Tentative Schedule

n          Those marked * are not in our textbook.   

Wk

Date

Period & Genre

Author/text

Techniques/Theme

Assignments

1

09/14

Introduction: The Pleasures of Fiction

1. What is Literature

e.g. “The Sound Collector”

2. Ref. “Fiction: Understanding the Text” (p. 50-)

Chopin, Kate “The Story of an Hour” (1894, p. 353-)

Elements of Fiction

n  Family Relations

Assignment 1. annotation ("A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings")

2

09/21

1.     3. Gabriel García Márquez "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” (1961 p. 271-)

 

Class discussion: Plot summary, show and tell

Plot, Character, Theme

n  The Supernatural

Assignment 2. annotation (“A&P”)
quiz, discussion

3

09/28

 Teacher’s Day

 

4

10/05

 4. Updike, John --“A & P” (1961 p. 589-)

 

Class discussion: style (slang and jargon); point of view

Point of View

n  American small town

  quiz, discussion

Assignment  3. journal (“Araby”)

5

10/12

 

5. Joyce, James “Araby” (1905, p503-)

 

Class discussion: figurative language; comparison

Setting, Imagery and Symbol

n  Initiation,

 Assignment 4. annotation + one ¶ response  (“A Rose”)
quiz, discussion

6

10/19

6. Faulkner, William “A Rose for Emily” (p.391-)

Critical Contexts: William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (p.389)

Class discussion: Is Emily Guilty?  A Debate or Court Trial

Over-all Review on Fiction

Preparing for the Essay Exam
quiz, discussion

 

7

10/26

 

Exam. 1: on Fiction  

Introduction to Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Ref. “Drama: Understanding the Text” (p. 1125-)

 Story vs. Drama

Assignment 5 (In-Class Report). character analysis

8

11/02

Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion ACT1

Pygmalion. Act I and Act II. (pp. 11-37)

Class discussion:   Character, Accent, symbol

Theme: Class Mobility, Interaction and Language

Assignment 6(In-Class Report) creative adaptation

9

11/09

Pygmalion Act II & III (pp. 38-71)

Class discussion:   1. Creative Adaptation or Performance

2. Language and society

Theme: Education, Class Distinction and Manners
1. Theatre Basics, Pygmalion 3

Assignment 7(In-Class Report): setting and stage direction

10

11/16

 

Pygmalion. Act III-IV (pp. 71-87; please start to read Act V)

Class discussion:  1. Music, Set and Prop

   2. Film and literature

Theme: Class Distinction, Battle of Will and Self-Transformation
Pygmalion 3

Assignment 7(In-Class Report): Theme and Presentation

11

11/23

Pygmalion  Act V and Postscript

Class discussion: 1. Theme and Presentation

  2. Social Contexts: Theirs and Ours

Theme: Pygmalion and Romance

Pygmalion 4; Conclusion

Preparing for the exam on Drama & Rehearsal

12

11/30

Exam. 2: on Drama & Rehearsal

 

 

13

12/07

 

Mini Play Contest ( Instructions)

n  Identity: somebody/nobody

Assignment 8. Annotation + one paragraph analysis of 2 poems (due 12/12)
Journal on Group Work (due 12/14)

 

14

12/14

 

Poetry I: Tone, Sound and Line Pattern

Brooks, Gwendolyn “We Real Cool” (p684)
Dickinson, Emily “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?”(p422-424)
Whitman, W.        “A Noiseless Patient Spider” (1862-63)*
Rich, Adrienne  “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” (1951 p. 660)*
R. Hayden “Those Winter Sundays” (1962 p. 796)

 Poetry and Songs for Pleasure:
Lyn Lifshin “My Mother and the Bed” (1999)
Cowboy Junkies “Musical Key”

Class discussion   Paraphrase and poetic language

n   Self Identity and Parent-Child Relations

n   Tone, Sound and Line Pattern

Assignment 9. annotation + comparison
1
(quiz included)

15

12/21

Poetry II: Imagery and Metaphor; Poetic Form (1)

P. Larkin     “Days” *
E. Bishop    “Sestina”(p. 829)
S. Plath        "Metaphors" (1960)*
E. Dickinson     “Because I could not stop for Death--”*

Dylan Thomas “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” (1999 p. 827)
Poetry and Songs for Pleasure:
 “Ironic” (ref)
Auden “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” (p. 609)

Class discussion   Paraphrase and Analysis

n   Life, Birth and Death

n   Imagery and Metaphor; Rhyme and Rhythm

1, quiz

16

12/28

Poetry III: Rhyme and Rhythm

D. Walcott             “Earth”*
Dickinson, Emily "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass" (1866 p. 790)
W. Whitman "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" (1865)*
W.H. Auden  "Musee des Beaux Arts" (1938, p. 859)
Stevens, Wallace  “Anecdote of the Jar” (1923 p. 1043)

Poetry and Songs for Pleasure:
Bob Dylan " Mr. Tambourine Man" (799; video)
Don McLean “Starry Night”

Class discussion   Paraphrase and Analysis

n   Art and Nature

n   Rhyme and Rhythm

Assignment 10. Journal (with a main argument; on any group of poems we have read)

1, 2, quiz

17

01/04

 

Poetry IV: Poetic Forms (2)

Cummings, e. e. “anyone live in a pretty how town” *
---  “l(a” (p. 844)
Frost, R.    “Mending Walls” (1914 p. 886)*
Pound, E.    "In a Station of the Metro" (1916 p. 936)
Hughes, L   "Harlem" (1951 p. 635)
Szymborska, WislawaThe Terrorist, He Watches”(1981)*

Poetry and Songs for Pleasure:
 Suzanne Vega “Tom’s Diner”

 Class discussion   Paraphrase and Dramatization (Creative Adaptation)

n  Self and Modern  Society

n  Open form

  1, Conclusion, quiz

18

01/11

 

Exam. 3: On Poetry

Final Week