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L&L 104
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"The Dramatic Shoe-Black"
John Thompson, Street Life in London (1877)

This course meets on Monday nights from 6-9. Readings are listed below on the syllabus. In addition to completing the weekly reading, submitting the writing assignments, and attending class regularly and participating in in-class discussion, you are required to participate in asynchronous Blackboard discussions every week. .

Dan Bivona
Office: L&L 224
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-5 PM, and by appointment
Phone: 480-965-7752

This course surveys the nineteenth-century novel. Readings range from Austen, Bronte, and Thackeray through Kipling and Conrad. You need not have studied nineteenth and twentieth century British literature previously to take this course. Assignments include 2 critical papers, 1 critical research paper, and regular participation in both Blackboard discussions and in-class discussions.

Assignment Where it can be found Due Date % of Final Grade
1st critical paper, 3-5 pages in length* Topics in the "Writing Assignments" area of Blackboard due in the Digital Drop Box on September 17, 11:59 PM 20%
2nd critical paper, 3-5 pages in length* Topics in the "Writing Assignments" area of Blackboard due in the Digital Drop Box on October 29 , 11:59 PM 20%
3rd paper: critical research paper Topics in the "Writing Assignments" area of Blackboard due in the Digital Drop Box on December 3, 11:59 PM 35%
weekly contributions to class discussion, on Blackboard and in class; weekly quizzes on the reading "Discussion Board" area of Blackboard and in class throughout 25%
Total     100%

*You have the option to revise and resubmit one of the two critical papers for an additional grade. If you choose to do so, your first draft grade will count for 10% of your final grade and the revision grade will count for 10%. Revisions are due in the digital drop box on the final day of class, December 3.

The first two papers 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. Papers will be reduced a grade for every day they are late. Use MLA Format for citations.

A note on getting started: Effective note-taking 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 novel. The papers topics, which can be found on Blackboard in the "Writing Assignments" area, will provide you with question prompts.

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 "Writing Assignments" area.

Weekly contributions to online class discussion: These are mandatory in this class. Everyone is required to pose at least 6 questions to the 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 my 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 3 or 4 thoughtful responses and/or questions per week. Please be sure to make them thoughtful, paragraph-long responses, not quick, two-word 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 and responses should be posted no later than midnight MST on Sunday of each week to be counted for that week.

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
W. M. Thackeray

Vanity Fair

Oxford UP
Charles Dickens Great Expectations Penguin
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre Bedford
Rudyard Kipling Kim Dover
Joseph Conrad Lord Jim Bantam
Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray Penguin
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Penguin

These books are currently available at the ASU Bookstore.

Week Topic Reading/Assignments
Aug. 20

Introduction to the course
Topic: The Novel in the 18th and 19th Century

Aug. 27 Embarrassing relatives Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Sep. 3
No Class: Labor Day Holiday
Sep. 10 Invitations to fish and marriage

Austen, Pride and Prejudice cont.

Sep. 17* Getting ahead Thackeray, Vanity Fair
Sep. 24 Nabobing around Thackeray, Vanity Fair
Oct. 1 What's in your attic? Bronte, Jane Eyre
Oct. 8 What's in his attic? Bronte, Jane Eyre
Oct. 15 Don't feed escaped prisoners Dickens, Great Expectations
Oct. 22 Ok, feed escaped prisoners Dickens, Great Expectations
Oct. 29* Your picture is not you Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Nov. 5 Your friends are not you Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Nov. 12
No Class: Veterans' Day Holiday
Nov. 19 Don't play Rajah Brooke of Sarawak Conrad, Lord Jim
Nov. 26 Work, play, and multiple identities Kipling, Kim
Dec. 3** India as a game Kipling, Kim
* Due dates of first two critical papers.
**Due date of final critical research paper.
Pictures of England