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Course : The Victorian Period

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Fall 2019
Bea Wood Hall, 226
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In this section, we will investigate our abilities, as readers of the twenty-first century, to understand the world of writers of the Victorian era.  As the Norton introduction suggests, for widely ranging reasons the period of literature that we will study often has been stereotyped or underrated.  As participants in the continuing rediscovery of the Victorian voice, we will work to cut through cultural prejudices and to allow ourselves, as effectively as possible, to find the writers’ own thinking.  We also will need to speak about forces that necessarily limit our ability to do so


The class will be structured around our reading and then discussing a series of significant Victorian texts.  Readings will be assigned as we move along, the schedule adjusted as needed, to find a comfortable pace. 


Grades will be created from the following sources: 

1) Members will be expected to come to class prepared and willing to participate.  Thus, everyone in class will be asked to keep a Participation Log listing daily engagements with the discussions at hand.  The Log will be collected on 5 December and be worth 10% of your grade.  To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for ten points, fourteen for nine . . .).


2)  In addition, we will write four exams, as indicated.  Each will cover the unit of work we just have finished.  That is, Exam IV will not be comprehensive.  Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, blanks to fill, multiple-choice) and one typed outside of class (an essay of four-to-five pages responding to questions provided about a week before the exam date).  The exam grade average will create 60% of the final mark.  Sample in-class questions will be handed out before the first exam. 


3) In addition to the above work, graduate students will complete a research project for 30% of the grade.  Please consult the handout available in class.

In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90 points; B = 89-80 points; C = 79-70 points; D = 69-60 points; F = 59-0 points.  For grade sources, see above, “Course Requirements.” 

Regular attendance and participation will be expected.  After four cuts, one's final grade will be F.  Two late arrivals count together as one cut.  Exceptions will be made ONLY for certifiable illnesses or for "authorized" absence, specifically as described in the university Catalog

No late work can be accepted, unless arrangements have been made before the due date. 

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