ENGL 635 "Downton Abbey in Context"
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Note: All assigned reading and viewing should be completed by the date listed.
[CP] = Online Class Pack, posted to Canvas. [W] = Web.
Downton Abbey: An Introduction
|January||21||Downton Abbey, Season 1 (2010)|
Literary Realism and Romance
|28||Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Booth, from The Rhetoric of Fiction [CP]
Response Paper #1 Due (2 pages) on Pride and Prejudice
• Critical Reception of Austen
• Historical and Cultural Contexts
• Introduction of assignments for Paper #1 and Paper #2
Downton Abbey, Season 2 and Christmas Special (2011)
Modern Life and WWI
|18||Forster, Howards End (1910)
Sarah Stickney Ellis, from The Women of England [CP]; Coventry Patmore, from “The Angel in the House” [CP]
|25||Barker, Regeneration (1991); reviews of Regeneration [CP]; "Pat Barker's Regeneration: Critical Contexts" [W]
T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland" (1922) [CP]
|March||3||Downton Abbey, Season 3 and Christmas Special (2012); Byrne, “Adapting Heritage: Class and Conservatism in Downton Abbey” [CP]
|F 6||Paper #1 Due (4 pages). M.L.A. documentation format.|
|17||Extended Spring Break -- Response to Covid-19 / Coronavirus|
|24||Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)
Woolf, "Modern Fiction" and "Professions for Women" [CP]
Writing Workshop I for Paper #2: Complete initial research for the person, place, or cultural reference for Paper #2; prepare and be ready to share during class a draft thesis claim and "Works Cited."
|31||Downton Abbey, Season 4 (2013) and Season 5 (2014) and Christmas Specials; Byrne, “New Developments in Heritage: The Recent Dark Side of Downton ‘Downer’ Abbey” [CP]
Looking Back: Nostalgia, Heritage Cinema, and (Re)Staging the Past
Downton Abbey, Season 6 and Christmas Special (2015) and feature film (2019)
Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (1988); Davies, "From Imperial to Post-Imperial Britain" (1-8); Shafer, "Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day" (1157-174) [CP]
Pride and Prejudice (A&E, 1995), Pride and Prejudice (Dir. Joe Wright, 2005)
|F 24||Paper #2 due (5 pages) to my mailbox in ECS 119 in hard-copy and to my email inbox as a Word attachment by 5:00pm. M.L.A. documentation format.|
|28||Upstairs, Downstairs, Series 1 (1971); Strovas and Strovas, "'What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Arthur?': Music in the British Serialized Period Drama"; Brown, "Homosexual Lives: Representation and Reinterpretation in Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey" [CP]
Manor House (2002)
|May||F 1||Essay review and abstract due for graduate credit to my mailbox in ECS 119 by 5:00pm. Sample essay reviews.|
|12||Final Exam (IDs & essay): 6:20-8:10 p.m.|