E 375L • Victorian Literature
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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 (http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~bump/discovery.html). Therefore, some class meetings will be outside, devoted to observing, drawing, and writing about buildings 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. Marys 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 such as what is this? where did it come from? why is it here? and what does it mean? 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 maximum 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.
Multimedia projects (15% for each first draft -- 150 points each, 10% for each revision -- 100 points each) 50%
Portfolio (140 points) 14%
Informal writing (300 points) 30%
Class participation (60 points) 6%
Charles Bazerman, Writing Skills Handbook
Max Beerbohm, The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson (Yale)
Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice (W. W. Norton)
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
Course packet available at Jenn's