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Most sessions will feature one or more student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors or texts on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors or texts that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the choices you have made, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors or texts (Jane Austen, Hamlet, etc.), I may need to schedule you for something different.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the E335 QUESTIONS PAGE. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. As early as you can before the in-class presentation, email me a written draft of the remarks you plan to make about the author/question you've been assigned. This draft should be proofread and spell-checked; it should also be substantive and refer to the actual language of the text being discussed, with page numbers, act/scene/line, or verse lines provided as appropriate. Include a copy of the question above your response. For any subsequent presentations, email me a draft at least five days in advance and I will soon email you comments either suggesting how the presentation might be improved or affirming that what you've written sounds fine. If, however, my return comments on the draft you sent me (whether intended as rough or final) suggested revisions, email me a final version at least one day before you present in class, again making sure to include a copy of the question at the beginning of your draft.

Insightful responses are better than "answers". I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest. The office hour (or email consultation for second and subsequent presentations, if any) and "advance final draft" requirement is 30% of your grade for the presentation.

4. On the scheduled day and when we reach the appropriate point in our discussion, I will ask you to come to the front of the class and give the most up-to-date version of your presentation. Your presentation should take about five minutes. Some students prefer to read their comments lecture-style, while others prefer to depart from the full written version and speak from a separate outline. If you read from prepared remarks, how long should they be? I'll use my own pace as an example: I speak at an average rate of 130 words per minute when I read conference papers. So a 5-minute presentation would run 650 words. Tips: Read the question first, address the entire class, and remind us of page numbers when you quote. Speak firmly and slowly enough so that everyone can follow. It's best to avoid bringing technology such as Powerpoint into play given the presentations' brevity. But I am open to creative ideas. I will not grade your in-class performance closely -- it's easy to do well if you prepare in advance and make a good effort, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Please check the schedule below on this page to verify the current status of your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presented/Posted to Blog). If you see other notations as indicated below in "How I Evaluate Presentations," please contact me by email.


I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) meet with me or email me a timely advance final draft so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? and 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as a barren "answer" to a question set in stone? Students who do those two things will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. I am not going to grade presentations so much on "in-class" factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will use a color code on this page to indicate whether students have completed the requirements:

(Presentation completed)
(Presented in Class but no written version)
(Missed Presentation)
(Rescheduled Presentation)


If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a timely advance draft of your remarks (I usually print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the "in-class" portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a final advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author or text may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.


Below is a list containing four things for each session: the authors/texts we will discuss, the number of each study question I've chosen for discussion, the presenters' names, and the color-coded status of the presentation. The author hyperlinks below will take you to the relevant study questions pages -- they are the same pages from which you choose questions for your journal sets. *Please note that I may specify two questions rather than one (as in "12-13 combined") if I find that two short questions go together well.



Tu. 02/05. Thomas Carlyle. "Signs of the Times" (E-Text)

Carlyle No Presenters.

Th. 02/07. Thomas Carlyle. Sartor Resartus (1006-24), Past and Present (1024-33).

Carlyle No Presenters.


Tu. 02/12. John Stuart Mill. "What is Poetry?" (1044-51), from On Liberty (1051-61).

Mill Q. 02. Lisa Blair. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Mill Q. 08. Ty Brockington. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Mill Q. 09. Ryan Corry. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 02/14. John Stuart Mill. From The Subjection of Women (1061-70), from Autobiography (1070-77).

Mill Q. 15. Emily Clark. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Mill Q. 16. Heather Ridley. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Mill Q. 21. Hyrum Taylor. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 02/19. Alfred Tennyson. "Mariana" (1112-14), "The Lady of Shalott" (1114-18), "The Lotos-Eaters" (1119-23), "Ulysses" (1123-25).

Tennyson Q. 01 and 02 combined. Heather Ridley. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Tennyson Q. 04 and 06 combined. Kacie Wills. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Tennyson Q. 10 and 12 combined. Larry Duncan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Tennyson Q. 14-15 combined. Gloria Felix. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 02/21. Alfred Tennyson. From In Memoriam A.H.H. (1138-88): read at least the following: Prologue, Lyrics 1-3, 5, 7, 11, 14-15, 28, 34, 39, 54-56, 75, 108, 118, 123-24, 126, 130-31, Epilogue.

