The English Novel

Course Details

Course Number: 4893/G  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

TR 12:30-1:50 PM



Course Attachments

Class Schedule  SchedBlock4893&4893GSp11-1-20120403-145303.doc

Textbooks

Studying the Novel
Introduction
  ISBN: 0-340-98513-5

Robinson Crusoe
Novel
  ISBN: 978-0-19-955397-6

Persuasion
Novel
  ISBN: 978-0-19-953555-2

Jane Eyre
Novel
  ISBN: 978-0-19-953559-0

Oliver Twist
Novel
  ISBN: 978-0-19-953626-9

A Passage to India
Novel
  ISBN: 978-0-14-144116-0

The Remains of the Day
Novel
  ISBN: 0-679-73172-5

Lighthousekeeping
Novel
  ISBN: 978-0-15-603289-6

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Robert Johnson III   
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Course Objectives

 The class will be structured around our reading and then discussing a history of the genre and a series of British novels. 

Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.


Course Expectations

 

Marks in ENGL 4893 will be created through a series of efforts:

 1) Members will be expected to come to class prepared and willing to participate.  Thus, everyone in class will be asked to keep a Participation Log listing your daily engagements with the discussions at hand.  The Log will be collected on 5 May and be worth 10%of your grade.  To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for ten points, fourteen for nine . . .).

 2)  In addition, we will write four exams, as indicated on the calendar.  Each will cover the unit of work we just have finished.  That is, Exam IV will not be comprehensive.  Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, blanks to fill, multiple-choice questions); one typed outside of class (an essay of four pages responding to questions you will be given about a week before the exam date).  Your exam grade average will create 75% of your final mark.  Sample questions will be handed out in class.

 3)  The remaining 15% of the final mark will be created by an in-class report offered during the last class days.  Each undergraduate class member will present a ten-minute response to a novel we have read, indicating how any one of the basic genre elements covered by Hawthorn (point of view, character, plot, setting, language, theme) affected the member’s reading of the chosen novel.  Specific requirements will be distributed in class.

 

Marks in ENGL 4893G will be created through the following efforts:

1) Members will be expected to come to class prepared and willing to participate.  Thus, everyone in class will be asked to keep a Participation Log listing your daily engagements with the discussions at hand.  The Log will be collected on 5 May and be worth 10%of your grade.  To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for ten points, fourteen for nine . . .).

2)  In addition, we will write four exams, as indicated on the calendar.  Each will cover the unit of work we just have finished.  That is, Exam IV will not be comprehensive.  Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, blanks to fill, multiple-choice); one typed outside of class (an essay of four pages responding to questions you will be given about a week before the exam date).  Your exam grade average will create 60% of your final mark.  Sample questions will be handed out in class.

 3) The final 30% of the grade will be determined through assembling a class project

 Please choose one British novel that we have not read in class and that was published before 1980.  Then, please prepare a ten-page (MLA style) essay that accomplishes the following: (a) analyze the novel's publication history--when did it appear, under what circumstances; (b) reconsider the novel's critical history--what have been the interpretations of this novel that seem most influential, over time; (c) discuss and synthesize your own observations about those structural elements that—you believe, as reader—most directly provoke a reader's response to the novel.  We will use elements discussed by Hawthorn, e.g., point of view, character, plot, setting, language, and theme.  During the preparation of the essay, please arrange to meet at least twice with the instructor in his office, to discuss your choice and your progress.  The topic will need to be presented in writing to the instructor by 22 February.  Project is due 5 May, accompanied by at least one earlier draft.


Grading Standards

In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.  For grade sources, see above, “Course Requirements.”


Final Exam5/12/2011  10:30 AM

Submission Format Policy

 

All essays will be submitted in MLA format.  Specific instructions will accompany each set of exam questions.

By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late work can be accepted, unless arrangements have been made with instructor.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance and participation will be expected.  After the first two cuts, each additional cut will lower the final mark one grade.  Two late arrivals count together as one cut.  Exceptions will be made ONLY for certifiable illnesses or for "authorized" absence, specifically as described in the university Catalog.


Other Policies

Please see first-day introduction.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.