English 2122

Spring 2013

Carla B. Patterson    

Georgia Highlands College

A survey of important works of British literature from the Romantic era to the present.

Prerequisites for all literature courses at GHC are grades of “C” or higher in both English 1101 & 1102.

Room F-130      MW 12:30-1:45pm    CRN 20315     3 credit hours

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706/368-7625 (Office/Voicemail)


706/295-6300 (Division Office)

Office: Floyd Campus, F-162

800/332-2406 (Switchboard)


- Titles should be read and assignments completed by the beginning of each class sessions below.

- Page numbers refer to the Norton text and reference only pages where works begin, unless noted.

- While in class, all cell phones should be turned off and stored away from desktops. Any phone use during class, except in the case of extreme emergencies, will result in students being asked to leave the classroom.

- The use of personal laptops during class is strictly limited to course-specific work, and unrelated use will result in students being prohibited from bringing laptops into the classroom.

- Instructor reserves the right to amend course syllabus at any point.


January 7

Intro to course; reference to online materials from textbook company;  reference to  links below from online syllabus for next class

January 9

Romantics intro (ppt here)  & guided outline (text-based here) (3-29); Pre-Romantics: Barbauld (39), “To a Little Invisible Being…” (49), “Washing Day” (50)

January 14

Pre-Romantics: Smith (53), “Written in the Church-Yard…” (55); Robinson (77), “To the

Poet Coleridge” (86), Burns (165-166), “Auld Lang Syne” (173), “A Red, Red Rose” (181); “To a Mouse” (171), “To a Louse” (172),  lit terms & map reminders

January 16

Blake (112-115), Songs of Innocence (118), “The Lamb” (120), “The Chimney Sweeper” (121), “Infant Joy” (123); Songs of Experience (125), “The Chimney Sweeper” (128), “The Tyger” (129), “Infant Sorrow” (134)

January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday – Class will not meet


January 23

Revolution Controversy (183-184); Wollstonecraft (208-211 & 232-239);  U.S. activities at the time ; receive and discuss Literary Analysis Research Paper assignment

January 28

Wordsworth  (270-272) – PowerPoint linked here, “We Are Seven” (278), “Lines Composed…” (288), Preface to Lyrical Ballads  preface (292-304), “My Heart Leaps Up” (335), “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” (335), “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” (344); “The world is too much with us” (347)

January 30

The Prelude (349-351, intro; Lines 372-472, starting on p. 364; pp. 391-402); D.Wordsworth (402-403), “Grasmere…” (415), “Thoughts on my Sick Bed” (417)

February 4

Coleridge (437-438), “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (443), “Kubla Khan” (459), “To Wordsworth” (484), Biographia Literaria (488-496); Jane Austen (523-524)

February 6

Quiz 1; …Mass Readership(584-585); Byron (612-616), “She Walks in Beauty” (617), Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (620-637); Don Juan (672-673); Letter to P.B. Shelley (747)

February 11

Keats (901-904), “Sleep and Poetry” (904), “When I Have Fears…” (911), “La Belle…” (923), “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (930), “Ode on Melancholy” (931)

February 13

P.B. Shelley (748-751), “Mutability” (751), “Oymandias” (776); M.W. Shelley (981-982), discuss Frankenstein; discuss upcoming test; reminder re. research paper

February 18

Test on Romantics – note re. somewhat longer reading for next class

February 20

Victorians intro (1017-1043); E.B. Browning (1123-1124), “Cry of Children” (1124), Sonnets from the Portugese (1129-1130), “Runaway Slave…” (1130-1137), “Aurora Leigh” (1138-1145), “Mother and Poet” (1152)

February 25

Complete E.B. Browning; R.B. Browning (1275-1277), “My Last Duchess” (1282), “Lost Leader” (1283), “Love among the Ruins” (1292)

February 27

Map of British Isles: Tennyson (1156-1158), “The Lotos-Eaters” (1166), In Memoriam  intro (1186-1190) , “Charge of the Light Brigade” (1235);

March 4 & 6

Spring Break – Class will not meet

March 11

Dickens (1465-1466 & 1599-1600); E. Bronte (1329), “I’m Happiest When…” (1329), “No Coward Soul…” (1334); Arnold (1369-1372), “Memorial Verses” (1377), “Lines Written in Kensington Gardens” (1379), “Dover Beach” (1387)

March 13

Quiz 2; D. Rossetti (1471), “The Blessed Damozel” (1472), “My Sister’s Sleep” (1476); C. Rossetti (1489), “Dead before Death” (1491), “In an Artist’s Studio” (1493), “Goblin Market” (1496), “Sleep at Last” (1511); research paper cover sheet distributed and library-produced assignment guide discussed

March 18

LAST DATE TO DROP CLASS WITHOUT ACADEMIC PENALTY  -  Hopkins (1546-1547), “God’s Grandeur” (1548); Carroll ; Darwin (1560-1561); Nightingale (1626-1630); note re. somewhat longer Wilde selection

March 20

Wilde (1720), Importance of Being Earnest (starting on 1733) – Writers’ Conference extra-credit flyer and sign-up link

March 25

Complete …Earnest; Kipling (1851), “The White Man’s Burden” (1880);

discuss upcoming test; reminder of research paper

March 27

Test on Victorians

April 1

Modern/20th Century intro (1887-1913); Hardy (1914), “Neutral Tones” (1932), “Convergence of the Twain” (1940), ”Ah, Are You Digging on my Grave?” (1942), “In Time of  ‘The Breaking of Nations’” (1946); reminder of research paper

