Syllabus for English 2122: British Literature II
Spring 2003 CRN 20950
Instructor: Dr. David Ludley
Office: Arts & Sciences 105-E
Web Site: http://a-s.clayton.edu/ludley
Phone (with voice mail): 770/960-4374
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:30pm -
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3pm - 4pm & 9pm - 9:30pm
And on the following Saturdays ONLY, from 12:30pm - 1pm:
Feb. 15 & 22; March 22 & 29; and April 26.
English 2122 meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons,
from 3pm till 4:20pm, in A & S 133.
Final Exam: Tuesday, May 6 from 1 pm - 3pm (not the regular
class day or time).
Required Textbooks: The Norton Anthology of English
Literature, Seventh Edition, Vol. 2, published by W W Norton & Co.,
2000; and the small paperback The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by
Robert Louis Stevenson, Dover Thrift Edition, Dover Publications, 1991.
First Assignment (due by Monday): Read
"Introduction: The Romantic Period," pages 1-21, and William Blake,
Intro. on pages 35-39, and all the poems that are included from Songs of
Innocence and of Experience that are on pages 43-59.
Course Description: This course emphasizes the
development of the aesthetic perspective through the reading of a variety of
British literary works from the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern Ages. This may
include the global development of English literature as well. The goals of
the course are increased skill in each student's writing, critical thinking, and
interpretive skills, as well as greater awareness of ways our interpretation of
literary works increases our understanding of other cultural points of view in
addition to our own.
Course Grades: Your final grade will be determined by the
following, all of which are required, in order for one to complete the course:
First In-Class Essay Exam---------20%
Second In-Class Essay Exam------20%
Final Exam: Multiple Choice-------20%
Basic Course Requirements:
1. Quizzes: At the start of every class that reading
assignments are due, short quizzes will be given. These quizzes will be
short answer or multiple choice. They will be closed book. I will
drop your lowest quiz at the end of the semester. Therefore, quizzes may not
be made up. If you miss one, that will count as your lowest quiz. That
includes missing one if you are late to class.
2. The Term Essay will be approximately 4 - 6 double
spaced typed pages on a topic involving interpretation or evaluation of a
variety of readings not covered in class. Research in addition to the
primary texts is not required but may help to raise the grade you receive.
Documentation should use the MLA style of in-text parenthetical citation.
Always keep copies of written work you turn in , to protect yourself against
inadvertent loss. Most important, you must not commit plagiarism. In other
words, you must not copy or paraphrase words, ideas, or other original
information from other sources without documenting your borrowing of this
information. Failure to acknowledge such borrowing constitutes plagiarism,
a form of theft of another person's original ideas or writing. Instances
of plagiarism will result in an "F" and be referred to the Dean of
Student's Office for possible disciplinary action, according to the provisions
of the current CCSU Student Handbook. Turning in this Term Essay
late will result in a -10 points penalty (out of 100) for each day late.
Connections Between CCSU Writing Criteria Assessment Ratings and
Term Essay Grade:
A=41 points, no rating lower than 5
B=37-49 points, no rating lower than 5
C=32-36 points, no rating lower than 4
D=28-31 points, only one rating as low as 3
F=27 or fewer points, or more than one rating of 3, or any rating lower than 3
3. Two In-Class Essay Exams: These will each
cover a third of the course and consist of an essay question or questions.
The first will cover the Romantic period. The second will cover the
Victorian period. These two exams will be in-class but open book.
4. The Third In-Class Exam is the Final Exam and it
will be multiple choice. It will cover the last third of the course
readings--the Modern Age. It will be a closed book exam.
1. Attendance: To do well, you must come to class.
There is no makeup for missed quizzes. As well, the questions on the three
in-class exams will come directly from the material we cover in class.
Once material has been assigned, it must be read before the next class. It
is YOUR responsibility, if absent, to keep up with class work and
assignments. Being absent from a class does not excuse you from the
quiz given the next time you attend. If you miss the assignment,
call during office hours or correspond via e-mail with me or other students to
get your assignments. If absent, you must also get any discussion/lecture
notes from another student. I am not set up to email discussion/lecture
notes, and that will not be possible, so please don't request it.
Remember: the questions on all exams will come directly from the material we
cover in class. And, in regard to attendance, make-up exams for the
three in-class exams will only be given under justifiable, documented
2. Participation: I hope that each of you
will be able to demonstrate through class discussions an interest and
understanding of the literature we study. It is most important to keep an
open mind; the willingness to defer judgment as to the merit of a given author
or work is a sign of one who is willing to grow...and learn, in life. Also
in regard to participation, you must shut off any beepers, cell phones, etc.,
3. Computer Literacy: This course requires
that you are able to send and receive e-mail, have a CCSU e-mail address, have a
basic understanding and skill with word processing, and are able to access and
use Internet resources.
4. E-mail Protocol: I usually check my e-mail
at least once a day. An exception to this policy is weekends or when I am
out of town. You can expect to have responses to my e-mail within 24 or 48
5. Office Hours: Please come visit me in my
office--A & S 105E--if you have any questions, are unsure of anything, or
just want to talk to me about class. YOU ARE WELCOME! My office
hours are posted near the front of this syllabus. I may also be in my office at
other hours as well, but please make an appointment to see me at any other
times. My e-mail address is listed on the front as well.
6.To obtain this information in alternative format, contact the
Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 14, 770-961-3719, email@example.com
First Reading Assignments (Includes Intro. Explanatory
Wednesday, January 8: Introductory: Romanticism
Monday, Jan. 13: "Introduction: The Romantic
Period," pages 1-21, and William Blake, Intro. on pages 35-39, and all the
poems that are included from Songs of Innocence and of Experience that
are on pages 43-59.
Wednesday, Jan. 15: Blake continued: "Book of Thel" (59-64),
partial "Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (72-77), and "And did those
Monday, Jan. 20 MLK Day--no school