Eng. 105 Tentative Schedule Winter 2015

Dr. Harper

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PAPER #1 Wed. Oct. 9

PAPER #2 Mon. Nov. 3


PAPER #3 Mon. Dec. 8



Weeks 1

Tues. Jan. 6

Introduction to class and textbooks. Be sure to get the Norton editions! Discuss elements of a scholarly edition.

By Mon. read Course Packet: "That Book by Nabokov" by Michael Connolly; read in Norton: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Preface (pp. xi-xv) and "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson

Journal writing #1 (on Canvas discussion):

Think about the essay by Connolly in the class packet. What assigned book do you remember reading or not reading? What do you remember?


Wed-Thurs. Jan. 7-8 No Class. Professor at MLA conference.


Mon. Jan. 12

Discussion of journal #1 responses.

Elements of Setting

Scottish literature


For Mon. Read J&H, pp. 12-21, Walkowitz "London in the 1880s"

Journal writing #2: In the beginning of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, near the story's table of contents, there is a poem under the dedication to Katharine De Mattos. What might these lines suggest or predict about the story?

In J&H, who tells the story about the door?

Why do Utterson and Enfield walk together?

What was late 19th century London like?


Week 2

Mon. Sept. 29

Continue with "Jekyll and Hyde" and journal #2 discussions.

Examine atmosphere, narration, characterization, gender in the story


For Tues. read J&H, pp. 21-41, letter p. 83, "Dream Origin of the Tale" pp. 87-91. Parody of J&H (packet)

Journal writing #3:

What does Stevenson mean by "Brownies"?

Who are the women characters in the story? Do they have names?

What professions are featured in the story? Which have confidential requirements, i.e. who keeps secrets?

Where does Stevenson's dream occur in the story?

What critical assessment is made in the parody?


Tues. Sept. 30

Discussion of journal #3 writings.

For Wed. read J&H, pp. 41-62 (finish story), Chesterton "The Real Stab of the Story," pp. 183-184; Brantlinger "The Unconscious Allegory about the Masses and Mass Literacy," pp. 197-204.

Journal writing #4

How are the letters presented?

What are common misunderstandings of the nature of good and evil in the story?

How might Hyde's ability to write well reflect worries about class structure in Victorian society?

How is the story Scottish? Does it have to take place in Scotland to be Scottish?


Wed. Oct. 1

Discussion of Chesterton and Brantlinger and journal #4 responses.

For Thurs. Read Linehan "Sex, Secrecy" pp. 204-213 and Nabokov 184-188.

Journal writing #5

What sort of " absence" is Linehan interested in?

What does Stevenson's letter suggest about his ideas concerning Jekyll's guilt?

Why did Stevenson object to an American stage production of his novel?

Why does Nabokov object to the view of J&H as a detective novel?

What does Nabokov say about Jekyll's goodness?



Assignment Theme Paper #1: What is the theme of "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"? Hint: It is not "good versus evil. " How does characterization and setting support the theme? Use literary criticism and source material from the Norton edition to support your reading. 3--4 pages.

Due Thurs. Oct. 9

Draft workshop Tues. Oct. 7


Thurs. Oct. 2

Discuss Linehan, and Nabokov.

Work on writing paper #1.

For Mon. read Gould pp. 132-134, write a thesis statement for paper #1. You can find ideas on p. xii in the Norton J&H Preface. Be prepared to copy thesis statement on the board in class.

Journal writing #6

Describe Lomborso's ideas about innate criminality. How might they influence the descriptions of Hyde?


Week 3

Mon. Oct. 6

Discuss Gould

Writing papers in response to literature.

Thesis workshop: What is the theme of "Jekyll and Hyde"?


Tues. Oct. 7

Rough Draft workshop for paper #1.


Wed. Oct. 8

What is a poetry precis?

