DRAFT

ENG 487: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL
TTh, 3-4:20,  Comm Arts 151
Johnsen. TTh, 12-1, 113B MH

Texts: Henry James,  The Ambassadors (Norton
0393963144) ; Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (Vintage Books 0679750541) ; The Portable Conrad (Penguin 0140150331) ; D.H. Lawrence,  Women in Love (Penguin Classics 0140188169); James Joyce,  Ulysses (recommended: Oxford World's Classics, Jeri Johnson, ed: 0192828665 ); E. M. Forster, A Passage to India (Harcourt 0156711427) ; Virginia Woolf,  To the Lighthouse (Harcourt 0156907399) ; Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day (Doubleday  0385721285 ); Orwell,  Nineteen Eighty-Four (Plume 0452284236 ); Murdoch, Under the Net (Penguin 0140014454) ; Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Reed 0435905252) ; Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (Random House 0679731725); Roy, The God of Small Things (HarpetCollins  0060977493) ; Dermot Bolger,  A Second Life (UK Penguin 0140238794)

January 13: Introduction
15: James
20: James
22: Said
27: Said/Conrad (290-454; 705-710)
29: Conrad (456-603; 155-191; 648-699)
February 3: Lawrence
5: Lawrence
10: Joyce
12: Joyce
17: Joyce
19: Forster (Whitman's poem " Passage to India ")
24: Forster  (post essay1 in your web subdirectory)
26: Woolf
March 2: Woolf
4: midterm exam
March 8: Spring break week
16: Bowen
18: Bowen
23: Orwell
25: Orwell
30: Murdoch (her essay " The Sublime and the Beautiful Revisited ")
April 1: Murdoch
6: Achebe
8: Achebe
13: Ishiguro
15: Ishiguro
20: Roy 
22: Roy
27: Bolger  
29: Bolger
(post essay2 in your web subdirectory)
May 4 (Tuesday): Final exam, 3-5, in this classroom (post group portrait )

Essays:Your responsibility is to use your gifts of reading and writing in the service of an author we have read together. The essays should recreate your own thinking about your chosen author so that I can try thinking of her/him as you do. Your job is to help your reader (in this case, me) learn to read this author with greater attention and understanding. (10+10 points)

Essay format
: Anyone taking this course is specialising (that is, earning credentials) in English. At its most general level, work in English is language processing. Outside the university, fellow workers and employers have no patience for anyone who processes English awkwardly or mistakenly. Therefore, I will be evaluating your form as well as your ideas. You will lose 2 points off an essay if you have more than four words misspelled. You should use the essay format you learned in ENG 210 or in ATL. Otherwise, follow either the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA (consult Professor Charles Darling's webpage on MLA format). In whatever format, make certain you adequately footnote any idea you use from any source so that your reader can follow you up.  (For quoting from our texts, a single footnote giving info, then page numbers or lines numbers in parentheses is sufficient).  Read the English Department policy on plagiarism .  My policy? I will fail anyone who plagiarises.

Finally, you must post your essays in your pilot web directory. If you don't already have a homepage, create one with links to each essay. Email me when you have posted your essay to your webpage. I will email back your grade, and I will post my comments on your essays. You may read my comments on everyone's essays by choosing the link on the class roster page

Webpages: (worth 5 points; 2 point each for each essay posted, in html format, 1 point for the homepage anchoring the links): In order that I might move quickly from page to page, (and in order for you to get credit for webwork) you must follow these rules for posting your webpages: You must have a homepage, with separate links to each essay; your homepage file must be posted in your main pilot web directory as (without the brackets) <index.html>.  You may read other students's essays by using the class roster page . You may also access my comments (but not the grades) on these essays. Access will be limited to students enrolled in this course.  Additionally, there is a final optional assignment called "group portrait," worth 4 points.

For help in constructing a homepage and posting pages to it, see instructions on the Pilot mainpage, " Creating A Personal Homepage " or  The Writing Center webpageHere is my rough attempt to write tutorials for making webpages for this course. You should also look at the new (and free) tutorials in IT training available at the MIVU IT initiative .  For an MSU overview of internet options, check the Computer Information Center .

In class commentaries: in-class writings on a passage from the day's reading. 1 point.  If the commentary is inadequate to the passage, or if you are absent, you lose a point. No makeups for any reason.

Exams: The midterm and final will be extended versions of the commentaries: unidentified passages (you will be asked to write on five passages, from a choice of seven or eight) that you will discuss, without books, without notes (10+10 points).

Grades: grades are calculated by adding your accumulated points from essays, exams, and webpage: 38 or more points, out of a possible 45, rounded up to a 4.0 grade; 32 points would be rounded back to a 3.0, etc. 

Class discussion: I like questions and comments. They help me convert my own ideas about what we read together, out of the intellectual shorthand in which they were conceived, into a more public language. Questions also help me to identify the more "questionable" aspects of my own thinking, for improvement. If you have a question that comes to you before or after class, you should e-mail it to me.

Some other useful websites relevant to course material include:

The Online Books Page
bartleby.com

online bookstores
Humbul Humanities Hub
Jack Lynch's Literary resources: Twentieth Century British and Irish
Alan Liu's Voice of the Shuttle/English Lit/Modern
An Index of Web Sites on Modernism
The Modernist Journals Project
BBC Four Audio Interviews: (including the following novelists: Chinua Achebe, Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Arthur Clarke, Roald Dahl, Roddy Doyle, Nadine Gordimer, Graham Greene, Doris Lessing, Ian McEwan, Iris Murdoch, Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf)
audio files require Real Player. Download free player.
Contemporary Postcolonial and Postcolonial Literatures in English

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Irish History on the Web
General links for Ireland
Electronic Irish Records Dataset at the Princess Grace Irish Library
central Dublin map

General links for UK
UK Streetmap

Languages and Scripts of India
African Writers Series at Heineman

Author sites, including e-texts:

Henry James: the Henry James Scholar's Guide to Websites
Edward Said: The Edward Said Archive ; Edward Said: A Bibliography
Joseph Conrad : from Victorianweb ;
D.H. Lawrence The D.H. Lawrence Research Centre ; Eastwood and D.H. Lawrence
James Joyce : Guardian JJ site ; Hypermedia Joyce Studies ; The James Joyce Resource Center
Virginia Woolf
: VW Links at orlando.jp.org;
Elizabeth Bowen: at
Princess Grace Irish Library