EN202– Survey of English Literature II

Dr. Gloria D. Bunnell – Instructor

Office – PA103B; Phone:  Office 329-7172

e-mail: gbunnell@muw.edu


Text:  The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th Ed. – Vol. 2


Course Content:  This course encompasses a survey of print and non-print texts which are representative of different periods of English literature from the eighteenth century to modern times and addresses the religious, ideological, and historical factors which contributed to the composition of these works commonly regarded as the masterpieces of English Literature.


Goals:  To promote the reading and comprehension of literature from the time period

             To create an awareness of that part of a student’s cultural heritage found in the

              literature of Great Britain

             To promote an appreciation for English literature and culture

             To encourage critical thinking and exploration of ideas

             To provide historic perspective on literature produced in this time period


Course Requirements:

1.      Three tests including the final exam will be given.  Tests will consist of short

answer, quotation identification, and discussion questions.  There may be some reading quizzes at the instructor’s discretion.  Make-up tests will only be allowed in the event of a dire emergency.  The final exam cannot be made up.  There will be no make-up quizzes.

2.      One critical response papers will be required for the course.  The

paper will be a response to a discussion question on one of the major works covered during the course provided by the instructor.  The paper will not require research.  One longer comprehensive essay will be due at the time of the final exam. 

3.  Reading responses in the form of a series of questions about the reading

assignments posed by the instructor will be required.  The purpose of the responses will be to help the student with comprehension and to facilitate classroom discussion.  The responses will be written on looseleaf notebook paper, either in class or out of class as assigned by the instructor.  They will be turned in to the instructor for evaluation and then returned to the student to be placed in a folder with brads to be turned in at the end of the term as part of the student’s final grade.  These responses cannot be made up.


Method of Evaluation:  Grades are assigned as follows:

                                         Exams – 25% each; Total – 75%

                                         Essays – 15%

                                         Responses – 10%


Grading Scale:  A=100-92, B=91-83, C=82-74, D=73-65, F=64

Attendance:    Students must attend 75% of the scheduled class periods.  Any absences after the 25% limit (5 days) will result in an automatic failure of the class.  Three tardies will constitute an absence.


1.      No student will receive credit for any course in which he/she is not properly


2.      This is a sophomore level literature class.  The student will be expected to read

      difficult material, to think about it analytically, to respond to it perceptively, and

      to produce writing that is grammatically correct, coherently structured, and

      reasonably substantial.

3.      It is the responsibility of students who have professionally diagnosed disabilities

to notify the instructor so that necessary and appropriate modifications can be made to meet any special learning needs.

      4.   Please make sure that all cell phones are turned off before entering the classroom.


Important Dates


August 19                     Last day to enter classes, change from audit to credit, and change from grade to pass-fail

September 1                 Labor Day Holiday

September 17               Last day a course may be dropped without receiving WP/WF

                                    or change from credit to audit

October 6, 7                            Fall Break

October 15                  Last day a course may be dropped

October 20                  Spring pre-registration begins

November 7                 Last day to withdraw from the university

November 26-29         Thanksgiving Break

























Romantic Period – August 13 – September 22:

            Introduction to Romantic Literature

William Blake – (Songs of Innocence and Experience) “Introduction” to Songs of Innocence, “Introduction” to Songs of Experience, “The Lamb,” “The Tyger”;

“The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence, “The Chimney Sweeper”    from Songs of Experience

            Robert Burns – “To a Mouse,” “To a Louse,” “Holy Willie’s Prayer,” “Tam


            William Wordsworth – “Preface to Lyrical Ballads,”  “Lines Written in Early

            Spring,” “Tintern Abbey,” “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” “Ode: Intimations on         Immortality”                          

Samuel Taylor Coleridge   Biographia Literaria (Chapter 14,  From Chapter 17),     “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Dejection: an Ode”

            Percy B. Shelley – “Ozymandias,” “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”

            John Keats – “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles,” “Ode to a Grecian Urn,” “La Belle

            Dame sans Merci”

            Test – September 22

Victorian Period – September 24 – October 20:

            Introduction to Victorian Literature

            Thomas Carlyle – From Past & Present , “Democracy,” “Captains of Industry”

            John Henry Cardinal Newman – “Idea of the University”

            Alfred, Lord Tennyson – “Lady of Shallot,” “Ulysses,” “Charge of the Light


            Elizabeth Barrett Browning – “Aurora Leigh” (Books I & II)

            Robert Browning – “Porphyria’s Lover,” “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister,”

            “My Last Duchess”

            Matthew Arnold – “Dover Beach

            Test – October 20

            October 22 & 24 – Essay Discussion

Modern Period – October 27 – November 24:

            Introduction to Modern Literature

            Thomas Hardy – “Darkling Thrush,” “The Ruined Maid,” “Convergence of the

            Twain,” “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave”

            Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness; Movie – Apocalypse Now

William Butler Yeats – “Easter 1916,” “The Second Coming,” “Leda & the


            Virginia Woolf – “A Room of One’s Own” (Chapter 3)

            James Joyce – “The Dead”; Movie – The Dead

            Dylan Thomas – “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”

            Seamus Heaney – “Punishment”

            November 24 – Essay Due

            Test – December 1  (FINAL EXAM) 8:00-11:00


The instructor reserves the right to alter this syllabus as deemed necessary.