English R1B

Reading and Composition: Signs of the Times

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2016 Terlaak Poot, Luke
MWF 10-11 211 Dwinelle

Book List

Eliot, George: The Mill on the Floss; Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Morris, William: News from Nowhere; Scott, Walter: The Bride of Lammermoor

Other Readings and Media

A course reader


Note the change in instructor, topic, book list, and course description for this section of English R1B (as of May 16).

Do you ever feel like the faster you go, the less time you have? In the nineteenth century, rapid but uneven changes made this paradox difficult to ignore. In this class, we will look at the way nineteenth-century British writing responds to changes in what we'll call the "temporal structure of society." This is a dauntingly abstract phrase, but in practice it means we will be thinking about signs of the times: debates over the length of the working day, celebrations and condemnations of technological changes rendering transportation, communication, and production ever faster, and anxieties about historical progress and decline. We will read some of the century's most important literary forms (the historical novel, the sketch, the periodical essay, the realist novel, and science fiction) and consider how these genres both represent different forms of time and are themselves shaped by those forms.

Students will learn how to conduct research in support of their own original, persuasive writing. Short assignments will provide opportunities to practice all stages of the writing and revising process, and the course will culminate in a longer research paper.

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