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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 375L • Victorian Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35520 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 104

Course Description

Computer-assisted instruction.

We will explore our senses of place and space, with special emphasis on the Victorian concepts of "Truth to Nature" and "Gothic." The basic method of the course is discovery learning, learning by doing ( Therefore, some class meetings will be outside, devoted to observing, drawing, and writing about buildings, landscapes, and works of art, while those in the classroom will focus on the literature which encouraged them and, via the internet, the European buildings that inspired them. We will meet at Victorian buildings on campus (such the Littlefield house) and off campus (such as St. Mary's cathedral and the state Capitol). We will also meet at the Humanities Research Center to examine the art of Rossetti, Morris, Burne-Jones, and others.

Students should be prepared to think for themselves and for careful reading and a lot of informal writing. Our specific techniques will be reading and writing in response to basic questions about ourselves and our environments. Discovery learning means that there will be fewer instructions for subjects of projects than what students may be used to from other courses. This can be frustrating for some, especially those who want a detailed formula that will guarantee them a good grade. Instead they will have more freedom to be creative, to be individual, and to write about what is important to them. More features of my teaching philosophy can be seen at my web site.

Grading Policy

Multimedia projects 25%
Learning Record 25%
Portfolio 15%
Informal writing 25%
Class participation 10%


Charles Bazerman, Writing Skills Handbook
John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman
Max Beerbohm, The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson (Yale)
Carroll, The Annotated Alice (W. W. Norton)
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
Course packet


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