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

Spring 2007

E 328 • The English Novel in the Nineteenth Century

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34505 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 104

Course Description


Our primary goal is to transform your lives, and those of all you influence in the future, for the benefit of society. To do this we will focus on two core values: discovery and leadership. Our ultimate question will be: why am I here? To answer the "why" question, we will focus on leadership, a core value of the university and of Victorian fiction. Victorian literature will reveal the purposes of universities and the liberal arts as well as that "pattern of conversion" from egoism to something greater that characterizes so many leaders, now as well as then.

Our core value of "discovery" means that students should be prepared to think for themselves as well as for careful reading and a lot of informal writing. 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

Grades. About 50% of the final grade will be determined by multimedia projects (15% for each first draft, -- 150 points each, 10% for each revision -- 100 points), 14% by the portfolio (140 points); 24% by informal writing (240 points); and 12% by class participation (120 points). 900 points (out of 1,000) are required for an A-; 800 for a B-; 700 for a C-; 600 for a D-. However, more than 1000 points will be available so that students can emphasize formal over informal writing or vice versa, class participation more than the portfolio, etc. Students will receive exactly the grade recorded in the online gradebook in Blackboard, even if it is one point short of the next higher grade.

Writing: The first formal project will be a personal vision, the second a leadership vision, both inspired by Victorian fiction. Informal writing will consist primarily of self-reflection and Discussion Board contributions.


The Little Penguin Handbook; Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities; Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre; Anne Bronte, Tenant of Wildfell Hall; George Eliot, Romola; Carroll, The Annotated Alice (W. W. Norton); Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd; Course packet.


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