Dr. Catherine E. Ross, PhD
Associate Professor of English - English 5323
Dr. Catherine Ross
Office: BUS 242
Office Hours: Tues. 2-4 PM, 5-6 PM, Thurs. 2-4, and by appointment
Office Telephone: 903-566-7275
Studies in Romantic Literature
Fall 2010 Tues. 6-8:40 PM
Austen, Jane. Persuasion. (Broadview Press 1998). ISBN-13: 978-1551111315
Damrosch, David, ed. The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2A. The Romantics and Their Contemporaries. 4th edn. (Longman 2009). ISBN-13: 978-0205655281
Roe, Nicholas. Romanticism an Oxford Guide. (Oxford University Press, 2005). ISBN-13: 978-0199258406
Wollstonecraft, Mary. Vindication of the Rights of Woman and The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria. (Longman 2006). ISBN-13: 978-0321182739
Goring, Paul, et al, Studying Literature the Essential Companion. (OUP, 2001)
Standard collegiate dictionary
Goals of this course: This course will introduce you to representative writers, texts, and concerns of the Romantic Period that significantly shaped these texts, such as the French Revolution and war with Napoleon, the passing of feudalism and the recognition of the notions of the Rights of Man and Woman, Romantic polymathy and the advent of professionalism and disciplinarity, Byronism and the Byronic hero, and notions of the public role of the poet or person of letters. You will be given the opportunity to study various texts and issues more deeply by leading discussions of topics including aesthetic concerns of the period (the sublime and the beautiful), contemporaneous attitudes about class and gender, new literary forms (the lyric, the gothic, novel), and the ways in which the Romantic period changed literature in the West for all time. Additionally, each student will read all or the significant parts of a biography of a major figure of the Romantic age and report to the class on his or her findings. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
- Describe the Romantic period, citing key authors, cultural and historical factors, and significant innovations in literary form and style
- Articulate central themes and ideas that emerged in Romantic literature
- Recognize how historical, political, and social events shape our analysis of Romantic literature
- Invent and argue their own interpretations of various texts and writers in the era
- Produce persuasive readings of texts from the period, using the vocabulary of literary studies appropriately
- Understand Romantic literature’s significance in shaping subsequent developments in literature and English studies
Course work and Conduct of Class: Homework for most weeks will be reading and annotation of selected Romantic texts. In class expect frequent short writing assignments, focusing discussions, brief lectures or guided readings, and small problem-solving or specialized discussion groups. Opportunities for follow-up responses on Blackboard will be provided. You will help lead class discussion during one seminar, and at the end of the term you will make a brief presentation on the biography you read and that person’s contributions to the literature and thought of the period. You will also take a final exam.
Absence and Make-Up Work: I expectyou to attend every class. Any student who misses more than two classes without an approved excuse or who has regular, disruptive, and/or unexplained tardiness, will have his/her course grade lowered by one letter. (You are tardy if you arrive in class more than ten minutes after we have begun working.) Additional unexcused absences or tardiness will have further consequences. An absence will be excused if a student makes arrangements with the professor in advance or is she brings a note from a physician, is participating in some university sanctioned event, or is attending a family wedding, funeral, or other religious occasion. Absences must be documented by the relevant authority in order to qualify as an excused absence. If possible, arrange to do make-up in advance and plan to complete all or most of your make up work as quickly as possible after you return to class. It is your responsibility to initiate and complete make-up arrangements.
Grading: Your grade will be based upon your engagement with assigned texts as demonstrated in your participation and leadership in class and blackboard discussions, upon the quality of your work on your short writings, class discussion, midterm, paper, presentation, and final exam. The following formula will be used to calculate your grade:
50% Class participation and short writings
10% Leadership of class discussion on _____________________________________.
10% Biography presentation
To avoid problems with borderline grades, I enforce a generous “no nines rule,” which I will explain in class. I use a grading program called MicroGrade, which allows me to send students a detailed accounting of their performance at any time through their UT Tyler Patriots email account. I will not post grades on Blackboard.
Class Honor System, Academic Dishonesty, and Plagiarism: The pleasures of working in a community in which members respect each other and conduct themselves honorably are significant. It is my wish for this class to be a community that embraces these values readily. You should understand that in a very real way, scholars thrive or become irrelevant because of the state of their knowledge and writing. For this reason, professors consider any kind of academic dishonesty a serious matter. It is not dishonest to study together and to help each other learn. It is dishonest to try to cover your failure to do your work by plagiarizing or other forms of academic dishonesty. Not only are these behaviors a violation of academic integrity, they belittle your character and are ruinous to our community. Please understand this. Anyone who cheats, allows others to do so, or plagiarizes will be asked to leave the class and will be given an F for the semester.
Communication: You must have and take advantage of daily access to e-mail and Blackboard, because it is very common for questions or new ideas to come up after class has already met, and I frequently send e-mail messages to my students (including information about up-coming class exercises). Be sure you check your UT Tyler Patriots email address every day. It is your responsibility to make sure your Patriots email account is up and running by the second class meeting. If you do not have your own computer and access at home to the internet, go to the Academic Computing Center on the first floor of the BUS building for assistance.
Conferences and office hours: We need to get to know each other. You should come to see me at least once in the semester, preferably as soon as possible after class begins. My office hours are listed above; if these times are inconvenient, I will be happy to set up an appointment for you at another time. Please do not wait until it is too late in the semester to see me about a problem or concern.
Laptops, Beepers and Cell Phones: I prefer that students not use laptop computers in my classroom. If you must use one, it should be placed in such a way that it does not screen you off from your professor of classmates. Please turn off the audible ringers for all beepers or cell phones when you are in the classroom. Text-messaging during class is rude and disruptive.