English 1406 Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

1406-FW01 - Tuesdays @ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM; BAC 206, &
1406-FW02 - Thursdays @ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM; BAC 203
Critical Reading and Writing

Dr. Richard Cunningham
BAC 431
585-1345
Email: provided in class
Office hours: T, Th, ~12:00 - 2:00, & by appt.

A pdf version of this Course Outline

 

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory

We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

 

Class Requirements: Students are required to bring a fully charged laptop or tablet, and a pen and 8 1/2" x 11", preferably lined, paper to every class meeting.

 

September

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 1
 
Sept. 9
& 14
A) Introductions.

B) The importance of the course webpage, including how to use it.

C) Literary genres.
1) Expectations.

2) Academic writing as argument.

3) Parts of speech.
When something is due, its date is indicated in this column.

Read the Purdue OWL’s advice on Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing.

Read Mortimer J. Adler, “How to Mark a Book”, then print off and read
Stephen King, “Reading to Write”. Follow Adler’s advice when you read King’s essay, then submit your marked up version for a reading test grade next week. Be sure to put your name on the top of the first page.

 
 
 
 
Week 2
 
Sept. 16
& 21
Historical Overview
Writing instruction:

1) Sentences.

2) OWL: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing.
Reading test on “How to Mark a Book,” and marked-up version of “Reading to Write” is due.

Read the UAGC’s page on Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing

 Read Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex for next class.

 
 
 
 
Week 3
 
Sept. 23
& 28
Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
Writing instruction:

1) Sentences.

2) The argument: Why we argue, and
What we don't argue about.

3) Introduction to rhetoric.
Reading test on Oedipus Rex

October

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 4
 
Oct. 5
& 7
Introduction to rhetoric continued.
I recommend you get started reading Beowulf.

 
 
 
 
Week 5
 
Oct. 12
& 14
Erin Patterson: Finding, identifying,
and using scholarly sources.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Week 6
 
Oct. 19
& 21
Beowulf
 
Reading test for Beowulf

 
 
 
 
Week 7
 
Oct. 26 & 28
Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Miller’s Tale”
 
Reading test for “The Miller’s Tale”

November

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 8
 
Nov. 2 & 4
Philip Sidney, Defence of Poetry
 
 

 
 
 
 
Week 9
 
Nov. 9 & 18
Excerpt from The Faerie Queene

Read the “Letter to Ralegh,” and Book I, “The Legend of The Knight of The Red Crosse, Or of Holinesse.”
 
Reading & Comprehension test on The Faerie Queene

 
 
 
 
Week 10
 
Nov. 23 & 25
Shakespeare, Sonnets:
Sonnets 1, 2, and 20

Aemilia Lanyer, excerpts from Salve Deus Rex Judeorum

John Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: “Meditation 17”

-----. “The Flea,” “Holy Sonnets 10 and 14”

George Herbert, The Temple: “The Collar,” “The Altar,” “Easter Wings”
 
First-term paper due.

 
 
 
 
Week 11
 
Nov. 30
& Dec. 2
 
Reading test on Everyman & Faustus

Read the assigned novel, Every Man Dies Alone, over the Christmas break.

December

 
 
 
Read the assigned novel, Every Man Dies Alone, over the Christmas break.

January

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 12
 
Jan. 11 & 13
John Milton:
sonnets, & excerpts from Paradise Lost
 
 

Week 13
 
Jan. 18 & 20
John Donne, Meditation XVII

The Essay:

Francis Bacon: TBD

Joseph Addison: TBD

Samuel Johnson: TBD

Some contemporary examples: TBD
 
 

Week 14
 
Jan. 25 & 27
The Short Story:

Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants”
 
 

February

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 15
 
Feb. 1 & 3
Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada
 
 

Week 16
 
Feb. 8 & 10
Every Man Dies Alone
 
 

Week 17
 
Feb. 15 & 17
Every Man Dies Alone, Hans Fallada
 
 

 
 
 
 

March

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 18
 
Mar. 1 & 3
 
 

Week 19
 
Mar. 8 & 10
Poetry of the Romantics: Charlotte Smith, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Felicia Hemans, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley
 
 

Week 20
 
Mar. 15 & 17
Later 19th-century poetry:

Browning, “My Last Duchess”

Rossetti, “Goblin Maket”

Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott”
 
Second-term paper due.

Week 21
 
Mar. 22 & 24
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
 
 

Week 22
 
Mar. 29 & 31
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Modernist Art & Poetry
TBD
 
 

April

Date

Reading

Writing

Things Due

 
 
Week 23
 
Apr. 5 & 7
Review