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British Literature 1800 to Present

English 56B (Fall 2007)
Dr. Katherine D. Harris
Syllabus subject to change

Legend of Symbols, etc.
All page numbers refer to the Norton Anthology, Vols. D, E & F (8th ed.)
HO =
PPT = Powerpoint shown in class
Online = Web hyperlink


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Office:  FO 220
Phone: 408.924.4475
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 Mid-Term Exam    Final Essay    Final Exam



Reading Due

Assignment Due
Thur 8/23 Introductions: You, Me and Managing a Literature Survey Course Greensheet Policies & Schedule

Hints for Reading Poetry & Fiction
Timeline & Reading Materials
Presentation Instructions

Student Questionnaire

Refer to Norton Literature Online to contextualize each period

Tues 8/28 Romanticism
(See Online Resources)

Apocalypse & Revolution

Wollstonecraft’s Vindications Summary

3 Questions

Sign up for Presentations via email by 10am
Thur 8/30 Landscape, Tourism & Beauty
  • Wordsworth, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (305), "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (259-262), Guide to the Lakes (Online), Rap of Wordsworth’s "Daffodils" (Online)
  • D. Wordsworth, Alfoxden & Grasmere Journals (389-402)
  • Smith, "On Being Cautioned" (41)
  • Wollstonecraft, Letters Written (196-202)
  • Coleridge, "The Eolian Harp" (426-28)
  • Shelley, "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" (766-68)
  • Keats, Letter to George & Thomas Keats (942), "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (905), New Yorker Cartoon (Online)

Table of Contents, Lyrical Ballads

Landscape, Tourism & Beauty (pdf)

Relevant Websites
Literary Landscapes
A Picture of Britain, a Tate Museum exhibit of landscape artists from over 300 years
Lyrical Ballads, Renascence Editions
Lyrical Ballads: A Concordance
Lyrical Ballads: An Electronic Scholarly Edition

Images of the Aeolian Harp
The Life & Death of Dr. Syntax (BBC)

3 Questions

Intellectual Autobiography
(400 words, typed, double-spaced) – counts as an In-Class Essay; email to me by 10am


Tues 9/4 Representing the Laboring Classes
  • Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper" in SoI & SoE (85 & 90), "The Little Black Boy" (84)
  • Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads (262-74)
  • Coleridge, Chps.13 & 14 of Biographia Literaria (477-483)
  • Shelley, Defense of Poetry (837-50)
  • More, "The Sorrows of Yamba" (Online)
  • Edgeworth, "The Irish Incognito" (228-42)

ICE Writing Tips
Shelley’s Defense Comparison

Race & Working Class (pdf)

Relevant Websites
The Blake Archive

Holy Soul Jelly Roll by Allen Ginsberg
Portrait of William Blake from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Blake Exhibit at the Tate Britain Museum
William Blake Online, a learning exhibit by the Tate Britain Museum

3 Questions


Thur 9/6 The Gothic, Satan & Byronic Heroes
  • "The Gothic & the Development of a Mass Readership" (577-79)
  • Coleridge, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (430-46), "Kubla Khan" (446-49), Illustration (C8); "The Satanic Hero" (490-91), Modern References to Kubla Khan (Online)
  • Robinson, "To the Poet Coleridge" (74)
  • Byron, "Prometheus" (Online)
  • Fuseli, "The Nightmare" Painting (C8)
  • Lamb, Glenarvon excerpt (Online)
  • Scott, "Wandering Willie’s Tale," (410-23)

Gothic Novel Background

The Gothic Beyond the Romantics (pdf)

Relevant Websites
Gothic Exhibition at the Tate Britain

"Xanadu" in Oxford English Dictionary
Online Resources for the Gothic Novel

3 Questions
In-Class Essay
Tues 9/11 Evolution: Urban Landscapes and Parodic Beauty

Relevant Websites
London Index images of 19th-Century London (online)
Byronic Images
Pop Culture References to Romantic Literature (Romantic Circles)
Fictional Representations of Romantics & Romanticism (Romantic Circles)
Movies about the Romantics or Romantic Era

