ENG 560: Fall 2003




Class #8365 | Fall 2003

Instructor: Cajsa C. Baldini

August 20 – October 8, 2003 | Wednesdays, 5:00 – 10:30 PM , Gilbert HS.

Richter, David H. The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends.  
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.

August 20


August 27

The Classical Tradition

September 3

“The Long 18th Century”

September 10

  • Samuel Johnson, Preface to Shakespeare..
  • 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/) Read:
    - Of the Sublime
    - Sympathy
    - Imitation
    - Of the Effects of Tragedy
  • Introduction to Romanticism. Percy B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry
  • Film screening: Rowing with the Wind

September 17

Modern Trends

September 24

October 1

October 8

  • 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.

Course Policies

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 course.

Attendance & Participation                30%
Reading summaries                          25%
Oral presentation                                20%
Final Research Paper                    25%                

Classroom Protocol:
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.


  • Reading summaries: 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.
  • Final Research Paper: 15-20 p. More details on separate assignment sheet.
  • Oral presentation: An oral presentation of the research you have conducted for your final paper. 15-20 min. More details on separate assignment sheet.

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 source materials.

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