English 10B-1 - Winter, 2015

Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Ziser, Michael
CRN: 72507
Time: MWF 11:00-11:50
Location: 147 Olson


    English 10B is the second segment in the required three-part Literatures in English sequence. As in all 10-series courses, our collective goal will be to lay down a solid foundation of historical, terminological, methodological, and pragmatic knowledge in preparation for more advanced study at the upper division. Our focus in this class will be on prose and poetry produced between 1700 and 1900 in England and the United States, with emphasis on the major transitions in English literary history. This is a reading- and writing-intensive course, designed to improve your skills in close reading within a historical context, guide you towards fruitful research strategies, and encourage your curiosity about the vast riches available to literary study.

    Note on texts: The main texts for this course are previous editions of Norton anthologies. While the current editions of the Norton are extremely expensive, these slightly older editions are practically identical and can be purchased online very cheaply, often under $10 shipped. Please note carefully the specified editions and ISBN numbers below, and try to avoid purchasing the texts from the UCD Bookstore, which will likely mark them up 200-300%. While we won't come close to covering all the material included in these volumes, they will serve you well in years to come as valuable resources and references. The remaining three texts have been ordered in their cheapest current editions, but note that these are also widely available for free in various formats online if you wish to procure them that way.


    Quizzes: 15%
    Short Exercises: (6 x 2.5%): 15%
    Paper 1: 20%
    Paper 2: 20%
    Final Exam: 20%


    Charlotte Temple, Susanna Rowson
    Norton Anthology of American Literature, volume B: 1820-1865, 7th edition, ISBN: 0393927407
    Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
    Autobiography and Other Writings, Benjamin Franklin
    Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume D: The Romantic Period, 8th edition, ISBN: 0393927202
    Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume E: The Victorian Age, 8th edition, ISBN: 0393927210
    Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume C: The Restoration and 18th Century, 8th edition, ISBN: 0393927199