EN316 Later English Literature

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EN 316 Later English Literature


SP 2013 HO


Lolly J. Ockerstrom, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of English


Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston
M.A., Northeastern University, Boston
Certificate, Martha's Vineyard Advanced Institutes on Writing, Northeastern University

Office Location

321 CO

Office Hours

TR 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; and by appointment



Semester Dates

14 January - 10 May 2013

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM


En 105, 106, and 201

Credit Hours



Required Texts:

  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature (NAEL), Vol. B: the Sixteenth Century/the Early Seventeenth Century. 9th edition.New York: W.W. Norton, 2006.  ISBN: 0-393-92718-0  

NOTE: If you do not already have either the 8th or the 9th edition, you will be able to access Milton's Paradise Lost online, as follows:

The best source is the Dartmouth College Milton Reading Room, which you can find at: www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book1  etc. You will need to print out Book1 and Book 5 for use in class. You may also bring another edition of PL, but be aware that you will not have the same notes and apparatus as the NAEL.  

  • NAEL, Vol. C: the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor. 9th edition. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-393-91251-7  (If you already have the 8th edition, that will do: 0-393-92719-9)
  • The Commerce of Everyday Life: Selections from The Tatler and The Spectator. A Bedford Cultural Edition.  Ed., Erin Mackie. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. ISBN: 0-312-11597-0 
  • NAEL: Vol. D: the Romantic Period. 9th edition. Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-393-91252-4
  • NAEL: Vol. E: the Victorian Age. 9th edition. Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor. New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2012.  ISBN: 978-0-393-91253-1 
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th edition. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-60329-024-1
  • Any good grammar handbook.
  • A good dictionary. 


Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:


McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
EN316 Later English Literature: A survey of major authors, works, and movements from 1660 to 1900. Special attention to the Romantic and Victorian periods. Prerequisities: EN105, EN106, EN201. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The more engaged you are, the more you learn and the more you want to learn. All students learn best though intentional engagement: by reading and re-reading; by engaging in discussions and class conversations; by writing, responding, and listening to others; and by giving presentations. Particularly when reading literature from earlier times, students benefit from writing in response to readings.
Pose your own questions and write responses to them, and bring your insights to class. Take time to think reflectively upon reading and writing assignments. Make connections between and among texts, and learn all you can about the historical and cultural contexts of the texts you are reading.  Come to class with intentionality: be fully engaged; expect to explore concepts and ideas; study carefully both texts and contexts of assigned reading. The more you do to prepare for class, the more you gain from each class period--and the more everyone else gains from what you have to say.

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 ¾of 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:

  • Participation: arriving in class on time prepared with all reading and writing assignments and engaging in class discussion. 
  • Reflective journals (2) 
  • Presentation project/critical paper 



Attendance/discussion/participation (25%)  25 points
Reflective Journal 1   (15%)  15 points
Reflective Journal 2     (15%)  15 points
Presentation Project/Critical Paper (45%)  45 points
Total points 100 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Papers (journals and critical paper) are due at the beginning of class on due dates. Print your work out prior to class (the night prior to the due date) to avoid the following late paper penalties:
Journals/Critical Paper 
  • 1 day late (loss of 5 points)
  • 2 days late (loss of 10 points)
  • 3 or more days late: comments only, no points awarded.  

I do not accept papers by email; it is your responsibility to submit your paper to me in hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Arrive in class on time prepared with all reading and writing assignments.
  • Print out assignments ahead of time and come to class prepared to turn in assignments at the beginning of class. You will not be allowed to go to the computer lab during class.
  • Show respect for yourself and all others:  Sit up straight, and remain engaged by listening and participating. 
  • Turn off cell phones, computers, ipads, etc., and keep them turned off during class.  
  • If you anticipate an emergency call, see me well ahead of class and let me know. Sit close to the door, and step into the hall if you receive the anticipated call.
  • Prepare yourself for class by preparing a minimum of one question and one comment for each class period; if you are particularly shy or reluctant to speak in class, set up goals for how you will participate. On the other hand, if you always have a lot to say, cultivate the art of listening to others. No one should dominate, but no one should remain always silent. 



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Reading Assignment

Week 1:   Jan 15, 17

From NAEL, Vol. B:
Milton sonnets;
Virtual tour of Christ's College, Cambridge;
Paradise Lost, Book 1
Week 2:
Jan. 22, 24


Finish discussion on Paradise Lost, Book 1;
Milton, Book 9
Week 3: Jan. 29, 31


Finish PL; Reflective journal 1 Due 31 January
Week 4: Feb. 5, 7
NAEL, Restoration & 18th Century, Vol. C:
Samuel Pepys
John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human
Understanding; Epistle to the Reader

Weeks  5, 6:
Feb. 12, 14; 19, 21
NAEL, Vol C: Addison & Steele, p. 2468 (browse all)
Commerce of Everyday Life/Tatler/Spectator
Selected essays tba
Week 7:
Feb. 26, 28

NAEL, Vol. C: Samuel Johnson, p. 2664 and following


Week 8
March 5, 7
NAEL, Vol. C: James Boswell, p. 2778 and following
Spring Break March 11 - 15

Week 9: Mar. 19, 21

From  NAEL, Vol. D:
Olaudah Esquiano,"The Interesting Life of OE," p.98 - 105
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from "On the Slave Trade," p.108
William Blake, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," p. 148

Week 10: Mar. 26, 28

NAEL, Vol D:
William Wordsworth: Lyrical Ballads, intro and selected poems; The Prelude, selected  poems
April 2, 4
 NAEL, vol D: Dorothy Wordsworth, p. 402. All selections plus handouts.
Week 12:
April 9, 11
NAEL, Vol. D: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, p. 437. Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Dejection: An Ode; selections from Biographia Literaria

Week 13:    April 16, 18

NAEL, Vol. D.: William Michael Rossetti: Pre-Raphaelite Manifesto; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Blessed Damozel; My Sister's Sleep; Christina Rossetti, The Goblin Market. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


Week 14: April 23, 25
NAEL, Vol. E: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, p. 1156: The Lady of Shalott; The Lotos Eaters; Ulysses; Break, Break, Break; The Epic [Morte d'Arthur]; Charge of the Light Brigade
Week 15:
April 30
May 2 


Continue Tennyson: Course Evaluation; finish presentations.


Week 16:
May 7


Final Exam week. If we need this time to finish presentations, we will meet Tuesday during exam period.


May 11



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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Attendance Policy for En 316:
This course meets twice weekly; one absence is equal to one and one-half class periods. Note the following penalties:

1-2 absences: no penalty
3-4 absences: loss of one full letter grade (a grade of B becomes a C)
5-6 absences: loss of two full letter grades (a grade of B becomes a D)
More than 6 absences: Failure to pass the course.

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 .


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