Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL3530 WILDER, LANCE MWF 10::1 AM 0269


Throughout this semester, we will read poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose from the Victorian period in Great Britain (roughly 1832 - 1901). Working under the assumption that literature does not occur in a vacuum, we'll use these literary texts as our base camp and make guerilla raids into history, art, religion, economics, music, and other necessary aspects of life. The period is a complicated one, a time of change more rapid and unsettling than any time preceding it. In it, we shall also see the seeds of 20th- and 21st-century modernity as we explore some of the same debates and anxieties that still consume us today. The purpose of the course is to introduce you to an exciting and important period in Western literature and thought.


Daily, active class participation, including class discussion, in-class writing assignments, and reading quizzes (both announced and unannounced);

  •     Daily reading of a fairly heavy load.  We will be reading a great deal, and some of it, especially the poetry, may require more than one reading. You must do all of this reading before the class for which it is assigned.
  •     Active, daily class participation and possible reading quizzes, either announced or unannounced;
  •     One essay on assigned topics or original topics approved by me;
  •     A take-home midterm essay exam;
  •     A final exam, primarily essay.

I do take attendance, and attendance is mandatory. I understand that emergencies arise; on your FOURTH absence, however, regardless of the reason (excused and unexcused absences all count toward this total), you will be withdrawn from the course. Before the midpoint, you will receive either a WP or a WF, but after the midpoint, this will mean a WF in the course.  Tardies and early departures are disruptive and rude.  If they are at all habitual, they will have a negative effect on your final grade. Being significantly tardy will be counted as an absence; if you arrive ten or more minutes late to class or leave ten or more minutes early, you will be counted absent.  You should keep track of your own attendance, but of course, feel free to check with me to verify your attendance record.  It is your responsibility to get work to me that is due the day of your absence and to be prepared for any assignments on the day of your return.

If you are absent, contact a classmate to find out what you missed. Do not email me to ask me to summarize the class (i. e., teach the class period all over again), and please do not ask me the question that every single teacher hates beyond words and judges you when you ask it: "Did I miss anything important?" Assume that, if you missed something, it was something your teacher had a reason for covering, and ask your classmates to get you caught up.


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Makeup Policy

Quizzes and in-class daily assignments may generally not be made up.  With a well-documented excuse, major exams may be made up within one week of the original exam date.

I do not accept late papers except for truly exceptional and extenuating circumstances that you will have discussed with me before the paper is due.  If you wait until the day the paper is due to talk about these matters, the chances are that it will be too late. Please be aware that only rare circumstances qualify, and these do NOT include catastrophes like the computer lab’s being full, your printer’s running out of ink or paper, your pen drive's contracting a virus. For these reasons, I recommend that you plan your printing early and be sure you have a backup copy of your paper on another disk or drive.