Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Course Details

Course Number: 5853  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Bea Wood Hall

Classroom Number: 210

Days & Times:

TR 11:00A-12:20P

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  Blockschedule48-5843Fall10-20120403-144852.pdf


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Extended argument
  ISBN: 0-141-44125-9

The Eighteenth-Century Literature Handbook
History, timelines, commentary, bibliography
  ISBN: 978-0-8264-9523-5

The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol C
  ISBN: 0-393-92719-9

  ISBN: 0-19-284031-2

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

The Castle of Otranto
  ISBN: 0-19-283440-1

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Robert Johnson III   
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Course Objectives


We will study some major voices of 18th-century English literature while trying to dispel a few basic myths regarding the period's vision of the world.

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

Course Expectations


Marks in the class 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 daily engagements with the discussions at hand.  The Log will be collected on 2 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: Participation points also can be earned 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: 15 entries earn 10 points, 14 entries, 9 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., 6 participations and 9 journal entries).

 2)  In addition, members will write four exams, as indicated.  Each exam 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 2 December; 30% of final grade)   In addition to the above work, each graduate student will choose an 18th-century English writer or cultural concern mentioned or included in the Day/Keegan text, and that will not be engaged during class.  The student then 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. 

The topic choice must be submitted and okayed by me before Exam II.  Students will type up the choice request on an MLA-style page, submit the page in class, and then schedule an office meeting to present that choice for discussion.

The teaching file will hold the following elements:

 a)  An essay of about ten pages, MLA-style, that summarizes the significance of the author/issue, then analyzes one key writing that presents the writer/issue chosen, and finally makes suggestions about how the writer/issue might best be taught.

 b)  An attached "Works Cited" section in which at least four of the entries are annotated, indicating good basic sources for students to pursue in their own work.  The annotation will discuss, briefly, the worth of the sources in question.

 The essay will integrate old and new critical commentary, to create a sense of the development of thought regarding the chosen author/issue.

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 Exam12/7/2010  10:30A

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: Students 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 they obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved, in advance.

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 me.

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.