TR 9:30-10:45, K-219
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kristin Pruitt
OFFICE: Barry Hall #223
TELEPHONE: 321-3339 (office); 278-8570 (home)
OFFICE HOURS: TR 8-9:15; W 10-12; or by appointment
TEXT: The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, ed. Alastair
Dover Thrift ed., John Milton, Selected Poems
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An examination of the works not only of well-known poets of the seventeenth century such as John Donne, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, John Milton, and Andrew Marvell, but also of two early modern women poets, Aemilia Lanyer and Lady Mary Wroth, whose works provoke reconsiderations of the canonical works of their male counterparts and encourage investigation into how gender affects voice and genre.
Tentative Course Outline
1/11-1/18: Introduction to course and historical background, influences
1/20-2/15: John Donne, George Herbert
2/17-2/22: Aemilia Lanyer
2/17: Paper # 1 due
2/24: Reading Day: no class
2/29: Midterm Exam
3/2: Mary Wroth
3/16-3/30: Ben Johnson, Robert Herrick
4/4-4/18: John Milton, Andrew Marvell
4/25-4/27: Richard Crashaw, Henry Vaughan, Robert Carew, John Suckling, Richard
4/25: Paper #2 due
Paper #1 (15%)
Paper #2 (25%)
Midterm Exam (25%)
Final Exam (25%)
Attendance, participation, and daily exercises (10%)
I use a 10 point grading scale (90-100=A; 80-89=B; etc)
I will hand out a list of poems by each poet well in advance and will announce each day which poems we will be considering during the following class period. You will be expected to have read the assigned works and to be able to discuss them.
Regular attendance (mandatory) and participation; I expect you to be in class on time, since late arrivals disturb those already present. Excessive tardiness will be treated as class absence. Excessive absences will result in a lowering of your grade, and if you miss more than six classes, you will fail the course. If you miss a class, you are responsible for checking with me or a classmate about missed work and/or changes to this syllabus. All written work must be submitted by the due date, unless you have spoken with me in advance. Late papers will be penalized one letter grade. Daily assignments cannot be made up.
Plagiarism, taking the work of others and offering it as one's own,
includes the use of another's ideas or writings without proper acknowledgement,
turning in a paper not one's own, or handing in an assignment containing
work copied from someone else. Plagiarism is a major breach of the responsibility
of students and scholars and is unacceptable in any community of learning.
Any assignment that contains plagiarized material will be failed.