JOURNALS FOR E335 VICTORIAN LITERATURE (UPDATED 3/28/08)
Word-processed journal entry sets will be due by email on the respective dates below. Please respond to the specified amount of study questions for each author. Numbers in parentheses mean "respond to any x number of study questions total on this author." For example, "Carlyle (5 questions)" means "respond to whichever four questions you prefer among those available on the Carlyle questions page." See the syllabus for the journal requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.
Wk 10 (04/03) Set 2: Ruskin (4 questions) | Newman (3 questions) | Arnold (4 questions) | Darwin (2 questions) | (E335_Huxley|Huxley)) (2 questions) | Browning (3 questions) | Rossetti, D.G. (2 questions) | Rossetti, C. (4 questions) | Morris (2 questions) | Swinburne (2 questions).
Turning in Sets. Please word-process journal sets. Email your journal sets sometime during the day they are due, and label the message subject line logically: as in "E211 Journal 1, Jane Smith." (You can use attachments, or simply cut-and-paste your entries. Combine each set's entries into one document -- do not send a separate file for each author.) Label the authors and questions. Please don't send more than one complete journal set (if late) in the same message, and don't combine a message containing your journal set with, say, a paper draft or other important item -- things get "electronically misplaced" that way. EXPECT AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM ME -- IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE ONE WITHIN 3 DAYS OF THE DUE DATE, I HAVEN'T RECEIVED YOUR JOURNAL.
Late Journal Sets. They are acceptable, but will receive a maximum grade of B. You cannot turn in more than one late set at the end of the semester. In other words, it is not acceptable to write up three complete journal sets and turn them in late in the semester. That defeats the whole point of keeping a journal.
How to Respond. Responses will vary in length to suit the questions. Many responses will require a short paragraph. There's no need to respond exhaustively -- just thoughtfully. The study questions should help you develop ideas for papers, participate in discussions, and learn more from class sessions. Here is a sample response (from another course) to a question on Montaigne's Essays:
7. On 2652-53, Montaigne recounts how he met three Brazilians who bravely returned with Europeans to the Old World. What does he indirectly suggest about the possibility of genuine communication between cultures? And how do you interpret the manner in which Montaigne choose to end his essay on cannibalism? (He concludes with, "All this is not too bad -- but what's the use? They don't wear breeches.")
The Brazilians see what's corrupt and unnatural about the court of Charles IX, and they have "a very long talk" with Montaigne. But he seems dubious about the chances of Europeans appreciating Brazilian virtues. The ending seems flippant -- Montaigne is suggesting that the Brazilians' manner of dress (something trivial, if understood rightly) trumps anything we might be able to learn from them in terms of morality, character, or intelligence. By implication, he's asking, "what's the use of even writing about this stuff? -- my European readers aren't going to change their ways for the likes of these natives." Good advice from such outsiders isn't going to overturn the inherent bias of the distinction between "civilized versus uncivilized."
How Journals are Graded
A: all journal sets turned in complete and on time; responses are specific and consistently thoughtful -- neither vague remarks nor simple yes/ no statements.
B: all journal sets turned in (for the most part on time), but incomplete in terms of numbers or quality of response. Or all turned in, but mostly late.
C: one journal set missing, but all others completed satisfactorily and on time. Alternatively, all sets turned in, but responses show little effort to understand the texts.
D: two or more journal sets missing, and/or responses clearly not thoughtful enough to suggest serious engagement with the texts.
F: student has failed to turn in any journal sets. Anyone who does this would probably have to earn an "A" in all other components (presentation/s, final exam, paper/s) just to pass the course. Not a good idea.