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English 406: English Literature II

Spring 2005

Bowman 220

Dr. Stan Galloway

Bowman 304

Hours: 10-11, 2-3:30 MWF and by appointment




Joyce, James. The Dead Ed. Daniel R. Schwarz. Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s, 1994.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2. Ed. M.H. Abrams et. al. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 1999.

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ed. Donald L. Lawler. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1987.

Reserve Books:

Bowen, Elizabeth. The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco, 1989.

---. “The Demon Lover.” Collected 661-66, Ivy .

---. Elizabeth Bowen’s Irish Stories. Chester Springs, PA: Dufour, 1994.

---. “Her Table Spread.” Collected 418-24, Irish

---. Ivy Gripped the Steps. New York: Knopf, 1946.

Mann, Chris. “Is This the Freedom for Which We Died?” Mann Alive! Cape Town : David Philip, 1992.

---. “Saying Goodbye to the Romans.” Heartlands. Pietermaritzburg : University of Natal Press, 2002.

Reserve Videos:

Beckett, Samuel. Krapp’s Last Tape. (46 min.)

Doyle, Arthur Conan. “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” (52 min.)

Kipling, Rudyard. The Man Who Would Be King. (129 min.)


To acquaint students with the Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods on British literature, to introduce them to its historical and philosophical basis upon, and to require students to think critically about these ideas.

Course Requirements
Critical Essays:

  1. Essays will be typed, double-spaced, on one side of the page only.

  2. Essays will be turned in flat. Do not use plastic covers or binders; use only a staple or paper clip to hold the paper together.

  3. Late essays will be penalized 15 points for each day late.

  4. Grade of essays will be lowered for technical errors.

  5. The essay must be at least 1500 words, excluding the works cited page, and conform to current MLA documentation guidelines.

  6. A minimum of one primary and one secondary source is required.

  7. The first essay will deal with a work from the Romantic or Victorian period; the second will address either The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Dead from a specific critical approach.


Quizzes will be taken online prior to the class period when the work is discussed. Specific dates will be noted in class or by e-mail.

You are expected to attend class. Students involved in sanctioned school functions will make arrangements prior to the class period missed, allowing enough lead time to complete any assignments that may need to be done. Though no absence is beneficial to you, you will be allowed 4 absences before grade reduction occurs; one letter grade for each additional absence. If you believe your involvement in other activities will rob you of more than 4 days, consult with me immediately for alternate arrangements. A semester grade of “F” or “I” are the only grades possible after 7 absences.

Quizzes 10%

Papers 2 x 15%

Exams 4 x 10%

Final Exam 20 %

Jan 24 class introduction

26 Blake: “The Lamb” 45, “The Chimney Sweeper” 46-47, “The Chimney Sweeper” 52, “The Sick Rose” 52, ”The Tyger” 54, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” 72-82,

28 Wordsworth: “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” 235-38, “What is a Poet?” [from the Preface to Lyrical Ballads] 246-50, “Michael” 270-80, “My Heart Leaps Up” 285

31 Coleridge: “Kubla Khan” 439-41, “Frost at Midnight” 457-58, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” 422-38, chapter 14 from Biographia Literaria 478-83.

Feb 2 Mary Shelley: Frankenstein 907-69, view Frankenstein: The Making of a Monster in class

4 Frankenstein 970-1034

7 Byron: “Manfred” 588-621, from Don Juan 623-37 [through canto 127], Percy Shelley: “Ozymandias” 725, “To a Sky-Lark” 765-67.

9 Keats: ”On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” 826-27, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” 845-87, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” 851-53.

11 Exam

14 Tennyson: “The Lady of Shalott” 1204-08, “Ulysses” 1213-15, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” 1280-82,

16 Idylls of the King excerpts 1282-1304, “Crossing the Bar” 1304

18 Robert Browning: “My Last Duchess” 1352-53, “Fra Lippo Lippi” 1373-82.

21 “An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician” 1396-1402, “Caliban Upon Setebos” 1402-09 Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Sonnet 43 1180, “Mother and Poet” 1195-98; Arnold: “Dover Beach” 1492-93. First paper due.

