empire mapFall 2015  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:25-2:40, CUE 219   

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Dr. Donna Campbell
Email (best way to reach me): campbelld@wsu.edu
202H Avery, 509-335-4831
Office Hours: 10-1 T, Th and by appointment.
Virtual Office Hours: Contact me via Twitter, Skype, and Google chat at dmcampbellwsu.

Course site: http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/engl372/index.html
Course blog: http://english372.wordpress.com

Required Textbooks. Books can be purchased at the Bookie and at Crimson and Gray. They are inexpensive editions; the whole list can be purchased new for under $35.

Wilde, Oscar

The Picture of Dorian Gray




Chopin, Kate

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

Simon & Schuster



Dickens, Charles

Hard Times

Oxford World



Shelley, Mary

Frankenstein (1818 edition)




Twain, Mark Pudd'nhead Wilson Dover 1999 978-0486408859
Negri, Paul, ed. Great American Short Stories Dover 2002 978-0486421193
Course pack Available soon at Cougar Copies in the CUB. You will need to bring a printed copy to class.

Course Description

English 372 approaches Anglophone literature—literary and cultural texts in English from 1800 to 1900—through themes pertinent to the Victorian era and our own contemporary culture.

Making Monsters: Nature, Society, Romanticism, and Individualism

Imperial Outlaws: Race and Empire/The Empire Writes Back

Was it . . . murder? Mysteries and the Science of Detection

Romanticism Revisited: Aestheticism, Decadence, and Sexuality

Content Note: These texts reflect the cultural attitudes of the nineteenth century, and they are presented in their original form. Although these books are not graphic when judged by twenty-first century standards, they may use words now considered offensive, may depict scenes upsetting to current readers, or may represent race, gender, or violence in ways that that run counter to current standards, even when the intent is to protest racism, sexism, or other forms of social injustice. If you believe you would be unable to read this material despite understanding its historical context, you should drop the class now.

Course Goals and Student Learning Outcomes. The goals and learning outcomes for students in the course are as follows. Each is addressed through multiple class activities and evaluated through class discussion, papers, quizzes, group presentations, debates, exams, reports, laptop days, and individual presentations.

Important: You need to bring your book with you to class each day. Having your book in class is a vital part of class participation: you'll be asked to read passages aloud, give page citations, and so forth. Reading the book online and then coming to class is not sufficient, and your class participation grade will be lower as a result.