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This is a "real time" syllabus that will be regularly updated to reflect our progress throughout the semester. You can easily check it from a mobile device or from any computer.
The syllabus consists of the Reading Schedule and Course Policies. Students are responsible for understanding and following the reading schedule and the course policies, which are in effect from the first day of class. Please read them carefully (and review them throughout the semester). Please see me if you have any questions.
Think of the syllabus as a flexible guide. It will structure our semester, but we will adjust it to fit our needs as the semester progresses. Not all assignments and quizzes are listed at the beginning of the semester; some will be added throughout the semester. It may also be necessary to finish some readings the following class period; I will update the syllabus after each class. Again, be sure to check the syllabus regularly.
You do not need to print the syllabus, but if you decide to, be sure to check the online syllabus regularly for new information, added assignments, or reading schedule changes. The print icon above is for print copies.
Our main vehicle this semester for course content will be the Course Website, but it is linked to Canvas, which we may use for some things, such as discussion posts or for accessing video. We will not use the Canvas Gradebook; instead, the Grade Sheet on our Course Notes page (on the course website) will help you track assignments and grades.
The following acronyms are used on the Reading Schedule.
TTWH = The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
WH = Wuthering Heights
NA = Norton Anthology
Readings should be finished for the day assigned. For example, TTWH, Chpts 1-10, should be read (completed) by Jan 31. You should aim to keep ahead of our class meeting schedule with your reading of the novel. Also, be sure to read the footnotes/endnotes as you read the novels along with the critical introductions.
|22 Course Introduction
Course Website (Syllabus/Policies)/Course Notes/Canvas
|24 Review Course Website
NA, Introduction to the Victorian Age
|29 The Brontë
NA, Introduction to the Victorian Age
|31 TTWH (Chpts 1-10)
Reading Schedule & Meeting Time Card Due
**For all of our discussions of TTWH, bring NA in case we refer to background info
TTWH (Chpts 11-19)
**Review Chpts 1-10
**Review Chpts 1-19 (Chpts 11, 16, 19)
Groups assigned for collaborative essay & presentation
|12 TTWH (Chpts 31-37)
**Review chapters 1-30/Notes from our class discussion (board)
Discuss Collaboration (Course Notes)
|14 Finish Discussion of Collaboration
TTWH (Chpts 38-48)
**Review chapters 1-37
Quiz 1: Chpts 1-35
|19 TTWH (Chpts 49-53)
**Review chapters 1-48
NA: from The Idea of a University (Discourse/Lecture 10, pp 70-72)
In-class grp work (5pts): Chapters 23, 27, 38, 42, 45, 49, 53
**Finish in-class group work - card due
Review Grp Essay & Presentation Page (Course Notes)
Begin reading Shirley
|28 Shirley (Chpts 1-11)
|04 Shirley (Chpts 1-11)
Quiz 2: Field TBD
|06 Shirley (Chpts 12-23)
Midterm: Part I: Take-Home Portion. Due at the beginning of class 3/13, no exceptions
|11 Shirley (Chpts 12-23)
Part I: Due at the beginning of class or you will receive a zero for Part I
Part II: In-Class Portion
(Please - No Early Exams)
|18 Spring Break
|20 Spring Break
|27 Shirley (Chpts 24-37)
|01 Shirley (Chpts 24-37)
Proposal Due: Each group submits one proposal
|01 May - See Below
|29 April - See Above
Final Class Meeting, 5/13
Presentations for Collaborative Project
**Bring all three novels/NA
**Loose Ends: The Brontes
Collaborative Project Due May 15, by 5pm: Drop off at my office, in the bin on my office door
Essay + Outline + Planning Charts (both partners)
See Blue Boxes below
No Class Meeting
Meet with your group to work on your presentation
Final Exam Week: May 13 - 17
Office hours finals week: See website home page
Finals Week Class Meeting: Mon, May 13, 10:15-12:15pm, in our usual classroom
Groups will give presentations during our finals week class meeting. With remaining time, wrap up course
Essay Due 5/15: Drop of at my office. Essay and Outline (one per group) + Planning Charts (all partners): Drop in bin on my office door
Course Grades posted on AccessPoint (not Canvas): TBA
The General Education Program--The Humanities
The humanities explore the fundamental ideas and values shaping cultures and civilization, in life and as represented in the written word, using scholarly approaches that are primarily analytical, critical, or interpretive. By introducing students to concepts and beliefs within and outside their own perspectives, courses in the humanities help students to understand and critically engage a variety of worldviews and the ideas that give them meaning.
1. Closely, think critically, and write effectively
about texts or cultural artifacts that reflect on perennial questions
concerning the human condition (such as the search for truth and meaning,
the confrontation with suffering and mortality, or the struggle for justice,
equality, and human dignity).
2. Investigate and thoughtfully respond to a variety of
ideas, beliefs or values held by persons in situations other than one’s own.
In this course, we will read and discuss
three novels by the Brontë sisters, focusing on their aesthetic value as
works of literature (art) as well as the biographical, historical, social,
and cultural issues they present.
In addition to framing the semester by examining the historical
development of nineteenth-century novel, we will examine literary theory and
criticism, particularly gender criticism, as a way of reading, thinking, and
writing about the Brontë sisters’ works.
