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Modern British Literature
Calendar for Class Discussion & Exams ("Path 1")

"When they had serious physical fights, they were so evenly matched
that the fights went on forever . . ." (60).

Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (1997)




for pre-class "points of reflection," click on the color bar above each day's readings

Date
Readings: Path I
Topics
Mon, Jan 3

Introduction & Thomas Hardy
T. Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush" (Dec 31, 1900), handout
T. Hardy's “The Convergence of the Twain” (1912; 1912), handout
T. Hardy’s “Channel Firing” (April 1914; 1914),
handout
T. Hardy’s “In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’” (1915; 1916), handout

  • overview: logistics, course guidelines, etc.
  • mini-lecture: Modernism
  • discussion: thematic touchstone (violence)
Love, Sex, and Enlightenment
Wed, Jan 5

Love, Sex, and Enlightenment
The Rainbow (1915), chps 1-3 (5-95)

  • logistics: Blackboard, Path 2 groups, office visits
  • format: instructor-led discussion of PORs
Marriage as Warfare
Mon, Jan 10

Marriage as Minefield
The Rainbow (1915), chps 4-8 (96-237)
"Why the Novel Matters" (1936), online

  • format: roundtable discussion of PORs
A Sense of Self
Wed, Jan 12

A Sense of Self
The Rainbow (1915), chps 9-12 (238-350)


  • format: outlining & argumentation exercise
  • mini-lecture: a brief biography of D. H. Lawrence
Mon, Jan 17

NO CLASS: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

 

The Bildungsroman
Wed, Jan 19 The Bildungsroman
The Rainbow (1915), chps 13-16 (351-494)
Jorgette Mauzerall's "Strange Bedfellows: D. H. Lawrence and Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory in The Rainbow" (2001) pdf
student-led discussion of student-generated questions
exam #1 (10%): multiple choice, true/false, short answer questions (45 min.)
  • exam: 45 minutes
  • format: student-led discussion of student-generated questions
Coming of Age in Dublin
Mon, Jan 24

Coming of Age in Dublin
Joyce's "Araby” (1905; 1914), 29-35
Joyce's "Eveline" (1904, 1914), 36-41
Joyce's "Clay" (1904; 1914), 99-106
Joyce's “A Painful Case” (1907; 1914), 107-17

  • pre-class clip:
  • format: small group responses to literary critcism--argumentation exercise
Into Death or Life?
Wed, Jan 26 Into Death or Life?
Joyce's "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages" (1907) pdf
Joyce's "The Dead" (1907; 1914), 175-224
assignment: list of ten Path 2 secondary sources (due Mon, 1-31-11)
  • topics: Path 2 essays; term paper; assigned bibliography
  • format: lit. crit. & argumentation exercise
A Mad Art Attempting the Inconceivable
Mon, Jan 31 A Mad Art Attempting the Inconceivable
Conrad's The Secret Agent (1907): chps 1-5
assignment: annotated bibliography of five Path 2 secondary sources (due Mon, 1-7-11)
  • mini-lecture: life of Conrad
  • format: directed discussion of tone, character, madness
The Bottom of the Matter
Wed, Feb 2

The Bottom of the Matter
Conrad's The Secret Agent (1907): chps 6-9
“Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus” (1898) online


  • format: small group analysis of "points of reflection"
  • format: class discussion of Stevie's presence & role
A Domestic Drama
Mon, Feb 7

The Force of Insane Logic
Conrad's The Secret Agent (1907): chps 10-13
Paul Wake's "The Time of Death" (2007) PDF
Ludwig Schnauder's "The Materialist-Scientific World View in the Secret Agent" (2007) PDF

Review Session / 6-7:30 p.m. / bldg 10 rm 225 / overview of Modernist sensibilities and discussion of course-specific topics

  • focal points:
  • format:
Mon, Feb 7

EXTRA, OPTIONAL LECTURE: the Modernist period (an overiew) 6-7:30 p.m.

