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English 202

Spring 2006
English 202, Survey of English Literature, 2, 3 credit hours
 MWF 12-12:50 p.m.
Belk 219

Don W. King: http://www.montreat.edu/dking/ 
Office: McGowan Center 107
Office hrs.  8-9 and 10-11 a.m. MWF, and 8-11 a.m. Tuesday
Phone 828-669-8012, ex. 3819

Table of Contents:

Course description
Course objectives
Course outline
Academic Integrity
Final comments

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey of English Literature from the Romantic period to the present.



The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition. Vol. 2  
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Strongly recommended:

A Handbook to Literature, Eds. William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (5th ed), Ed. Joseph Gibaldi.

Also, see Oxford Reference Online www.oxfordreference.com for some basic reference assistance.  It contains
desktop access to 100 key Oxford dictionaries and reference works. The Core Collection brings together 100
language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single
cross-searchable resource.  Also, see the Oxford English Dictionary, the grandfather of all dictionaries at

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: The central objective of this course is to introduce you to the important writers and
works of English literature from roughly 1789 to the present.  As this was a time of significant political, philosophical,
and social changes, we will discuss how the literature of this period reflects these changes.

Additionally, there are several questions we will consider as we work through the course, including, but not
limited to:

  1. What are the important philosophical, social, political, and religious ideas of this period?

  2. What are the significant markers of Romantic, Victorian, and 20th century British literature? 

  3. How pivotal is a knowledge of Scripture when reading, analyzing, and interpreting literature? What
    "views" of Scripture are revealed by the writers? Which biblical texts most inform British literature
    from 1789 to the present?

  4. How is the British literature of this period informed by Elizabethan, metaphysical, and Restoration

  5. How do the various writers view the relationship between passion and reason, flesh and spirit, body
    and soul, matter and spirit? Are their views biblical?

  6. In general, what view do the writers hold regarding the human condition?  Are we "created a little
    lower" than the angels or are we simply sophisticated animals? Why is how they approach this question


  1. That you can describe the characteristics of Romantic literature.

  2. That you can describe the characteristics of Victorian literature.

  3. That you can describe the characteristics of 20th century literature.

  4. That you read and analyze two novels, narrative poetry, lyrical poetry, and various forms of non-fiction.

  5. That you write at least two in class essays.

  6. That you write a book review.

  7. That you write a literary analysis.

  8. That you complete quizzes and major tests.

  9. That you complete a creative project. 

  10. That you engage in research via the Internet.

  11. That you utilize email to extend class discussion, to communicate with me, and to perform assigned
    small group work. 

  12. That you turn in all important written assignments via email attachments or on diskette.

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Week 1: Course introduction; William Blake

Weeks 2-3:  William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge

TEST 1: Feb. 6

Week 4:  Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (in class essay)

Weeks 5-7:  Percy Shelley and John Keats

Week 8:  Lord Byron

TEST 2: March 3

Weeks 9-10: Alfred Tennyson

Week 11 Robert Browning and Matthew Arnold

TEST 3:  March 31

Week 12  Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Week 13  Gerard M. Hopkins and A. E. Housman (in class essay)

Week 14  Joseph Conrad and Heart of Darkness

Week 15  WWI poets, T. S. Eliot, W. B Yeats, and others

TEST 4:  May 8, 8-10 a.m.

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  1. You will be tested in three ways.  First, in order to encourage you to keep up with the reading, I will give
     brief, unannounced quizzes from time to time.   Collectively the quizzes will count 10% of your final grade. 
    Second, you will have four major tests.  Each test will be based fifty percent on class notes and fifty
    percent on the reading.  These tests will make-up 40% of your final grade.  Third, you will write in class
    that will count 10% of your final grade.

  2. You will also write a literary analysis of 1,250 to 1,500 words (5 to 6 pages). The analysis will count
    of your final grade and is
    due April 28, 2006 by 5:00 p.m.  

  3. You will also write a book review any book listed in the course bibliography; the review will count 10%
    Due Mar. 19, 2006, by midnight via email attachment or Digital Drop Box in Blackboard.

  4. You will develop a creative project based upon your personal reaction to anything we have studied
    throughout the semester.  I prefer that this project be creative in whatever fashion you are creative.  For
    example, in the past students have put on skits, built or baked various things, written songs, done videotape
    or computer presentations, painted pictures, sculpted figures, done needlepoint, conducted interviews, written
    satires, and so on.  “The sky’s the limit” but you should check out your idea with me before you begin.  Group
    projects are possible but need to be approved by me.
    The project will count 10% of your final grade and must
    be presented in front of the class on or before the last regular class meeting.

  5. The remaining 10% will come from your class participation, discussion, regular attendance, homework,
    reserve and supplemental reading, group work and various short writing assignments; a significant part of this
    grade may come from Web site searches.

  6. Attendance policy.  You may miss eight classes for any reason.  I do not distinguish between excused and
    unexcused--an absence is an absence.  After you exceed eight absences, each additional absence will lower
    your final grade by 25 pts (or 2.5%).

  7. There are a total of 1000 pts possible in the course. Final grades will be compiled using the following guidelines:

    1000-900    A to A-
    899-800      B+ to B-
    799-700      C+ to C-
    699-600      D+ to D-
    599-0          F

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LIBRARY: All students are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources available from the library.
You can search the online catalog and the library’s databases by going to http://www.montreat.edu/library/.  Select
“Catalog” to search the online catalog or “Electronic Resources” to search the databases.  The catalog lists all of
the books in the Montreat College library as well as the holdings of five other colleges.  You may check out books
from all of these libraries.  In addition, you may request books or journal articles via interlibrary loan.  From the
online catalog, you can also check on reserve materials by selecting “Reserve Desk” and searching by instructor
name or course name.  

