English 3311: John Milton
|Dr. Mark Womack||Spring 2015|
Roy Cullen 235B
MW 7:00-8:00 (& by appointment)
|T/Th 8:30–10:00||Agnes Arnold Hall 208||#19634|
(Norton Critical Edition)
Jason P. Rosenblatt, ed.
(Norton Critical Edition)
Gordon Teskey, ed.
You should attend all of every class. Be in class on time with your reading done and your text in hand. I don’t take roll, but I don’t take kindly to students who skip class or arrive late either. It is your responsibility to find out, from your classmates, what you missed when you are not in class.
You will write ten Analytical Observations on texts discussed in class and two Essays that focus on reading Milton’s language closely. The Final Exam will be in essay format and will be comprehensive. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a zero. I never assign extra credit or make-up work. I discuss grades only in private, and only forty-eight hours (at least) after I have returned an assignment.
You may not use cell phones in class. Keep your cell phone turned off and out of sight from the moment the class starts until the moment it ends. Every time I see or hear your cell phone during class, I will deduct ten points from your Final Average. (Notify me before class begins if there is an emergency situation that absolutely requires you to leave your cell phone on.)
Laptops & Tablets
You may use your laptop or tablet computer only for taking notes, accessing the class website, or other specifically class-related work. If you use it to IM, e-mail, play games, shop, or any other such activity during class, you lose ten points from your Final Average and forfeit your right to bring the device to class for the rest of the semester.
You will submit your Essays, and Final Exam on-line through Blackboard Learn: http://www.uh.edu/blackboard/
I will make all course materials — including the syllabus, assignment sheets, handouts, and so on — available on the class website: drmarkwomack.com/engl-3311/
|Numerical Values of Letter Grades|
|A+ (100–97)||A (96–93)||A- (92–90)|
|B+ (89–87)||B (86–83)||B- (82–80)|
|C+ (79–77)||C (76–73)||C- (72–70)|
Schedule of Readings & Assignments
Review of instructions, policies, and syllabus
|Th 1/22||Assignment for Essay 1
“On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity” (3–13)
|T 1/27||English Sonnets: 7, 13, 18, 19, 20, and 23 (79–90) and “Milton’s ‘How Soon Hath Time’” (472–84)|
|Th 1/29||“The Passion,” “On Time,” “Upon the Circumcision,” “At Solemn Music,” and “On Shakespeare” (19–24)|
|T 2/3||“L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso” (25–34)|
|Th 2/5||A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle [Comus] (37–68)|
|T 2/10||A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle [Comus] (37–68)|
|Th 2/12||“Lycidas” (69–75)|
|T 2/17||Areopagitica (333–80)|
|Th 2/19||Paradise Lost, book 1 (2–26)|
|T 2/24||Paradise Lost, book 1 (2–26)|
|Th 2/26||Paradise Lost, book 2 (26–55)|
|T 3/3||Paradise Lost, book 3 (55–76)|
|Th 3/5||Paradise Lost, book 4 (77–105)|
|M 3/9||ESSAY 1 DUE|
|T 3/10||Assignment for Essay 2
Paradise Lost, book 4 (77–105)
|Th 3/12||Paradise Lost, book 5 (105–32)|
|T 3/24||Paradise Lost, book 6 (132–58)|
|Th 3/26||Paradise Lost, book 7 (158–77) and Genesis 1 (307–08)|
|T 3/31||Paradise Lost, book 8 (177–95)|
|Th 4/2||Paradise Lost, book 9 (196–229) and Genesis 1 (310–11)|
|M 4/6||Last Day to drop a course or withdraw with a “W”|
|T 3/31||Paradise Lost, book 9 (196–229)|
|Th 4/2||Paradise Lost, book 9 (196–229)|
|T 4/14||Paradise Lost, book 10 (229–59)|
|Th 4/16||Paradise Lost, book 11 (260–84)|
|T 4/21||Paradise Lost (284–303)|
|Th 4/23||Samson Agonistes (153–204) and Judges 13–16 (451–57)|
|M 4/27||ESSAY 2 DUE|
|T 4/27||Samson Agonistes (153–204)|
|Th 11/27||Review for Final Exam|
|T 5/12||The final will be available on Blackboard Learn all day on May 12.
You will have three hours to complete the exam.
On the honor system, you may use your text books during the exam but no other materials.
Your instructor, Mark Womack, reserves the right to amend any policies listed here with sufficient written and verbal notice.