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In this survey of the literature of Britain,
Ireland, and the US from 1800 on, we will be concerned not only with
close readings and 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. While this course fulfills a requirement for the major, it is
also an excellent introduction to a range of literature in English for
students interested in reading and discussing texts. Students will be
expected to participate in classroom and online discussion (the latter
via Blackboard); complete a midterm and a final examination
(identification and short essay); and write two essays of approximately
2000 words, of which one must be focused on a poem.
to English courses numbered 300 and above is limited to students who
have completed the KU Core Written Communication requirement. HIGHLY Recommended: Prior completion of one 200-level English course.
THIS COURSE FULFILLS:
By the end of the semester, students should have
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:Grades consist of three major components:
To keep the cost of course
materials down, the majority of the readings will be available online, linked
below. The following are also required; you are more than welcome to
use different editions than those listed here, but you are responsible
for finding the relevant pages in the text for any non-conforming
RESOURCES, POLICIES, & CONTACTS (Adapted from statements and policies from the KU Registrar, CLAS, the Writing Center, the KU Faculty Council, and the English Department)
Grading: In this course we will be using the +/- grading scale, approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to describe intermediate levels of performance between a maximum of A and a minimum of F. Intermediate grades represented by plus or minus shall be calculated as .3 units above or below the corresponding letter grade.
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
to plagiarism; the unauthorized use of crib sheets, texts, or other
during an examination or quiz; the copying of another student's work
the permission or aid of that student, who is thereby culpable); the
prewritten essays (the student's own or someone else's); the uncredited
adoption of another writer's interpretation of a work; or the
of work written for another assignment or class--will be reported to
University. A record of each verified offense will be kept throughout
student's association with the University.
Plagiarism is not a game, nor is it simply a "shortcut" when time presses. It is a very serious form of academic misconduct and will be treated as such in this class. When you consult outside sources for ideas--through published or unpublished essays, interviews, the Internet, conversation, etc.--you must cite those sources in your work. I understand that academic work can be daunting: if you are struggling with an assignment, are unclear about my expectations, or are behind on your work, please consult me. There is always a better path than plagiarism; I can work with you to help you find your own voice while incorporating others' ideas appropriately. If after reading the statement above, you are still unclear about what constitutes plagiarism, ask me BEFORE turning in an assignment.
A plagiarized assignment will result in failure of the assignment (no credit given); it also impacts your larger course grade more than a paper that merely receives an F, and will usually result in failure of the course. The Department of English has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism. Formal records are currently kept by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I may also send a copy of the plagiarism form to the home department or school of any student who is found to have plagiarized.
KU Statement on Diversity
As a premier international research university, the University of
Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and
working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU
holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests,
experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning
and our workplace. The promotion of and support for a diverse and
inclusive community of mutual respect require the engagement of the
Recording of Classes: At KU, course materials prepared by the instructor, together with the content of lectures, are the property of the instructor. Video and audio recording of lectures and review sessions without the consent of the instructor is prohibited. On request, the instructor will usually grant permission for students to audio tape lectures, on the condition that these audio tapes are only used as a study aid by the individual making the recording. Unless explicit permission is obtained from the instructor, recordings of lectures and review sessions may not be modified and must not be transferred or transmitted to any other person, whether or not that individual is enrolled in the course.
Students may neither add nor change sections in any English course
after Monday January 23 without departmental permission. For courses
numbered above 200, instructor's permission is required to add or
change sections. The last day to petition to add classes is Monday,
The Department of English reserves the right to terminate administratively the enrollment of any student who misses two consecutive class meetings during the first two weeks of the semester.* Should an emergency situation cause the student to miss two consecutive class meetings, the student should contact the instructor(s) or the English Department, 864-4520, immediately.
Students who decide to drop English classes should do so promptly so that other students may enroll in the class. The last day to withdraw from classes under any circumstances is Monday April 17.
Accessibility: The Student Access Center (Academic Achievement and Access Center) coordinates accommodations and services for all KU students who are eligible. If you have a disability for which you wish to request accommodations and have not contacted the AAAC, please do so as soon as possible. Their office is located in 22 Strong Hall; their phone number is785-864-4064. Their email address is email@example.com. Information about their services can be found at http://access.ku.edu . Beginning Spring 2017, students will submit their requests for testing in the AAAC Testing Center through AAAC Access Online.I also encourage you to contact me privately in regard to your needs in this course.
Drop policy: If you are having trouble succeeding in the course, it is especially important that you consult with me so that we can develop a plan of action that may enable you to complete the course. If you decide to drop this class, please refer to the Website below:
Monday February 6 to Monday April 17 , you will be assigned a grade of
W. You may not drop or withdraw after April 17.
Policy on electronic devices: You
are welcome to use laptops, notebooks, and tablets in class for reading
of assigned material, notetaking, and other tasks directly related to
the course material we are discussing during the class session.
Social media use, emailing, and other activities not related to the
class discussion are strictly prohibited. If you are discovered
partaking in activities not directly related to the course during class
time, your participation grade will suffer, and you will be asked to
leave, with the attendant impact on your participation grade.
