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ENG 3513
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Schedule of Assignments and Readings

The current schedule of assignments and readings is reproduced below. The professor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials.

Unless instructed otherwise, each week’s assignments are due at the start of class on Monday.

Week 1 (13 & 16 January)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 1: Seaton (due on Thursday).
Reading Due
• Course Syllabus.
• Seaton, “Introduction” (due on Thursday).
In Class
• Syllabus and Policy Review.
• Overview of Critical Theory.

Week 2 (23 January)
MLK JR. HOLIDAY: NO CLASSES 20 JANUARY
Assignment Due
Reading Response 2: Plato or Aristotle.
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 1: Plato and Neoplatonism”.
• Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I.
• Plato, Ion.
• Aristotle, Poetics.
In Class
• Platonism, Neoplatonism, and Aristotelian readings of Hamlet.

Week 3 (27 & 30 January)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 3: Sidney or Shelley.
Reading Due
• Sidney, A Defence of Poesy.
• Shelley, A Defence of Poetry.
• Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II.
In Class
• Comparing the Defences of Sidney and Shelley.
• Neoplatonism in Hamlet.

Week 4 (3 & 6 February)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 4: Wordsworth.
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 2: Romanticism and Modernism”.
• Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III.
• Wordsworth, “Preface” from Lyrical Ballads.
In Class
• Wordsworth and English Romanticism.
• Romanticism in Hamlet.

Week 5 (10 & 13 February)
Assignment Due
Mid-Term Paper Draft.
Reading Response 5: Tate.
Reading Due
• Tate, “The Man of Letters in the Modern World“.
• Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV.
In Class
• Contrasting Romanticism with Modernism.
• Modernism in Hamlet.

Week 6 (17 & 20 February)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 6: Schmitt or Horkheimer and Adorno.
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 3: Theory and Cultural Studies”.
• Schmitt, “Hamlet or Hecuba: The Intrusion of the Time into the Play.”
• Horkheimer and Adorno, “The Culture Industry” from Dialectic of Enlightenment.
• Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act V.
Shadow and Light, 483-486 (Czeslaw Milosz).
In Class
• Structuralism and Hamlet.
• Cultural Studies, Marxism, and the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz.

Week 7 (24 & 27 February)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 7: Eagleton, Said, or Butler.
Reading Due
• Eagleton, “How to Read a Poem” from How to Read a Poem.
• Said, “Connecting Empire to Secular Interpretation” from Culture and Imperialism.
• Butler, “Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire” from Gender Trouble.
Shadow and Light, 449-452 (Tennyson) and 461-466 (Dickinson).
In Class
• New Historicism and Postcolonialism in the poetry of Tennyson.
• Feminism in the poetry of Dickinson.

Week 8 (2 & 5 March)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 8: Arnold.
Mid-Term Paper (due on Thursday).
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 4: Aristotle and the Humanistic Tradition”.
• Arnold, “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time“.
Shadow and Light, 481-482 (W. H. Auden), 487-488 (Dylan Thomas), and 521-522 (Dana Gioia).
In Class
• Humanism in the poetry of W. H. Auden and Dylan Thomas.
• Humanism in the poetry of Dana Gioia.

Week 9: SPRING HOLIDAY – NO CLASSES (9-13 March)

Week 10 (16 & 19 March)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 9: Brooks.
Reading Due
• Brooks, “What Does Poetry Communicate” and “The Heresy of Paraphrase” from The Well-Wrought Urn.
Shadow and Light, 469-476 (Gerard Manley Hopkins and C. S. Lewis).
In Class
• New Criticism in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
• New Criticism in the poetry of C. S. Lewis

Week 11 (23 & 26 March)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 10: Wilson.
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 5: Edmund Wilson and Lionel Trilling”.
• Wilson, “Uncomfortable Casanova” from The Wound and the Bow.
Shadow and Light, 431-434 (George Herbert).
In Class
• Aesthetic criticism and the poetry of Herbert.
• Modern critical moves and Hamlet.

Week 12 (30 March & 2 April)
Assignment Due
• Reading Response 11: Trilling.
Reading Due
• Trilling, “Literature and Power“.
Shadow and Light, 453-460 (Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti).
In Class
• Aesthetic criticism and the poetry of Browning.
• Aesthetic criticism and the poetry of Christina Rossetti.

Week 13 (6 April)
EASTER HOLIDAY: NO CLASSES 9-10 APRIL
Assignment Due
End-of-Term Paper Draft.
Reading Response 12: Ellison.
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 6: Democracy, Popular Culture, and Ralph Ellison”.
• Ellison, “The Little Man at Chehaw Station“.
Shadow and Light, 61-70 (Frederick Douglass).
In Class
• Democracy, Popular Culture, and The Life of Frederick Douglass.

Week 14 (13 & 16 April)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 13: Baldwin.
Reading Due
• Wikipedia, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin“.
• Baldwin, “Everybody’s Protest Novel“.
• Langston Hughes, selected poems.
In Class
• Democracy, Popular Culture, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
• Democracy, Popular Culture, and the poetry of Langston Hughes.

Week 15 (20 & 23 April)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 14: Seaton.
Reading Due
• Seaton, “Chapter 7: Literary Criticism, the Humanities, and Liberal Education”.
Shadow and Light, 419-422 (Shakespeare) and 435-438 (John Milton).
In Class
• Post-Critique and the poetry of Milton.
• Post-Critique and the sonnets of Shakespeare.

Week 16 (27 April & 30 April)
Assignment Due
Reading Response 15: Bloom.
End-of-Term Paper (due on Thursday).
Reading Due
• Bloom, “The Student and the University” from The Closing of the American Mind.
Shadow and Light, 417-418 (Middle English Lyrics).
In Class
• Using Modern Theory on Mediæval Texts.
• Post-Critique and the Future of Critical Theory.

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