During the semester, we will work to
- Analyze literature critically during class discussions and in writing to demonstrate an understanding of key themes, of the conventions/language of literature, and of key concepts about nineteenth- and twentieth-century British culture
- Analyze the Bronte novels (reading beyond plot) to understand, in particular, how gender ideology is shaped by social class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality
- Explain the reciprocal relationship between literature and culture--how literature and culture interact to reinforce and challenge social attitudes and values--by comparing and contrasting the Brontes as writers and as authors
- Evaluate and engage literature as an imaginative expression of the human condition
Purchase at Bookstore (or from another vendor)
Bronte, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Intro & Notes: Peter Merchant)
Wordsworth Classics, 978-1-853-26488-7
Bronte, Charlotte. Shirley (Ed. Jessica Cox) Penguin, 978-0-141-43986-0
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights (Ed. Alexandra Lewis), Norton Critical Edition, 5th ed., 978-0-393-28499-7
Warning: If you choose not to use these editions, you will have trouble following our class discussions and noting page references. You will also not have textual notes and the critical introductions.
Stephen Greenblatt., gen. ed, et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 10th ed. Vol. E. (The Victorian Age).Requirements
This is a reading-intensive course. Success in the course will require that you establish set (and consistent) reading times outside of class when reading and thinking can occur. Our class discussions will focus on the assigned readings, but we cannot read every work line by line. In keeping with the course learning outcomes, you will be able to use our class discussions to help you study sections of works we do not have time to cover fully in class. Before each class meeting, it is useful to mark key passages that point to central concerns or ideas in works and to write down ideas and questions you have. The purpose of class discussion is not to give you answers; instead, class discussions will help you develop reading strategies, understand background/contexts, and raise questions that you will think about and answer.
There will be quizzes and some assignments, a midterm examination, and a collaborative presentation and course essay. The course grade will be determined mathematically using the percentages below. Please remember that your course grade will be based on the work that you complete, not simply the effort you make or my subjective opinion.
** Will be determined by point values (Approx
Grades): 5pt Assignments: A/A-=5-4.5; B- =4; C- =3.5; D- =3; F=2.5-0
10pt Assignments: A/A- =10-9; B/B- =8.5-8; C/C- =7.5-7; D/D- =6.5-6; F=5-0
All work must be completed on time. It is your responsibility to keep copies of all of your essays and assignments. Some assignments maybe submitted via email, and email communication will be required throughout the semester.
Late Assignment Policy: Students who miss a quiz may contact me about the possibility of making up the quiz; however, this must be done before the quiz or a day or two after the quiz is given. It may not be possible to make up a quiz. Assignments due on a given day must be submitted at the beginning of the class period. An assignment that is finished but not printed out and ready to hand in is late. Late assignments will be accepted one day after the original due date (not the next class meeting), but will lose one letter grade or a minimum of one full point. After that, they will not be accepted. (Assignments due on Friday that are late must be turned in by 5pm. They will not be accepted on Monday.) Assignments due electronically (e.g., on Canvas) must be received by the day and time specified. In-class assignments must be completed during class. Students who are absent during an in-class assignment must contact a day or two after the assignment. It may not be possible to make up a missed in-class assignment. No incompletes will given in the course. See me about any issues that arise.Attendance
Regular attendance is your responsibility and is essential for success in the course. As stated in the online UWSP Course Catalog (UWSP Course Catalog pgs 25-26), you cannot "cut" classes.
There are no excused or unexcused absences in this course. The only relevant factor is your number of absences. However, you have personal days to use and manage as needed: For three-days-a-week classes: 5. For two-days-a-week classes: 3. Use personal days for family situations or sickness. Be careful not to squander them.
If you miss a total of two weeks of class (six class meetings for classes meeting three times a week; four class meetings for classes meeting twice a week), you may fail the course. If you are on a sports team, absences for games still count as personal days. However, we will adjust your absence limit if absences because of games exceed the absence limit. The attendance policy begins with the second class meeting.
If you are absent and have not exceeded your absence limit, you do not need to email me to explain your absence. If you would like to find out about missed information or assignments, it is best to stop by during office hours or make an appointment to see me. You can also email me, but I may not be able to respond before our next class meeting. However, you should email about an absence ahead of the due date if an assignment is due.
It may be possible to make up missed assignments/quizzes with my approval; therefore, it is your responsibility to contact me to determine work that needs to be completed and to follow up with all logistical requirements. However, it may not be possible to make up some assignments or quizzes. If you are absent for a quiz, you must contact the day of the quiz to make arrangements, if warranted, to take the quiz before the next class period. After that, you will receive a "0" for the quiz.
For an extended absence, do the following: Follow the syllabus and keep up with readings/assignments; Stay in contact with me for information/resources/help; Look into getting notes from classmates (I can help with this); See me during office hours when you return to class.Classroom Etiquette
During class meetings, we will discuss and debate issues about writing and literature.
It is fine to express your views passionately and debate others in class, but do so in a civil, constructive manner. Please do not use phones and mobile devices during class, even if you
believe you are doing so quietly. Not only is this rude, but also it
distracts other students as well as your ablity to focus on and follow class
instruction and discussion. Also, please do not wear headphones. It is English Department policy that
students cannot and should not record class lectures and discussion without
permission from the intstructor. Also, please get drinks of water
or use the washroom before or after class, not during class, so that our
classroom does not become a bus station. Please see me if you need
Plagiarism (from the Latin "to Kidnap")
Plagiarism (from the Latin "to Kidnap")
You will be expected to do your own work throughout the course. Intentionally or unintentionally passing off the ideas, words, or sentences of others (e.g., published authors, website authors, other students) as your own is plagiarism, which will result in failing the plagiarized assignment and possibly the course. Please review the University policy regarding plagiarism.
Anyone caught cheating during quizzes or exams (e.g., looking at someone else's paper or using a cell phone) will fail the quiz or exam and be reported to the Dean of Students Office. Also, using AI to generate assignments that you turn in as substitute for your own work is cheating and will be treated as a form of academic dishonesty.