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ENG 222: Survey of British Literature,

19th and 20th Centuries

Spring 2010


This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:45 to 11:35. Monday and Wednesday classes are held in LL 2. Readings are listed below on the syllabus. In addition to completing the weekly reading, submitting the writing assignments and exams, and attending class regularly and participating in in-class discussion, you are required to participate in asynchronous Blackboard discussions every week.

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Laura Pfeffer
LL 320
MW 9:35-10:35
Mike Pfister
LL 320
MW 2-4
Bina Mehta
LL 205
M 12-2


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Bina Mehta
LL 002
Laura Pfeffer
LL 148
Mike Pfister
LL 150



This course is a broad survey of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature. The purpose of the course is to introduce you to the range of writing during this period, to help you develop your critical interpretive skills, to assist you in improving your writing skills, and to help you develop your research skills. You need not have studied nineteenth and twentieth century British literature previously to take this course.

Assignments include a critical paper (3-5 pages in length), a midterm and final exam, 1 final critical research paper (10-12 pages in length), and regular participation in both Blackboard discussions and in-class discussions. You also have the option to revise and resubmit your first critical paper for an additional grade. If you choose to revise, the revision is due no later than the final day of class (May 4).

Where it can be found
Due Date
% of Final Grade
Critical paper, 3-5 pages in length*
Topics in the "Writing Assignments" area of Blackboard
due in the Digital Drop Box on February 19, 11:59.59 PM
Midterm Exam
in class
March 10
Critical research paper
Topics in the "Writing Assignments" area of Blackboard
due in the Digital Drop Box on May 4, 11:59.59 PM
Take-home final exam
It will appear during exam week in the "Assignments" area of Blackboard. You will have two days to complete the 2- hour exam. It must be typed.
due in the Digital Drop Box on final exam day (May 11) at 11:59.59 PM.
weekly contributions to class discussion, on Blackboard and in class
"Discussion Board" area of Blackboard and in class
throughout; you will receive a final letter grade for attendance, class discussion, and Blackboard discussion contributions

The first paper should be 3-5 pages in length. Topics can be found on Blackboard by following the "Writing Assignments" link. These papers are to be submitted to the digital drop box in Blackboard no later than 11:59.59 pm on the due date. Grade will be reduced one grade for every day the paper is late. Use MLA Format for citations.

The Guidelines for paper grading can be found here:

A note on getting started: Effective note-taking, especially on the novels, is very important, because you will need to use your notes to find the evidence to support the claims you make in your papers. An effective literary thesis should assert something about the meaning of the work that is not obvious to everyone who has read it. Moreover, an effective literary thesis takes a stand on an issue of significant controversy over the meaning of the work. The paper topics, which can be found on Blackboard in the "Writing Assignments" area, will provide you with question prompts. These are based on significant critical issues that the novels have engendered.

The final paper, a critical research paper, should be 10-12 pages in length. You should use at least three secondary sources. Again, topics will be found on the course Blackboard in the "Assignments" area.

Weekly contributions to online class discussion: Everyone is required to pose at least 6 questions to his or her discussion group online over the course of the 16-week term. In addition, every student is required to respond at least once per week to other students' or our questions. You will be graded both on the frequency of your contributions and on the quality of them. The best strategy is to post at least 1 or 2 thoughtful responses and/or questions per week. Please be sure to make them thoughtful, paragraph-long responses, not quick, two-word, Twitter-like responses, and be sure to observe the conventions of civil online discourse (no flaming or personal remarks about other students in the class). Questions may deal with the previous week's reading or with the upcoming week's reading. You may ask questions or make responses that relate current material to material introduced earlier in the course, but please do not pose questions about a novel that the rest of the class will not have read for two more weeks. Questions should be posted no later than 9 AM Tuesday of each week and responses by 5 PM Thursday of each week to be counted for that week.

Topics raised in the the online discussions will be discussed in class as well.

Please note that all work done for this course must be your original work. If you make use of the insights of other writers, you must cite them in your papers using MLA citation format. Punishments for plagiarism can be very severe and may include a permanent grade of "failure with academic dishonesty" or suspension from the University. If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism, please ask me.

Author Title Edition
Greenblatt et al.

Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vols. D, E, and F

Mary Shelley Frankenstein (1818) Penguin
Charles Dickens Great Expectations (1860) Norton
Joseph Conrad Lord Jim (1899) Penguin

These books are currently available at the ASU Bookstore.

Week Topic Reading/Assignments
Jan. 20-22

Introduction to the course; Neo-Classicism and the Sense of Loss

Gray: "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"[Literature Online database]

Supplemental:The Dictionary of Sensibility

Jan. 25-29 Romanticism: Wordsworth and Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth: Preface to Lyrical Ballads (262) ; "We Are Seven" (248); "Lucy Gray" (277); "Resolution and Independence" (302) ; "The Solitary Reaper" (314) ; "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (258) ; "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"(306)
Feb 1-5 Romanticism: Coleridge Coleridge: "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (430) ; "Kubla Khan: Or, a Vision in a Dream" (446) ; "Dejection: An Ode" (466) ; "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison" (428)
Feb. 8-12 Romanticism: Keats and Shelley

Shelley: "Mutability" (744); "Ode to the West Wind" (772); "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" (766); "Ozymandias" (768); From "A Defence of Poetry" (837)

Keats: "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"(880); "Ode to a Nightingale" (903); "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (905) ; "Ode to Psyche" (901) ; "To Autumn"; "Ode on Melancholy" (906); "La Belle Dame sans Merci" (899); Letters (All: 940-954)

N.B.: Page numbers above refer to the Norton Anthology, Vol. D
Feb. 15-19* Frankenstein Mary Shelley: read the entire novel
Feb. 22-26 Victorian poetry Tennyson: "The Lady of Shalott" (1114) ; "The Lotos-Eaters" (1119) ; "Ulysses" (1123) ; "In Memoriam" (1138); "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1188)
Mar. 1-5 Victorian fiction: Great Expectations Dickens: Read the first half of the novel
Mar. 8-10**-12 Victorian fiction: Great Expectations Dickens: Read the second half of the novel
Mar. 15-19
Spring Break
Mar. 22-26 Victorian Aestheticism

Swinburne: "Hymn to Proserpine" (1496); "Ave Atque Vale" (1500)

Christina Rossetti: "Goblin Market" (1466)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: "Jenny" (1449)

Mar. 29-Apr. 2 Victorian Aestheticism Pater: "Preface"(1507) and "Conclusion" (1511) to The Renaissance; "The Child in the House"
N.B. Page numbers above refer to the Norton Anthology, Vol. E
Apr. 5-9 Lord Jim Conrad:Read the entire novel
Apr. 12-16 Lord Jim Conrad: Read the entire novel
Apr. 19-23 High Modernism

Eliot: "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (2319); "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (2289)

Lawrence: "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" (2258)

Woolf: "A Room of One's Own" (2092)

Apr. 26-30 Imagining the Pre-Modern Achebe: Things Fall Apart (2624)
May 4*** Postmodernism Pinter: The Dumb Waiter (2601)
N.B. Page numbers above refer to the Norton Anthology, Vol. F
May 11**** No class. Due date of final exam.  

*Due date of first critical paper.
**In-class midterm exam date.
***Due date of final critical research paper.
****Due date of take-home final exam

  • Start searches with the new ASU Library One Search (beta).
  • Literature Online (database containing primary texts in British and American literature)
  • Literature Resource Center (provides access to a variety of primary and secondary texts, principally in British and American literature)
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (biographies of British literary and historical figures)
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (self-explanatory)
  • JSTOR (large database of secondary sources in a variety of disciplines, some reaching back to the nineteenth century)
  • Project Muse (large database of recent [1999-2008] secondary sources in a variety of disciplines)
  • Periodicals Archive Online (large database of secondary sources, many from the nineteenth century)
  • Nineteenth Century Masterfile (digital index: identifies locations of primary and secondary material; it is not a database of primary source material)
  • Academic Search Premier (large database of principally secondary source material)
  • MLA Bibliography (bibliographic index of secondary sources in modern language and literature)

N. B. All the above sources can be searched online through the ASU Library website. You must go through this site in order to be validated to use these sources.


The sites below can be searched directly through the internet: