English 309: Victorian Literature,
3 credit hours
Library 105, MWF 9-10
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the major Victorian writers, including Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Matthew Arnold.
COURSE RATIONALE: The nineteenth century was an extremely rich time for British literature. Both poetry and prose fiction flourished. At the same time, it was historically significant because of the amount of change that took place. New ideas about science, religion, politics, existence, meaning, and so on came out of this century and British writers reflect these and other ideas openly in their poems, novels, and essays. Accordingly, a study of Victorian Literature is important because of the major literary developments of the period and their impact on twentieth century literature.
TEXTS: The following are required texts:
Also, I strongly recommend you have these texts:
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The central objective of this course is to introduce you to the significant poetry and prose fiction of Victorian Literature. In addition, you will be exposed to the important philosophical, social, and intellectual ideas of the Victorian period with an eye toward how poetry and prose fiction reflect these ideas. By the time you complete the course, you should be able to:
Week 1 Introduction to the Victorian period
Weeks 2-4 Tennyson’s poetry
Weeks 5-8 Great Expectations by Dickens and Robert Browning’s poetry
Weeks 9-12 Adam Bede by George Eliot and Matthew Arnold’s poetry
Week 13-15 Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and selected poems
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 web resources provides links to a variety of databases containing journal articles, online reference sources, and electronic books (ebooks). These web resources are accessible both on and off campus. Ask the library staff for a password for remote access if you live off campus.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: In addition to the books listed below that are on three-day reserve, the library (or the MCLN) holds many journals that may be of help in doing research for this course, includingVictorian Poetry, Victorian Studies, and Nineteenth Century Literature. Of much interest to you, however, will be the multiple resources available via electronic databases, especially JSTOR.
Message from the Writing Center: To write a successful paper in this course, you will need to follow a process of planning, writing, and revising your papers. The Writing Center tutors will work with you one-on-one on any or all parts of this process. This academic service is available to assist you in becoming a confident writer, as both a student and a graduate.
The Center is located on the top floor of the L. Nelson Bell Library in the back of the computer lab. The Center is open Sunday – Thursday between 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. An appointment is not necessary. If you are a day student or a non-traditional student, you may contact the Director, Corrie Greene (firstname.lastname@example.org), to schedule a daytime appointment. In addition, please know that an excellent internet resource is available to you at all times‑‑Purdue University’s OWL (On‑line Writing Lab). This site provides an “always on” and authoritative resource for composition, grammar, and citation. The address is http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
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 Papers. 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.
FINAL COMMENT: This syllabus and other details about the course, including your grades for the course, are available through the college's online platform, Moodle. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you need help with any aspect of the course.
I reserve the right to make minor changes to the syllabus and course requirements as we move through the semester.
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