The Idea of the Classic in
English 560, Spring 2008
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Monday, 1:002:30, 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: ClassicIdea @
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 pages.
- 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 encouraged.
- 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
- 28 Jan.:
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- 4 Feb.:
- Aristotle, Poetics;
Art of Poetry.
- 11 Feb.:
- John Milton, Paradise
Lost, front matter and books IIII; Richard
Bentley's edition of Paradise
Lost, Preface and Book I; Samuel Johnson, selections
Life of Milton.
- 18 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.
- 25 Feb.:
- Dryden, The
Æneis of Virgil, books I and IV; Alexander Pope,
Iliad of Homer, book I.
- 3 March:
- Jonathan Swift, The
Battle of the Books; Alexander Pope, An
Essay on Criticism.
- 10 March:
- Alexander Pope, The
Rape of the Lock.
- 17 March:
- No Class: Spring Break.
- 24 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 Due.
- 31 March:
- Alexander Pope, Preface
to The Works of Shakespear; Nahum Tate, King
Lear (also in PDF
format); Samuel Johnson, "Drury-Lane
Prologue," selections from the Preface
to Shakespeare, and notes
on King Lear; Elizabeth Montagu, Introduction
to An Essay on the Writings and Genius of
- 7 April:
- Henry Fielding, Joseph
Andrews, books I and II.
- 14 April:
- Fielding, Joseph
Andrews, books III and IV.
- 21 April:
- William Henry Ireland, Vortigern
Authentic Account of the Shaksperian
- 28 April:
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus
- 5 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 Paper Due.