Comparative Literature 30B
Major Works of European Literature: Renaissance to Neoclassical

Lecture time and location: MTW 12:30-1:55, Phelps 3515

Enroll by section enrollment codes: 01313, R 11-12:20; R 01321, 12:30-1:50. All sections meet in Phelps 1445
Instructor: James Donelan
Office: 2702 South Hall
Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 10-11, or by appointment.

Books: The books listed below are available in the UCen bookstore. The links are to more detailed descriptions of the books on, and should not be considered endorsements of any commercial enterprise. Please use the editions designated below so that instructors can refer to specific pages and passages.

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140449302

Margarite de Navarre, The Heptameron
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 014044355X

Lope de Vega, Three Major Plays: Fuente Ovejuna/the Knight from Olmedo/Punishment Without Revenge
Publisher: Oxford Press
ISBN: 0192833375

William Shakespeare, The Sonnets
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140714537

Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
Publisher: Hackett
ISBN: 0872204200

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0141439491

Mozart/da Ponte, The Marriage of Figaro
Publisher: Riverrun Press
ISBN: 0-7145-3771-3

Course Requirements:
Students must attend all lectures and discussion sections. The amount of reading expected for each class meeting varies; students are urged to plan their reading schedules carefully. Students will write two five-page essays, a midterm, and a final, along with a brief prospectus for each essay.

Grades will be determined as follows:

The essays will be critical interpretations of a work or works examined in the course, using proper MLA citation style and scholarly secondary sources where appropriate. The midterm will examine the works and lectures from the first half of the course. The final will be a comprehensive examination of the entire course with emphasis on the second half. Paper topic suggestions, course policies, lecture outlines, and other materials will be posted on the course web site.  In addition, keep in mind the following:


8/4 The Study of Literature; Introduction to Boccaccio Notes
8/5 Boccaccio, Decameron: I, Prologue, 1-3; II, 4-7; III, 1, 2, 8-10; IV, Prologue, 1, 2, 5 (Numbers in the assignments for the Decameron refer to day, story, i.e. I, 1 is first day, first story.) Notes
8/6 Boccaccio, cont.: V, 1, 6-8; VI, 1, 5, 7, 10; VII, 2, 9, 10; VIII, 1, 7, 8 Notes

8/11 Boccaccio, cont.: IX, 1, 5, 6; X, 7, 9, 10, Conclusion, Epilogue. Notes
8/12 Marguerite de Navarre, Heptameron: Prologue, 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 21, 24, (Numbers in the assignments for the Heptameron refer to the number of the particular story.) Notes
8/13 de Navarre, cont.: 30-32, 35, 38, 40, 45, 49, 56, 57, 64, 67 Notes

8/14 First essay due in section. Topics

8/18 de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna Notes

8/19 Shakespeare, Sonnets 1-3, 15, 17, 18, 57, 58, 60, 64, 66, 81, 84, 105, 116, 121, 130, 135, 138, 154 Notes
8/20 Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy Notes

8/26 Swift, Gulliver's Travels Parts I and II Notes
8/27 Swift, Gulliver's Travels Part IV Notes

9/1Labor Day
9/2 Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (libretto) Notes
9/3 Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (opera) Notes

9/4 Second essay due in section. Topics

9/8 Mozart, continued. Notes Opera showing
9/9 Conclusions and Final Review Notes
9/10 Final Examination