23 Dante Gabriel Rossetti: “My Sister’s Sleep” 1578-79, Christina Rossetti: “Goblin Market” 1589-1601, Morris: “The Defense of Guenevere” 1606-14, Hopkins: “God’s Grandeur” 1651, “Spring and Fall” 1655-56 (CD track 11)

25 Exam

Mar 7 Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray, chapters 1-9

9 Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray, chapters 10-20

11 Wilde essays: Wilde excerpts (313-26), reviews and replies in the St. James Gazette (333-42), Oates’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray: Wilde’s Parable of the Fall” (422-31), and Lawlor’s “Keys to the Upstairs Room” (431-57).

14 Kipling: no reading, view The Man Who Would Be King on reserve.

16Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” online at http://www.onlineliterature.com/kipling/ jungle_book/8/ and “The Hyenas” 1893-94, Hardy: “”The Ruined Maid” 1938-39, “Channel Firing” 1944-45, Thompson: “The Hound of Heaven” 1857-61

18 Doyle: “A Case of Identity” online at http://sherlock-holmes.classic-literature.co.uk/a-case-of-identity/ and view “The Blue Carbuncle” (52 min.) on reserve

21 Shaw: Mrs. Warren’s Profession 1810-56

23 Exam

30 Conrad: “Heart of Darkness” 1957-2016

Apr 1 Yeats: “The Stolen Child” 2090-91, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” 2092-93 (CD track 14), “Sailing to Byzantium” 2109-10, “Leda and the Swan” 2110-11, “The Circus Animals’ Desertion” 2120-21

4 Thomas: “Rain” (2053); Sassoon: “’They’” (2055); Owen: “Anthem for Doomed Youth” (2066-67), “Dulce Et Decorum Est” (2069-70), “Disabled” (2071-72).

6 Joyce: “The Dead” 2240-68 or Schwarz 21-59

8 Joyce Essays: critical history, psychoanalytic criticism, Schwarz’s “Gabriel Conroy’s Psyche” (Schwarz 63-96, 102-124)

11 Joyce Essays: new historicism, Levenson’s “Living History in ‘The Dead,’” feminist criticism, Nottis’s “Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in ‘The Dead,’” deconstruction, Riquelme’s “For Whom the Snow Taps: Style and Repetition in ‘The dead’” (Schwarz 150-58, 163-85, 190-215, 219-33)

13 Lawrence: “Piano” 2347, “Snake” 2352-54, view “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” in class

15 Mansfield: “The Garden Party” 2423-33; Bowen: “Her Table Spread,” and “The Demon Lover” on reserve

18 Exam

20 Auden: ”Musee des Beaux Arts” 2505 (CD track 16), “The Shield of Achilles” 2511 (CD track 17), Thomas: “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” 2524,

22 Larkin: “MCMXIV” 2566 (CD track 20), “Aubade” 2570 (CD track 21), Walcott: “A Far Cry from Africa” 2580-81, “The Glory Trumpeter” 2582 (CD track 24), Hughes: “Pike” 2589 (CD track 26); second paper due

25 Heaney: “Digging” 2819-20, “The Skunk” 2825 (CD track 28), Station Island 12 2825-27;

27 Maclennan: “Poetry” and “An Open Window” online at http://www.bridgewater.edu/~sgallowa/235/2maclennan.htm, Mann: “Is This the Freedom for Which We Died?,” “Saying Goodbye to the Romans” on reserve, Wylie: “Secretly” online at http://www.unisa.ac.za/default. asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=13059 and “The Break-In” online at http://www.bridgewater.edu/~sgallowa/235/wylie-break.htm.

29 Brutus: “Leafdrift” excerpt online (scroll down) at http://www.geocities.com/joopbersee/db2.html , and “It is the Constant Image of Your Face” online at http://sunsite.wits.ac.za/holistic/brutus1.htm, Berold: “valley “ online at http://www.geocities.com/joopbersee/v.html and The stone says” online at http://www.geocities.com/joopbersee/m.html, McGrane: “The Puzzle” online at http://www.wah.org.uk/wah1/MichelleMcGrane/MichellePoems.htm and “Some Poems” online at http://www.geocities.com/joopbersee/mg10.html.

May 2 Review

  1. 8 a.m. final exam

Leadership Room Viewing

Man Who Would Be King (129 min.)

March 12 2 p.m.

March 13 8 p.m.

March 14 8 a.m.

Blue Carbuncle (52 min.)

March 17 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

March 18 8 a.m.
Krapp’s Last Tape (46 min.)

Apr. 16 2 p.m.

Apr. 17 8 p.m.

Apr. 18 8 a.m.
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