For Wed. read "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is available here:



Thurs. Oct. 9

Paper #1 due

Discuss "Kubla Khan "

Read Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach,"

Anthony Hecht, "The Dover Bitch,"

Both poems are available at


For Mon. - Write one-paragraph precis of "Dover Beach" #1

Journal writing #7

Who is the speaker in " Dover Beach"? Who is the speaker in " Dover Bitch"?

How does " Dover Bitch" comment on the assumptions of class and gender in the Victorian period?


Week 4


Mon. Oct. 13

Group work: discuss precis of "Dover Beach"

Discuss "Dover Beach" and "Dover Bitch"

Terms: Perspective, Protagonist, irony

For Tues. read in the Norton Tempest preface, pp. vii-xi, Act 1, scene 1 The Tempest.

View " Shakespeare: Original Pronunciation" from The Open University


Journal writing #8

What type of English was Shakespeare written in?

How does poetry help us understand earlier pronunciations?

How does earlier pronunciations help understand puns and word play in Shakespeare?


Tues. Oct. 14

Begin introduction to drama genre, characterization, and Shakespeare's theater.

Act I, Scene 1

For Wed. read G. Wilson Knight, "Prospero's Lonely Magic" and examine his "A Chart of Shakespeare's Dramatic Universe," Norton Tempest, pp. 137- 141

H. D. "By Avon River," Norton Tempest, pp. 339-341

Tempest Act 1, Scene 2.

Work on memorizing the cast of characters in The Tempest.


Need The Tempest in Korean? Go here.


Other languages? Ask!


Wed. Oct. 15

Lecture: Tempest Act 1, Scene 2 and the characters of The Tempest.

H. D. "By Avon River" introduces the characters and the shipwreck of the Sea Venture.

For Thurs. read:

Capt. Wyatt, "An Atlantic Storm" (1595), Norton Tempest pp. 105-107

William Strachey (1625) "Storms and Strife in Bermuda," Norton Tempest pp. 110-114


Thurs. Oct. 16 Watch History of English



Early Modern English. Shakespearean insults

Lecture: Influences on The Tempest: storms, Bermuda, Jamestown, and the exploration of the New World.

For Mon. read

Michel de Montaigne, "The Cannibals of Brazil," Norton Tempest pp. 107-109


Week 5

Mon. Oct. 20

Discuss portrayals of Caliban

Discuss and continue reading The Tempest and historical background

and Tempest-related poetry.



For Tues.: read The Tempest Act 2 and Act 3


Tues. Oct. 21

Discuss Acts 2 and 3

For Wed. read Acts 4-5

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Notes on The Tempest," Norton Tempest pp. 121-125




Paper 2—Characterization. Describe one character from The Tempest. Outline that character's motives, weaknesses, and behavior. How would you cast that character if you were producing a play? 4-5 pages.

Due Mon. Nov. 3

Draft Thurs. Oct. 30



Wed. Oct. 22

Discuss Acts 4-5, Coleridge's criticism

For Thurs. read Fanny Kemble, "Some Notes on The Tempest," Norton Tempest pp. 127-130


Thurs. Oct. 23

Discuss Kemble's view of characters—use in paper writing.

Film Viewing: Act I The Tempest –BBC version



Week 6

Mon. Oct. 27

Continue viewing The Tempest—Strafford version

Discussion of film.


For Tues. read Edwin Morgan, "Ariel Freed," Norton Tempest p. 348

Ted Hughes, "Setebos," Norton Tempest, pp. 349-350


Tues. Oct. 28

Strafford Tempest

Discussion of film, Morgan and Hughes, and worksheet

For Wed. read Peter Greenaway, "Prospero's Books," Norton Tempest pp. 325-331, and check out scenes on YouTube.

Read "When Muddy Flowers Bloom: The Shakespeare Project at Racine Correctional Institution" by Jonathan Shailor (packet) PMLA 123(2008): 632-641.


Wed. Oct. 29

Catch up on Tempest film viewing


Thurs. Oct. 30

Draft workshop for Paper #2

Film Worksheet comparing casting of different versions of The Tempest is due.