Tennyson Q. 23 and 24 combined. Khristina Marumoto. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Tennyson Q. 26 and 27 combined. Katherine Robinson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Tennyson Q. 39 and 41 combined. Brian Eberle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Tennyson Q. 54. Lauren McGovern. (Missed Presentation but posted to blog)


Tu. 02/26. Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Money (Stierstorfer 3-73).

Bulwer-Lytton Q. 02. Sarah Young. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Bulwer-Lytton Q. 12. Jeffrey Hunt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 02/28. Dion Boucicault. London Assurance. (Stierstorfer 77-143).

Journal Set 1 Due

Boucicault Q. 01. Morgan Pratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Boucicault Q. 05. Timothy Straus. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Boucicault Q. 13. Danielle Pratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/04. John Ruskin. From Modern Painters (1320-24), from The Stones of Venice (1324-34).

Ruskin Q. 02. Hyrum Taylor. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ruskin Q. 03. Rachel Hove. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ruskin Q. 05. Sarah Young. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ruskin Q. 06. Lauren McGovern. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/06. John Ruskin and John Henry Newman. From Ruskin's The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century, Lecture I (E-Text). From Newman's The Idea of a University (1035-42).

Ruskin Q. 11. Ally Heims. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Newman Q. 02. Ty Brockington. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Newman Q. 04. Larry Duncan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/11. Matthew Arnold. "The Buried Life" (1356-58); "Dover Beach" (1368-69); "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse" (1369-74); "Preface" to Poems (1374-84).

Arnold Q. 02 and 04 combined. Laurel Baltic. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Arnold Q. 09. Leland Buttle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Arnold Q. 14. Rachel Hove. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/13. Matthew Arnold. From "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (1384-97), from Culture and Anarchy (1398-1404).

Arnold Q. 19. Khine Han. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Arnold Q. 22. Larry Duncan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Arnold Q. 29. Ally Heims. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/18. Spring Break, No Classes.

Th. 03/20. Spring Break, No Classes.


Tu. 03/25. Charles Darwin and T. H. Huxley. Ch. 4 from Darwin's The Descent of Man (E-Text). Huxley's "On the Physical Basis of Life" (E-Text)

Darwin Q. 02. Jeffrey Hunt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Darwin Q. 05. Amy Gonzales. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Huxley Q. 01. Ryan Corry. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Huxley Q. 03. Danielle Pratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/27. Robert Browning. Robert's "Porphyria's Lover" (1252-53); "My Last Duchess" (1255-56); "The Bishop Orders His Tomb" (1259-62); "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" (1266-71), "Caliban upon Setebos" (1296-1303).

Browning Q. 01 and 02 combined. Katie Tanaka. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Browning Q. 03 and 04 combined. Hyrum Taylor. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Browning Q. 05 and 08 combined. Amy Gonzales. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Browning Q. 13 on "Childe Roland." Gloria Felix. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/01. Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. DGR's "The Blessed Damozel" (1443-47). Christina's Selected Poems: (1460-81): "Song -- She sat . . ." (1460-61); "Song -- When I am dead" (1461); "After Death" (1461); "Dead before Death" (1462); "Cobwebs" (1462); "A Triad" (1462-63); "In an Artist's Studio" (1463); "A Birthday" (1463); "An Apple Gathering" (1464); "Winter My Secret" (1464-65); "Uphill" (1465); "Goblin Market" (1466-78); "No Thank You, John" (1478); "Promises Like Pie-Crusts" (1479); "In Progress" (1479); "A Life's Parallels" (1480); "Sonnet 17" (1480); "Cardinal Newman" (1480-81); "Sleeping at Last" (1481).

Rossetti, D. G. Q. 01-02 combined. Leland Buttle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Rossetti, D. G. Q. 03. Brian Eberle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Rossetti, C. Q. 01 and 02 combined. Emily Clark. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Rossetti, C. Q. 11 and 12 combined. Khristina Marumoto. (Missed Presentation but posted to blog)

Rossetti, C. Q. 23 and 26 combined. Khine Han. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Rossetti, C. Q. 27 and 28 combined. Sarah Smetana. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/03. William Morris and A.C. Swinburne. Morris' "The Defence of Guenevere" (1483-91), "How I Became a Socialist" (1491-94). Swinburne's "Hymn to Proserpine" (1496-98), "Ave Atque Vale" (1500-05).

