Professor Kathryn Conrad
literature after 1800
4019 Wescoe * 7-9:50 pm.
Office: 2035 Wescoe
Office Phone: 4-2572
Office Hours: M 1:30-3,
and by appointment other days
(This course administered
Professor Conrad’s website:
This course is a survey
of British literature of the Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, and contemporary
periods. We will be concerned in this course not only with literary form
but also with some of the political and social issues that serve as context
for the literature. Our readings will include essays, poetry, drama, short
fiction, and novels.Do note that this will be a poetry-intensive course.
Requirements (see Grading
System on course website for explanation of point system):
I reserve the right to change point values.
Participation (40 points total):
Attendance will be taken
in this course, and regular attendance is particularly important given
that the class only meets once a week. More than 3 unexcused absences,
counting from the first day of your enrollment in this course, will result
in failure of this course. Work in other classes, away games, hangovers,
vacations, and sniffles do not count as excused absences. If you are in
doubt, ask me. Excused absences require either notification of me on or
before class date (by e-mail, preferably, or by a message on my office
voicemail, 864-2572), or official documentation shortly after the absence.
Each unexcused absence will cost 15 points.
The rest of your participation
grade includes in-class participation, short writing assignments, online
forum participation, and occasional small group work. Students are required
to have a KU e-mail account and to access the course website for updated
information, assignments, and discussion boards.Discussion boards are available
Two 5-7 pp. papers (100 points per paper):
You will have some choice
of topics and texts from those studied in the course. At least one paper
must be on a close reading of (one or two) poems. Essay topics will
be provided, but you are encouraged to come up with your own topics and
discuss your topics and papers with me. By 5-7 pages, I mean at least 5
full double-spaced pages with one-inch margins. See the schedule for due
dates.Paper topics will be available under "Assignments."
Midterm examination (30 points):
The midterm examination
will cover the first half of the course. It will consist of identification
questions and essay questions.
Final examination (30 points):
The final examination will
cover the second half of the course. The format will be the same as the
midterm. The final examination will take 1 ½ hours at the scheduled
final examination time for the course.
I also reserve the right
to give reading quizzes (generally unannounced, and worth 5 points each).
Students with Disabilities:
The staff of Services for
Students with Disabilities (SSD), 135 Strong, 785-864-2620 (v/tty), coordinates
accommodations and services for KU courses. If you have a disability for
which you may request accommodation in KU classes and have not contacted
them, please do as soon as possible. Please also see me privately in regard
to this course (Adopted from SSD statement).
Most colleges and universities
have a writing center, a place for students to talk about their writing
with trained peer
consultants. At KU, we
call our writing centers Writer's Roosts. When you visit, bring your
work in progress and an idea of what you would like to work on-organization,
support, documentation, editing, etc. The Roosts are open in several
different locations across campus; please check the website at <http://www.writing.ku.edu
for current locations and hours. The Roosts welcome both drop-ins and appointments,
and there is no charge for their services. For more information, please
call 864-2399 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Adopted from Writing Center Statement
Plagiarism is stealing
and passing off someone else's ideas or words as one's own or using information
from another's work without crediting the source. Any detected cheating
offense--including but not limited to plagiarism, the unauthorized use
of crib sheets, texts, or other materials during an examination or quiz,
the copying of another student's work (even with the permission or aid
of that student, who is thereby culpable), the use of prewritten essays
(the student's own or someone else's), or the unauthorized use of work
written for another assignment or class--will be reported to the University.
A record of each verified offense will be kept throughout the student's
association with the University (Adopted from FSE statement).
If you are unclear about
what constitutes plagiarism, ask me before turning in an assignment. A
plagiarized assignment will result in failure of the assignment. A second
offense will result in failure of the course.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, VOLUME 2 (not Vol. 1!),
C. Bronte, Jane Eyre, pref. recent Norton edition
V. Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, HBJ edition
and Reading Schedule:
most current schedule will be available on the Blackboard website.