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SYLLABUS FOR E335 VICTORIAN LITERATURE, CHAPMAN U SPRING 2008 (UPDATED 10/28/10)
Course Information. English 335. Tu/Th. 10:00-11:15. Location: Beckman 107. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: 9-10 Tu/Th. in Cyber Cafe. email@example.com. Chapman Catalog Description: "ENG 335: The Literature of Victorian England. Prerequisite, Written Inquiry. This course explores the tensions -- artistic, moral, and social -- of Victorian England from 1832-1900.... (Offered spring semester, alternate years.) 3 credits."
Required Texts at Chapman Bookstore
Gaskell, Elizabeth. Cranford. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0192832092.
Greenblatt, Stephen, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume E: The Victorian Age. 8th ed. New York: Norton, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0393927214.
Kipling, Rudyard. War Stories and Poems. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0192836861.
Showalter, Elaine, ed. Daughters of Decadence: Women Writers of the Fin de SiÃ¨cle. Rutgers UP, 1993. ISBN-13: 978-0813520186.
Stierstorfer, Klaus, ed. London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0192832962.
E-texts as noted in syllabus below. See the reading list's "(E-Text)" links for selected works by Carlyle, Ruskin, Darwin, Huxley, Hopkins, Pater, and Wilde.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Course Objectives. A survey should help you build your knowledge of the periods, authors, and movements studied. My comments will provide historical and thematic background, and the course will center on discussion of assigned texts from the Victorian Period.
Major Study Units. The course will follow a roughly chronological order and will cover Victorian poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama.
Classroom Activities. Lecture, student presentations, and discussion when students pose questions or offer comments to me or to the entire class. I encourage such questions and comments -- thoughtful student participation improves any course, broadening its scope and introducing a variety of opinion that wouldn't be available otherwise. A key point: my lectures improve significantly when students take an active part in the class: I remember to mention things I might have forgotten to say, and sometimes make connections I hadn't thought of. My tasks are to lecture concisely, to listen well, to ask good questions, and to help you find out more about the texts we study. Your tasks are to listen, respond, and develop your own ideas, your own "voice," as a reader of literary works. In humanities study, insightful interpretation and an ability to make interesting connections between one author or concept and another are central goals.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
Presentations Requirement. Students will sign up for two* 5-minute in-class presentations on assigned authors of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions from the online journal questions and will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. Required: At least one week before you present, contact me to discuss your ideas. After you have given your in-class presentation, email me a version of your comments and I'll post it as a new entry to the appropriate collective students' blog. Other students may, if they wish, access the entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. Your emailed version should resemble your class comments, but need not be identical. (Please don't use "fancy" formatting--avoid indentation and bulleted lists.) 20% of course grade. *Three if small class size warrants.
Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due by email anytime on class day Week 5, Week 10, and Final Exam Day. Electronic format required. (30%)
Term Paper Requirement. By 04/24 (Week 13), a one-paragraph description addressing the topic and argument of the projected paper will be due by email. (Full rough drafts are also encouraged.) Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the prompt, some possible topics, and advance draft comments. I reserve the right to require proof of the final paper's authenticity, such as notes or an early draft. Final draft (5-7 pages; graduates 10-15 pages) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Chapman's academic integrity policies apply: see Academic Policies and Procedures. For undergraduates, research is optional; graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; see Chapman's Leatherby Library. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)
Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y), and short questions requiring a few paragraphs in response. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. No laptops during the exam. Exam date: see below. (20%)
Emailing Journals/Paper/Presentations to e335 at ajdrake.com. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E335 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email or send them as an attachment. (Journal "sets" include responses to questions about several authors; do not send entries on each author in a given set separately -- responses on the relevant authors should be combined into one document.) Contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within approximately three days.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS AND PRESENTATIONS
Carlyle | Mill | Tennyson | Bulwer-Lytton | Boucicault | Ruskin | Newman | Arnold | Darwin | Huxley | Browning, R.
Rossetti, D.G. | Rossetti, C. | Morris | Swinburne | Gaskell | Hopkins | Pater | Wilde | Daughters of Decadence | Kipling.
SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
Tu. 01/29. First Meeting: Administrative matters and course introduction.
Th. 01/31. Introduction to Victorian Period. Please read 979-99 in the Norton Anthology Vol. E.
Tu. 02/05. Thomas Carlyle. "Signs of the Times" (E-Text)
Th. 02/07. Thomas Carlyle. Sartor Resartus (1006-24), Past and Present (1024-33).
Tu. 02/12. John Stuart Mill. "What is Poetry?" (1044-51), from On Liberty (1051-61).
Th. 02/14. John Stuart Mill. From The Subjection of Women (1061-70), from Autobiography (1070-77).
Tu. 02/19. Alfred Tennyson. "Mariana" (1112-14), "The Lady of Shalott" (1114-18), "The Lotos-Eaters" (1119-23), "Ulysses" (1123-25).
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.
Tu. 02/26. Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Money (Stierstorfer 3-73).
Th. 02/28. Dion Boucicault. London Assurance. (Stierstorfer 77-143). Journal Set 1 Due
Tu. 03/04. John Ruskin. From Modern Painters (1320-24), from The Stones of Venice (1324-34).
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).
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).
Th. 03/13. Matthew Arnold. From "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (1384-97), from Culture and Anarchy (1398-1404).
Tu. 03/18. Spring Break, No Classes.
Th. 03/20. Spring Break, No Classes.
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).
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).
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
Tu. 04/08. Elizabeth Gaskell. Cranford.
Th. 04/10. Elizabeth Gaskell. Cranford.
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).
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).
Tu. 04/22. Oscar Wilde. "The Decay of Lying" (E-Text).
Th. 04/24. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (1698-1740). Paper Description Due.
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).
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).
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).
Th. 05/08. Rudyard Kipling. From War Stories and Poems.: "A Sahib's War" (163-80), "The Comprehension of Private Copper" (183-93).
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.