Room: GTM 217
Time: 2:00-3:50 MW

GTM 222
11:00-2:00 MW
12:00-2:00 TR
or by appointment

School of Literature and Language


Course Description

ENGL 211:  Introduction to British Literature, 1660 to Present.

0-3-3.  Preq., ENGL 102. Satisfies Humanities GER Literature requirement and is a prerequisite for advanced courses in British literature (after Restoration Period).  Statewide Transfer Agreement Course.


Abrams, M. H., ed., The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2006.  ISBN # 0-393-92828-4.


  • To acquaint students with a selection of the major works of British Literature 1660 — present.
  • To learn how they affect contemporary life
  • To develop critical thinking skills in the discussion of these works.

Attendance Requirements

  • Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege, and all students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is worth 10% of your total grade.
  • I shall keep a permanent attendance record for this class. This record is subject to inspection by appropriate college or university officials.
  • Regular attendance will help you understand your assignments and complete them on schedule. I encourage you to attend unless you absolutely cannot avoid being absent.
  • For the Internet sections, I will take your attendance from the number of times you logged in to my Moodle account.  Log in once during Registration Week and twice per week thereafter for full credit.


  • Conferences are encouraged during the quarter. They will be used to discuss specific writing strengths and/or weaknesses.

Daily Quizzes

Research Paper

Group Project   10%
Total 100%
The grading scale is
A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.

Turning in Your Work
In face-to-face classes, I want a paper copy of your assignments AND an electronic copy submitted to the TurnItIn link on Moodle.  In online classes, submit your paper through Moodle to TurnItIn.  If you have trouble uploading it Moodle, you may email it to me at  You may also bring a paper copy by my office.  You are still responsible for turning in the assignment by the due date, so plan ahead.

Late Work
Your paper is due ON or BEFORE the due date. You can turn it in any time until the due date.  After that, the grade drops 5 points per period.

In a face-to-face class, I'll take role every period.  Your attendance grade is a straight percentage of how much you attended class.  For example, if you attend 17 times out of 20 periods, your grade will be 17÷20=85%.  An absence may be excused with proper documentation.

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."  If I determine that you have violated the Honor Code or the English Department plagiarism policy, you'll receive a '0' on the assignment, and I may refer you to the Honor Council if I think it appropriate.

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English 211 over the Internet: Requirements and Information

This course is sometimes offered as an internet course The readings are mostly the same as in my regular 211 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 Moodle.  This will help everybody keep up with your reading. 

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. 

Reading Note
When the syllabus lists only the first page of a selection, read the whole selection.

Hoc Opus, Hic Labor Est.

Registration Week (September 5-6)

Week 1 (September 9-13)

Period 2

  • John Dryden
    • "Mac Flecknoe"  904
    • "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" 911 (Note again: When I just give the first page number, read the entire selection.)

Week 2 (September 16-20)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Pope Rape of the Lock 1136-1154

Week 3 (September 23-27)

Period 1

  • Samuel Johnson. Rasselas. 1281.
    • A Dictionary of the English Language  1291
    • The Preface to Shakespeare 1297

Period 2

Week 4 (September 30 — October 4)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Introduction to The Romantic Period 1363-1387
  • William 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 5 (October 7-11)

Period 1

  • Robert Burns
    • "Address to a Haggis" (www)
    • "Auld Lang Syne" (www)
    • "A Man's a Man for a' That" 1454
    • "To a Louse" 1447
    • "To a Mouse" 1446
    • "A Red, Red Rose" 1454

Period 2

  • Wordsworth "We are Seven" 1487 
    • "The Tables Turned" 1490 
    • "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" 1491
    • "Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known" 1507
    • "The Ruined Cottage" 1512
    • "Michael" 1523
    • "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" 1537
    • "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" 1538
    • "Ode to Duty" 1544
    • "Elegiac Stanzas" 1547
    • "The world is too much with us" 1550
    • "Surprised by joy" 1550
    • "Mutability" 1551
    • "Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways" 1551

Week 6 (October 14-18)

Period 1

  • Coleridge The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 1615
    • "Kubla Khan"  1632
    • "Christabel 1634
    • "Dejection: An Ode" 1652

Period 2

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

Week 7 (October 21-25)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Keats "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" 1822
    • "Sleep and Poetry"  1823
    • [O for Ten Years] 1823
    • "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" 1825 
    • "Endymion: A Poetic Romance"  1825
      • Preface  1825
      • from Book 1 [A Thing of Beauty]  1826
        • [The “Pleasure Thermometer”]  1827
    • "When I have fears that I may cease to be" 1830
    • "To Homer" 1830
    • "La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad"  1840
    • "Ode on a Grecian Urn"  1847
    • "Lamia" 1851 
  • Fanny Trollope Domestic Manners of the Americans

Week 8 (October 28 — November 1)

Period 1

Period 2

  • Research Paper Due
  • Browning, Robert. "Porphyria's Lover" 2054 
    • "Soliloquy of the Cloister"  2056
    • "My Last Duchess" 2058
    • "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church" 2059
    • "Love among the Ruins" 2062
    • "Fra Lippo Lippi" 2070
  • Browning, Elizabeth. Sonnets from the Portuguese 1926

Week 9 (November 4-8)

Period 1

Period 2

Week 10 (November 11-14)

Period 1

Period 2

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