ENGL 5324: 501

Tim Morris

Modern Lyric Spring 2003

6-9 PM Tues 201 Carlisle Hall

office hours: by appointment only

office phone: metro 817-272-2692

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

prerequisites: ENGL 5300, unless you've just been admitted to graduate school this semester

required texts: Ellman & O'Clair, Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, 2nd. edn.(1988); Nick Hornby, High Fidelity (Riverhead, 1996). Both are paperback. Here's the main primary reading list. There will also be a course packet.

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/5324s03/5324index.html

course description: This course is about modern English-language lyric poetry and popular song. Our primary material will range chronologically from Thomas Hardy to Philip Larkin or, if you prefer, from Irving Berlin to Irving Berlin. We will not aim at coverage of major authors or periods. Instead, we'll learn about, and generate, various problems for the study of lyric: perhaps including, but not limited to, how lyric intersects with memory, music, gender, elocution, form and formalism, performance, interpretation, rhetoric, figurative language, pedagogy, sexuality, semiotics, politics, linguistics, and genre.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have read and thought about modern lyric poetry and lyric theory, will have examined some of the problems inherent in studying "high" literature and popular culture side by side, and will have written an academic book review and a professional paper. We will hopefully also achieve some things that we can't foresee, which is a good definition of a course in the liberal arts.

drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 11 April.

assignments: one academic book review (1500 word maximum); one substantial professional paper (approximately 20-30 pages). Due dates are in the schedule below. In mid-to-late April, each student will give a seminar report on their work towards the professional paper.

grading: The grade on the book review is purely diagnostic. Your grade on your final paper will be your course grade.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at noel@uta.edu You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp

schedule of assignments and readings

criticism readings (with exceptions as noted) are in the Course Packet. All meetings are on Tuesdays.

14 Jan: Ten minutes ago I met you. Guest moderator: Chris Murray. Read our lyric canon whenever you can before or during the semester.

21 Jan: Thrills I can't define. Read: Herrnstein Smith, "The Exile of Evaluation," Olson, "On Value Judgments in the Arts"

28 Jan: The melody lingers on. Read: Hornby, High Fidelity, Burke, "Literature as Equipment for Living"

4 Feb: The way you wear your hat. Read: Shklovsky, "Art as Technique," Wimsatt & Beardsley, "The Affective Fallacy," Friedwald, "Lady Day and Lady Time"

11 Feb: Each day is Valentine's Day. Read: Friedwald, "My Funny Valentine," Lees, "William and Harold and How to Write Lyrics," Housman, "The Name and Nature of Poetry" (on handout only), Whitehead, from John Henry Days

18 Feb: My attention fix. Read: Adorno, "On Lyric Poetry and Society," DuPlessis, "Corpses of Poesy," Aviram, "Lyric Poetry and Subjectivity" (on website only), Jeffreys, "Ideologies of Lyric"

25 Feb: Soul clap its hands. Read: Yeats, in Ellmann & O'Clair (138-188), MacNeice, "Crazy Jane," Olson, "Sailing to Byzantium"

4 Mar: Rhythm has its seasons. Read: Herrnstein Smith, " Poetry and Speech," Jeffreys, "Songs and Inscriptions," Barry, "The Enactment Fallacy"

11 Mar: Book Review Seminar


25 Mar: It seems to me I've heard that song before. For this meeting, you must memorize and recite a lyric. Read: Richards, "The Poetic Experience," de Man, "Semiology and Rhetoric," Rubin, "They Flash upon that Inward Eye"

1 Apr: 'S wonderful. Read: Wilder, "George Gershwin," Rosenberg, "I Got Rhythm"

8 Apr: Can't you see what you mean to me? Read: Gadamer, "Language as Determination of the Hermeneutic Object," Iser, "Indeterminacy and the Reader's Response," Riffaterre, "The Poem's Significance"

15 Apr: Seminar papers

22 Apr: Seminar papers

29 Apr: Course evaluations; seminar papers

6 May: professional papers due by 9pm to avoid X grade.


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