Poetry by the Book, 1557-1645
(Topics in Renaissance Poetry)
Professor Sean Keilen
phone: 215 898 5864
Office: Bennett Hall 221
Office hours: Thursday 10-12 A.M.
Professor Daniel Traister
Phone: 215 898 7088 (voicemail: 7089)
Office: 6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Office hours: call or email in advance
NOTE: Readings not found in the texts above will be distributed either via Blackboard or by photocopies handed out in class.
The success of this course depends entirely on your willingness to be engaged by the material and by each other. You need to keep up with the reading and to read carefully, but you also need to be adventurous about the interpretations that you offer. Take risks, draw connections, ask questions, and do not despair in the face of complexity. Above all, talk to one another during our class meetings. We will facilitate discussion and suggest some broader historical and cultural contexts for the material that we are reading, but the direction and momentum of our conversations is for you to determine.
We regard class participation as a very serious matter, and it will count for one-fifth of your final grade; that is to say, you will receive a letter grade for the contributions that you make to our discussions. You must arrive promptly for each class, and we do not permit unexcused absences. Habitual lateness and/or more than one unexcused absence during the semester will result in the deduction of one-third of a letter grade from your final grade. Two or more unexcused absences before the end of the drop period will cause you to be dropped from the class. Five unexcused absences during the semester will result in a failing grade for the course.
The formal work for the seminar consists of four written assignments: three short papers (1250 words) on topics that we devise (you'll be able to choose among several each time) and a longer paper (2500-3000 words) on a topic that you devise in consultation with us. All written assignments must be submitted at the beginning of class on the relevant due date (or by noon if due on a day class does not meet). No extensions will be granted without an appropriate excuse from the College Office or Student Health Center. Unexcused late work will receive a failing grade.
It is your responsibility to be familiar with the relevant sections of the University's Code of Academic Integrity. Inevitably, your work will be collaborative in the sense that it will draw on and respond to the work of scholars and students. But your work must also be original in the sense that its central ideas, questions, or ways of considering problems are your own. Acknowledge your intellectual debts. Any student who commits academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade for the course.
Your final grade will be determined according to the following proportions:
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