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ENL 3251
British Literature 1780-1900

Spring 1997
Time: Tuesday 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Room: COQ 231

    This course is designed to meet the following objectives:

    for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the poetry, fiction and prose produced in England during the Romantic and Victorian periods;

    for students to demonstrate an understanding of the history of British literature and the historical contexts of the works from 1780-1900;

    for students to form and express critical opinions about the themes and developments in the literature through cooperative learning strategies in the classroom and through weekly informal posts to the class list-serv;

    for students to develop formal writing skills through the writing-intensive focus of the classroom;

    for students to study and imagine the significance of this literature through contemporary representations on the internet and through events in our society.

Required Texts

(All assignments must be read in full before the date of discussion.)

The Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. 2 (Sixth Edition),;Ed. by M. H. Abrams, 1993

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, The 1818 Text,Ed. by James Reiger (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1974)

George Eliot, Silas Marner.;Anne Smith ed. (C.E. Tuttle, 1993)

Recommended Texts

Hugh C. Holman and William Harmon, A Handbook to Literature 6th Edition , (Macmillan, 1991)

MLA Handbook for Writing Research Papers 4th Edition

Electronic Media

For an general introduction to List-serv and Internet functions, see USF Academic Computing Home Page.

Class List-serve: All members required to participate in electronic list, to submit weekly writings, post queries, answer and respond to others. Ideal for discussing drafts and passing along last minute information.

To subscribe to the list-serv, send the following message to SUBSCRIBE ENL3251-L [your name]. Do not write a subject heading for this message. You will be automatically registered for the list, and will receive all postings in your mailbox.
My website: information on class, assignments and links to other important sites on literature, etc.


Date Readings
1/7 Introductions: -- Computers and Collaborative learning
1/14 Intro: "The Romantic Period" 1-18; Blake: From Songs of Innocence and of Experience: "The Lamb" (29), "The Chimney Sweeper" (30), "Holy Thursday" (32), "Infant Joy" (33), "Holy Thursday" (35), "The Chimney Sweeper" (35), "The Tyger" (37), (39), "Infant Sorrow" (40); Weekly Post #1
1/21 Wordsworth (126-129), Preface to Lyrical Ballads (140-152), "We are Seven" (132), "Expostulation and Reply" (134), "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (136); "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (186); "My heart leaps up" (187); Intimations Ode (189); Weekly Post # 2
1/28 Coleridge (323-326), Biographia Literaria (381-392); "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (330), "Kubla Khan" (346); "Frost at Midnight" (365), "Dejection: An Ode" (366); Weekly Post # 3
2/4 M. W. Shelley, Frankenstein Weekly Post #4
2/11 P. B. Shelley (643-647), Defense of Poetry (752); "Mutability" (647), "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" (670), "Ode to the West Wind" (676); "England in 1819" (674); Weekly Post # 5
2/18 Keats(766-769), letters (828-837); "When I have fears that I may cease to be" (776), "Why did I laugh tonight?" (786), "Bright star, would I were as stedfast as thou art" (786),"Ode on a Grecian Urn" (792), "To Autumn" (813) Weekly Post # 6; Microdraft #1 due.
2/25 Romantic review. Weekly Post #7; Workshop writing.
3/4 Intro to "The Victorian Age" (891-910), Barrett Browning (1029-1031), From Aurora Leigh (1034-1048); Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese (1031-1032) Essay #1 due.
3/18 Tennyson, (1052-1056), "The Lady of Shalott" (1059), "Locksley Hall" (1073),"The Lotus Eaters" (1065), "Ulysses" (1067);Weekly Post # 8; Microdraft #2 and Review.
3/25 Browning, (1182-1187), "Porphyria's Lover" (1187), "My last Duchess" (1190); "Fra Lippo Lippi" (1211); "Andrea del Sarto" (1222); Essay #2 Due
4/1 Victorian Issues: Evolution (1571-1578); Industrialism (Engels, Kingsley, Dickens 1586-1594); Eliot, Silas Marner Weekly Post # 9
4/8 Arnold (1344-1349), "The Buried Life" (1354), "Isolation: To Marguerite" (1352; "To Marguerite -- Continued" (1353); "Dover Beach" (1366); The Function of Criticism (1389-1403) Weekly Post # 10; Microdraft #3 due
4/15 Pre-Raphaelites: D. G. Rossetti (1460-1), "The Blessed Damozel" (1461); C. Rossetti (1472-3), "Goblin Market" (1479); Aestheticism: Ruskin (1273-5, 1276, 1278-9); Pater (1526-1530, 1532-4); Swinburne (1509-10), "The Garden of Prosperine" (1517); Weekly Post # 11; Workshop Writing
4/22 Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1628); Essay #3 Due

Graded Assignments

Regular attendance and active participation in discussions 5%
Weekly Postings (11) 20%
Essay 1 -- 2 pages (explication) 15%
Essay 2 -- 3 pages (nineteenth-century cultural event) 15%
Essay 3 -- 7 pages (biography or relevance paper) 20%
Final exam 25%

This syllabus is subject to change.

** Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.

Related Sites

Sites on Nineteenth-Century British Literature

General Literature Reference

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