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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: ericyu@mail.nctu.edu.tw

    Eric‘s Homepage: http://www.cc.nctu.edu.tw/~ericyu/

    Discussion boards: http://ey.suddenlaunch.com/

    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).

Textbooks:

    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

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Tentative Schedule:

Feb 21 Robert Burns: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Burns

    ―Auld Lang Syne‖ e-text http://www.electricscotland.com/burns/langsyne.html

    additional site (with audio clip of the original song):

    http://www.chivalry.com/cantaria/lyrics/auldlang.html; for the more familiar tune,

    look up http://www.recmusic.org/midi/

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

    http://repeatafterus.com/title.php?i=4384&PHPSESSID=83d511e69351eff485cb7d

    3f29989935; for melody, look up http://www.recmusic.org/midi/

    Robert Bruces March to Bannockburn e-text:

    http://www.robertburns.org/works/428.shtml

     Plus a taste of William Blake:

    From Augeries of Innocence, e-text: http://www.amblesideonline.org/Blake.shtml (#30); full e-text of the poem http://www.angelfire.com/bug2/hydrogenmodel/

    March 7, 14 William Blake: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blake For Blake e-text with illustrations, look up http://www.blakearchive.org/

    from Songs of Innocence and of Experience beginning with the frontispiece http://www.blakearchive.org/cgi-bin/nph-dweb/blake/Illuminated-Book/SONGSIE/s

    ongsie.c/@Generic__BookTextView/290;cv=java;pt=452;lang=zh

    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 http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext99/sinex10.txt

    March 21 William Wordsworth: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wordsworth E-text from http://www.bartleby.com/145/wordchrono.html

    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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleridge

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, e-text:

    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Col2Mar.html

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April 11 John Keats: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Keats

    La Belle Dame sans Merci http://www.bartleby.com/126/55.html

    Ode to a Nightingale http://www.bartleby.com/126/40.html

    Ode to a Grecian Urn http://www.bartleby.com/126/41.html

April 18 P.B. Shelley: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.B._Shelley; E-text

    from http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/s/shelley/percy_bysshe/s54cp/complete.html

    ―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:

    http://www.bartleby.com/106/288.html

    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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Browning

    My Last Duchess http://www.emule.com/poetry/?page=txtpoem&poem=313

    Matthew Arnold: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Arnold

    Dover Beach

    http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/A/ArnoldMatthew/verse/newpoe

    ms/doverbeach.html

    Christina Rossetti: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Rossetti

    When I am dead, my dearest http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/1760.html

     W.B. Yeats: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.B._Yeats

    ―The Lake Isle of Innisfree‖

    http://poetry-chaikhana.com/Y/YeatsWilliam/LakeIsleofIn.htm

    ―Easter 1916‖ http://ireland.wlu.edu/landscape/Group2/first%20page--poem.htm

    May 9 Selected Victorian & C20 Short Stories

     Rudyard Kipling: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudyard_Kipling

     The Man Who Would be King

    http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/Phanto

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    mRickshaw/manwhowouldbeking.html

    James Joyce: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce

    ―Araby‖ from the collection Dubliners

    http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/J/JoyceJames/prose/dubliners/inde

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

May 16, 23, 30 {tentatively}

    John Fowles: bio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Fowles

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

    W.B. Yeats: No Second Troy

    http://www.readprint.com/work-1588/William-Butler-Yeats

    ―When You Are Old‖ http://www.bartleby.com/101/863.html

June 6 T.S. Eliot: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.S._Eliot

     from ―Old Possum‘s Book of Practical Cats‖ http://coral.lili.uni-bielefeld.de/Classes/Summer97/SemGS/WebLex/OldPossum/ol

    dpossumlex/oldpossumlex.html

     ―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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lloyd_Webber

    Selection from Wasteland

    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/railton/enam312/2004/wasteland.html

June 13 Selected C20 Postcolonial & Postmodern Short Stories

    Jean Rhys: bio, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Rhys

    ―Let Them Call it Jazz‖

    http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=10828

    Margaret Atwood: intro, see http://www.library.utoronto.ca/canpoetry/atwood/

    ―Happy Endings‖ http://users.ipfw.edu/ruflethe/endings.htm

June 20 Final Examination

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

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