Dr. Catherine E. Ross, PhD
Associate Professor of English - Course Syllabi
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
ENGL 2310, Fall 2010 Course Syllabus
Thurs. 8/26 - In class: introduction to course goals and daily assignments, Independent Reading Project (IRP). Brief, ungraded in-class writing save this in your writing portfolio, described in the handout “Writing in ENGL 2310”). Hmwk: Write brief but specific answers to the Opening Exercises: “The Two Cultures” handout; read The Two Cultures (p. 1-51). [50 pp.]
Tues. 8/31 - In class: Quiz. Discussion of your homework writing and of your reading of The Two Cultures. Handout: rom F. R. Leavis’ reply to Snow. (When class is over, put your writing on the Opening Exercises in your portfolio.) Hmwk: Review Leavis ( 4 p. handout) and essay by Kimball (12 p. handout). [@16 pp.] Begin IRP (see handout) by selecting three figures, finding three suitable biographies, and preparing a brief bibliography as outlined on the IRP handout.
Thurs. 9/2 - In class: Turn in IRP bibliography. Discussion of humanists’ reactions to Snow’s Two Cultures Hmwk: Read Tallis’ response to Snow/Leavis Controversy (16 p. handout) & Snow’s “The Two Cultures: A Second Look” (p. 53-100). [63 pp.]
Tues. 9/7 - In class: Quiz, further discussion of Snow/Leavis Controversy; pre-writing work. (In class today you should also get Dr. Ross’ okay on your bibliography choice.) Hmwk: Read around in Collini’s introduction to The Two Cultures (vii-lxxi) [@30 pp.] to re-focus your thinking about the controversy and to prepare to write about it.
Thurs. 9/9 - In class: Discussion of and further instructions on writing in this class. Write Personal Response Piece #1: The Two Cultures. Hmwk: Revise PRP #1, see guidelines in handout, “Writing in ENGL 2310” for details. Create a reading plan for your biography; list the sections or chapters you plan to read and the dates by which each reading will be completed. Prepare a typed copy of this to Dr. Ross
Tues. 9/14 - In class: Turn in your IRP reading plan and writing portfolio (contents: 1. First day practice, 2. Responses to Opening Exercise, 3. IRP bibliography, 4. Personal Response Piece #1, 5. IRP reading plan). Discussions, questions about writing, several pieces may be read out loud to the class. Intro to next unit: Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: dialogues, confluences, affinities and distinctions between science and fiction; our job: characterize and define these. Hmwk: Read in Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century (LS19) Introduction (p. xvii-xxviii), Prologue (p. 3-8), and review the Chronology (p. xxxix-xlii). [15 pp.] Personal Response Piece #2: Your Response to the introduction to the anthology and to the literature in the Prologue.
Thurs. 9/16 - In class: Turn in Personal Response Piece #2 on LS19. Quiz. Discussion of the introduction and the texts in the Prologue. Hmwk: Read in LS19 “Mathematics, Physical Science, and Technology” (9-15) and pieces by Lovelace, De Morgan, Boole, Venn, Carroll, Eliot, and Wells (p. 15-43). [34 pp.]
Tues. 9/21 - In class: Quiz, LS19 p. 9-43. Discussion of the same. Hmwk: Read in LS19 “Sciences of the Body” (p. 130-135) and pieces by Galvani, Davy, Mary Shelley, Whitman (135-150). [20 pp.] Two page writing: What I already know about Frankenstein.
Thurs. 9/23 - In class: Quiz over LS19 p. 130-150. Read your two pages on what you already know about Frankenstein. Handout: Timeline for the novel, preview and guidelines to reading. Hmwk: Read Frankenstein Vol. I, entire (p. 3-64). [63 pp.]
Tues. 9/28 - In class: Quiz, discussion of Frankenstein Vol. II Hmwk: Read Frankenstein Vol. II, chaps. I-V (p. 64-91). [27 pp.]
Thurs. 9/30 - In class: Quiz, discussion of Frankenstein Vol. II Hmwk: Read Frankenstein Vol. II, chaps. VI-IX (p. 91-115 ). [24 pp.] Two page writing: What does the creature learn about human nature and culture in Volume II?
Tues. 10/5 - In class: Read pages about the creature’s education. Quiz, discussion of Frankenstein Vol. II Hmwk: Read Frankenstein Vol. III, chaps I-IV (p. 115-145). [30 pp.]
Thurs. 10/7 - In class: Quiz, discussion of Frankenstein Vol. III, chaps I-IV Hmwk: Read Frankenstein Vol. III, chaps V-VII (p. 145-179). [34 pp.]
