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Fall 2012  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:35-11:50, CUE 219   
Dr. Donna Campbell
Email (best way to reach me): campbelld@wsu.edu
357 Avery ,509-335-4831
Office Hours: 9-10, 2:50-3:30 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

Syllabus and Schedule of Assignments

Wilde, Oscar

The Picture of Dorian Gray




Chopin, Kate

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

Simon & Schuster



Dickens, Charles

Hard Times

Oxford World



Twain, Mark

Huckleberry Finn




Shelley, Mary

Frankenstein (1818 edition)




Negri, Paul, ed. Great American Short Stories Dover 2002 978-0486421193
Course pack At http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/engl372/coursepack.pdf

Course Description

English 372, 19th-Century Literature of the British Empire and the Americas, approaches Anglophone literature—literary and cultural texts in English from 1800 to 1900—via identifiable “points of intersection" significant in the nineteenth century: Romanticism, Society, and Individualism; Ecology and Industrialism; Imperialism and Global Expansion; and Aesthetics, Gender, and Sexuality. Although certain sections are identified on the syllabus with one of these four themes, each of these ideas recurs throughout the century and throughout the course. Our purpose is to understand these works in a broader framework of social, literary, and political contexts; thus we will also read cultural documents of the times such as pictures, cartoons, and maps as well as tracing these ideas in popular culture.

Course Goals. The goals for students in the course are as follows:

  • To read and closely analyze a number of works of literature and journalism within the course materials described.
  • To view and interpret multiple kinds of texts, including maps, songs, and political cartoons, to understand the ways in which they comment on and reflect their culture.
  • To learn about significant issues, movements, and trends in literature of global British and American literature of the 19th century.
  • To search for instances of how 19th-century perspectives, language, and literature permeate contemporary culture and to assess the ways in which they affect our perspectives on issues such as individualism, industrialism and ecology, relations with other countries, and aesthetics, gender, and sexuality.
  • To work with and learn to evaluate primary and secondary resources, including locating primary print sources and digitized versions online, learning to use the MLA Bibliography and other databases to find secondary sources, and learning to assess web materials for reliability, and locating primary source materials.
  • To synthesize the knowledge thus gained and to produce into papers and other modes of presentation in order to disseminate those insights to the class.
  • 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.

    Schedule of Assignments. This is a tentative guide to the assignments; it may change as the course progresses.Most readings are in the assigned books or in the course pack. The course pack is 46 pages long, which means 23 double-sided pages. You can get a copy from Cougar Copies or print it out and fasten it with staples or a binder, but you must bring it in paper (not electronic) form to class with you.

    Week Date

    Reading Assignments

    Writing Assignments






    Romanticism, Nature, and Individualism
    Emerson, from Nature (course pack)
    "Each and All" (course pack)
    Coleridge, "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison" (course pack)

    Sign up for report



    Wordsworth, from Preface to Lyrical Ballads (course pack)
    Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey" (course pack)
    Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (course pack)



    Wordsworth, "Resolution and Independence" (course pack)
    Carroll, "The Aged, Aged Man" (course pack)
    Laptop day: bring your laptop if you have one. We will set up blog groups in class.

    Weblog post 1 due



    Individualism, Revolt, and the Byronic Hero
    George Gordon, Lord Byron, from Manfred (course pack)
    Frederick Douglass, from Narrative (course pack)
    John Rollin Ridge (Yellow Bird), from Joaquin Murieta (course pack)



    Workshop for Paper 1
    Laptop day: bring your laptop if you have one

    Bring draft of Paper 1

    Weblog post 2 due



    Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1-110)

    Short Paper 1 due


    Frankenstein (110-191)

    Weblog post 3 due



    Poe,"The Tell-Tale Heart" (13-17)
    Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher" (course pack)




    Ecology and Industrialism
    Blake, " "London" (course pack)
    Wordsworth, "The world is too much with us" (course pack)
    Melville, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (GASS 18-48)
    Laptop day: bring your laptop if you have one

    Weblog post 4 due



    Dickens, Hard Times (1-155)



    Meet at MASC

    Hard Times (155-274)

    Weblog post 5 due



    Exam 1



    Research Day: No Class

    8 10/9

    Imperialism and Westward Expansion: The West

    Harte, "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (GASS 49-57)
    Crane, "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" (GASS 58-67)

      10/11 Research Day: No Class

    Short Paper 2 due in Angel



    Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (read all)



    Huckleberry Finn, continued
    Laptop day: bring your laptop if you have one

    Weblog post 6 due
    10 10/23

    Imperialism and Westward Expansion: South and East
    Chesnutt, "The Goophered Grapevine" (GASS 93-103)




