ENGL 698 "Capstone: Jane Austen and Her Legacy"
The weekly message board will run from Friday to Friday, to encourage you to post right after as well as before our weekly class discussions, but I encourage you to contribute your ideas throughout the week and to check the board for others' postings. Your postings do not need to be long, but they do need to be substantive: they must be long enough to convey clearly the problem you are taking up and your point of view, connecting your comment to others' comments whenever possible. I will offer models of successful comments early in the semester.
To post to the message board, follow these directions:
1. Go to my homepage at http://www.ksu.edu/english/westmank/ and click on our course (ENGL 698), and then “Message Board” to login to K-State Online and go directly to the “Message Board.” (You may also login to the K-State Online course page for ENGL 698, click on “Collaboration” and then select “Message Board.”)
2. You should see all the messages posted to date and the newest threads ones first.
3. To post, choose to “reply,” so you can engage directly in the conversation and your message can “thread” beneath the one you’re responding to. Please change the subject line so it reflects the content of your message.
You will also write four response papers (2 pages in length) in response to our readings. Response papers are designed to ready you for class discussion and to explore ideas you could develop further in your longer paper. In your response paper, you should not repeat previous class discussions or provide a summary of the reading. Instead, your response should begin to analyze the primary and secondary reading assigned for that class session, selecting an issue or theme or question you feel to be significant. I recommend that you select a word, phrase, or short quotation from the reading to initiate your response. (See sample response distributed in class.)
Everyone will write a response paper for our second reading assignment (Austen's Emma) and for our seventh reading assignment (the conclusion of Middlemarch); for the remaining two response papers, you may choose from the other texts on the syllabus, being sure to choose one novel and one film. Response papers are due at the start of class on the day we begin our discussion of the reading. Responses will be graded on a 1-5 scale: 5=A, 4=B, 3=C, 2=D, 1=F. I do not accept late response papers.
Conferences: I want you to succeed in this course, and I am happy to meet with you about your work and your progress. I encourage you to see me before exams or papers are due, or if you have questions about material we discuss in class. Please feel free to stop by during office hours (M, W 9:00-10:00 a.m.), or contact me by phone or email to arrange a more convenient time to meet.
Note: If you have any condition such as a physical or learning disability that will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it or which will require academic accommodations, please notify me in the first two days of the course. Any student with a disability who needs a classroom accommodation, access to technology, assistance during an emergency evacuation, or other assistance in this course should contact the Student Access Center (formerly Disability Support Services) and/or me. The SAC serves students with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety.
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Expectations for Student Conduct: All student activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the Student Judicial Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Governing Association By Laws, Article VI, Section 3, number 2. Students who engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment may be asked to leave the class.
Note: All assigned reading should be completed by the date listed.
[CP] = Class Pack, via K-State Online. [W] = Web.
Austen: An Introduction
|January||20||Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)|
|27||Austen, Emma (1815)
Booth, from The Rhetoric of Fiction [CP]
Response Paper #1 Due (2 pages) on Emma
Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)
• Critical Reception of Austen
• Historical and Cultural Contexts
Paper #1 Due (4 pages) M.L.A. documentation format.
|17||Eliot, Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life (1871-2) (3-319 / Prelude through Chapter 33)
Sarah Stickney Ellis, from The Women of England [CP]; Coventry Patmore, from “The Angel in the House” [CP]
|24||Middlemarch, cont’d (321-636 / Chapter 34 through Chapter 62)
|March||3||Middlemarch, cont’d (to end: 639-838 / Chapter 63 through Finale)
Flint, “George Eliot and Gender” [CP]
Response Paper #2 Due (2 pages) on Middlemarch
|10||Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)
Woolf, “Modern Fiction” and “Professions for Women” [CP]
|24||Heyer, Frederica (1965)
Kloester, from Georgette Heyer's Regency World : “On the Town”; “What to Wear”; “A Glossary of Cant and Common Regency Phrases” [CP]
Recommended reading: Westman, “‘A Story of Her Weaving’: The Self-Authoring Heroines of Georgette Heyer’s Regency Romance” [CP]
|31||Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
Rowling, “Let Me Tell You a Story” (2000)
Recommended reading: Westman, “Perspective, Memory, and Moral Authority: The Legacy of Jane Austen in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter” [CP]
|April||F 2||Prospectus (1 p.) for Paper #2 due to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5 p.m|
Adaptation (I): Heritage Cinema
Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary (1997)
Adaptation (II): Transcultural Adaptation
Paper #2 (7-8 pages) due to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5:00 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.
|28||Adaptation (III): Postmodern Hybrids
Lost in Austen (2008); Austen and Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009); The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013) [W]; Owens, “Jane Austen over the Styx” (2009); Cowie, “One Character in Search of Her Love Story Role” (2009); Neal, “See Jane Bite” (2010) [CP]
|May||M 4||Paper #3 due to my mailbox in ECS 119 and via email by 5 p.m. M.L.A. documentation format.|
• The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013), continued [W]
• Johnson, “Austen Cults and Cultures” [CP]; The Republic of Pemberley [W]; excerpts from Webster, Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure [CP];
• Review for Final Exam
|12||Final Exam (IDs & essay): 6:20-8:10 p.m.|