ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 013 Dealing with "The Worst of Times"
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” It’s one of the most famous quotes from Charles Dickens’s The Tale of Two Cities. You’ve probably heard it even if you didn’t know where it’s from. While Dickens is referring to the French Revolution, it is easy to see how the phrase could apply to a variety of time periods, including when Dickens was writing and when we’re reading today. In this course we’ll think about the role that literature plays in dealing with social issues during the Victorian time period. What could authors actually do to capture and challenge the problems they saw going on around them in social relationships, factory conditions, slavery, etc.? How did they deal with the aspects that made life feel like "the worst of times"? We’ll look at a variety of forms of writing, including poems, memoirs, plays, and novels, as we discuss to what extent this literature actually did contribute toward any type of change. And we’ll think about the limits of what we can learn about Victorian Britain and to what extent we can apply these texts to think about concerns in our time. Authors of interest include Elizabeth Gaskell, Harriet Martineau, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Caroline Norton, Josephine Butler, Mary Prince, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Oscar Wilde.

As important as reading and discussion are to this class, the key mode of communication we will be working to develop will be writing. The course is writing intensive, with frequent low-stakes writing assignments and three key essays. You'll have the opportunity to choose the subject matter for your writing based on what you find intriguing in the literature we read. Writing will be a social process, with opportunities for peer review and instructor meetings. We’ll consider together what makes good questions and good arguments, and we’ll hone our critical thinking and research skills.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Note:
All other texts will be poems, articles or chapter excerpts and will be provided via Canvas.
ISBN: 9780199558308
Cranford, Author: Elizabeth Gaskell., Publisher: Oxford University Press [New ed.] 2011
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780199537785
The warden, Author: Anthony Trollope ; with an introduction and notes by David Skilton ; illustrations by Edward Ardizzone., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissued. 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780140437492
The history of Mary Prince : a West Indian slave, Author: [Mary Prince] ; ed. by Sara Salih., Publisher: Penguin Books repr. with 2000
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780486272689
The Mikado, Author: William Schwenck Gilbert ; illustrated by the author., Publisher: Dover Publications 1992
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780486264783
The importance of being earnest, Author: Oscar Wilde., Publisher: Dover Publications 1990
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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