    Imperialism and Westward Expansion: Empire/The Empire Writes Back


    Weblog post 7 due



    Orientalism, Imperialism, and Race
    Jewett, "A White Heron" (GASS 84-92)
    Shelley, "Ozymandias" (course pack)
    Coleridge, "Kubla Khan" (course pack)
    Mary Seacole, from The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands(course pack)


    Kipling, "The White Man's Burden" (course pack)
    Hubert Harrison, "The Black Man's Burden" (course pack)

    Kipling, "The Man Who Would Be King" (read online at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8147) or printable .pdf (23 pages)
    Laptop day (bring your laptop or other device with the reading loaded on it)

    Short Paper 3 (optional) due

    Weblog post 8 due



    Romanticism Revisited: Aestheticism, Sexuality, and the Double Self at the Fin-de-Siecle

    Arnold, "Hebraism and Hellenism" from Culture and Anarchy (course pack)
    Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1-89)




    Kate Chopin, The Awakening (89-178)

    Weblog post 9 due
    Proposal for Paper 4 due



    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1-86)



    The Picture of Dorian Gray (87-165)

    Weblog post 10 due
    14 11/20-22 Thanksgiving break  







    Project Presentations

      11/29 Project Presentations Optional Weblog post 11 due
    Paper 4 due


    Project Presentations



    Project Presentations

    17 12/14 Exam 2 10:10-12:10 (schedule at http://www.registrar.wsu.edu/Registrar/Content/FinalExams20123.pdf)  

    Requirements and Assignments

    Attendance and Class Participation.  Attendance is expected, as is class participation; both are essential parts of the course. You must bring your reading to be counted as present in class. You have four free absences; a fifth absence means that you may fail the course.

    Class participation is important, and you should come to class prepared to discuss each day's reading. Since the syllabus is online, as are the readings not in your textbooks, you should have no trouble in reading the next day's assignments even if you're absent on the previous day. If you have questions about the day's reading, don't hesitate to ask; chances are good that someone else had the same question.

    Because we will be reading and analyzing passages from the readings during the class period, bringing your book with you is an essential part of class participation and will count in your class participation grade. As mentioned above, reading the assignment online and then coming to class is not sufficient.

    Formal Papers. Students in this class will write the following:

  • Two shorter papers of literary interpretation or analysis requiring no research (3-4 pages or 750-1000 words).
  • The third paper is optional; it includes a creative topics option and may substitute for either of the first two. In other words, if you complete all three short papers, the lowest short paper grade will be dropped.
  • One longer paper (7-9 pages) that will require either research or the reading of additional texts. This paper will be the subject of a final presentation. The longer paper may be a group project and may take the form of a web site, wiki, or video production; more details will be available later in the course
  • I will use abbreviations as references to grammatical principles on your corrected papers. The abbreviations and accompanying explanations are available on the "Key to Comments" document here: http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/keyto.htm.

    Format. Papers must be neatly typed and carefully proofread. Citations should follow MLA style as outlined in the MLA Handbook, Bedford Handbook, or other such guides. See more formatting guidelines at this link: http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/format.htm.

    Electronic Version. Paper versions of papers (hard copies) are due at the beginning of class on the deadline date. If you prefer, you can upload an electronic copy to Angel (http://lms.wsu.edu) by 9 p.m. on the deadline date. Either a paper version or an electronic version is acceptable; paper versions will receive handwritten comments, and electronic versions will receive typed comments in the margins. Electronic versions will be returned through Angel in .pdf format.

    If you upload your paper, name your file as follows: LastnameFirstinitial_ClassNumber_Papernumber. Example: If Joan Smith turns in her first paper, the file would be called SmithJ_372_Paper1.doc.

    Late Papers and Extensions. Late papers are penalized at the rate of one letter grade (10 points) per class day late; a paper that would have received a "B" on Tuesday will receive a "C" if handed in on Thursday.

  • If you do not turn in a paper, you will receive a 0 for that portion of your grade. Papers received after four class days will receive 50 points but will not be formally graded.
  • You have one 48-hour extension in this class. This extension means that your paper will be due on the next class day, which could be more than 48 hours, without penalty.You must request the extension ahead of time, and you should save it for a true emergency, since no other extensions will be granted for illness, funerals, weddings, or any other reason.
  • Exams. This course has two exams. Exams in this course will consist of objective (multiple choice, short answer, matching) questions, identification questions, and an essay written in class. Exams cannot be made up without a doctor's note.

    Quizzes. Unannounced quizzes over the reading will be given frequently in this class. The quizzes test your specific knowledge of the reading assignment for that day and sometimes ask about information from a previous day's class discussion or lecture. For example, you might be asked the name of a character, the meaning of a term discussed in the previous class, the character associated with a particular quotation, or the results of a specific action that occurs in a scene. Their purpose is to reinforce your close reading of the material by asking you about significant points in the book.

