English 10B-3 - Spring, 2015

Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Ball, Molly
CRN: 32390
Time: TR 9:00-10:20
Location: 217 Olson


    English 10B examines literature in English from 1700 to 1900. The course is intended to prepare you for upper-division coursework in English and has two primary goals. First, the course will ask you to engage with the historical emergence, development, and relevance of various literary genres and movements. Second, the course will expect you to hone your critical and written skills by analyzing how the formal aspects of various texts fit into and/or complicate larger literary-historical narratives.

    While the course will touch on a number of themes relevant to the period, students can expect a particular focus on questions of gender, race, empire, and circulation.

    Texts will be available for purchase at the UC Davis Bookstore; the course reader can be purchased at the Davis Copy Shop. Please be advised: there will be no laptops or e-readers permitted in class unless you have a documented need, so be sure to acquire a hard copy of all the texts. Should you choose to acquire the texts somewhere else, be certain to get the editions posted at the UC Davis Bookstore.


    Homework, Short Assignments, & Presentations: 20%
    Paper 1: 25%
    Paper 2: 35%
    Final Exam: 20%


    Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe (Broadview, 2005)
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs (Dover, 2001)
    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (Penguin USA, Revised 2003 Edition)
    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (Norton Critical Edition, 2005)