction to the Anglo-Saxon period. 1-21  
Beowulf 26 (Note again: When I just give the first page number, read the entire selection.)  
Genesis A & B (available only on the web site)  
Week 1: (September 8-12)
Period 1

Finish Beowulf today  
"Dream of the Rood"  
Period 2

Introduction to the Medieval period (www)  
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 112  
Week 2: (September 15-19)
Period 1

Chaucer "The Wife of Bath's Tale" 181-182, 207-235  
"Phyllis and Aristotle" (available only on the web site & in the packet)  
Psalm 50 (51)  
Period 2

Week 3: (September 22-26)
Period 1 

Period 2

  • Donne "Ecstasy" 612
    • "Valediction" 611 
    • "Death Be Not Proud" 623 
    • "Batter My Heart" 624
  • Herbert "Collar" 662
    • "Easter Wings" 661
    • "Jordon I" 662
    • "Love III" 665
  • Marvell "Coy Mistress" 677
    • "Garden" 681
Week 4: (September 29 - October 3)
Period 1

  • Ben Jonson 
    • "To My Book" 640 
    • "On My First Daughter" 640
    • "On My First Son" 641
    • "On Giles and Joan" (www)
    • "Queen and Huntress" 647
  • Herrick "To the Virgins" 669 
    • "Corinna's Gone A-Maying" 667 
    • "To His Mistress, Objecting to Him" (www only)
Period 2

Week 5: (October 6-10)
Period 1

Period 2

  • Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels 974-978, 1056-1113
    • "A Modest Proposal" 1113
  • Pope Rape of the Lock 1136-1154
Week 6: (October 13-17)
Period 1

Period 2

  • Research Paper Due Today
  • Blake 
    • Poems from Songs of Innocence and of Experience:
      • "The Lamb" 1412
      • "The Tyger" 1420 
      • "Garden of Love" 1420 
      • "Infant Joy" 1416
      • "Infant Sorrow" 1424 
      • "To Tirzah" 1424
      • "The Divine Image" 1414 
      • "A Divine Image" 1425 
      • "Human Abstract" 1423
    • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1430 
Week 7: (October 20-24)
Period 1

  • Byron "She Walks in Beauty" 1676
    • "When We 2 Parted" 1678
    • "Darkness" 1678
  • Shelley, P. "Mutability" 1734 
    • "Mont Blanc" 1735 
    • "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" 1739 
    • "Ozymandias" 1741 
Period 2

  • Keats "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" 1825 
    • "To Homer" 1830
    • "Ode on a Grecian Urn" 1847
Week 8: (October 27-31)
Period 1

  • Coleridge Ancient Mariner 1615 
  • Wordsworth "We are 7" 1487 
    • "The Tables Turned" 1490 
    • "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" 1491 
    • "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" 1537
    • "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" 1538
    • "The world is too much with us" 1550 

Period 2

Week 9: (November 3-7)
Period 1

Period 2

Week 10: (November 10-14)
Period 1

Period 2

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