E 375L • Victorian Literature
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Computer assisted instruction.
Our themes will be "animal humanities," diversity, and leadership. 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. We will compare the life of Victorian college students with that of students here and read the Alice books as parodies of college life. Our exploration of diversity will revolve around the Victorian encounter with India and its traditions of nonviolence in relation to animals as well as people. Our course anthology will include selections from Hopkins, Darwin, E. Arnold's The Light of Asia, Lockwood Kipling's Beast and Man in India; and other works.
About 50% of the final grade will be determined by two 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); 12-24% by class participation (240 points). 1000 points are required for an A-; 900 for a B-; 800 for a C-; 700 for a D-.
Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
Rudyard Kipling, Kim and the Jungle Books and a course anthology.