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Syllabus for English 395

Milton, Blake, and Frankenstein: Explorations in Literary and Digital Methods

Spring 2016


Monday, January 25

First day: introductions and course outline

We will go over the syllabus and course policies first, then discuss today's readings. Please come to class well prepared for that discussion.


Wednesday, February 3 (note the date!)

  • John Milton, Areopagitica

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): John Milton

Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) list of readings is required, while the second (more indented) list of readings is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, Areopagitica is a required reading, while the biographical piece is recommended for exploration but are not required.

First assignment (earlier in the week): go to our PWeb discussion board and post a brief self-introduction in the forum labeled for that purpose. This will help us get to know each other and also confirm that everyone can post on the blog.

Second assignment: by the usual deadline of midnight on Sunday, post your weekly response to our PWeb discussion board.


Monday, February 8

  • Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 1-4

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, February 15

  • Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 8-10, 12

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, February 22

  • Milton, Samson Agonistes

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, February 29

  • TBD: critical or theoretical readings chosen in response to the conversations we have had so far

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, March 7

  • Readings on eighteenth-century aesthetics, especially sublimity

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, March 14

  • TBD: reading about and working with digital methods to approach Milton's writing

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Wednesday, March 16

FIRST PAPER DUE
BY EMAIL TO BOTH PROFESSORS
BY MIDNIGHT

Please copy the text of your paper into the body of the email as well as attaching the file that we will print and read.


SPRING BREAK


Monday, April 4

  • William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Europe a Prophecy, and Visions of the Daughters of Albion

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): William Blake

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, April 11

  • Blake, Milton a Poem

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, April 18

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.


Monday, April 25

  • Andrew Goldstone and Ted Underwood, "The Quiet Transformations of Literary Studies: What Thirteen Thousand Scholars Could Tell Us"
  • "Blake and Digital Making: A Critical Cluster," a collection of articles from Essays in Romanticism

Assignment: post your weekly response by midnight on Sunday.

In class, we will discuss the articles for the first segment, then turn to text mining databases of criticism.


Monday, May 2

Today we will continue our discussion of text mining critical articles, adding our primary sources to the mix.

Your preparation for the day will be to continue working on your final paper research. We will spend the latter part of class preparing for the final paper proposal meetings that happen later this week.


Wednesday to Friday, May 4-6

FINAL PAPER PROPOSAL MEETINGS
WILL HAPPEN LATE THIS WEEK


Monday, May 9

Come to class today with FOUR COPIES of a) a draft of an important paragraph (perhaps the introduction or conclusion) of your final paper and b) a list of three key questions or issues you are facing in writing the paper. We will discuss these materials in small groups today.


Wednesday, May 18

FINAL PAPER DUE
BY EMAIL TO BOTH PROFESSORS
BY NOON

Please copy the text of your paper into the body of the email as well as attaching the file that we will print and read.

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