English 10B-2 - Fall, 2016

Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Page, Ryan
CRN: 32376
Time: TR 3:10-4:30
Location: 125 Olson


    English 10B is the second of the three part Literatures in English sequence required for all majors. This section will cover the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, encompassing poetry, prose and drama from the heyday of the Enlightenment to the birth of Modernism. The object of the Literatures in English sequence is to familiarize you with key developments and transformations in literary history while improving your reading and writing skills in preparation for upper division course work. After completing this class, you should not only be able to discuss the pragmatics of literary form, but also the intellectual and historical contexts of works produced during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and you should have the beginnings of a critical methodology which with to pursue original research.

    The central motif of English 10B is the journey towards and away from literary Romanticism. Themes which will emerge in these works include travel and pilgrimage, self-determination and gender, criminality, and the rise of commodity capitalism. I have only listed below those texts which will be available for purchase at the bookstore; other poems and stories in the public domain will be rendered as PDF's on the course website.


    Participation, attendance, short writing assignments and quizzes: 20%
    Paper 1: 20%
    Paper 2: 30%
    3 Critical Interventions (submitted online): 15%
    Final: 15%


    Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
    An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde
    Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin
    Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
    A Sentimental Journey, Laurence Sterne
    Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
    The Lifted Veil, George Eliot