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romanticism and realism                                                                   csulosangeles
        in 19th century britain                                                english 510

Prof. Jim Garrett
Office: E & T A608
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:40am-1:25pm, Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm, Thursday 3:15-5:00pm
Phone:  (323) 343-4163
Email: jgarret@calstatela.edu
Course web site: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/jgarret/510N (you're looking at it)

Prerequisites: English 501 or 502 as prerequisite or co-requisite.

Course Requirements: This course is designed primarily as a reading seminar, and while no prior background in the literature of this period is assumed, a basic understanding of the outlines of British literary history is expected. At the beginning of the term we will be reading some of the basic texts of the British Romantic period, such as a student would encounter in an entry-level survey of British literature. Such a list of basic texts, however, would probably also include the following: Blake, selections from Songs of Innocence and Experience; Coleridge, "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison," "Kubla Khan"; Keats' Odes; and Wordsworth, "I wandered lonely as a cloud," "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," and others.

In addition to the reading, the following projects are required:

  • A presentation on an assigned topic—students will sign-up for presentations during the first class meeting for presentations between weeks two and eleven (10% of course grade)

  • Two short papers (each approximately 2 pages in length) focused on short passages from the reading (each 10% of course grade)

  • Two papers (each approximately 7-10 pages in length) (each 25% of course grade)

  • A final exam (20% of course grade)


Grading Policy: Course grades are based on standard percentages (i.e. 90% and greater is some version of an A, 80%-89% is some version of a B and so on). Plus and minus grades are used in the class.

Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, portable radios, televisions, computers, MP3/CD/Disc/Mini-disc players, and any other electronic communication and/or entertainment devices before coming to class.

Contacting the Instructor: Email is the most effective way of communicating with me.

Attendance: Be there or miss out on the fun.

Please read the assigned texts before class. Often I will offer some guidelines about future reading assignments in class. For example, I might tell you to focus on a particular character or scene for the next class meeting. If you are absent, you are responsible for getting the assignment from a classmate.

Written Assignments: Please note the following carefully when preparing your written assignments for this class:

¨       Written assignments must be typed following standard formatting practices for college writing—use a readable type style (12 point type), indent paragraphs, double space between lines, and use one inch margins. Any style guide will contain information on formatting your written assignments for submission.

¨       Before handing in written assignments, edit and proofread your work carefully.

¨       Do not use plastic covers or report folders or title pages on your written assignments. Each assignment, though, should have your name, the course number, the date, and my name on separate lines (double-spaced) in the upper left corner of the first page. If the paper has a title, center it on the first page, after the above information.

¨       Use page numbers and place them in the upper right corner of the page. If you are uncertain how to have word processing software generate the correct page number in the header of your document, ask someone in one of the labs.

¨       MLA format and style conventions should be followed for all written assignments (essays and responses). For more information on MLA format and style conventions, see The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, the appropriate section of a recent (published after 2003) writer’s handbook, or one of the many reputable online sources.

¨       Late papers are not accepted. The assignment due dates are distributed on the first day of class, and the assignments are made available often weeks before they are due.

Academic Dishonesty/Cheating: Collaborating with others is encouraged when you are planning your papers, reviewing each other’s work, preparing for presentations or for exams. Study or reading groups can be effective ways to study and learn. However, when you write your papers, the text needs to be your own.

¨       You must carefully observe the standard rules for acknowledging the sources of words and ideas. If you make use of a phrase or a quote or if you paraphrase another writer’s words or ideas, you must acknowledge the source of these words or ideas telling us the source of these materials. APA and MLA style differ on the exact format of this attribution, but the simple version is the name of the author and the page number (if appropriate) in parentheses at the end of the sentence containing the use of the source material. If you fail to acknowledge properly the source of your text, you will receive a zero on the assignment and be reported to the Student Disciplinary Officer.

¨       If you plagiarize or otherwise misrepresent the source of your work, you will receive a zero on the assignment and be reported to the Student Disciplinary Officer.

romanticism and realism                                                                   csulosangeles
        in 19th century britain                                                english 510