English 630: Donne and Herbert 

Dr. Michael Bryson
Sierra Tower 832
818-677-5695
michael.bryson@csun.edu
 

Course Description
 

Assignments
Each student will do 3 assignments. 

1) A presentation/summary of an article, or book chapter relevant to the work of this course (Luther, Calvin, Plato, Plotinus, Donne and/or Herbert and God or Love or ?, Donne and/or Herbert and Plato, Donne and/or Herbert and Neoplatonism, etc.). The summary--though not the article or chapter itself--should be printed and distributed to the class the day it is to be presented. These will start week 3, and continue through week 12 (1-2 presentations per week). Excellent sources for journal articles include JSTOR (http://www.jstor.org/), Project Muse (http://muse.jhu.edu/), and Academic Search Elite (http://library.csun.edu/restricted/ebsase.scr). These databases must be accessed from the CSUN campus, or from off-campus with your activated library card bar code ID and last name.

2) A conference length paper (8 pages), to be distributed
to the rest of the class in advance, and presented in-class during weeks 13-15.

3) A longer, article-length paper (15-20 pages), based on the conference-length paper.

Statement on Academic Dishonesty
Plagiarism is a serious offense that will be treated seriously. Please read the CSUN policy
here.
 

Weekly Preview
Week 1 (1/31)--Introductions
Week 2 (2/7)--Luther, Bondage of the Will (62-86, 97-108, 273-320)
Week 3 (2/14)--Calvin, The Institutes (Book III, Chapters xxi-xxiv, pages 202-258)
Week 4 (2/21)--Off, Instructor out of town.
Week 5 (2/28)--
Plato, Symposium (plus discussion of the Allegory of the Cave and the Simile of the Line from books 7 and 6 of the Republic), Phaedrus
Week 6 (3/7)--
Plotinus, The Enneads (selections)
Week 7 (3/14)--The Ladder of Love (from Book 4 of Castiglione's The Courtier) (look for the section that begins with the margin note
The Courtier a lover
)
Week 8 (3/21)--Donne, Songs and Sonnets

Week 9 (3/28)--Donne, Elegies
Spring Break
Week 10 (4/11)--Donne, Anniversaries
Week 11 (4/18)--Herbert, The Temple
Week 12 (4/25)--
Herbert, The Temple
The course will culminate in a series of conference-style symposiums: 
Week 13--(5/2) Research Presentations (5-7 papers of no more than 15 minutes reading length--8 pages, distributed in advance to the rest of the class)
Week 14--(5/9) Research Presentations (5-7 papers of no more than 15 minutes reading length--8 pages, distributed in advance to the rest of the class)
Week 15--(5/16) Research Presentations (5-7 papers of no more than 15 minutes reading length--8 pages, distributed in advance to the rest of the class)

Reading List
(All readings will be available either at the Campus Bookstore or will be distributed by the instructor.)  

1) John Donne--The Major Works: including Songs and Sonnets and Sermons (Oxford World's Classics), ISBN: 019284041X
2) George Herbert--The Complete English Poems (Penguin Classics) ISBN: 0140424555
3) Plato--Essential Dialogues of Plato (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) ISBN: 159308269X
4) Plotinus--The Enneads: Abridged Edition. (Penguin), ISBN: 014044520X
5) Martin Luther--The Bondage of the Will (Revell) ISBN: 0800753429
6) John Calvin--Institutes of the Christian Religion (Wm. B. Eerdmans) ISBN: 0802881661
7) Various other readings provided by instructor