Department of English

English 331.6

Professor Lisa Vargo, Office: Arts 408, Phone: 966-2781, E-mail:
Web Site:
Office Hours: TBA

Required Texts
Dept. of English. Requirements for Essays. Revised 2003. (Please get the updated copy.)
The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism

Course Description
The focus of this course is British writing in the period between the French Revolution of 1789 and the Reform Bill of 1832. The period is one in which notions of the personal development of the individual and of the possibility of social reform come to preoccupy writers, who are at the same time contending with the professionalisation of writing and the realities of the literary market. For many years the Romantic period meant poetry by the “Big Six” male poets: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats. Their writings will certainly have a place in the syllabus, but we will also look at a variety of genres (prose, fiction, letters, journals) and bring in other voices, notably those of women and working-class writers, to give a fuller sense of who was writing, as well as what readers in the period actually read. AThe great writings of the early nineteenth century are not merely pieces of historical evidence, fossils in the ground, but living texts that we too are engaged with,@ observes Marilyn Butler. ATo see these works within their cultural contexts is also to acknowledge their place in a world we still inhabit.@

Course Requirements
Term One Assignments
Essay 1 (3-5 pages) (10%)
Essay 2 (7-9 pages) (20%)
Term Two Assignments
Essay 3 (7-9 pages) (20%)
Research Assignment (3-5 pages) (10%)
Participation: 10%
Final Exam: 30%

Essays are due on or before the assigned date. Essay topics will be circulated well before the due date of the assignment. Plan accordingly as you will certainly have assignments for other classes due at the same time. A one-week grace period is allowed. After that, in fairness to the other students, a doctor's note or equivalent documentation will be required.

The College of Arts and Sciences is concerned about academic dishonestly, and because of that concern it has become very serious about penalizing students who cheat. It is the responsibility of every student to become familiar with what plagiarism means, how to avoid charges of plagiarism, and what the consequences are when plagiarism is found in student work. If you are unclear about the nature of plagiarism, please ask me! BASIC DEFINITION: IF IT DOESN'T COME FROM YOUR BRAIN, IT NEEDS TO BE CITED.

Please make yourself familiar with the section on plagiarism on pages 4-6 of Requirements for Essays (Revised 2003). You are plagiarizing if you present the words or thoughts of someone else as if they were your own, or if you submit without approval of the instructor any work for which credit has previously been obtained or is being sought in another course. (Exceptions are proverbial sayings or common knowledge.) PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INCLUDES THE WEB. WHEN YOU LOOK AT MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET IT MUST BE CITED, OTHERWISE YOU ARE LIABLE FOR A VISIT TO THE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT ACADEMIC DISHONESTY.

Avoid charges of plagiarizing by acknowledging your sources in the essay and including them in the list of works cited. When quoting, make sure that all words and phrases from the source are in quotation marks. When paraphrasing, acknowledge the source of the idea, but rewrite in your own language. Paraphrasing should be kept to a minimum and the source for the ideas must be cited.

Plagiarism, whether from the Internet, from other students, or from published sources, is a serious academic offense that bears severe consequences. Instructors will report such offenses to the dean of the student's college, and any allegations will be reviewed by the university's committee on Student Academic Dishonesty. Penalties can range from a "0" on an essay to a reduced mark for the course to expulsion from the University. Records of penalties assessed are kept on file by the University Registrar; penalties become more severe for subsequent offences. For information on these matters, please visit the very helpful site: .

Students with Disabilities:
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