English 3840: Transatlantic Journeys
Course Requirements and Expectations
Trollope, Frances. Domestic Manners of the Americans. 1832. Penguin,
Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories.
1820. Penguin, 1999.
Dickens, Charles. American Notes and Pictures from Italy. 1842 and
1846. Oxford, 1957.
Seacole, Mary. The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.
1857. Oxford, 1988.
James, Henry. Daisy Miller. 1878. Penguin, 1987.
Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurís Court. 1889. Modern
Forster, E. M. A Room with a View. 1908. Bantam, 1988.
Other course readings will be supplied as handouts or by electronic databases
such as Chadwyck-Healey and NetLibrary, available through the libraryís website.
Course Work and Grading
One seminar paper, 10
to 12 pages long, that must cite at least three secondary
sources (articles or books--not websites). An assignment sheet
with suggested topics will be passed out during the semester.
One ten-minute oral presentation to
be delivered with a partner (15%).
A total of five 1-to-2 page response
papers, due about every other week (10%). Due dates are noted on the syllabus
with an R.
Periodic, unannounced reading quizzes (10%).
A mid-term exam (20%) and a final
Active participation: participation
is expected of all students and will be taken into consideration when the final
grade is assessed. Read every assignment thoroughly and bring the appropriate
text to class. For each class discussion, make it your goal to say at least two
constructive things about the assigned reading. During group work, be attentive,
considerate, and helpful. At the end of the course, if your numerical average is
on the borderline between two grades, strong participation will earn you the
higher grade. Poor participation will insure that you get the lower grade. See
additional handout for more details.