English 10B-2 - Spring, 2013

Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Johns, Alessa
CRN: 62553
Time: TR 3:10-4:30
Location: 105 Olson


    English 10b, Section 2 Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

    Alessa Johns

    We will begin with Daniel Defoe’s path-breaking novel Robinson Crusoe and move chronologically through the period, concluding with Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest. In between we will touch on a great variety of literary forms, fictional and non-fictional, canonical and non-canonical, in prose as well as poetry, by women as well as by men. Close attention will be paid also to the works’ social and cultural contexts, as we consider related art forms and discuss topics such as colonization, slavery, sentiment, science, travel, gender, poverty, reform, and war.


    Grading will be based on quizzes and in-class assignments (15%), two papers (40%), a midterm (15%), a final (15%), and attendance and participation (15%).


    The Norton Anthology of English Literature 8th edition, Volume C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Norton
    Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, ed. Michael Shinagel, 2d edition, Norton Critical
    Great American Short Stories, ed. Paul Negri, Dover
    Great Speeches by African Americans, ed. James Daley, Dover
    Some texts will be derived on-line.
    The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde, Dover