English 362: British Literature 1798-1890

Fall 2005

Ferrum College

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Dr. Tina L. Hanlon
Office Hours: M/F/F 11-11:50, 2-2:45, T/Th 3:45-4:30. And by appointment
Composition Center: M/W: 3-4:30; T/Th 1-3:00
Office: Britt 205
Phone: 365-4327
Classroom: Garber 124


The primary purpose of the course is to familiarize you with readings by selected British writers of the nineteenth century. Major trends of the Romantic and Victorian literary periods will be observed in works of fiction, poetry, and drama. We will approach the readings not only as individual works of art to be read creatively and enjoyed imaginatively and intellectually, but also as representatives of major cultural movements of the past two hundred years in the English-speaking world.

This course is designed to help you enjoy the literature of this period more thoroughly, as well as improving your ability to appreciate literature of any period; to think critically and discuss your responses confidently; and to write clear analytical essays.


Abrams, M. H., ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 7th ed., vol. 2A, B.
Bronte, Charlotte.  Jane Eyre
Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d’Urbervilles

See Novels to Study

Norton Anthology Web Site

Grades: Final grades will be determined according to the following percentages:

Midterm exam 15 %
Final exam 20  %
Short paper on Romanticism 10 %
Research paper      20 %
Oral report on research project     10 %
Short assignments 20 %
Class participation   5 %

Writing Requirements:

The English Department requires that students in 300-level literature classes demonstrate independent critical thinking as evidenced on in-class and formal out-of-class essays. Thus the tests in this class will contain essay questions along with some short answer questions. Responses to all test questions and writing assignments must be written in complete sentences and in standard English (except for informal journal exercises in which outline form, lists, etc. may be appropriate). Formal papers must be polished and carefully edited according to college-level writing standards. The professor reserves the right to require revision of, or to return ungraded, any work which is difficult to read because of excessive mechanical errors, incoherence, or illegible writing. While this is not a composition course, you are encouraged to use this time and this professor to get extra help with basic writing skills if you need it, and to use the Composition Center for assistance with any writing you are doing. You should be familiar with the Ferrum College Foundation Standards, which outline basic skills expected in college level work in all courses.

Attendance and Classroom Requirements:

Attendance at all classes is required and is necessary for satisfactory progress in the work of the course; you are expected to come to class each day prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Accumulating more than four unexcused absences will lower your final grade in the course by as much as one letter grade. Ferrum College policy mandates that anyone who misses one-fourth of the class meetings automatically fails the course. Anyone who needs to withdraw from the course with a WP between Oct. and the 10th week must be in good standing, with all course work completed to that date. Anyone who withdraws during those weeks while not in good standing (with excessive absences, failing grades, or incomplete assignments) will receive a grade of WF, or F after the 10th week. It is your responsibility to inform the professor (preferably in advance) and arrange for make-up work if you have a legitimate reason for missing a class. Make-up tests will be given only in the case of extreme emergency and may consist of essay questions only. See the college catalog, pp. 39-42, for more information on grading and withdrawal policies.

Arriving late is discourteous to other class members and could result in your being marked absent for the day. You are encouraged to participate in class discussion and ask questions at any time during class, but you are expected to respect the needs and rights of others by not talking while others are talking or distracting others in the class in any way. If you disrupt the class or distract the professor or other students you will be asked to leave the class and will be counted absent for that day.

Honor Code:

The Ferrum College Honor Code applies to all work submitted for credit in this course. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating on papers, reports, homework, or tests will result in severe penalties, which may include failure of the course. You are responsible for reading and understanding the Ferrum College Honor Policy and the plagiarism statement distributed in class, and for avoiding the undocumented use of the words or ideas of others in your writing. If the professor has any questions about possible sources, inaccurate quoting, or inadequate documentation in a paper that has been submitted, the paper will not be graded until the questions are answered and/or the quoting or documentation has been corrected. At the end of the semester, any paper with inadequate or inaccurate documentation will receive an automatic F.

A professor, tutor, or other reliable reader may help you with brainstorming, outlining, suggesting revisions, learning to recognize proofreading errors, or typing a paper. It is unethical to get someone else to edit (i.e., correct errors) or write all or part of a paper, and to copy homework exercises from someone else. If you have any questions about documentation or help received, I would be glad to discuss it with you before an assignment is submitted. Obviously, it is to your advantage to ask questions early if you have doubts and to learn as much as you can by doing your own work.

Special Accommodations:

Reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids will be available for any qualified student with a disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As early in the semester as possible, you are encouraged to notify the instructor and Ms. Nancy Beach, Director of Disability Services in ARC 111. Instructors are not allowed to discuss individual accommodations in public or ask individual students to make use of them. Qualified students may request these services and must follow the reasonable guidelines required by the school (such as arranging at least 48 hours in advance for any special accommodations for a scheduled test), or you will lose your right to these services.

This page's last update: 11/28/2005

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