Friday, Nov. 7 is Uncontested withdrawal deadline.


Week 7

Mon. Nov. 3

Film viewing: Shakespeare Behind Bars


Paper #2 Due


Tues. Nov. 4

Continue Film viewing of Shakespeare Behind Bars.

Read selection from Aime Cesaire's A Tempest in Norton 321-325

Want to see the entire Cesaire play? Try this website:



Wed. Nov. 5

Discuss Aime Cesaire's A Tempest and post-colonial retellings of The Tempest.

Pick up on poetry not covered earlier.

For Thurs. read "Selling Geraniums" by John Mole (packet)

Write precise of "Selling Geraniums" #2


Thurs. Nov. 6

Discuss "Selling Geraniums"

For Mon. read

Browning, "Porphyria's Lover"(online). Here is a link:



Week 8

Mon. Nov. 10

Discuss Browning, "Porphyria's Lover." Notice the use of pathetic fallacy.

For Wed. Read Silko, "Yellow Woman" " in Seagull Reader, pp. 427-437

Web access: http://www.tarleton.edu/Faculty/sword/Yellow%20Woman.pdf


And Chopin, "The Story of an Hour" Seagull Reader p. 120.

Web access: http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/



Tues. Nov. 11 Veteran's Day Holiday. No class.


Wed. Nov. 12

Begin short story section.

Discuss Chopin and Silko and point of view.

For Thurs. read Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" Seagull Reader pp. 172-189 and "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper" in class packet.

Web access: http://csivc.csi.cuny.edu/history/files/lavender/wallpaper.html


Thurs. Nov. 13 Discuss Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper", the rest cure and 19th century medical treatment of women.

Reading Assignment: William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily" Seagull Reader 155-164

Web access: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/wf_rose.html


Week 9


Mon. Nov. 17 Discuss William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily," American South and the Civil War.

Reading Assignment: "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning (online and handout), Packet: "Nikolaus Mardruz to His Master" by Richard Howard.

You can hear both poems here:





Write precis of " My Last Duchess. " for Tues. #3


Paper #3 Comparison /Contrast Paper on Film Adaptation. Compare and contrast adaptations of The Tempest. Check out versions of Shakespeare's plays at Global Shakespeares at MIT


Due Mon. Dec. 8

Draft workshop Dec. 2


Tues. Nov. 18

Intertextuality case study. Compare precis of " My Last Duchess. " Discuss "My Last Duchess" and the modern retelling "Nikolaus Mardruz to His Master" by Richard Howard.

For Wed. read obituary for Bebe Barron, composer of electronic music for Forbidden Planet (packet). Read online Wikipedia entry for "Forbidden Planet" and "Louise and Bebe Barron"


Wed., Nov. 19

Discuss film adaptations.

Film Viewing: Georges Melies's Trip to the Moon (1902)

Film Viewing: Forbidden Planet (99 min)

Work on worksheet

Reading assignment: "Forbidden Planet: Effects and Affects in the Electro Avant-garde" by Rebecca Leydon, from Off the Planet: Music, Sound and Science Fiction Cinema (packet)

Discuss Leydon . Continue with film and go over worksheet.


Thurs., Nov. 20


Read in Norton Tempest: Shelley, "With a Guitar. To Jane" (pp. 332-334) Write precis of Shelly poem. #4

Read for Mon. "Forbidden Planet and the Terrors of Philology" by Seth Lerer Raritan 19.3 (2000) 73-86.


Week 10

Mon., Nov. 24

Discuss Shelley, use of Tempest themes and precis


Tues., Nov. 25

Final version of Precis assignment is due.

Arnold, "Dover Beach"

Mole, "Selling Geraniums"

Browning, "My Last Duchess"

Shelley, "With Guitar, to Jane"


Mon., Dec. 1-4

Thesis workshop

Rough draft workshop for paper #3.





Paper #3 due Mon. Dec. 8 in English Dept. LL423.