ENGL 333 
THE ENGLISH NOVEL
Professor Beverly Taylor Office hours: Tu 1:00-1:50pm
Office: Greenlaw 501 Th 1:00-1:50pm
email@example.com and by appointment
Course Focus: In this course we’ll be reading six classics of 18th and 19th-century British fiction. They’ll give a sense of the novel from its early incarnation in Defoe’s fictional autobiography of a woman criminal to Hardy’s modern representation of a “fallen” woman. In addition to considering such literary elements as themes, characterization, plot and structure, narrative point of view, imagery and symbol, we’ll discuss cultural issues such as the novels’ representations of gender, race, and class relations, thinking about how each novel represented (and shaped) the ideologies of its time. We’ll also look at recent film versions of these novels to consider how today’s creative artists have appropriated and altered these familiar tales to address our own time. We’ll think about what contemporary filmmakers have missed in the original literary texts, and also about what insight their interpretations give us into the concerns of our own society. While the most immediate result of our study will be familiarity with these six specific novels and related films, the overarching goal of the course is to improve students’ skills in critical analysis, speaking and writing.
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders
Jane Austen, Persuasion
Emily Brontė, Wuthering Heights
Charlotte Brontė, Jane Eyre
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the Durbervilles
Aug. 20: Course policies and introduction
Aug. 22, 27, 29, Sept. 3: Moll Flanders
Sept. 5, 10, 12, 17: Persuasion
Sept. 19, 24, 26, Oct. 1, 3: Wuthering Heights
Oct. 8: exam
Oct. 10, 15, 22, 24, 29: Jane Eyre (Oct. 17: Fall Break)
Oct. 31, Nov. 5, 7, 12, 14: Great Expectations
19, 21, 26, Dec. 3, 5: Tess of
the Durbervilles (Nov. 28:
Honor Code: In submitting written work in this class, you automatically affirm that you have abided by the letter and the spirit of the university's Honor Code, that the work is fully your own. If you have any uncertainty about how to make and acknowledge appropriate use of outside sources either to assist your thinking or to write your papers, please discuss your questions with me.
Attendance and grading: This is not a correspondence course or any form of distance learning experience. Attendance and class participation are necessary, and you will receive a grade on attendance and participation that is equal in weight to a grade on a test or paper. (Department policy suggests a failing grade for a student who misses more than 6 classes on a TR schedule.) Your grade will have 6 components: (1) 75-minute exam; (2 & 3) papers; (4) class attendance and participation; (5 & 6) final exam.
Writing assignments: (1) You will have one 75-minute exam, on 8 Oct. (2) In addition, you will write two essays (each 5-10 pages long)--the first is due on 3 Oct., and the second on 3 Dec. We will discuss the nature of these papers and possible topics in class. Be forewarned: Your papers will be evaluated in terms of both their content and their writing style, so plan ahead to give yourself time to revise your prose. (3) Throughout the semester you will also write, in class, brief comments (about a page) on previously unannounced questions or topics.
Final Exam: Tuesday, 10 December, noon. The exam (composed of essay topics) will cover all six novels on this syllabus. Please bring blue books.