Department of English
Office: LL 549B
Hours: MW 1-3 and by appointment
In this course we will be focusing on your writing and how to improve it. Through the use of in-class workshops, multiple drafting, intensive reading and critical discussion, and library and Web research, we hope to prepare you for the types of writing most often encountered in college-level courses. Since the ability to write well is tied closely to the development of effective reading and analytical skills, we will supplement the very brief readings in the main textbook with a number of well-known, longer pieces of writing which all address, in some form or other, the large topic of "education" (conceived as broadly as possible). Weekly discussions of ideas will be supplemented by workshops which focus intensively on writing skills. Supplemental readings will be available online through the course website, but you may also purchase inexpensive paperback editions listed below under the required Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, 2nd Edition, which you must purchase.
Bean, John C. and John D. Ramage. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, 2nd Edition. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.
Arnold, Matthew. Culture and Anarchy. Ed. Stefan Collini. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.
Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species. New York: Bantam, 1999.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Confessions. Trans. J. M. Cohen. London: Penguin, 1953 [reprint].
Wells, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau New York: Bantam, 1994.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Women. New York: Dover, 1996.
N.B. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing is available now at the ASU Bookstore. The other texts have just recently been ordered. I will notify you when they arrive at the bookstore. You should also purchase a handbook such as the Little Brown Handbook or, at the very least, make use of the Online English Grammar. I will append an extensive list of links for research to this syllabus within a few weeks. In the meantime, though, you should explore for yourself the extensive information sources available through the ASU Library. You may also find the extensive links on my website to be useful, although you should keep in mind that these are heavily weighted toward literary and historical sites.
N.B. I expect that your papers will conform to ASU guidelines on academic honesty. That is, I expect that all work is your own except for that which you have explicitly cited on your "Works Cited" page. This means you must cite ideas and words borrowed from online sources as well as from books and articles found in the library. If you have further questions about this policy, see the statement issued by the Women's Studies Program here. It provides a succinct summary of the policy in effect in this class.
Requirements and Grading:
Following is a breakdown of requirements for the course:
|Requirement||Percent of final grade|
|Essay 1 (autobiography)||15%|
|Essay 2 (classical argument) Topics||15%|
|Essay 3 (informative essay) Topics||15%|
|Essay 4 (analysis paper) Topics||15%|
|Research paper (Topics)||20%|
|Participation, attendance, various short writing assignments in-class and out, oral reports||20%|
Vigorous and regular class participation is crucial to success in this course. You must hand in all assignments on time and attend all classes. Failure to do so will definitely lower your final grade. You are also expected to have reading assignments completed by the date they are to be discussed. Here is a more complete statement of the policy on late and/or missing assignments.
|Date||Topic||Assigned Reading/Writing/Reports||Supplemental Material|
|M, 8/23||Introduction to the course||
|W, 8/25||Workshop||Read A&B, 3-39|
|M, 8/30||Autobiography||Read Rousseau, Confessions||The Rousseau Association; Eighteenth-Century Studies Sites; Great Books Index: Jean-Jacques Rousseau|
|W, 9/1||Workshop||Read A&B, 142-164|
|M, 9/6||No Class, Labor Day||
|W, 9/8||Autobiography||Rousseau cont./Workshop on
Write an autobiography (first draft due today)
|M, 9/13||Classical argument||Read Platos Protagoras; read Wildes The Decay of Lying [Use ID and PW for access]||Here, Madam; The Perseus Project; The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Encyclopedia Britannica; Oscariana and the Oscar Wilde Random Quote Generator; The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde; Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto"; Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"|
|W, 9/15||Workshop||Read A&B, 316-359|
|M, 9/20||Classical argument cont.||Plato; Wilde cont.
Autobiography (final draft due today)
Write a classical argument (first draft due) Topics
|M, 9/27||Informative Writing||Read Darwin, Origin of Species (excerpts: Introduction, Ch 3, Ch 4, Ch 10, Ch 15)||Science and Creationism: The View from the National Academy of Science; www.creationism.org; John Lynch's Darwinism course online syllabus|
for Informative Essay
Finish discussion of Darwin; Read A&B, 194-214
|M, 10/4||Informative Writing
|Darwin and Wells cont. Wells, The Island
of Dr. Moreau
Classical argument (final draft due)
|Wells and his Worlds|
|Informative essay (first draft due)|
Analysis: Analyzing an image
Read Pater, "La Gioconda"; See in-class parodies (Coming soon).
Read A&B, 215-237
Read Coleridge, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798; this is the 1858 edition at UVA).
Read A&B, 288-315
|The Samuel Taylor Coleridge Archive; Coleridge (portrait); A Coleridge Companion; The Hume Archives; Ty's David Hume Page|
Workshop: Analyzing Literature
Informative essay (final draft due)
|M, 10/25||Analysis cont.||A&B, 260-287|
Conferences: see sign-up sheet
Bring ideas for research paper (Topics)
Arnold, Culture and Anarchy (Essays I, II, and III)
|Arnold on the Victorian Web|
Analysis paper (first draft due) Topics
|Guide to term paper research (ASU Library)|
Note-taking, finding sources
A&B, pp. 541-587
|M, 11/15||Research paper||
Oral reports begin: Adam York
|W, 11/17||Research cont.||Oral reports: Justin Tang; Byron Bjore*|
|M, 11/22||Analysis paper (2nd draft) due.||Oral reports: Austin Miller; Sarah Tesar; Tuan Nguyen; Martin Lenardon|
|W, 11/24||"||Oral reports: Rachel Gross, Jennifer Danberg, Josh Sherwin, Nathan Shields|
|M, 11/29||"||Oral reports: Houston Todd*|
Research paper (first draft due)
Oral reports: Sean Lynch*, Jesse Brown*, Albert Hong*, Jennie Bowler
|M, 12/8||Oral reports: Nick Gramze, Omar Mahmood|
Oral reports: Carolyn Beal
|M, 12/17||Research paper (final draft due)|
* Indicates students who need to reschedule their oral reports.
Downloadable Peer Review forms can be found at this site.
Last updated: 8/22/99
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