EN316 Later English Literature

for SP 2007

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EN 316 Later English Literature


SP 2007 HO


Brackett, Mary Virginia


Assistant Professor of English


Ph.D. and M.A., English
BSMT (Medical Technology)
BSBA, Marketing & Management

Office Location

Copley 210

Office Hours

MW 9:00A.M. - 11:30 A.M.; TTH noon - 1:00PM; and by appointment

Daytime Phone




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Semester Dates

16 January - 4 May 2007

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 3:40 PM


EN105, EN106, passing the WCT, and 60 accumulated hours

Credit Hours



The Longman Anthology of British Literature, 3rd edition, Volume 1c

The Longman Anthology of British Literature, 3rd edition, Volume 2a

The Longman Anthology of British Literature, 3rd edition, Volume 2b

Park University: Anthology of British Literature, Vol. II, spring semester 2006

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Course Description:

 This course provides a survey of major authors, works, and movements from approximately 1700 to 1900. Special attention will be given to the Restoration, the Romantic, and the Victorian periods with a close look at women writers new to the traditional canon. For the earlier part of the course, we will follow my reading schedule and introductions compiled by last year’s students in this course, collected in The Park Anthology of English Literature, vol. 2. Our attention will not only be on the literature itself, but on the anthology project as well. We will look critically at the work of last year’s students along with the professionally published anthologies, The Longman Anthology of British Literature, vols. 1C, 2A and 2B. Then, later in the course, you will develop a new edition of the Park Anthology, working in teams to revise existing material in the earlier edition, rethinking some of its discussions, and creating additional material for future students in this course.

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy holds that students learn from both written and spoken reaction to literature and to critical sources and discussion with one another and their instructor. A theoretical base proves crucial to a practical expression of learning. Every student who majors in English needs a broad, yet thorough, background in the major literary periods. They also need to understand how the eras in which writers write affect those writers, as well as on what basis works are included in the "canon" with which they interact as English majors.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the nature of literary history and its relationship to political and social history.
  2. Examine “canon-formation” (i.e., how it's determined what constitute the major works of a period).
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with recent trends in English studies and the range of current approaches to literary texts.

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include ¾ of the Core Learning Outcomes listed above. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.

The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations.

Class Assessment:
Assessment will occur in a number of ways, including one personal reader response essay, one major research paper,(core assessment), examinations, "pop" quizzes, reading journals, one group oral presentation, and the completion of a special project, which may include editing a new version of the Park University: Anthology of British Literature, Vol. II. "Pop" quizzes may not be "made up." Regular attendance guarantees the opportunity to complete such quizzes. No work for extra points will be made available. Please see attachment for the reading journal form, which you may use to record your reaction to course readings. You will include a minimum of 10 journal entries focused on authors' writings (they must include a variety of genres) from each of the three unit readings for a minimum total of 30 journal entries.


  EN316             Grading Plan
Essay 1 Proposal                      25
Essay 1                                     50
Essay 2 Proposal                       25
Essay 2 (core assessment)       100
Group presentation                    25
Reading Journal                         50
10 quizzes (10 pts ea.)              100
Special project                           50
Midterm exam                            75
Final exam                                100

 Total Points                              600


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Meeting deadlines is part of learning how to write successfully.  Late work will not be accepted without special permission and prior consultation with the instructor. Grades on late work will be reduced. Such special permission will be granted once only during the term. No assignment may be submitted more than one week late. After one week, assignments will receive a grade of “0.”

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance and participation in a discussion-based class such as EN316 must remain a priority. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Later in the semester as study of the canon and editing of the Park Anthology proceed, students should remain conscientious about completing their additions to the Anthology when due, so as not to disrupt construction of a new edition.

Writing assignments submitted for a grade must be produced on a computer.  Students are urged to recognize the problems that may accompany the use of technology (rinters run out of ink, hard drives crash, etc.). Be sure to plan ahead in order to meet deadlines in spite of such potential problems: save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Computer problems will not constitute acceptable excuses for late work.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See attachment

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Resist plagiarism and purchase of on-line "canned" essays as a matter of self-respect and respect for your peers and your instructor.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Please contact me with an explanation, should you miss two consecutive class meetings.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Welcome to English 316. This course emphasizes study of literature written and published between 1700 and 1900, as well as discussion of the method of inclusion of "approved" works in the literary canon. The amount of reading proves challenging, as we "sample" many works, while enjoying others in full. You will reveal knowledge of eras, authors and works through examinations, essays, and discussions. Your opinion and knowledge of the canon will reveal itself in your editing work on the Park Anthology. The course’s emphasis on your active participation will allow you the opportunity to learn critical skills at a sophisticated level. The areas we will highlight include:

  • the nature of literary history and its relationship to political and social history
  • “canon-formation” i.e., how scholars determine what constitute the major works of a period
  • recent trends in English studies and the range of current approaches to literary texts
  • designing and organizing far-reaching class presentations and the understanding the varieties of reader response in class discussions
  • intense writing and editing experience

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Reading Journal Entry Form


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