Eng. 105 Tentative Schedule Spring 2016

Dr. Harper

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PAPER #1 April 14


PAPER #2 June 6



Weeks 1-2

Tues. March 29

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

For Wed. read Course Packet: "That Book by Nabokov" by Michael Connolly; Preface (pp. xi-xv). Begin reading "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. March 30

Discussion of journal #1 responses.

Elements of Setting

Scottish literature


For Thurs. read Walkowitz "London in the 1880s," J&H Chap. 1, pp. 7-12


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?

According to Walkowitz, what was late 19th century London like?


Thurs. March 31

Discuss Walkowitz and journal #2 discussions.

Examine atmosphere, narration, characterization, gender in the story

For Mon. read essay p. 83, "Dream Origin of the Tale" pp. 87-91, J&H 12-21.

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?


Mon. April 4

Discussion of journal #3 writings.

For Tues. read Chesterton "The Real Stab of the Story," pp. 183-184; Brantlinger "The Unconscious Allegory about the Masses and Mass Literacy," pp. 197-204, J&H pp. 21-31.


Journal writing #4

Where does Stevenson place the dream, mentioned in "Dream Origin of the Tale," in the story of Jekyll and Hyde?

According to Chesterton, what are common misunderstandings of the nature of good and evil in the story?

According to Brantlinger, how does 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?


Tues. April 5

Discussion of Chesterton and Brantlinger and journal #4 responses.

For Wed. Read Linehan "Sex, Secrecy" pp. 204-213, Houghton 146-149, and Nabokov 184-188, J&H pp. 31-47.

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 April 14

Draft workshop April 12


Wed., April 6

Discuss Linehan, Houghton, and Nabokov.

Work on writing paper #1.

For Thurs. read Gould pp. 132-134, the parody “The Strange Case of Dr. T. and Mr. H”(in course packet. P. 5). 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

Referring to Gould’s article, describe Lomborso's ideas about innate criminality. How might they influence the descriptions of Hyde?

What critical assessment is made in the parody?

What critical assessment of Stevenson's story is made in the parody, "The Strange Case of Dr. T. and Mr. H.," found in your packet (p. 5)?


Thurs. April 7

Discuss Gould and Parody.

Writing papers in response to literature.

Finish reading Jekyll and Hyde.


Week 3


Mon., April 11

Thesis workshop for paper #1. What is the theme of "Jekyll and Hyde"?


Tues. April 12

Rough Draft workshop for paper #1. Bring a copy of your draft to exchange.


Wed., April 13

What is a poetry precis?

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



Thurs. April 14

Paper #1 due

Discuss "Kubla Khan "

Read Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach," http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/dover-beach

Anthony Hecht, "The Dover Bitch," http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/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. April 18

Group work: discuss precis of "Dover Beach"

Discuss Journal writing #7 on "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. April 19

Discuss Journal #8.

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.


Wed. April 20

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

Journal Writing #9

What elements of the Bermuda shipwreck appear in The Tempest?

What character is mostly closely associated with the storm?

Watch History of English



Thurs. April 21

Discuss Journal Writing #9

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

Journal Writing #10

How does Montaigne’s discussion of cannibals criticize problems of European society?

How might Montaigne’s essay have influenced the character of Caliban?


Week 5


Mon. April 25

Discuss Journal Writing #10, Montaigne and portrayals of Caliban

Discuss and continue reading The Tempest and historical background

and Tempest-related poetry.


See article on Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary of death



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


Tues. April 26

Discuss Acts 2 and 3

For Wed. read Acts 4-5

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

Journal Writing 11

What comments does Coleridge make about the opening scene?

Why does he admire Miranda?

How does he contrast Caliban and Ariel?

How does the attempted assassination contrast with Stephano's conspiracy?


Wed. April 27

Discuss Journal Writing #11, Acts 4-5, Coleridge's criticism

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

Journal Writing 12

Discuss how Fanny Kemble sees the relationship between Prospero and Miranda. Do you agree?


Thurs. April 28

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

Film Viewing: Act I The Tempest –BBC version



Week 6


Mon. May 2

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

Shelley, "With a Guitar. To Jane" (pp. 332-334) Write precis of Shelley poem.#2

Journal Writing #13

How do the poems of Morgan, Hughes, and Shelley reimagine the Tempest characters?


Tues. May 3

Strafford Tempest

Discussion of film, worksheet, and Tempest poems (discussion #13). Shelley, "With a Guitar. To Jane" (pp. 332-334)

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.

Journal Writing #14

Using the "When Muddy Flowers Bloom" article in your course packet, explain the overarching values of the Theatre of the Empowerment and the goals used to realize those values.


Wed. May 4

Discussion Question #14

Catch up on Tempest film viewing


Thurs. May 5

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


Week 7

Mon. May 9

Tempest Quotation Quiz

Film viewing: Shakespeare Behind Bars



Tues. May 10

Film viewing: Shakespeare Behind Bars



Wed., May 11

Continue Film viewing of Shakespeare Behind Bars. Read selection from Aime Cesaire's A Tempest in Norton 321-325 and "Garden Poem" by Robert Adamson (packet)

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



For Thurs. Write precise of "Garden Poem" #3


Journal Writing #15

Look at this comic: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/24/ten-years-after-comic-strip-ronald-wimberly

How might this production of The Tempest reflect on how people were displaced in New Orleans after Katrina?



Thurs. May 12

Discuss "Garden Poem."

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

Pick up on poetry not covered earlier.

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



May 13 is Uncontested Withdrawal deadline. Please withdraw if you have fallen behind.



Week 8


Mon. May 16

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

For Tues. read Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl," in Seagull Reader, pp. 228-230; and Chopin, "The Story of an Hour" Seagull Reader p. 98.



Tues. May 17

Begin short story section. Discuss point of view.

Discuss Chopin and Kincaid.

For Wed. read Leslie Marmon Silko, "Yellow Woman" in Seagull Reader, pp. 437-447


Wed. May 18

Discuss Silko “Yellow Woman”

For Thurs. read Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" Seagull Reader pp. 150-167 and "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper" in class packet.

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


Thurs. May 19

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

For Monday. read William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily" Seagull Reader 133-142

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


Week 9


Mon. May 23

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. #4


Tues. May 24

Intertextuality case study. Discuss precis of " 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 (handout). Read online Wikipedia entry for "Forbidden Planet" and "Louise and Bebe Barron"




Paper #2 Comparison /Contrast Paper. See Instructions in Canvas Files. Check out versions of Shakespeare's plays at Global Shakespeares at MIT


Due June 6

Draft workshop June 2




Discuss film adaptations.

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)

Continue with film and go over worksheet.


Wed. May 25


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


Thurs. May 26

Worksheet discussion and paper #2 ideas/thesis

Final version of Precis assignment is due.

Arnold, "Dover Beach"

Shelley, "With Guitar, to Jane"

Adamson, "Garden Poem"

Browning, "My Last Duchess"


Week 10


Mon. May 30 Memorial Day holiday


Tues. May 31

Finish Forbidden Planet. Film Viewing: Georges Melies's Trip to the Moon (1902)

Discuss Leydon and Lerer.


Wed. June 1

Worksheet due

Thesis workshop for Paper #2


Thurs. June 2

Draft workshop for Paper #2



Paper #2 due Mon. June 6 before 5:00 in English Dept. LL423. This is your final.