12:30-1:50 PM, TR
This class will study some major voices of eighteenth-century English literature while trying to dispel a few basic myths regarding the period's vision of the world.
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 daily engagements with the discussions at hand. The Log will be collected on 5 December and be worth 10% of the final grade. To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for ten points fourteen for nine . . .).
Note: Class members who feel bashful about speaking out can earn their participation points by keeping a journal. Please use standard 8.5” by 11” paper. Each week, log at least one page (c. 300 words) of brainstorming and commentary regarding the class lessons on a specific day. All entries must be typed, dated, readable, and apply to actual lessons. Points will be awarded according to the same system indicated on the log sheet: fifteen entries earn ten points; fourteen entries, nine points . . . Journals will be due on the last class day. A combination of journal and log entries may be turned in, as well (e.g., six participations and nine journal entries).
2) In addition, class members will write four exams. Each will cover the unit of work just finished. That is, Exam IV will not be comprehensive. Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, fill-in-the-blanks, multiple-choice); one typed outside of class (an essay of four pages, responding to questions available about a week before the exam date). The exam-grade average will create 60% of the final mark.
3) Special Graduate Assignment (Due 5 December; 30% of grade) In addition to the above work, graduate students will choose an eighteenth-century English writer or cultural concern mentioned or included in the Day/Keegan text, and that the class will not be able to engage. Then they will assemble a teaching file that would support a two-day unit concerning that writer or cultural concern in a junior-college literature survey. For a writer, the file will focus on one sample work. For a cultural problem, the file will focus on one writer’s work that delves the issue.
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%.
All essays will be submitted in MLA format. Specific instructions will accompany each set of exam questions.
No late work can be accepted, unless arrangements have been made.
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.
See class hand-out bundle.