  • Quizzes are usually composed of 10 multiple-choice questions, although some quizzes will ask you to write a few sentences in response to a question. If you've done the reading and have paid attention in class, you should easily be able to get a 10/10 on them.
  • Quizzes cannot be made up, even if you are absent because of illness, but the lowest quiz grade will be dropped.
  • Quizzes are usually given in the first 10 minutes of class; if you come in late and the quiz is in progress, you will not be able to take the quiz.
  • An optional quiz will be given as a universal "make-up" quiz at the end of the semester.
  • Students who have their books will be able to look up material for the bonus questions on quizzes.
  • In-class writing and short assignments. Short, typed responses to the reading may be assigned from time to time, as will short pieces of in-class writing.

    Reports and Blogs. [GROUP BLOGS INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUAL BLOGS] Students in this class will either present a brief oral report to the class or, in a group of 2-4 students, keep an online journal (weblog) of their reading this semester. Both options will involve about the same amount of work, but with the blog option, you'll be spreading the work out over the entire semester. Those who choose both to present a report and to keep a weblog will not have to take the second exam.

  • You'll sign up for a report or a weblog in class. See the Reports and Blogs pages for more details.
  • To make the schedule updatable and available to all, it will be posted on our course site, as will the list of blogs.
  • Because the point of the weblog is to share your thoughts with others in the class, our main class site will contain a link with your name as part of the requirement. If you have any privacy concerns (under FERPA) about having people know that you are in this class or do not want your name posted anywhere on our class site, you should choose the Reports option instead. You'll also need to write to me (on paper) requesting that your name be omitted from the Reports page.
  • Policies

    Plagiarism Policy. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else's words or ideas. This definition includes not only deliberately handing in someone else's work as your own but failing to cite your sources, including Web pages and Internet sources.

  • For a first offense, any paper plagiarized in whole or in part will receive an "F" (0 points), and the incident must be reported to the WSU Office of Student ConductYou will NOT be allowed to rewrite the plagiarized paper for a better grade.
  • Penalties for a second offense can range from failing the course to suspension from the university.
  • WSU Statement on Academic Integrity. As an institution of higher education, Washington State University is committed to principles of truth and academic honesty. All members of the University community share the responsibility for maintaining and supporting these principles. When a student enrolls in Washington State University, the student assumes an obligation to pursue academic endeavors in a manner consistent with the standards of academic integrity adopted by the University. To maintain the academic integrity of the community, the University cannot tolerate acts of academic dishonesty including any forms of cheating, plagiarism, or fabrication. Washington State University reserves the right and the power to discipline or to exclude students who engage in academic dishonesty.

    WSU Midterm Policy. Based on ASWSU student requests and action by the Faculty Senate, WSU has recently instituted Academic Rule 88, which stipulates that all students will receive midterm grades. Midterm grades are not binding, and because the bulk of the graded work in this course occurs after the midterm point, it can only accurately reflect student performance up to that point.

    WSU defines a "C" grade as "satisfactory," and those whose grades at midterm are in the "satisfactory" range or above (A, B, or C) will receive a "C" for the midterm grade [or will receive no listed grade at midterm]. Those whose performance is deficient (D) or seriously deficient (F) will receive those grades.

    This does not mean that your grade is a "C" but that your grade is in the satisfactory range (A, B, or C) and that there are no significant deficiencies noted up to that point.

    Electronics Policy. Recent studies have shown that people remember material better when they take notes by hand rather than on the computer, since typing on the computer tends to produce a transcription rather than the kind of selective note-taking that leads to understanding. Also, students participate more actively when they are not using a laptop, which benefits their class participation grade, and there are fewer distractions in the classroom without laptops. The following policies thus apply in this class:

  • No cell phones or texting. Those using cell phones or texting will be counted as absent for the day.
  • No laptops (iPads, netbooks, etc.) except on laptop days unless you have a reason that you've cleared with me ahead of time. If you must have a laptop open, the wireless should be turned off except on laptop days.
  • WSU Policy on Students with Disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center (Washington Building, Room 217). Please stop by or call 509-335-3417 to make an appointment with an Access Advisor.

    Safety Policy. See also the WSU Safety Policy (http://oem.wsu.edu/Emergencies) and Safety Plan (http://safetyplan.wsu.edu/).

    General Grading Criteria: List available at http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/grading.html.

    Because of FERPA and privacy issues, no grades will be discussed or transmitted by e-mail or instant messaging. Emails about other matters will usually receive a response within 24 hours except on weekends; inappropriate or disrespectful emails will receive no response at all.

    Exams (2 x 10% each) 20 percent
    Short papers (2 at 15% each) 30 percent
    Report or Group weblog 10 percent
    Longer Paper or Project (20%) plus paper presentation (5%) 25 percent
    Quizzes, class participation, informal group presentations, and in-class writings 15 percent