The Idea of the Classic in
English 560, Spring 2005
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Monday, 3:30-4:30, and by appointment (appointments
Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).
E-mail: jlynch @
andromeda.rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).
Listserv: classic @
andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).
- Written Assignments: There will be two argumentative
and analytical papers, the first of eight to ten pages, the
second either a new paper of eight to ten pages, or
an expansion of your first paper to fifteen to twenty
- Annotated Bibliographies and In-Class Reports: You'll
be expected to give a brief presentation on one day's reading,
and to present a short annotated bibliography on the topic. Be
prepared to distribute a short bibliography of relevant
criticism, and to begin class with an oral report of no more than
ten minutes. The report should begin with a very brief
discussion of the annotated bibliography you've prepared, giving
a quick overview of the major scholarship on the topic (don't
just read the bibliography!). Thereafter, the topic is
anything relevant to the day's reading material. A good report
will raise as many fruitful questions as possible and get
discussion rolling. Anything that will help handouts,
short readings for the rest of the class is welcome and
- Readings: Check it out: it's possible to spend no
money at all for the readings for a graduate class. How cool is
that? All the readings will be available on-line on the World
Wide Web. For easily available works too long to print or read
on-screen (Paradise Lost, &c.), you're encouraged to
find your own edition.
Schedule of Class Meetings
- 24 Jan.:
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- 31 Jan.:
- Aristotle, Poetics;
Art of Poetry.
- 7 Feb.:
- John Milton, Paradise
Lost, front matter and books I-III; Richard Bentley's
edition of Paradise
Lost, Preface and Book I; Samuel Johnson, selections from
Life of Milton.
- 14 Feb.:
- Milton, Paradise
Lost, books IV and IX; John Dryden, selections from The
State of Innocence; Joseph Addison, selections from The
Spectator; William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and
Hell, plates 4,
Percy Bysshe Shelley, selections from A
Defence of Poetry.
- 21 Feb.:
- Dryden, The
Æneis of Virgil, books I and IV; Alexander Pope, The
Iliad of Homer, book I.
- 28 Feb. :
- Jonathan Swift, The
Battle of the Books; Alexander Pope, An
Essay on Criticism.
- 7 March:
- Alexander Pope, The
Rape of the Lock.
- 14 March:
- NO CLASS:
- 21 March:
- John Dryden, selections from An
Essay of Dramatick Poesie; John Dryden and William
Tempest; or, The Enchanted Island (also in PDF
format). FIRST PAPER
- 28 March:
- Alexander Pope, Preface
to The Works of Shakespear; Nahum Tate, King
Lear (also in PDF
format); Samuel Johnson, notes
on King Lear.
- 4 April:
- Samuel Johnson, "Drury-Lane
Prologue" and selections from the Preface
to Shakespeare; Elizabeth Montagu, Introduction
to An Essay on the Writings and Genius of
- 11 April:
- Henry Fielding, Joseph
Andrews, books I and II.
- 18 April:
- Fielding, Joseph
Andrews, books III and IV.
- 25 April:
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus
- 2 May:
- John Keats, "On
First Looking into Chapman's Homer," "On
Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again," "To
Homer," "On Seeing the
Elgin Marbles for the First Time," "Ode
on a Grecian Urn." SECOND