As a 400-level class, the British Novel is intended to be discussion oriented rather than lecture driven (if you are taking the course for graduate credit you need to see the additional requirements). Thus I expect every one to talk about the works we are reading and any outside materials they may have discovered. Students will also be expected to write a close reading 5-7 pages, typed, MLA), a research paper (10-12 pages, typed, MLA), and a summary of the research paper (2 pages) which will be posted to the class website, and take a mid-term andfinal. To help stimulate disscussion, I am also asking that you read three critical essays (each about a different novel read for class) and write a review of each. The reviews will be due the week we are discussing that novel. You need to have done at least one by midterm.
Readings and discussion:
Ten novels, many of them short will be discussed in class. Students are expected to do some outside, critical reading as well. The class is to be primarily discussion, and critical readings will be necessary to sustain the discussion of a work.
By necessity our discussion will be conducted on-line. Every student at UTM has an e-mail account and each student enrolled in this class has been put on an e-mail list for this class--identity). I am asking you to participate in the on-line discussion at least three times a week with an entry approximately ten lines long. This is a minimal amount and will equal a C- for your participation grade. For a higher grade participate more and/or with longer entries. The novels discussed should follow the reading schedule, and students are expected to have at least two on each work. There are some general discussion questions linked to each novel for us to consider, and they can be used in the discussions, but do not have to be.Part of the purpose of this list is to be thinking about and developing ideas about the novels; so, I want you talking to each other. Therefore, do not hesitate to reply, disagree, or build upon each other's entries. Also, don't hesitate to include things you read from other sources (but be sure and identify them so others can look at them before replying if they wish), or a new idea that you have (even one you have not completely figure out), or questions about things that seem confusing.When you introduce an idea or ask a question, be as detailed as you can and develop the idea as much as possible. And to make discussion easier generally, when referring to specific passages from the text give us the chapter as well as the page since we may not all be working from the same edition.
Papers and posted summaries:
I do not care which paper you choose to do first (you will notice that the schedule just says "paper due" at the appropriate dates). Look at your schedule for other classes and decide what will work best for you.
The close reading is to be a careful examination of some aspect of one of the novels read for class. It can investigate character, theme, setting, imagery, or symbolism. No outside sources should be used.The research paper is to be on a novel not discussed in class. The selection list is attached. So that the class can discover a little bit
about the novels others have selected for their papers, I am requiring that you submit a two-page summary with your paper. And in order that we have a variety of works represented, the novels will be selected on a first come, first served basis--so let me know as soon as you decide which work you would like to do. If you have another novel in mind, let me know--I am fairly flexible.
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