|English 610 - 01
Term: Spring 2002
Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m. R
Room: Bliss 145
Prof. G. Steinberg
Office: Bliss 216
Office Phone: 771-2106
Office Hours: 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. TF
and by appointment
Larry D. Benson, et al., eds., The Riverside Chaucer (ISBN 0395290317).
COURSE DESCRIPTION. In this course, we will read the entire Canterbury Tales in its original Middle English. As we read each tale, we will examine current scholarly discussion about it, reading criticism by some of the most interesting and influential Chaucer scholars today. Our goal in the course, besides the straightforward enjoyment of Chaucer’s wit and artistry, will be to familiarize ourselves with (and to situate ourselves within) the critical dialogue about Chaucer’s tales.
REQUIREMENTS. This course has the following requirements:
- significant participation in class and/or on the message board for class,
- seven 2-page response papers that react to one of the scholarly essays we are reading for class (graded Pass/Fail), and
- a seminar paper of 15-20 pages (not including notes and bibliography), on a topic of your choice, with appropriate research.
These three requirements will all be of roughly equal weight in terms of your final grade for the course. Each response paper must react to a scholarly essay that I have assigned for class and must be submitted to me at the beginning of the class meeting at which we are scheduled to discuss that particular essay. I recommend that you do most of your response papers early in the semester in order to give yourself more time toward the end of the semester for work on your seminar paper. Be advised also that you will need your TCNJ e-mail username and password in order to access and participate on the message board.
ATTENDANCE. Regular attendance is a virtual necessity for successful completion of this class. Class discussion constitutes important, useful preparation for your seminar paper, and your participation in class is a significant part of your required work for the course. If you positively must miss class, I expect you to find out what you missed and to come fully prepared -- without excuses -- to the next class meeting.
OFFICE HOURS. My office is Bliss 216. My office hours this semester will be 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you cannot see me at this time, please, feel free as needed to call my office (771-2106) or to talk to me before or after class to arrange an appointment at another time. You may also contact me by e-mail (email@example.com), or you may leave a message for me in my box at the English department offices in Bliss 124. E-mail is generally the fastest way to contact me in an emergency.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES. I may, on occasion, want to e-mail everyone in class. I generally only have access to your TCNJ e-mail addresses, however. As a result, if you regularly use an e-mail address other than your TCNJ address, I recommend that you have mail from your TCNJ address forwarded to the address you use more regularly. That way, if I e-mail your TCNJ address, my message will be forwarded to your other address. To forward mail from your TCNJ address, just go to http://managemail.tcnj.edu/ and click “Mail Forwarding Manager.” Follow the directions there to set up the mail forwarding.
If you would like to send an e-mail message to anyone or everyone in class, you can do so through SOCS. To access SOCS, go to http://socs.tcnj.edu and, after you have logged in with your TCNJ e-mail username and password, choose this course (ENGL 61001) from the drop-down menu. Then, when our course page comes up, click the “Email” tab. From there, you can select individual e-mail addresses or the entire class and send a message to the addresses you’ve selected.
You must also use SOCS to access the message board for class. Once logged into the SOCS system and into our course, click the “Discussion” tab. From there, you can read, post, and reply to messages on the message board. As part of your required participation in class, you should check the message board and contribute to it regularly throughout the semester.
COURSE SCHEDULE. This schedule is subject to revision at the discretion of the professor. I recommend that you check this online syllabus regularly over the course of the term for changes and updates (which will be indicated in red).
|R Jan 24||
|R Jan 31||
|R Feb 7||
|R Feb 14||
|R Feb 21||
|R Feb 28||
|R Mar 7||
|R Mar 14||NO CLASS -- SPRING BREAK|
|R Mar 21||
|R Mar 28||
|R Apr 4||
|R Apr 11||
|R Apr 18||
|R Apr 25||
|R May 2||
|Finals Week||Seminar Paper DUE|