Policy on Student Academic Creations: Since one of the aims of this course is to teach students to write for specific audiences, ungraded student-authored work may be shared with other class members during the semester in which you are enrolled in the class. Please do not submit materials on sensitive subjects that you would not want your classmates to see or read, unless you inform the instructor in advance that you do not want your work shared with others.
Other uses of student-authored work are subject to the University's Policy on Intellectual Property and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. If your instructor desires to use your work outside of this class (e.g. as a sample for another class or future classes), you will be asked to fill out and sign a written form authorizing such use.
with your writing, I strongly encourage you to contact
the KU Writing Center. At the Writing Center you can talk
writing with trained tutors or consult reference materials in a
working environment. You may ask for feedback on your papers,
tips on writing (for all your courses), or for guidance on special
tasks. Please check the website
at http://www.writing.ku.edu/students/ for
current locations and
hours. The Writing Center welcomes both drop-ins and appointments, and
no charge for their services. For more information, please call (785)
or send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
website is loaded with helpful information about writing
of all sorts, so even if you consider yourself a good writer, I
Weather cancellations: Call 864-SNOW to discover whether classes have been cancelled by the University due to inclement weather. Cancelled classes will be made up via online assignments; see Blackboard for details. Be sure that Blackboard has your correct contact information, since I will use it to send e-mail in case of a cancellation.
According to university regulations, in cases of conflicts between
regularly scheduled class activities and mandated religious
observances, the student is responsible for initiating discussion with
the instructor to reach a mutually acceptable solution. Please speak
with me privately if scheduled examinations/activities conflict with
religious observances, so that a make-up examination/activity may be
scheduled for you at a mutually acceptable time.
Sexual harassment and violence. Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, and you wish to speak in confidence to a trained counselor, contact the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Center (785-843-8985 or email@example.com). You may also wish to contact Lawrence Memorial Hospital Emergency Room (785-505-6162). If you want to pursue disciplinary action or criminal charges against the perpetrator, you may contact the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (785-864-6414; instructions on how to file a complaint can be found at http://ioa.ku.edu/file-complaint); and the KU Police (785-864-5900) or the Lawrence Police (785-832-7509). For the protection of students who experience harassment or violence, instructors are mandated reporters; if you report harassment or violence to an instructor, the instructor must report it to both a supervisor and the police.
blog postings are required?
You should post 5 times, including any required posts listed on the syllabus. These must be completed before class time on the date on which we discuss the text or topic.
If you miss a class for any reason, you should post on the text or topic for which you missed discussion (AKA, an 'absence post'). This will help mitigate the loss of participation. Any 'absence posts' do not count toward the 5 required posts, although you may post on a text as a required post and then post again on the same text as an 'absence post.' 'Absence posts' may be completed after the date on which the text or topic was discussed; required posts may not.
If you are inclined to shyness in the classroom, you may also use the blog as an opportunity for participation--again, in addition to the 5 required posts and any absence posts.
We'll be using a course blog much the same way other courses use discussion boards. The benefit of the blog format is that it is easy to follow the thread of the discussion visually. Blogging allows you to share your ideas on the material, starting from a prompt provided by the instructor. Unlike classroom discussion, which is spontaneous and sometimes fast-paced, blogging offers an opportunity for you to provide a thoughtful, articulate response.
*What's a "substantial blog
A substantial blog posting is a short paragraph response either to the instructor prompt or to another student's posting on the topic. A substantial posting also takes into consideration the entire conversation, even if it is directed primarily toward one comment. In other words, read other people's posts before posting.
Blog discussions, like any discussions, can get off
topic; that's fine, but the blog postings that count toward your
are those that are on-topic.
of my postings
have to be "substantial"?
Not at all. You are welcome to use the blog informally, just as in any discussion. Only substantial posts, however, will count toward the required number.
*Can I start a new thread?
Yes, you can start a new thread. Please do so only if you feel it is a significantly different issue than that raised by the initial thread(s), just to ensure you get a good audience that isn't divided between threads. There may be days where there is no prompt; you are welcome to start a thread on those days as well.
tell me how many posts I have completed or that I have
left to complete?
No. *You are responsible for keeping track of your required and absence posts over the course of the semester.* I will tally them all at the end of the semester.
The reading schedule will inevitably change over
the course of the semester. Changes will be announced in class, and
will eventually be reflected here.
Other than those books I've ordered for the course, some texts will be available as links to outside (free) resources; others will be available on the Bb website under "Readings" as noted.
As we approach the exams, I will mark the syllabus to let you know which texts are fair game for the midterm; after that, I will do the same for the final.
Required blog posting by 1/24 (revised): Blake.
1/19/17 [Prof. Conrad ill. Post on Blake by Tuesday]
1/24/17 Blake, Songs of Innocence: "*Introduction," *"The Lamb," *"The Little Black Boy," *"The Chimney Sweeper," "Holy Thursday," "Nurse's Song"; Songs of Experience: "Introduction," "Earth's Answer," "Holy Thursday," *"The Chimney Sweeper," "Nurse's Song," *"The Tyger."