Tues. 10/12 - In class: Quiz, discussion of Frankenstein Vol. III, entire. Hmwk: Personal Response Piece #3: Thoughts about Science, Scientists, and “Domestic Affection”
Thurs. 10/14 - In class: Turn in Personal Response Piece #3. Wrap-up discussion of Frankenstein; introduction to next readings: reading of the Preface to Letters to a Young Doctor (LYD). Hmwk: Read in LYD “Textbook” (13-20), “Imelda” (21-36), Letter to a Young Surgeon—I, II, and III (p. 37-58), “Mercy” (p. 70-74). [47 pp.]
Tues. 10/19 - In class: Quiz, discussion over LYD p. 13-58 Hmwk: Read in LYD “Rounds” (p. 75-91), “Letter to a Young Surgeon—IV, V (p. 104-119) “Witness” (p, 120-125). [36 pp.]
Thurs. 10/21 - In Class: Discuss readings from LYD: “Mercy,” “Letters,” and “Witness” Hmwk: Write Personal Response Piece #4 on modern medicine. Review for Midterm exam
Tues. 10/26 - In class: Turn in Personal Response Piece #4 on modern medicine. Review for Midterm exam Hmwk: Review for Midterm
Thurs. 10/28 - In class: MIDTERM EXAMHmwk:
[10/29 last withdrawal date]
Tues. 11/2 - In class: Go over Midterm Exam. Introductory comments on readings on Evolution; read in class LS19 “Evolution” (p. 235-240). Hmwk: Read in LS19 “Evolution” pieces by Lamarck, Lyell, Whewell, Tennyson, Darwin, Eliot (p. 240-272). [32 pp.]
Thurs. 11/4 - In class: Quiz, discussion of Evolution in LS19 p. 235-272Hmwk: Read in LS19 “Evolution” pieces by Huxley, Schreiner, Romanes, Tennyson, Spencer, Hardy (“Hap”) (p. 273-292 ). [37 pp.] Revise PRP #1.
Tues. 11/9 - In class: Revised Writing #1 last possible turn in date. Quiz, discussion of Evolution in LS19 p. 273-292 Hmwk: Read in LS19 “Evolution” pieces by Haeckel, Butler, Pfeiffer, Weismann, Kendall, Hopkins, Austen, Darwin, Haggard, Naden, and Hardy (from Tess) (p. 293-324). [31 pp.]
Thurs. 11/11 - In class: Quiz, discussion of Evolution in LS19 p. 293-324. Begin Personal Response Piece #5: Your thoughts on evolution. Hmwk: Finish PRP #4. Read in LS19, Sciences of the Mind (p. 325-330). [5 pp.]
Tues. 11/16 - In class: Turn in and read PRP #5. Discussion of Sciences of the Mind intro in LS19 and in-class reading of piece by De Quincey ( p. 331-333) Hmwk: Read in Sciences of the Mind LS19 pieces by Hall, Prichard, Hawthorne, Melville, and Laycock (p. 334-352). [21 pp.]
Thurs. 11/18 - In class: Quiz, discussion over Sciences of the Mind in LS19 p. 331-352). [21 pp.] Begin in class Personal Response Piece #6: On the Sciences of the Mind. Hmwk: Read in Sciences of the Mind LS19 pieces by Braddon, Mitchell, Maudsley, Carpenter, and James (p. 353-376). [23 pp.] Revise PRP #6.
Tues. 11/23 - In class: Turn in, read PRP #6. Discussion about the biography projects and expectations, issues Hmwk: Use the holiday to finish reading your biography.
Thurs. 11/25 - Thanksgiving Hmwk: As needed: revise 2nd graded PRP and/or biography reading.
Tues. 11/30 - In class: Revised Writing #2 last possible turn in date; introductory comments about readings about dreams and nervous exhaustion. Hmwk: Read in Sciences of the Mind LS19 pieces on Dreams and Nervous Exhaustion by Bronte, Cobbe, Stevenson, Kekule, Holmes, Mitchell, and Gilman (p. 422-442). [20 pp.]
Thurs. 12/2 - In class: Quiz, discussion over Sciences of the Mind in LS19 p. 422-442 Hmwk: Revise your 3rd graded PRP
Tues. 12/7 - In class: Revised Writing #3 last possible turn in date; discussion of characteristics of the lives of scientists and artists as revealed in biographies. Hmwk: Finish preparing outline for your exam essay on your IRP biography
Thurs. 12/9 - In class: Biography essay outlines due at the beginning of class. Exam review. Hmwk: Final Exam review
Tues. 12/14 - Final Exam, includes essay response to your IRP biography