 

The Objective Correlative
Wed, Feb 9

The Objective Correlative
T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1910-11; 1915, 1917)
optional supplement:
"The Hollow Men" (1924-25; 1925)
Exam #2 (10%): essay w/ 3 options (75 min.) in bldng 35 rm 216A

The Mythic Method
Mon, Feb 14

Tradition and The Mythic Method
T. S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1919), online
T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" (1922)

Redemptive Modes
Wed, Feb 16

Redemptive Modes
T. S. Eliot's "The Hippopotamus" (1920) online
T. S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi" (1927), Longman 2539
T. S. Eliot's "Burnt Norton" (1935; 1935, 1943) from Four Quartets

  • focal points: conversion, the Church, faith, transcendence
  • format: directed discussion
The Window
Mon, Feb 21 Feeling Life Rather Sinister
V. Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927), "The Window"
class meets on Tuesday, Feb. 22
  • focal points: community, Time, love, marriage
  • format: directed discussion
Death as Art
Wed, Feb 23

Death as Art
V. Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927), "Time Passes"
Rupert Brooke’s “The Soldier” (1914; 1916) pdf (for this & other WWI poems)
Siegfried Sassoon’s “Glory of Women” (1917)
S. Sassoon's "'They'" (1919)
S. Sassoon’s “Everyone Sang” (April 1919)

W. H. Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” (1938; 1940)

  • focal points: violence, suffering, God,
  • format: directed discussion
The Lighthouse
Mon, Feb 28

Artistic Vectors
V. Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927), "The Lighthouse"
Exam #3 (
15%): essay (10%) and multiple choice, true/false, short answer questions (5%) in bldng 35 rm 216A

 
The Celtic Revival
Wed, Mar 2

Yeats and the Celtic Revival
"The Celtic Element in Literature" (1897), pdf
"The Song of the Happy Shepherd" (1889), 7-8
"The Stolen Child" (1886, 1889), 18-19
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (1890; 1890), 39
"When You Are Old" (1893), 41
"Adam's Curse" (Nov. 1902; 1902, 1903), 80-81
“No Second Troy” (1908; 1910), 91
term paper conferences begin and extend through Wednesday, Mar. 9th

  • mini-lecture: Yeats's life & times
  • themes: "truth"; myth & fantasy; beauty; love & desire; the artistic process
The Mythic Method
Mon, Mar 7

Yeats, Myth, and Symbol
"Magic" (1901), pdf [skim--don't worry about reading the whole]
"The Symbolism of Poetry" (Feb. 1900), pdf
"The Moods" (1895), pdf
"The Wild Swans at Coole" (1916; 1917), 131-32
"A Prayer for My Daughter" (1919; 1919, 1921), 188-90
"The Folly of Being Comforted" (1922), 78
“Sailing to Byzantium” (1926; 1927, 1928), 193-94
“Leda and the Swan” (1923; 1924, 1928), 214-15
"Blood and the Moon" (1933), 237-39
"Byzantium" (1933), 248-49
"The Mother of God" (1933), 249
"Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop" (1933), 259-60
"Long-Legged Fly"(1939, published 2-3 months after his death in Jan. 1939), 339

  • slideshow running in background: Yeat's life
  • mini-lecture: Yeats' style and poetics
  • small-group exercise: poetry and Mad Libs
  • image-laden slideshow: to accompany discussion of "Leda and the Swan"
  • themes: the artistic process; age & entropy; violence
Irish Political Life
Wed, Mar 9

Yeats & Irish Political Life
"Ireland and the Arts" pdf
"September 1913" (1913; 1913), 108-109
"Easter 1916” (1916; 1916), 180-82
“An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” (1919), 135
"Meditations in Time of Civil War" (1928), 200-206
print out and bring path 2 essays and essay exams w/ Dr. M's comments

  • mini-lecture: Irish identity & history
Fri,
Mar 18
TERM PAPER due at midnight
(send Word file via email)
 

 


"Death in the Sickroom" (1895)
Edvard Munch

 


Dr. Paul Marchbanks
pmarchba@calpoly.edu