The texts of the poems, without images, are available in the Erdman edition here:
--look for I. The Works in Illuminated Printing [click > to open menu] : Songs of Innocence and Experience
The illuminated poems (i.e., with the images) are here:
To compare images, pick a "copy" from the gallery, pick a poem from the gallery, and then choose "Objects from the Same Matrix."
1/26/17 Romanticism: nature, environment, imagination, art. Wordsworth, selections from *Preface to Lyrical Ballads (Bb, Readings); poem, "I wandered lonely as a cloud"; Coleridge, *"The Eolian Harp"
1/31/17 Coleridge, *"Kubla Khan" with preface; Robinson, "To the Poet Coleridge"
2/2/17 Shelley, *"Ode to the West Wind"; Keats, *"Ode on a Grecian Urn" 1st paper first draft due.
2/7/17 Romanticism: Empire. Blake, "And did those feet" (from Jerusalem); Shelley, selections from *Defense of Poetry (Bb, Readings); *"Ozymandias".
2/9/17 Transcendentalism. From Thoreau, *Walden; Emerson (*essay); Emerson (poem); and Fuller (*poem). Available as docs/links on Bb, Readings.
2/14/17 Post-Puritan writing. Hawthorne, *"Young Goodman Brown," "Rappaccini's Daughter"; *"The Birthmark" . All stories available at this site.
2/16/17 Stoker, *Dracula (through Ch. VII)
2/21/17 Stoker, *Dracula (through Ch. XII)
2/23/17 Stoker, *Dracula (through Ch. XX)
2/28/17 Stoker, *Dracula (through end)
3/2/17 Poe, poem: *"Annabel Lee"; Stories: *The Fall of the House of Usher; *The Oval Portrait. [Discuss midterm.]
Sunday, 3/5, 7 pm: Julia Alvarez speaks at the Lied Center (note: we're reading her in May!)
3/7/17 After Transcendentalism. Whitman, selections from Leaves of Grass: read sections *1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 18, 47, *51, *52 (also available as a link from Bb) . Dickinson: *"I Felt a Funeral in my Brain,"; *"I dwell in Possibility --"; *"The Brain, within its Groove"; "The Admirations--and Contempts--of time--"; "Much Madness is divinest Sense"; *"Tell all the truth but tell it slant --"; available on Bb. 1st paper final draft due. [continue midterm practice]
3/9/17 MIDTERM. No rescheduling without detailed medical documentation.
Asterisked texts after this point are fair game for the final exam.
3/14/17 Victorianism/Fin-de-siecle lit. Wilde, Preface to Dorian Gray
Wilde, *The Importance of Being Earnest
3/16/17 Browning, *"My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover"; Rossetti, "Goblin Market"; Arnold, *"Dover Beach"
Class will meet in Kenneth Spencer Research Library, behind Strong Hall.
3/21/17 NO CLASS; SPRING BREAK.
3/23/17 NO CLASS; SPRING BREAK.
3/28/17 Conrad, *Heart of Darkness, sections I & II (through "'I tell you,’ he cried, ‘this man has enlarged my mind.’ ")
that were perfectly round.’
3/30/17 [Writing day; class does not meet]
4/4/17 Conrad, *Heart of Darkness. (through end) Eliot, *"The Hollow Men"
4/6/17 Modernism, war poetry and the art of wartime. Class will meet in the lobby of the Spencer Museum of Art. Owen, *"Dulce et Decorum Est," "Arms and the Boy"; Sandburg, *"Iron"; Sorley, "To Germany"; Yeats, "Easter 1916"
4/11/17 Modernism. Continue discussing war poetry & modernism. Make a Dadaist poem (in class).
4/13/17 2nd paper first draft due. [note date change!] Auden, *"Musee des Beaux Arts," "Shield of Achilles" (note: must flip pages; it is 3 pp long).
--REMINDER: Have you done your 5 required blog postings yet?--
4/18/17 Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance.
Hughes, *"Let America Be America Again", "Dream Variations," "Will V-Day Be Me-Day Too?", *"I, Too," *"Harlem," "Love Again Blues." Essay, *"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"; "Jazz as Communication."
4/20/17 Hurston, *Their Eyes Were Watching God, through Ch. 6.
4/25/17 Hurston, *Their Eyes Were Watching God, through Ch. 12.
4/27/17 Hurston, *Their Eyes Were Watching God, finish. Wright review of Hurston. Jelks and Hardison, Zora Neale Hurston's Radical Black Love.
5/2/17 Rethinking nation. Alvarez, from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: *"Daughter of Invention," *"Snow," and "Trespass." Available on Bb.
5/4/17 Last day: ní Dhomhnaill, *[English only]*"The Language Issue"/"Ceist an Teangan"[ link has both Irish language version and Muldoon translation. Video of her reading both here]; Walcott, *"[Midsummer]"; Monty Python, *"Travel Agent." Evaluations of prof. 2nd paper final draft due.