English 10B - Winter, 2020

Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Miller, Elizabeth
Time: TR 10:30-11:50
Location: 1322 Storer

Description

    English 10B: Literatures in English II, 1700-1900

    English 10B offers a survey of literature in English from 1700-1900, and is the second part of the required ENL 10 sequence for English majors. Our focus in this class will be on literature written between 1700 and 1900 in the English-speaking world. This is a reading and writing intensive class, designed to improve your critical reading and critical writing abilities and to prepare you for upper-division courses in the major. Our key goals for the class are:

    ? To improve your skills in close reading, attention to textual detail, and reading texts within a historical context
    ? To introduce you to some of the most important literary and cultural developments in the English-speaking world from 1700 to 1900
    ? To explore a wide range of genres, modes, and forms of literary writing
    ? To strengthen your writing skills and to give you practice in writing literary analysis and research papers for the English major

    Some of the topics we will explore in this class include: the growth of Anglo-American print culture; nationhood, colonial exploration, empire, and slavery; literary constructions of nature and wilderness; the structuring of selfhood in autobiography and other literary forms; and literature?s relation to historical, political, and economic contexts of the era.

Grading

    weekly quizzes, two papers, final exam

Texts

    Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
    Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin
    Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
    A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass
    Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands , Mary Seacole
    The Time Machine, H. G. Wells