ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 013 Writing in "The Worst of Times"
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
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 the quote even if you didn’t know where it’s from. While Dickens is referring to the French Revolution, the phrase can easily be applied to lots 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.? We’ll look at a variety of forms of writing, including poems, memoirs, novels, and plays, as we think about the ways in which authors tried to represent and address the things they wanted to see change. We’ll 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 Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Caroline Norton, Josephine Butler, Mary Prince, Mary Seacole, and Oscar Wilde.

A key focus of this course is writing and academic inquiry. The course is writing intensive, with frequent low-stakes writing assignments and three key essays. 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:
You are required to have the following four books. Editions don't matter, except you should make sure that the edition you purchase of Mary Prince has all of the supplemental materials. All other texts will be available on Canvas. Please also purchase a notebook specifically for this class. It doesn't have to be big, but it would be great if it was specifically for this course.
ISBN: 9780141439792
Northanger Abbey, Author: Jane Austen ; edited with an introduction and notes by Marilyn Butler., Publisher: Penguin Books [Revised e 2003
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781853262326
Hard times, Author: Charles Dickens., Publisher: Wordsworth Editions [New editi 1995
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
ISBN: 9780486264783
The importance of being earnest, Author: Oscar Wilde., Publisher: Dover Publications 1990
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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