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Survey of English Literature II

Course Details

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Spring 2018
Prothro-Yeager Hall
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Days & Times

MWF 12 Noon-12:50 PM

Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)


The Romantics & their Contemporaries
Vol. 2A Longman Anthology of British Literature
The Victorian Age
Vol. 2B of The Longman Anthology of British Literature
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Longman Cultural Edition
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Longman Cultural Edition 2nd Edition
Course Objectives


Critical Inquiry

  • Students engage in an increasingly sophisticated discourse and demonstrate aesthetic and critical discernment through close textual analysis.
  • Students evaluate secondary sources and apply skills in information gathering and management, and document design, using traditional sources and emerging technologies.

Knowledge of Language and Literature

  • Students understand the usage and structure of the English language.
  • Students recognize the stylistic techniques that distinguish key literary texts relevant to subject and genre.
  • Students are familiar with the legacy of important ideas and contexts associated with literary periods.
  • Students are introduced to academic and professional publications in the field.

Writing as Process

  • Students reflect on their arguments over multiple stages of development.
  • Using traditional resources and emerging technologies, students utilize and format their primary and secondary sources in MLA style.


  • Student is aware of a cultural context for his or her own values and those of his or her sources.



Course Expectations

Journal Responses (60 percent of semester grade): Students need to write a one paragraph (approx. 300 words) response where indicated in the daily schedule. These are TYPED, double-spaced. No Works Cited. Students will write SIX responses (two responses for each of the three Journal Due Dates). A sample is provided at the end of this syllabus with guidelines.

Journal entries are not about the two novels, Persuasion and Frankenstein.

The TWO PARAGRAPH ESSAY. Prior to the due date for the Persuasion Essay and the Frankenstein Essay (each worth 20 percent of semester grade), the instructor will distribute a prompt indicating the criteria for each two-paragraph essay, including prompt question and sample in-body citing and bibliography (Works Cited).  These two essays are written outside of class and submitted in person in class on the scheduled due date. The FINAL EXAM is the two-paragraph Frankenstein essay.

EXTRA CREDIT: For extra credit, students may write a substantial paragraph about a campus presentation (specifically designated for extra credit by the instructor) and add it to the nearest JOURNAL DUE DATE. Extra credit is NOT in place of a journal entry—extra credit is in addition to the journal entries. Extra credit means points (based on quality) added to one of the journal entries. NOTE: The instructor is not obligated to provide extra credit.


Grading Standards

Six journal entries are worth 10 percent each for a total of 60 percent of the semester grade; the two two-paragraph essays are each worth 20 percent for a total of 40 percent of the semester grade. Grammar and punctuation count as well. MLA citing is also factored into the grade.


Final Exam 05/09/2018 Wednesday 3:30 PM
Submission Format Policy


Journal entries should be one substantial paragraph (approx. 300 words), not to exceed one page. Students should build the paragraph around at least three significant quotes (each one a complete or near-complete thought), not counting one or two word quotes. We are following MLA in-body citing for format. Submit and keep journal entries hole-punched and fixed in the brads of a normal folder with clasps. Use 12 point Times New Roman and double-space. SEE BACK FOR SAMPLE ENTRY (left-hand margin is an inch and a quarter). 

QUOTES: A quote is the verbatim (word-for-word) use of a source. For each journal entry, quote at least three times from a text and pivot from a key passage in it. You can have shorter quotes as well, but you need three that are more than a few words and provide a complete thought (see the three shaded quotes in sample entry). POETRY needs forward slashes between lines. 

PARENTHETICAL NUMBERS: The quote is immediately followed by a parenthetical number, indicating line number(s) if poetry—or page numbers if prose (anything that is not a poem). See sample journal entry for our format. 

BRACKETED ELLIPSIS […]: Indicates the quoted material is not a complete sentence—something from the original text is missing from the beginning, middle, or end. 

DESCRIPTION & KEY PASSAGE: A good journal entry sets the scene with your own descriptive details regarding character, action, and situation. You can quote from anywhere in the text but pivot from a key passage. 

SUPPORTING POINTS: What is the meaning of a quote? Express that meaning in your own words prior to the quote. This meaning or explanation is a supporting point. Do not lead with a quote. Instead, lead with the supporting point. 

YOU NEED TO CLEARLY STATE A CONTROLLING IDEA, THOUGHT, OR FEELING.  Your supporting points should provide the frame for, or lead to, a central theme or controlling idea that ties together the whole paragraph (which is really a mini-essay). This governing idea or overall position can kick off the paragraph (like a topic sentence), emerge part-way, or conclude the essay—but the over-all idea or feeling should be reasonably clear.

