Assignments and evaluation

ENGL 262: British Literature from 1660 to 1900 (Winter 2015)

All written assignments should be submitted on the due date to your tutorial leader at the beginning of tutorial, or by 4:00 at the English Department Office.

General. All typed assignments must follow these guidelines:

  • Use 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, with normal (2.54 cm) margins;
  • Double-sided printing is acceptable;
  • Do not include a separate title page: include your name, student number, and TA’s name at the top of the first page;
  • Essay should have a title that describes your topic or hints at your argument (rather than “Final Essay,” use something like “Gender and Race in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels” or “Christina Rossetti’s Sonnets as Anti-Sonnets”)
  • A bibliography of works cited is necessary, even if you’re citing only one text (there is no need, however, to include a separate page for the bibliography);
  • References must conform to MLA style.
  • The use of reference works (dictionary, encyclopedia, etc) is strongly recommended, but you cannot use secondary critical literature (critical essays, online analyses, etc).

Tutorial (30%)

  • Participation & attendance (25%): Excellent participation means consistent, active, respectful and pertinent comments and questions in tutorial, as well as participation in exercises held in tutorial (including reading quizzes, submitted discussion questions if requested by your TA, etc). Your TA may decide to devote a specific portion of this 25% to one or more small in-tutorial assignments and activities.

Participation also includes contributing to the course website or making pertinent suggestions for topics for me to bring up in lecture. Contributions to the website may include short textual analyses, responses to class discussion, or more informal thoughts relevant to the course. Online submissions must be sent to me in the body of an email (no attachments, please).

  • In-tutorial essay (5%): on January 28, the tutorial hour will be devoted to writing a short essay on a passage selected from a pre-circulated list. Think of this assignment as an investment—a chance to get comments and advice early on from your tutorial leader—that can help you boost your grade on the more weighty assignments later on.

Poem comparison (15%): approx. 3 pages long, due March 4 (Monday). Do a comparative close-reading of one of the following poem pairs. For detailed instructions, click here.

John Keats, “To Sleep” (online only) & Charlotte Smith, “To Sleep” (BABL IV.46)
Smith, “To Night” (BABL IV.46) & Shelley, “To Night” (BABL IV.751)
William Blake, “Holy Thursday” (Songs of Innocence) & “Holy Thursday” (Songs of Experience) (BABL IV.67, 69)
Percy Shelley, “Ozymandias” (BABL IV.735) & Horace Smith, “Ozymandias” (online only)
Robert Burns, “To a Mouse” (BABL IV.146) & Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “The Mouse’s Petition” (online only)

Essay (25%): 4.5 – 5.5 pages long. Essay topics are posted here. Evaluation will be based on clarity and persuasiveness of the argument; on effective use of textual evidence to support the argument; on quality of writing; and on originality and insight. Due April 1.

Final exam (30%): the final exam will comprise three parts: (1) definition of terms; (2) short answers to four pre-circulated questions; (3) essay questions. For all three parts, you will be given a choice of questions to answer. The exam will take place on April 22 at 14:00. (This is not the official exam schedule: please be sure to check your official exam schedule on MyConcordia.)


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