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Syllabus for English 332:
The Victorians

Thursday, August 29
  • William Wordsworth, "The Complaint of the Forsaken Indian Woman"

  • Felicia Hemans, "Indian Woman's Death Song"

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott"

First day: introductions and course outline


Tuesday, September 3

  • Germaine de Staël, Corinne, or Italy (1807), introduction and pages 5-108

    • BRANCH backgrounder: Mary Favret on the Napoleonic Wars
    • Stael.org is by far the best place on the Internet for looking into Staël's life and career. The drawback (for some readers) is that it's in French.

    • Here is a brief biography of StaĆ«l with links to contextual information. (This comes from the publicly available section of the Penn CD-ROM edition of Frankenstein.)

Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) readings or links are required, while the second (more indented) readings or links are supplemental and optional. Here, for example, the novel is required, whereas the Gamer and Harris readings are optional.

Assignment for everyone: go to the course blog and write a post of two paragraphs. The first paragraph should be a brief self-introduction. This will help us get to know each other and also confirm that everyone can post on the blog.

The second paragraph should be a special interest snapshot: give us all a brief sense of how your special interest appears in this first reading. If you don't see your special interest at all in this reading, write a paragraph about why you were drawn to your interest and what you'll be looking for in future readings.


Thursday, September 5

Group 1 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice.


Tuesday, September 10

  • Corinne, or Italy, 225-345

Group 2 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice.


Thursday, September 12

  • Corinne, or Italy, 346-404

  • Angela Esterhammer, "The Cosmopolitan Improvvisatore: Spontaneity and Performance in Romantic Poetics"

Group 3 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice.


Tuesday, September 17

  • Sydney Owneson, Lady Morgan, The Missionary, 9-98 (introduction and opening of the novel)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Owenson as reform writer

Group 4 special interest (or wild card) blog post.


Thursday, September 19

  • Owenson, The Missionary, 98-180

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card).


Tuesday, September 24

  • Owenson, The Missionary, 180-260 and Appendix A

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, September 26

  • Romantic Representations of British India, ed. Michael Franklin, chapters 1, 2, and 7

Group 3 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, October 1

Library day!


Thursday, October 3

  • Walter Scott, Waverley (1814), introduction and 33-99

Group 4 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, October 8

  • Scott, Waverley, 100-241

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 10

  • Scott, Waverley, 241-371

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, October 15

  • Scott, Waverley, 371-494

Group 3 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 17

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Friday, October 18

SHORTER PAPERS DUE
IN HARD COPY TO MY OFFICE
BY 3:00 PM


FALL BREAK

Tuesday, October 29

  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847), introduction and 3-108

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 31

  • Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 108-226

Group 4 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, November 5

  • Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 226-288 and cultural documents
  • Nancy Armstrong, article in the Bedford edition

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, November 7

  • Nancy Armstrong and Susan Meyer, articles in the Bedford edition

Group 2 blog post: do an annotation of the Armstrong article for an in-class workshop of annotations.


Tuesday, November 12

  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899), introduction and the novel through page 37

    • Contemporary Authors Online (subscription only): Conrad

Group 3 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, November 14

  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 33-96

Group 4 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Friday, November 15

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE BY EMAIL


Tuesday, November 19

  • Rudyard Kipling, "Beyond the Pale" (1888) and "The White Man's Burden" (1899)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Kipling as Nobel laureate

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, November 21

Peer review day: bring two complete annotations to class today and be prepared to discuss your paper idea in a small group as well.


Tuesday, November 26

We will devote today's class time to conferences on your paper topics and the research process.


Wednesday, November 27

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE
UNDER MY OFFICE DOOR
BY NOON


THANKSGIVING BREAK

Tuesday, December 3

  • Gavin and Stacey (BBC), Series One (2007)

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, December 5

  • James Ivory, A Room with a View (film, 1985)

No written assignment: come to class prepared to discuss the film in relation to the other readings from the semester.


Monday, December 9

PAPER PROGRESS REPORT DUE BY EMAIL


Tuesday, December 10

For today's class, bring one to two pages of writing. This should either be a section of your paper (perhaps a draft of the beginning) or a description of your plan for the paper. We will share and discuss this writing in class.


Thursday, December 12

Last day: wrapping up the class, building our float for the finals week parade.


Wednesday, December 18

FINAL PAPER DUE BY NOON
IN HARD COPY TO MY OFFICE

 

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