English Literature II (Spring, 2003-04)

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English Literature II (Spring, 2003-04)

English Literature II (Spring 2006) last update: 2006/3/1

    Instructor: Dr Eric Yu

     Email address:

    Eric‘s Homepage:

    Discussion boards:

    Course Description: This is a historical survey of English literature from the Romantic period to the late twentieth century. Key texts written by major English writers will be studied. Where appropriate, historical and biographical backgrounds will be discussed to help students better understand the works concerned.

Expectations: Since this is probably one of the heaviest required courses, you are

    expected to spend at least 3 hours a week reading the literary works at home. Try your best to finish reading the texts BEFORE you come to class. When you are reading background material or prose, often you can speed up for the main points will be

    captured in lectures or supplementary notes given. When you are reading poetry, however, you have to slow down and often you must consult the dictionary. For your oral reports in class and for (email) correspondence, please use in English (consider this an essential part of training as an English /FL major). Thank you! Absence in midterm or final exams will pose very serious problems (including that of fairness); formal procedures of leave-taking must be taken (medical or other supportive documents might be needed).


    1) An electronic course reader (plain text form, supplementary and recommended

    readings excluded) will be compiled, consisting of free e-texts on the Internet {see

    the tentative schedule on the second page regarding the sources}. 2) In addition, we will discuss a ―postmodern novel by John Fowles in the second

    half semester (NO e-text available; details to be announced in the first class).

    Grading: (tentative, subject to modifications in view of your actual performance) Short Reports (oral & written) 20 points

    Midterm exam 30 points

    Final exam 40 points

    Attendance 10 points

    Total 100 points


Tentative Schedule:

Feb 21 Robert Burns: bio, see

    ―Auld Lang Syne‖ e-text

    additional site (with audio clip of the original song):; for the more familiar tune,

    look up

    A Red, Red Rose e-text (with audio clip)

    3f29989935; for melody, look up

    Robert Bruces March to Bannockburn e-text:

     Plus a taste of William Blake:

    From Augeries of Innocence, e-text: (#30); full e-text of the poem

    March 7, 14 William Blake: bio, see For Blake e-text with illustrations, look up

    from Songs of Innocence and of Experience beginning with the frontispiece


    Introduction to Songs of Innocence; Infant Joy, The Lamb, The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper, Holy Thursday, Nurses Song, Infant Joy Introduction to Songs of Experience; The Clod & the Pebble, Holy Thursday,

    The Chimney Sweeper, Nurses Song, The Sick Rose, The Fly, The

    Tyger, Ah Sun-flower, The Garden of Love, London, Infant Sorrow, A Poison Tree, A Divine Image

    *For plain text of Songs, see

    March 21 William Wordsworth: bio, see E-text from

    We Are Seven, Nutting, I traveled among unknown men, The Solitary Reaper, I wandered lonely as a cloud

March 28 S.T. Coleridge: bio, see

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, e-text:


April 11 John Keats: bio, see

    La Belle Dame sans Merci

    Ode to a Nightingale

    Ode to a Grecian Urn

April 18 P.B. Shelley: bio, see; E-text


    ―Ozymandias (1917), from Ode to the West Wind (1819), Song to the Men of England (1819), To Jane: ‗The keen stars were twinkling‘‖ (1822)

     Plus: To[Music, when soft voices die] (1824), e-text:

    April 25 Mid-tern examination {you must come for the exam; make-up exams might wont be given unless you have a very good reason for your absence & it is supported by necessary documents!}

During the second half semester, the works covered do not exactly follow

    chronological order of publication [for the balance of weekly reading load]

May 2 Selected Victorian & C20 Poetry:

    Robert Browning: bio, see

    My Last Duchess

    Matthew Arnold: bio, see

    Dover Beach


    Christina Rossetti: bio, see

    When I am dead, my dearest

     W.B. Yeats: bio, see

    ―The Lake Isle of Innisfree‖

    ―Easter 1916‖

    May 9 Selected Victorian & C20 Short Stories

     Rudyard Kipling: bio, see

     The Man Who Would be King



    James Joyce: bio, see

    ―Araby‖ from the collection Dubliners

    x.html {suggested further reading: The Dead from the same book}

May 16, 23, 30 {tentatively}

    John Fowles: bio

     The French Lieutenants Woman [Chinese translation as 法國中尉的女人]

    W.B. Yeats: No Second Troy

    ―When You Are Old‖

June 6 T.S. Eliot: bio, see

     from ―Old Possum‘s Book of Practical Cats‖


     ―The Naming of Cats, ―The Old Gumbie Cat, ―Old Deuteronomy, ―Of the Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, ―Mr. Mistoffelees, ―Macavity: The Mystery Cat, ―Gus: The Theatre Cat‖ [cf the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber]

     Supplementary info:

    Selection from Wasteland

June 13 Selected C20 Postcolonial & Postmodern Short Stories

    Jean Rhys: bio, see

    ―Let Them Call it Jazz‖

    Margaret Atwood: intro, see

    ―Happy Endings‖

June 20 Final Examination

    Consultation hours: Tuesday 2-4pm (or by prior appointment)


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