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Faculty Furloughs

The state of California is facing an unprecedented fiscal crisis that has resulted in a $26.3 billion deficit. The impact of this on the CSU system includes a reduction of approximately $564 million in the system’s base budget. As one strategy among others, the CSU has implemented furloughs of most of its employees this coming academic year, including faculty, staff, and management employees. A furlough is mandatory un-paid time off; faculty and staff on each CSU campus are being “furloughed” two days per month. These cancelled class days are marked on the syllabus below. It is important to recognize that these days off are not holidays. Instead, they are concrete examples of how massive state budget cuts have consequences for you as students and for me as a faculty member.

Each faculty member must designate six furlough days for each quarter. My furlough days for the Winter quarter will be:

Friday, April 2 (mandatory university furlough day)
Tuesday,  April 6
Wednesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 4
Friday, May 21 (mandatory university furlough day)
Thursday June 10

Please note that on designated furlough days faculty are prohibited from engaging in any teaching, research or administrative work, which includes responding to voice messages and emails.

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MW: Wordsworth, The Major Works

SPP: Barbauld, Selected Poetry and Prose



Reading Assignment  

Assignments Due


Theories of the Nation

Anderson, Imagined Communities (pages 1-82)

Gellner, Nations and Nationalism (online)

Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 (online)

Breuilly, Nationalism and the State (online)



The Case of "Britain": Colley’s Britons and the English Response to the French Revolution


Colley, Britons: Forging a Nation (Introduction and Chapters 1-3)

Selected Readings on the Rights of Man Controversy (online)

Barbauld, “To a Great Nation” (SPP) Coleridge, "France: An Ode" (online), "Once a Jacobin Always a Jacobin" (online)

Wordsworth, Books 9-10 of The Prelude (MW)

Weekly Response: "Nation"


Defining Englishness: Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

Weekly Response: "France"


The Poetics of the Nation and the National Poet: The Exemplary Case of William Wordsworth  

Anderson, Imagined Communities (pages 163-185)

Colley, Britons: Forging a Nation (Chapters 4 and 7)

Wordsworth, "Michael" (MW), selections from Poems in Two Volumes (online), , additional "Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty" from 1815 (online), "Essay, Supplemental to the Preface" (MW), "Laodamia," "Written with a Slate Pencil," "View from the Top of Black Comb," "To the Same [The Second Ode to Lycoris]" (online) Thanksgiving Ode, January 18, 1816, with other short pieces (online)

Weekly Response: "People"


Historicism and the Romantic Past: Walter Scott

Colley, Britons: Forging a Nation (Chapter 5)

Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel (online)

Wordsworth, "Goody Blake and Harry Gill," "The Thorn," "We Are Seven," "Simon Lee, The Old Huntsman," "The Last of the Flock," "Composed at Cora Linn" (MW)

Weekly Response: "Past"


The Nation as Museum: Wordsworth, Landscape, and Preservation


Wordsworth, Books 11-12 of The Prelude, "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey," "Poems on the Naming of Places" (MW), The Waggoner (online), "The River Duddon: A Series of Sonnets" (online), "After Visiting the Field of Waterloo," "The Cave of Staffa," "Steamboats, Viaducts, Railways," "On the Projected Kendal and Windermere Railway" (online)

Weekly Response: "Place"


Gender, Nation, and Empire: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

Anderson, Imagined Communities (pages 83-111)

Weekly Response: "English-ness"


Speaking for the Nation: The Case of Anna Barbauld


Colley, Britons: Forging a Nation (Chapter 6)

Barbauld, "The Mouse’s Petition," "Epistle to William Wilberforce," "To Dr. Priestley, Dec. 29, 1792," "To the Poor," "Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation," "Eighteen Hundred and Eleven" (SPP)

Weekly Response: "Female Politics"


Staging/Gendering the Nation: Hannah Cowley’s A Day in Turkey and Elizabeth Inchbald’s Such Things Are (online)

Weekly Response: "Exotics"


Memorial Day



Seminar Paper Presentations

Seminar Paper Due


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