English 362 Dr. Morillo
Eighteenth-Century British Novel MW 1:30-2:45  Tompkins G123
Spring 2008 Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/36208.html
Office Hours T 10-12 , F 1-2:30 and by appointment

Description
We will read British novels by men and women authors from throughout the "long eighteenth century," with works ranging from 1688 to 1794. There will be stories about subjects including romance, race, libertine women, virtuous youth, paranoia and persecution.  We will read only complete works by each author.  We will discover what made this new genre named only after its novelty enduring enough to last and controversial enough to create paper wars over its provenance and propriety.  Who could write novels? What could they be about? How should they be read? What makes a good one? These are the primary questions of this course. The answers will be up to you to formulate and revise as you read and think more about them.

Learning Outcomes:

Required Texts: all are at the NCSU Bookstore. Be sure to buy them all in the first month, because they will start shipping unsold copies back well before midterm.

Behn, Aphra. Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave. Bedford St. Martins, 2000.
Haywood, Eliza. Love in Excess.  Broadview, 2000.
Defoe, Daniel. Roxana, or the Fortunate Mistress. Oxford, 1998.
Richardson, Samuel. Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded. Oxford, .
Fielding, Henry. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews  / Shamela. Broadview, 2001
Inchbald, Elizabeth. A Simple Story. Oxford, 1998

Course Requirements

Attendance:
You are allowed 3 absences. If you are absent, unexcused, more than 3 times over the course of the semester, your absences will count progressively against your final grade. Every 2 unexcused absences beyond the allowed 3 loses you a half letter grade off the final grade. Anyone who misses the first two classes can be immediately dropped from the class. NCSU definition of an unexcused absence

Assignments
It is essential that you pace yourself on the readings. You'll need to average about 75 pp. a session. By all means read ahead.
The work is balanced between papers, exams, a project, and daily participation as follows:

Expected participation: come to class on time, with the appropriate texts, having read and thought about them enough to have something specific and intelligent to say or write about them. There will be quizzes to check that you are doing the readings.

Late papers are accepted only one class late, and with full grade penalty. Any papers arriving later than that will not be accepted. Papers are due in the envelope marked ENG 362 on my office door, printed out on paper.

How I Figure Your Grades
You must complete all the required work to pass the class. No opting out of assigned work.  I will grade plus/minus.

Percentages for each required graded category are figured via a percentage of a 12-pt. scale in which an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on paper 1 would net you 9 x .15 or 1.35 points toward the final 12.  Or, a C in participation nets you 5 x .15 or .75, an A on the final earns you 12 x ..25 or 3 points.
I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade from 0 to 12.  For example, an 8.2 final score = B for the class.

Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper, or the course at my discretion. And yes, I have caught people in the past--in this course, in fact.

Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students http://www.ncsu.edu/dso/

Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.

Further Reading and Research
For criticism on the British novel please see the works on reserve for my 562 class, the graduate version of this one:

Reserve Books for Eng 562/362
In addition to these sources also see:

For paper two see this resource: The C18-L Bibliography

Before novels : the cultural contexts of eighteenth-century English fiction
Author: Hunter, J. Paul, 1934-
Published: 1990.



Syllabus:

W Jan 9 Introduction  traits of 18th-c novels
M Jan 14
Behn Oroonoko [1688] 
W Jan 16 finish Oroonoko ; read this model close-reading essay
M Jan 21 M. L. King Holiday, no class
W Jan 23 Haywood, Love in Excess [1719], pp. 37-79
M Jan 28 Love in Excess pp. 81-159
W Jan 30 Love in Excess pp. 160-211
M Feb 4 finish Love in Excess pp. 212-266  
W Feb 6 Defoe Roxana  through p. 85  18th-c money
F Feb 8
Paper 1 Due
M Feb 11 Roxana through p. 163 
W Feb 13 Roxana through p. 247
M Feb 18 Roxana through p. 270
W Feb 20 finish Roxana
M Feb 25 Richardson, Pamela [1740] (through letter 25)
W Feb 27 MIDTERM EXAM
M Mar 3 Spring Break no class--keep reading Pamela
W Mar 5 Spring Break no class--keep reading Pamela
M Mar 10 Pamela (through end Volume I)  Novelistic roots of Pamela
W Mar 12 Pamela (through 271)
M Mar 17 Pamela (through 367)
W Mar 19 Pamela (finish [503])
M Mar 24 Fielding, Shamela [1741] (445-58); complete Shamela online  READ half of Joseph Andrews book I
W Mar 26 Joseph Andrews [1741]  Preface (41-8)  Guide to Discourses in Fielding's text Joseph Andrews  finish book I (132)
M Mar 31 Joseph Andrews (finish Book II, 236)
W Apr 2 Joseph Andrews (Book III Ch. 3 p. 278)  Works Cited format for paper 2
F Apr 4  Paper 2 Due
M Apr 7 Joseph Andrews (finish Book III 332)
W Apr 9 Joseph Andrews (finish Book IV)
M Apr 14 Inchbald, A Simple Story [1791] (finish vol. 1, p. 93)
W Apr 16 A Simple Story (finish vol. II, p. 193)
M Apr 21 A Simple Story (finish vol. III, p. 280)
W Apr 23
A Simple Story (finish vol. IV, p. 338) Creative Project due
until Apr 28
please fill out an online class evaluation here:  https://classeval.ncsu.edu/
Apr 23-30
creative projects are due anytime between these days, up until the START of the exam. There is a box labeled ENG 362 outside my office to put them in. If yours doesn't fit in a box email me to make provisions to get it to me.
W Apr 30 Final Exam. 1:00 - 4:00pm in Tompkins G123



 
 

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