[Optional] Consider testing yourself against the Norton Romantic Period Quiz (Online)

3 Questions

Group Presentation on Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
Thur 9/13 Victorian Age
(See Online Resources)

Withering of the Individual

Transition to the Victorians

Images of Colonialism
Images of Evolution

Relevant Websites
Royal Bedlam Hospital (Dickens compares to Newgate Prison)

3 Questions

In-Class Essay

Group Presentation on MVWEI Database
Tues 9/18 The Angel in the House
  • Patmore, "Angel in the House" (1585-87)
  • Ruskin, Of Queens’ Gardens (1587-89)
  • Tennyson, "Lady of Shalott (1114-19)
  • Morris, "Defence of Guenevere" (1483-91)
  • R. Browning, "My Last Duchess" (1255)
  • E.B. Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese (1084-85)
3 Questions
Thur 9/20 Scribbling Women

Relevant Websites
Jane Eyre Revisited

Stage Production of Jane Eyre

3 Questions

Group Presentation on Jane Eyre
Tues 9/25 The Sun Never Sets On the British Empire

Relevant Websites
Revising the Ending, YouTube

3 Questions
Thur 9/27 Industrialism: Progress or Decline
  • Continue Jane Eyre & Empire/Imperialism Discussions
  • Pear’s Soap Ad from 1899 (Online)
  • Kipling, "White Man’s Burden" (1821)
  • Imperial Views (Online)
  • Chamberlain, The True Conception of Empire (1630-32)
  • First Report of the Children’s Employment Commission (1563-65)
  • Engels, The Great Towns (1565-72)
  • Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (1576-77)

Relevant Websites
Victorian Periodicals & the Empire

3 Questions
In-Class Essay

Discuss Mid-Term
Tues 10/2 Painterly Images of Poetry
  • Ruskin, Of Pathetic Fallacy (1322-24)
  • Rossetti, "Goblin Market" (1466-78)
  • Browning, "Fra Lippo Lippi" (1271-1280)
  • Rossetti, "The Blessed Damozel" (1443-47); see accompanying illustration (Online)

Relevant Websites
Christopher Walken reads "The Raven"

Overview of "Goblin Market"

3 Questions
Mid-Term Course Evaluation

Group Presentation on Rossetti Archive

10/3 & 10/4 Banned Books Week
See here for events: www.sjsu.edu/reading/calendar.htm

Thur 10/4 Decadent Fin de Siecle

[Optional] Consider testing yourself against the Norton Victorian Period Quiz (Online)

3 Questions
In-Class Essay

Group Presentation on Play
Tues 10/9  

Mid-Term Exam
(Bring exam booklets & pens)

Thur 10/11


Disillusionment with Victorians & The Great War

  • Introduction & Timeline (1827-50)
  • Blast (2009-15)
  • Pound, "In a Station of the Metro" (2008)
  • Yeats, "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" (Online)
  • Owen, "Anthem for Doomed Youth" (1971)
3 Questions
In-Class Essay

10/11, 3-4:30, Rose Castillo Guilbault (King Library, 2nd Flr)
Author of Farmworker's Daughter: Growing Up Mexican in America

Tues 10/16 Modernist Experiments
  • Eliot, "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (2289-93)
  • Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (pub. 1925)

Relevant Websites
Listen to Eliot read "Prufrock" (Salon.com)

Flapper Jane

3 Questions

Group Presentation on Mrs. Dalloway
Thur 10/18 Professional Women
  • Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
  • Woolf, "Professions for Women" (2152-55)

Relevant Websites
"Mrs. Dalloway" Band, Netherlands

3 Questions
In-Class Essay

Discuss Final Essay/Project (See Instructions)

Deadline for Student Essay Contest on ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere ($250 Prize)

