Class Days/Time: MWF 9:30-10:25
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Nesvet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Instructor’s Office and Hours: M 2-4; W 2-3, in TH358
In the eighteenth century, the novel was indeed a novel (new and original) literary genre. How did this genre evolve, and what can its evolution tell us about how literary genres evolve? Who wrote novels? For what audiences? Why? In this course, you will consider these questions as we read a range of novels published in English from the early eighteenth century through 1850. These will include canonical works such as Pride and Prejudice and Oliver Twist, and also neglected gems, such as the playwright and spy Aphra Behn’s Oronooko, poet and editor James Hogg’s satirical story of crime and terror, Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and the psychological realism of the Brontës’ fiction. We will also consider how narratives from classic novels have been transposed and reinvented in other media. By the end of the course, you will have mastered the themes and styles of a spectrum of novels, honed your writing and research skills, wrestled with genre theory, and built a digital portfolio of your own critical and editorial work.
Learning Outcomes of the English Department (taken from the website)
1. Courses in English develop students’ understanding of important works of American and English literature by providing awareness of — and appreciation for — our literary heritage.
2. English as a discipline works to contextualize literature using a historical perspective from which to evaluate works written in their own time, and deepen their insight into their own experience.
3. Inherent in achieving these aims is the development of students’ ability to express their ideas orally and in writing.
4. Although some study English primarily for personal growth and enrichment, the program is intended to prepare students for graduate work, teaching and the professions, as well as for a variety of occupations.
Graduates in English have found careers in personnel work, public relations, business management, journalism, politics, free-lance writing, publishing, and other fields requiring communication skills. Besides an emphasis in literature, the English program also offers an emphasis in creative writing as well as an emphasis in English education.
Learning Outcomes for Humanistic Studies (taken from the website)
1. Students will acquire an understanding of what it means to be human by studying and analyzing important works and ideas in literature, philosophy, language, and history.
2. Students will acquire essential life skills, including the ability to reflect critically on texts and artifacts, to recognize and appreciate nuance and complexity of meaning, and to express themselves in a clear, organized, and well-reasoned manner.
3. Students will be transformed and given greater self-awareness by understanding the historical and cultural context for human values through the study of literature, philosophy, language, and history.
4. Study of the Humanities imparts a fundamental understanding of:
• the significance and chronology of major events and movements in World civilization;
• a range of literature, representative of different literary forms and historical contexts;
• the role of the humanities in identifying and clarifying individual and social values in a culture and understanding the implications of decisions made on the basis of those values.
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Dover), $3.50
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (Dover), $4.50
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (Dover), $4.50
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (Dover), $3.50
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Dover), $4.50
The Female American, ed. Burnham (Broadview, 2007), $9
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (Dover), $3.50
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (Dover), $4.50
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, (Dover) , $4.50
You will be allowed three unexcused absences, for any reason. You don’t need to let me know the reason. After you have used your three absences, your grade will drop by one-third of a letter grade (from B to B-, for example) for each additional absence. Please save up your allowed absences. If you have used them all, have an emergency, and need to miss class again, you will not be excused without penalty. Being disruptively late or leaving early counts as being absent, as does being present without homework, book(s), notes, or equipment.
Mental Presence: I expect all students not only to be physically present in class, but to be mentally present. In other words, while you are in class, pay attention, analyze course materials, grapple with ideas and possibilities, help your classmates, and uni-task. Active mental presence is the only way to learn, and you can’t do it while passively consuming information on a computer or other electronic device.
Assignments and Grading:
All assignments must be turned in on the due date; any assignments (excluding oral presentations) not turned in will be penalized one full letter grade per day. Any oral presentations not turned in on the day might receive a zero, if in my judgment they cannot be incorporated into later class sessions without negative impact on your classmates’ learning.
There are 100 possible points available. Once a percentage of the points earned is determined, I will assign final grades based on the following scale (100 pts equals 100 percent, etc.):
92-100 A 89-91 A/B
82-88 B 79-81 B/C
72-78 C 69-71 C/D
60-68 D F is below 60
Pop quizzes might take place. Therefore, be certain that you have read the reading.
UWGB Commons for the Digital and Public Humanities
You will all be receiving an email invite to the UWGB Commons for the Digital and Public Humanities. You are to create a username and password that you will use for the remainder of the semester. I will create a private group for this class. In the group, you will be able to collaborate with your group members on documents, have discussions about your scene reading, etc, without having to arrange a series of meetings or communicate through email. The Commons will also serve as the forum for us to post our poems and blog. I will walk you through this in class.
D2L: There is a D2L site for this course. We will use D2L for tasks that we find difficult to accomplish in the site for the digital commons.
A Note on Public Work/FERPA
In this course, you will conduct original research, blog, and annotate text for readers outside the university. By taking this class, you implicitly agree to the publication of your work. You may choose a byline: either your name or your initials.
Office Hours: Please attend office hours. You are required to attend once in the term. Not doing so will compromise your participation grade. Why should you attend? To talk through your brainstorming phase, get suggestions of useful secondary sources, test your ideas, ask questions about the syllabus or content, share work intended for the Sheepshead Review (your Heroide?) or another publication, get clarification of material or assignment prompts, or just say hello. By attending office hours, you can tailor your education to your interests, aspirations, and goals.
For our veterans, active-duty military personnel, and military-family students
Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployment, drill requirements, and disabilities) and their partners and children are welcome and encouraged to communicate these circumstances to the instructor, as far in advance as possible. This way, adjustments and accommodations can be made.