Student’s Name

Dr. Fields

ENGL 2823 Survey of English Literature II

January 29, 2018

 Journal Entry 1: William Wordsworth, Book 13 (Conclusion) of The Prelude, lines 60-84.

 Wordsworth concludes The Prelude by recalling a moonlight hike with a friend upon Mount Snowdon in Wales. Even though he and his friend roused a local shepherd to be their guide (along with his dog), Wordsworth says that he was first along the trail and the first to see the countryside from the moonlit mountain top. Below Wordsworth, vast clouds of mist sat upon the world, blanketing and hiding the world except for jutting hills. But his gaze found an open place in the cloud-cover, which seemed to be made by a larger force or spirit which had created this “breach” (line 62) to pass back and forth between our world and the universe beyond. This passage-way implies that the scene stretching out below is really evidence of a local personality, or supernatural life, apart from that human perception which feels and experiences it: “That dark deep thorough-fare had Nature lodg’d / The Soul, the Imagination of the whole” (63-65). This nighttime vista had its own sensations, feelings, thoughts, and creativity. He was mingling with, and responding to, the way this mountain was thinking about itself. Wordsworth also suggests that an even deeper force is brimming through the opening in the clouds:  “The perfect image of a mighty Mind, / Of one that feeds upon infinity, / That is exalted by an underpresence” (69-71). Something vast was informing this scene, a single unifying power or spirit that stretches in every direction and fills every nook and cranny of the cosmos: “The sense of God, or whatsoe’er is dim / Or vast in its own being […]” (72-73). Each act of feeling is shared, never exclusive or isolated, and proceeds from the divine being which is our universe.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Late Penalties and Illness

An essay assignment submitted after the class period of the due date is penalized 10 points. If late by two class periods, the essay is penalized 20 points. The penalty is capped at 20 points.

If students are too ill to submit their work personally, they should submit it when they return to class. They may avoid penalty for late submission by obtaining documentation from a relevant professional in a timely fashion (e.g., a doctor, clinic, officer of the court, or the Dean of Students’ office). If they are ill but nevertheless submit it in class on the day it is due, they can be excused from the rest of that class period.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are allowed THREE unexcused absences. Always email the instructor if you are going to miss class. As much as possible, keep him in the loop. After a FOURTH unexcused absence, the instructor will warn the student that all future absences must be documented or agreed-upon with the instructor. If problem continues, the student is warned by the Dean of Students. If absenteeism continues to occur, the student will be removed with a WF. An alternative in these cases would be the instructor signing a penalty-free withdrawal slip from the registrar, which he is happy to do if the student brings the slip to him in a timely fashion.

Other Policies


Any use of a non-documented source as if it were a student’s original work is considered plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Plagiarism can be of ideas; it can be of exact phrasing. In either or both cases, if the student has failed to acknowledge the source in the body of the essay and to document it in the Works Cited, the grade will be a “0” (no points) for the assignment even if the rest of the assignment is original and use of other sources properly documented. Upon being informed of the plagiarism, the student is no longer welcome in the class. The student may withdraw from the course with a penalty-free “W” if available; if not, the student must cease attending and the grade will be whatever points the student has accumulated minus the plagiarized document and any other tests or assignment as yet not completed (which are forfeit).  If the student continues to attend, the instructor will contact the Dean of Students or Student Conduct office and withdraw the student with a WF. 

Phrasing that is too close to the student’s own documented sources.

Students who reproduce the phrasing of their documented source(s) as if it were their own phrasing will be penalized for language that is too close to source. Students can use terminology they find in their documented sources, but four words in a row are too much without quoting. Verbatim use of a documented source must be confined to QUOTES set off with quotation marks or ten extra spaces on the left if the verbatim passage works out to be five or more lines of student typing or handwriting. All such quoting requires parenthetical page numbers if provided in the source. Even if page numbers are not provided, the language must be clearly attributed to the author and set off by quotation marks or an extra ten inches on the left. 

Classroom Policies Students should avoid being late on a consistent basis. If you miss attendance, you are considered late. Alert the instructor to mark you present.

  • Students should stay off their personal electronics.
  • Students must have the instructor’s permission to leave class.
  • Students should follow along in their own copies of their book, highlighting passages, and taking notes.

WARNING: Students with consistent lateness and problems following-along in class will be warned by email. If the problem continues, the student is warned by the Dean of Student’s office. If to no avail, then the student will be removed with WF. The instructor is willing to sign a penalty-free withdrawal slip if brought to him in timely fashion.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

ENGL 2823 Syllabus SPRING 2018-20180118-162522.doc

Campus Carry

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