Tues 10/23 More Modernist Experiments
  • Finish Mrs. Dalloway discussions
  • Joyce, "The Dead" (2172-2200)
  • Lawrence, "Why the Novel Matters" (2269-73)
  • Smith "Thoughts about the Person from Porlock" (2375-77)
3 Questions
Thur 10/25 Nation & Language Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (pub. 1966) (through page 56 in the Norton edition) 3 Questions
In-Class Essay

Group Presentation on Wide Sargasso Sea
Tues 10/30  
  • Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
  • (finish entire novel)
  • Rushdie, "English is an Indian Literary Language" (2540-41)
3 Questions

Project Proposal
Thur 11/1 Postmodernism
(See Online Resources)

Performing Postmodernity
Pinter, The Dumb Waiter (2601-22) 3 Questions
In-Class Essay

Group Presentation on Play
Tues 11/6 Realizing Postmodern Frankensteins A Clockwork Orange (pub. 1962) - read through Part II, Chp. 3

Relevant Websites
Nasdat to English Glossary

SLC Punk (movie mimics Chp. 21)
3 Questions

Group Presentation on A Clockwork Orange
Sarah Armes, Dustin Coleman, Julio Rangel
Thur 11/8 Magic, Realism, Empire
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • - read remainder of novel
  • Rushdie, "The Prophet’s Hair" (2863-68)

Study Question & Questions for A Clockwork Orange

3 Questions
In-Class Essay

November 8th, 7:30pm Salman Rushdie, Morris Dailey Hall
See Other Authors & Discuss Books at the
CLA Events

Tues 11/13 A New Depthlessness Cunningham, The Hours (our edition pub. 1998; first pub. 1989)

Digital Project
Experimental Project on Woolf, letters, Mrs. Dalloway & other "afterings"

Interesting Websites
International Virginia Woolf Society
Talking to Virginia Woolf
3 Questions

Group Presentation on The Hours
Thur 11/15   Cunningham, The Hours

Discussion Questions

3 Questions
In-Class Essay
Tues 11/20 Reflections of Victorians Fforde, The Eyre Affair (pub. 2001)

Relevant Websites
Official site for The Eyre Affair
Meeting my Publisher for the First Time - Jasper Fforde
3 Questions

Group Presentation on The Eyre Affair
Thur 11/22

Thanksgiving - No Class Meeting

Tues 11/27 21st Century

The Uncontrollable Page
Jackson, Patchwork Girl (pub. 1995)

Handouts & PPT
Background & Summary of Frankenstein (distributed 11/20)
PPT on hypertext fiction & Patchwork Girl
Group PPT on Patchwork Girl
3 Questions

Group Presentation on Patchwork Girl
Thurs 11/29 HTML is a Language (?)

Relevant Websites
N. Katherine Hayles New Horizons
Introduction to Patchwork Girl
Helpful Guide for Reading Patchwork Girl

Interview with Shelly Jackson
"Skin," another project by Jackson
Using StorySpace

A new, networked novel: Flight Paths

Web References from Class Discussion
Introducing the Book (Video, YouTube)
Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us (Video, Youtube)
Code from RSSGallery
Turning the Pages, British Library
Today's Information Fluency (Video)
Semaphore Exhibit
Columbine Massacre Role Playing Game Trailer (Video, YouTube)
Spore game Trailer (Video, YouTube)
Review of Amazon's reader, Kindle

3 Questions
In-Class Essay
Tues 12/4 What is "Literature?"

Group Presentation Info
Group PowerPoint (pdf)

Explanation of Comic Books & Neil Gaiman Interview (YouTube)
Stardust Movie Trailer (YouTube)

Relevant Websites
Neil Gaiman's Website/Blog

Review of Endless Nights
Plot Summary for Endless Nights
Crossing Mediums: TV's Heroes and Graphic Novels
Top Ten Graphic Novels

[Optional] Consider testing yourself against the Norton 20th Century Quiz (Online)

3 Questions

Group Presentation on Graphic Novel
Thurs 12/6 Making the Future


3 Questions

Final Essay/Project

Final Exam
Monday, December 17th, 9:45am-12pm
(Bring exam booklets)