Instructor: Mr. John
Masterworks of English Literature
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About English 205
English 205, Masterworks of English Literature, is a sophomore-level course
devoted to the study and appreciation of about nine acknowledged master writers of British literature.
The course includes writers from all periods of English literature, including the medieval period (Chaucer), the Elizabethan Age (Shakespeare), the seventeenth century (Milton), the Restoration and eighteenth century (Pope), the Romantic period (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats), the Victorian period (Dickens), and the twentieth century (Yeats, Conrad, Joyce, and Eliot).
The course stresses literal comprehension of
literary works and the critical thinking processes by which readers form
evaluative and aesthetic opinions regarding such works. Along the way, I hope
to demonstrate the emotional and intellectual pleasures (or
jouissance) of reading and the relationships between the worlds
depicted in literature and the world we call real life.
About this Site
The buttons at left represent links to the major categories of this site.
Course Policy and Syllabus each represent one
document and detail the academic requirements and the sequence of reading
assignments for the semester. Quizzes will collect the
questions given in pop quizzes throughout the semester (in most cases, without
the answers), along with other pertinent questions regarding the literature;
its purpose is to provide students questions that may help them in reviewing
the material for the exams.
Handouts will be a collection of, well, handouts
otherwise would have been photocopied and distributed to students. These will
provide students additional information about certain topics relevant to the
study of literature. Finally, Resources will be a collection
of links to additional sources of information on the Internet, such as literary
research tools, text archives, and author information sites.
About the Instructor
I have been a graduate instructor of English at the University of Mississippi
since 1992. I have also taught at Clemson University. I hold a B.A. (1988) and
M.A (1991) in English from Clemson and currently I am completing a Ph.D. in
English at the University of Mississippi. My research interests include
Southern Literature, especially William Faulkner, and
English Romantic Literature (my M.A. thesis, Shelley, Dante, and Romantic
Irony, is about Percy Bysshe Shelley).
Other professional interests include nonfiction writing, especially journalism,
and composition theory and instruction, particularly as it regards the use of
computer and communications technology.
For more biographical and professional information, read the relevant sections
at my World Wide Web home
page. For information on how and when to reach me this semester, look at
the course policy.
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