EN 563 Syllabus

EN 563 Gothic and Romantic Novel
Professor Richardson


Texts

  • Peter Fairclough (ed.), Three Gothic Novels (Penguin)
  • M. G. Lewis, The Monk (Oxford)
  • William Godwin, Caleb Williams (Norton)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria or the Wrongs of Woman (Norton)
  • Jane Austen, Emma (Penguin)
  • Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent and Ennui (Penguin)
  • Sir Walter Scott, Waverley (Penguin)
  • James Hogg, Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Broadview)
  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (Penguin)


    Readings:


  • Jan. 21   Introduction
  • Jan. 23   Walpole, Castle of Otranto (chapters 1-2)

  • Jan. 26   Walpole, Castle of Otranto (chapters 3-end)
  • Jan. 28   Lewis, The Monk (vol. I, chapters 1-2)
  • Jan. 30   The Monk (I: 3 and II:1)

  • Feb. 2    The Monk (II.2-3)
  • Feb. 49    The Monk (II.4 and III.1)
  • Feb. 6    The Monk (III.2-3)

  • Feb. 9    The Monk (III.4-5)
  • Feb. 11   Godwin, Caleb Williams (vol I, chapters 1-8)
  • Feb. 13   Caleb Williams (I.9-II.5)

  • Feb. 16   Caleb Williams (II.6-14)
  • Feb. 18   Caleb Williams (III.1-9)
  • Feb. 20   Caleb Williams (III.10-end)

  • Feb. 23   Wollstonecraft, Maria (chapters 1-7)
  • Feb. 25   Maria (8-end)
  • Feb. 27   Midterm examination.

  • Mar. 1-5  Spring Break

  • Mar. 8    Austen, Emma (vol. I, chapters 1-11)
  • Mar. 10    Emma (I.12-II.5)
  • Mar. 12    Emma (II.6-II.15)

  • Mar. 15    Emma (II.16-III.8)
  • Mar. 17    Emma (III.9-end)
  • Mar. 19   Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent

  • Mar. 22   Scott, Waverley (chapters 1-8)
  • Mar. 24   Waverley (9-17)
  • Mar. 26    Waverley (18-26)

  • Mar. 29    Waverley (27-37)
  • Mar. 31    Waverley (38-48)
  • Apr. 2   Waverley (49-60)

  • Apr. 5   Waverley (61-end)
  • Apr. 7   Shelley, Frankenstein (chapters 1-6)
  • Apr. 9   Holiday

  • Apr. 12   Holiday
  • Apr. 14   Frankenstein (7-16)
  • Apr. 16   Frankenstein (17-end)

  • Apr. 19   Holiday
  • Apr. 21   Hogg, Private Memoirs (pp. 44-116)
  • Apr. 22   Private Memoirs (pp. 117-72)

  • Apr. 26      Private Memoirs (pp. 172-end)
  • Apr. 28   Bronte, Wuthering Heights (chapters 1-8)
  • Apr. 30   Wuthering Heights (9-15)

  • May 3   Wuthering Heights (16-24)
  • May 5   Wuthering Heights (25-end)

  • May 15    Final Examination (9:00 am)


    In addition to the mid-semester and final examinations, a short paper (5-7 pp.) will be due March 19 and a longer one (8-10 pp.) April 26 (topics to be announced). Late papers will not be accepted. No make-up exams will be given without a valid medical excuse. Grading is based on the standards described in the Student Handbook, and final grades will be calculated roughly as follows: 1st essay 20%, 2nd essay 35%, midterm 10%, final 25%, participation 10%.

    Your attendance and regular participation in this course are essential; frequent unexcused absences can result in automatic failure. Lack of participation can significantly lower your grade. If you feel that the class format, level of difficulty, or dynamics of class discussion diminish your chances or desire to participate, please let me know: I'll remain open to your suggestions.

    My office is Carney 454 (x 2-3713). Office hours are M 12-1 and F 11-12. Feel free to make an appointment before or after class or by email: alan.richardson@bc.edu