British Literature


From Course Expectations:

"Juniors in this survey course will take a brief look at British literature backwards: from modern day back to Shakespeare and beyond. Everybody will engage with pieces of writing in a variety of manners: from reader-response to close reading and literary criticism. Throughout the year, students will be exposed to a variety of writers, including both canonical and modern ones. Both poetry and prose will be studied; however, the short story form as well as poetry will be emphasized most."

P.S. Students will be happy to know that in the second edition of the textbook, I took out lectures on Beowulf, Cronin's Hatter's Castle, Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, Golding's Lord of the Flies. I also plan to devote more time to modern writing and thus sacrifice Defoe, but we'll see.

We're moving online!
(for the foreseeable future)

So, as the title suggests, we will not be meeting in room #26 (or room #17 if you're in 11B-2) starting 10/19/2020. All the assignments will be posted in Google Classroom. The instructions for submissions are also there. We are going to move forward with our usual VPQ homework. I will be helping you with the material on weekly Zoom meetings as I used to. Additionally, I have office hours: they are by appointment on Zoom. Since I work at school part-time, I will be able for office hours mostly on Wed or Fri. However, provided extenuating circumstances, I shall be glad to accommodate other times.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please reach out to daniil [dot] ozernyi [at] gmail [dot] com!

Taught at Collegium #16 Fall-Spring 2020-21 (four sections: 10A-1, 10A-2, 10B-1, 10B-2)

Required texts:

  • British Literature, 2nd Ed. (2020) by Daniil Ozernyi and Olha Sierostanova

  • a copybook or a notebook of your own choosing

Assessment criteria

In-class Discussion (max 6 points, 2 discussions combine to form one discussion grade)

You get

  • 1 you present a distraction to others or negatively affect class in other ways.

  • 2 if you did not open your mouth a single time.

  • 3 if your contributions are limited by "yes/no/maybe," and alike.

  • 4 if you contribute only marginally. You didn’t read the text, but you googled what it was about. You don’t ask meaningful questions or interpret the reading.

  • 5 if you contribute but ideas are not supported by the text. You might just say one thing or two, but then disengage from the conversation. You may repeat points that were already made, dominate discussion.

  • 6 if you positively enrich discussion with deep questions and/or interpretations of the readings. You quote text. You listen carefully and respond to others’ ideas perceptively. You do not dominate the discussion.

Homework: Vocabulary (max 3 points)

You get

  • 1 if you did not write anything.

  • 2 if you forgot definition(s), part of speech, or sentence.

  • 3 if you completed every part.

Homework: Paragraph (max 6 points)

You get

  • 1 if you did not write anything.

  • 2 if you wrote a paragraph, but it was impossible to understand because of grammatical/lexical mistakes, or your writing was irrelevant to the reading.

  • 3 if your writing had little to do with the text, or you did not analyse language, did not express your view on precise points, your writing is generic with the main point hard to discern.

  • 4 if your writing contained some ideas, but did not focus on one. Instead, it seemed to be a number of sentences piled together. The main point might be not discernible.

  • 5 if your writing was fine, but you wrote too little, or there is not enough analysis in your writing, or there are gross (significant) mistakes.

  • 6 if you did a great job, and your work is completed well.

Homework: Question (max 3 points)

You get

  • 1 if you did not write anything.

  • 2 if you had a question, but it was factual.

  • 3 if you did a great job and your question was good.

Complete reading list: short prose

Complete reading list: poetry