Journal Set 2 Due

Morris Q. 01 and 02 combined. Wesley Frazee. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Morris Q. 03 and 04 combined. Laurel Baltic. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Swinburne Q. 01 and 02 combined. Ty Brockington. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Swinburne Q. 04 and 05 combined. Jenna Arther. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Swinburne Q. 07 and 08 combined. Ally Heims. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/08. Elizabeth Gaskell. Cranford. (Oxford ed.)

Gaskell Q. 02. Rachel Hove. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Gaskell Q. 05. Lisa Blair. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Gaskell Q. 07. Claire Westwood. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/10. Elizabeth Gaskell. Cranford. (Oxford ed.)

Gaskell Q. 11. Lindsey Schumacher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Gaskell Q. 12. Sarah Smetana. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Gaskell Q. 14. Katherine Robinson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Gaskell Q. 16. Morgan Pratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/15. Gerard Manley Hopkins. Selected Poems, from Journal (1516-26): "God's Grandeur" (1516); "The Starlight Night" (1516-17); "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" (1517); "Spring" (1517); "The Windhover" (1518); "Pied Beauty" (1518); "Hurrahing in Harvest" (1519); "Binsey Poplars" (1519); "Duns Scotus's Oxford" (1520); "Felix Randal" (1520-21); "Spring and Fall" (1521); "Carrion Comfort" (1521-22); "No Worst, There is None" (1522); "I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day" (1522-23); "That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire . . ." (1523); "Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord" (1524); also "The Wreck of the Deutschland" (E-Text).

Hopkins Q. 01 and 02 combined. Heather Ridley. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Hopkins Q. 04 and 05 combined. Wesley Frazee. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Hopkins Q. 10 and 11 combined. Claire Westwood. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Hopkins Q. 16 and 17 combined. Danielle Pratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Hopkins Q. 26 and 27 combined. Kacie Wills. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/17. Walter Pater. From The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry (1507-13); excerpts from The Renaissance Ch. 6, "Leonardo da Vinci" (E-Text).

Pater Q. 01. Katie Tanaka. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Pater Q. 03. Timothy Straus. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Pater Q. 05. Ryan Corry. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Pater Q. 06. Emily Clark. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Pater Q. 07. Katherine Robinson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/22. Oscar Wilde. "The Decay of Lying" (E-Text).

Wilde Q. 01. Khine Han. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 04. Leland Buttle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 06. Laurel Baltic. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 09. Katie Tanaka. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 11. Morgan Pratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/24. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (1698-1740).

Paper Description Due.

Wilde Q. 12. Claire Westwood. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 13. Lindsey Schumacher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 15. Kacie Wills. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 17. Sarah Smetana. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 19. Sarah Young. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Wilde Q. 25. Lauren McGovern. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/29. Showalter, Elaine, ed. Selections from Daughters of Decadence: Ada Leverson's "Suggestion" (38-46), George Egerton's "A Cross Line" (47-68), Olive Schreiner's "The Buddhist Priest's Wife" (84-97).

Daughters of Decadence Q. 01. Jenna Arther. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Daughters of Decadence Q. 09. Khristina Marumoto. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Daughters of Decadence Q. 11. Gloria Felix. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 05/01. Showalter, Elaine, ed. Selections from Daughters of Decadence: Charlotte Mew's "A White Night" (118-38), Sarah Grand's "The Undefinable: a Fantasia" (262-87).

Daughters of Decadence Q. 14. Wesley Frazee. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Daughters of Decadence Q. 19. Lindsey Schumacher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 05/06. Rudyard Kipling. From War Stories and Poems: "The Drums of the Fore and Aft" (7-38), "The Mutiny of the Mavericks" (70-88).

Kipling Q. 01. Jeffrey Hunt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kipling Q. 04. Timothy Straus. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kipling Q. 09. Jenna Arther. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 05/08. Rudyard Kipling. From

War Stories and Poems: "A Sahib's War" (163-80), "The Comprehension of Private Copper" (183-93).

Kipling Q. 10. Amy Gonzales. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kipling Q. 11. Brian Eberle. (Missed Presentation but posted to blog)

Kipling Q. 13. Lisa Blair. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Final Exam Date: Friday, May 16 10:45-1:15 p.m. in class. Journal Set 3 and the

Term Paper will be due by email attachment on or before May 20. (I must turn in grades by 4:00 pm Sunday, May 25, 2008.) For your other courses, check Chapman's Final Exam Schedule.

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