The list of databases at http://www.montreat.edu/library/completeelectronic.asp provides links to a variety of
databases containing journal articles, online reference sources, and electronic books (ebooks).  These databases
are accessible both on and off campus. You can search for journals at http://www.montreat.edu/library/electronic.asp
Ask the library staff for a password for remote access if you live off campus.

BIBLIOGRAPHYOf much interest to you will be the multiple resources available via electronic databases,
especially JSTOR.
The following books are on three day reserve in the library and will helpful as you begin
research on your literary analysis:

Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp:  Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition.
Allen, Walter. The English Novel.
Altick, Richard D.  The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900.
-------.  Victorian People and Ideas.
Batho, Edith, and Bonamy Dobree, eds.  The Victorians and After, 1830-1914.
Beach, Joseph Warren.  The Concept of Nature in Nineteenth-Century Poetry.
Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Fiction.
Bostetter, Edward, ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of Don Juan.
Boulton, Marjorie. The Anatomy of the Novel.
Bowra C. M. The Romantic Imagination.
Brooks, Cleanth. The Well Wrought Urn.
Buckley, Jerome H.  The Triumph of Time:  A Study of the Victorian Concepts of Time, History, Progress, and Decadence.
-------. The Victorian Temper: A Study in Literary Culture.
Bush, Douglas.  Mythology and the Romantic Tradition in English Poetry.
Chesterton, G.K.  The Victorian Age in Literature.
Copeland Edward and Juliet McMaster. The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen.
Cross, Wilber. The Development of the English Novel.
Cruse, Amy.  The Victorians and Their Reading.
David, Deirdre. The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel.
Davis, Lennard. Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel.
De Laura, David J., ed.  Victorian Prose: A Guide to Research.
Fairchild, Hoxie N.  Religious Trends in English Poetry.
Faverty, Frederic E., ed.  The Victorian Poets: A Guide to Research.
Foot, Michael. The Politics of Paradise: A Vindication of Byron
Frye, Northrop. The Anatomy of Criticism.
Glen, Heather. The Cambridge Companion to the Brontës.
Head, Dominic. The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction, 1950–2000.
Hilton, Timothy.  The Pre-Raphaelites.
Holloway, John.  The Victorian Sage:  Studies in Argument.
Holmes, Richard. Coleridge: Early Visions.
-------. Shelley: The Pursuit.
Horsman, Alan. The Victorian Novel (OHEL).
Hough, Graham.  The Last Romantics.
Houghton, Walter E.  The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870.
Jack, Ian. English Literature 1815-1832 (OHEL).
Kettle, Arnold.  An Introduction to the English Novel.
Kramer, Dale. The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Hardy.
Langbaum, Robert. The Poetry of Experience.
Leavis, F. R. The Great Tradition.
Levine, Richard A., ed.  Backgrounds to Victorian Literature.
Massingham, H.J., and Hugh Massingham, eds.  The Great Victorians.
McKillop, Alan. The Early Masters of English Fiction.
Miller, J. Hillis.  The Disappearance of God:  Five Nineteenth Century Writers.
Milligan, Ian.  The Novel in English:  An Introduction.
Neill, Diana.  A Short History of the English Novel.
Preyer, Robert O., ed.  Victorian Literature:  Selected Essays.
Renwick, W. L. The Rise of the Romantics 1789-1815: Wordsworth, Coleridge,
     and Jane Austen (OHEL); original title, English Literature 1789-1815
Saintsbury, George.  The Later Nineteenth Century.
Somervell, D.C.  English Thought in the Nineteenth Century.
Stape, J. H. The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad.
Stewart, J. I. M. Writers of the Early Twentieth Century: Hardy to Lawrence (OHEL);
      original title, Eight Modern Writers.

Stevenson, Lionel. The English Novel: A Panorama.
Stevick, Philip. The Theory of the Novel.
Sussman, Herbert L.  Victorians and the Machine:  The Literary Response to Technology.
Tindall, William York.  Forces in Modern British Literature.
Trawick, L. M. Backgrounds of Romanticism.
Turner, Paul.  Victorian Poetry, Drama, and Miscellaneous Prose, 1832-1890 (OHEL).
Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel.
Wellek, Rene. A History of Modern Criticism , 1750-1950, vol. IV:  The Later Nineteenth Century.
Wilke, B. Romantic Poets and Epic Tradition.
Willey, Basil.  More Nineteenth Century Studies.
--------.  Nineteenth Century Studies.
Williams, Raymond.  Culture and Society, 1780-1950.
Wright, Austin, ed.  Victorian Literature:  Modern Essays in Criticism.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:  For all individual assignments students are expected to present their own work;
documentation of research for your literary analysis must follow the specific criteria as outlined in the MLA
Handbook for Writer of Research Paper
or MLA-Style Citations of Electronic Sources.  Cases of academic
dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism, will result in either of failure of the assignment
or of the course.  For the college's policy on this issue, please click academic integrity

FINAL COMMENTS: As you can see, this syllabus is on-line and its hot-links will take you to important notes
and related information about the course. Class discussions, tests, and writing assignments will assume you have
accessed all this materials on-line. Please feel free to come by my office in McGowan Center 107, contact me at
extension 3819, or email me at dking@montreat.edu if you need help with any aspect of the course.

I freely give permission to anyone to use the information on this page, English 202, Survey of English Literature, 2,
as long as appropriate acknowledgement is given either to me or to author’s whose works I have referred to and

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the resources available in the Writing Center, located adjacent
to the Bell Library computer lab.