August 20 – October 8,
2003 | Wednesdays, 5:00 – 10:30 PM , Gilbert
Richter, David H. The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and
Various online texts & handouts.
All readings are included in The Critical Tradition unless
otherwise indicated on syllabus.
This syllabus is tentative and
may change as the course progresses. Changes will be announced
in class and it is the student’s responsibility to make note
of those changes.
ST Coleridge, Biographia Literaria,
excerpt (cancelled reading!)
Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry
into the Origin of Our Ideas of The Sublime and Beautiful,
excerpt (online http://www.bartleby.com/24/2/)
- Of the Sublime
- Of the Effects of Tragedy
Greenblatt, Introduction to The Power
of Forms in the English Renaissance
Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa
Student presentations II
Final Paper due
NB!! No written
reading response required. Focus on finishing your papers
instead! Please be prepared to participate in class discussion
of assigned reading as ususal.
Since we are working on a condensed schedule, attendance at
every class meeting is crucial. In order to receive full credit
for attendance students must be present at all eight class meetings.
Students who miss two or more class meetings cannot pass this
Grading: Attendance & Participation 30% Reading summaries 25% Oral presentation
20% Final Research
We will spend much of our class time in discussion and analysis
of the works we are reading. Regardless of the class format,
you are expected to be prepared, to listen, to contribute, and
to participate in an interested and knowledgeable fashion.
For each class, prepare and bring to class a summary of
your understanding of the readings assigned for that day.
Since our readings for each meeting are quite extensive,
your summary will need to be at least 700 -1000 words. Be
prepared to explain and discuss your understanding of the
texts in class. You should also turn in a typed/printed
copy to the instructor.
Oral presentation: An oral
presentation of the research you have conducted for your
final paper. 15-20 min. More details on separate assignment
A student who plagiarizes part or all of a written assignment
will receive an F for the assignment and further disciplinary
proceedings at the instructor’s discretion. Plagiarism occurs
when a student claims credit for work s/he has not done personally,
and includes submitting assignments produced by another student
or writer, or putting sentences or ideas originally expressed
by someone else into a paper without noting their source. At
the graduate level, you ought to have mastered the ability to
properly distinguish in writing between your own and other writers’
ideas using quotations, paraphrase, and in-text citation of