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LITR 3301: Literary Studies
Genres & Perspectives  

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Spring 201X, Bayou

Prometheus Unbound


Meeting Days 7-9:50pm Bayou 2235

Instructor: Craig White   

Professor White's Coursesite

Office: Bayou 2529-8 Office Hours:  4-7 Tuesdays & by appointment

Phone: 281 283 3380    Email:


Instructional Materials

Course Policies

UHCL Writing Center

Model Assignments

This semester's assignments

midterm & research plan (20-30%)
(4 March)

2 research posts (30-40%)
(due 19-26 March and 9-20 April)

final exam (25-35%)
(after 29 April)

student presentations & participation

discussion leader

poetry reader

web review / outside text

Final Grade Report

Attendance policy: You are expected to attend every scheduled class meeting but are permitted one free cut without comment or penalty. More than one absence jeopardizes your status in the course. If you continue to cut or miss, drop the course. Even with medical or other emergency excuses, high numbers of absences or partial absences will result in a lower or failing course grade.







Introductory class

Lyric Poetry

Formal Verse

Free Verse

e e cummings, "Who's most afraid of death . . . ?"

William Carlos Williams, "This is just to say . . . "

Herbert, "The Altar"

Donne, "Batter my Heart"

Shelley, "Hymn to Apollo"

Whitman, "A Noiseless, Patient Spider"


Brooke, "Dust"

Hardy, "The Oxen"

Williams, "How Calmly . . . "

Housman, "Into my Heart"

"Fern Hill"

"Fern Hill" with notes

Burns, "A Red, Red Rose"

Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

Henley, "Invictus"

Levine, "He Would Never . . . "

O'Hara, "My Heart"

Oliver, "Wild Geese"

Williams, "Plums"

Williams, "To Elsie"

Yeats, "When You Are Old"

Larkin, "This be the Verse"


Cullen, "For a Poet"

Terrance Hayes, "The Blue Terrance"

Hughes, "Harlem" and "Dream Variation"

Hughes, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

Claude McKay,"Harlem Shadows"

Claude McKay, "If We Must Die"


Jimmy Santiago Baca, "Green Chile"

Gary Soto, "Mexicans Begin Jogging"


Dickinson, "White Heat"


Walcott, "Crusoe's Island"

Walcott, "Crusoe's Journal"

Blake, "The Tyger"

Donne, Batter my Heart


Edgar Allan Poe, "Descent into the Maelstrom"




formal verse

free verse

Whitman, "A Noiseless, Patient Spider"


Shelley, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Marvell, The Coronet


Wit / Humor

Comic Theory

Greek poets and philosophers

2 streams of Western Civilization




History of English

classic, popular, and representative literature

Stephen King National Medal of Arts

Civil Disobedience

History & Nature of Language

narration cartoons




Reading & Presentation Schedule, spring 20xx

(fall 2012 syllabus) (fall 2010 syllabus ) (2002 syllabus)

No Required Textbooks--all texts online


John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)

Daniel Defoe, Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)

Selections by Enlightenment writers incl. Locke, Hume, Smith, Swift, Franklin, Jefferson

U.S. Constitution

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790; selections)

Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (1791-2; selections)

Percy Shelley, Prometheus Unbound (1819)


The Federalist Papers

Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God; Personal Narrative; Note on Sarah Pierpont; "Of the Rainbow" & "Of Insects"

Benjamin Franklin, Remarks on the Savages of America; from the Autobiography, proverbs / aphorisms

John Winthrop (1587-1649), A Model of Christian Charity (Boston Puritans; excerpts)

Thomas Jefferson on religion

Thomas Paine, from The Age of Reason,

Phillis Wheatley, "On Imagination"


Sermon Selections of George Whitefield

The Great Awakening & The Second Great Awakening

John Adams, letter on southern preaching

Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer (1782)



 Salem Witch Trials 




Reformation & Counter-Reformation; Religion as War & Exaltation

Neo-Classical Style of Architecture

Seventeenth Century (1600s); Baroque; Enlightenment, Deism (Franklin Autobio 19, 32), The Greak Awakening; irony

Seventeenth Century (1600s)

Reformation & Counter-Reformation; Religion as War & Exaltation


Web review: Baroque music  Web Reviewer:

gothic and sublime


Jupiter Hammon, "An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries"


 Adam Smith, from The Wealth of Nations (1776)

David Hume, "On Miracles" (1748)

The Declaration of Independence (and its echoes) + Texas Declaration of Independence

U.S. Constitution, Articles of Confederation,  

The Quaker Page

Romantic Era (late 1700s-early 1800s)

Romantic Music 

 Enlightenment / Romantic visual art


Pilgrim's Progress (1674); Robinson Crusoe (1719); epistolary novel: Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740)

Frankenstein (1818) (>ch. 11) cf. Clithero & Weymouth; Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Rip Van Winkle  (1819)




St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, 1572
Assassinations and Mob Violence killing thousands of French Protestants
painting by Francois Dubois (1529-84)

Bernini, St. Teresa in Ecstasy (1647-52), Rome

The Enlightenment or Age of Reason
& the Scientific Revolution (late 1600s-late 1700s)

Transition from the 1600s to 1700s, from Religion / Revelation to Enlightenment / Reason

Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
(Neo-Classical Style of Architecture)

John James Audubon (1785-1851)

^examples of Neo-Classical or Enlightenment art^



Tracy K. Smith, "Don't you Wonder, Sometimes?"


Terrance Hayes, "The Blue Terrance"


Terrance Hayes, "Derrick Poem (The Lost World)"


Claude McKay, Two Poems from Harlem Shadows


Randall Jarrell, "90 North"