April 3

Conrad (1947-1948); Modernist Manifestos (2056-2058); poetry examples (2068-2077)

April 8

Yeats (2082-2084), “The Sorrow of Love” (2088), “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (2087), “When You are Old” (2088), “A Prayer for my Daughter” (2100), “A Dialogue…” (2015), “Lapis Lazuli” (2019); note re. somewhat longer Woolf selection

April 10

Research Paper due; Forrester (2121); Woolf (2143-2144), “A Room of One’s Own” (starting on 2264); American writers of the era

April 15

Joyce (2276); Lawrence (2481) “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” (2496)

April 17

Orwell (2604) “Shooting an Elephant” (2605); Eliot (2521-2523), “The Love Song…Prufrock” (2524)

April 22

Quiz 3; Tolkien biography; Lewis biography;

April 24

Auden (2677), “As I Walked…” (2683), Poetry as Memorable Speech (2695); Thomas (2697) “Poem in October” (2700), “Do Not Go Gentle…” (2703)

April 29

Gordimer (2789), “The Moment Before…” (2790); Walcott (2800), “A Far Cry from Africa” (2801); discuss upcoming test

May 6 at 12 noon

Test on Moderns/20th Century

REQUIREMENTS: As a quick glance of this syllabus will show, the reading list for this course is ambitious. Thus, there are two things students should understand up front: 1) It is the responsibility of the students to read all assigned material before class on the date in which it appears on the syllabus, and 2) Students should regularly devote adequate time to complete all reading assignments.

In addition to regular readings, students will take quizzes over reading material, write one literary analysis research paper, take a midterm and final exam, as well as complete additional homework and class work as instructed.

All students in this course will be required to use computers and MS Word (as the College’s software does not support any other word processing programs) to complete the majority of the course's essay assignments. Students should keep back-up copies of all assignments. All students are responsible for ensuring that the technology they choose to utilize in addition to the College’s computers is working properly. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. In addition, throughout the term, computers will be used to access online course information, execute research and correspond via email with the instructor. The URL for Georgia Highlands College’s student email system is mail.highlands.edu/student, and this account is the official email contact route for all college departments with all students. Thus, this account should be checked daily. If a student's email is not operating properly, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Information Technology for assistance. The telephone number is 706/295-6775. Unless the instructor specifically indicates that students should log-on to computers in class, the use of computers during class time is prohibited.

Emails sent to the instructor during overnight hours or on weekends will not receive replies until the next weekday in most cases.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  English 2122 helps to fulfill these Student Learning Outcomes: Number One. Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak logically, clearly, precisely, and the ability, through accurate reading and listening to acquire, organize, present, and document information and ideas. Number Five. Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate that they have developed dimensions of critical and analytical thinking. Number Six. Global and International Perspectives: Students will demonstrate an awareness of global and multi-cultural issues as they have affected individuals and social structures in the past and are likely to affect them in the future. This class also supports the mission of IC@GHC. To learn more about this program, visit www.highlands.edu/ic.

GRADES: Final grades will be determined by averaging all of the following five scores:

●"Points Total" [Sum of quiz, homework, & in-class assignment grades. 100 possible points]

●Romanticism Exam    ● Victorian Exam    ● Modern/20th Century Exam    ● Literary Analysis Research Paper

(100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F)


No essays written or work completed for other courses will be accepted in this class.

Failure to turn-in all required assignments is the most common cause of failing a course; failure to follow directions is the most common reason for failing an assignment.


Students must keep original copies of all graded and returned material for grade verification purposes.

With all work, students must adhere to the principles of academic integrity, which obviously and simply means students must do their own work, complete their own exams, compose their own papers, and give proper credit for ALL ideas AND words of others used in any assignment. If the instructor observes evidence which indicates such principles may have been violated, actions will be taken in accordance with the College's Academic Integrity Policy, located online at http://www.highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academicintegritypolicy.htm . One specific violation of academic integrity, plagiarism, is becoming more problematic as a result of Internet sites offering research papers to students. The use of such papers is blatant plagiarism and a flagrant violation of academic integrity and will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the College’s policies. Additionally, plagiarism can be committed by failing to properly attribute the words/ideas of others or failing to adequately paraphrase source material. Deliberate or not, plagiarism is an immensely serious academic offense. Information on one of many plagiarism detection tools available can be reviewed at www.turnitin.com, and all work in this course is subject to required submission to this website.


EARLY WARNING PROGRAM: Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:
Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance -- Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit -- Week 8: Mid-term Status

ATTENDANCE: All GHC Department of Humanities courses, including this course, follow this attendance policy: For classes that meet twice a week, after the fifth absence, the student will not be allowed to return to class until he/she has met with the division chair or his designee. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the division chair and arrange such a meeting.  A student who misses five classes may not return to the class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within five days. Otherwise the student may not return to the class and no appeal will be allowed.


If students arrive late to class, it is their responsibility to ensure the instructor noted their arrival, and this should be done immediately after class. After five late arrivals and/or early departures, future occurrences will be counted as absences.


As per the GHC Catalog: “Regular, punctual attendance at all classes is the student’s responsibility. Students are expected to account for absences to each instructor and, at the discretion of the instructor, to make up all work missed because of the absence. Final approval of any class absence remains with the individual instructor.”

Students who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun. (Note: If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.)

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

DUE DATES: Unless the instructor has been notified prior to the due date for any assignment and written verification of the extenuating circumstances precipitating late delivery is provided (i.e. copy of doctor's excuse, military orders, court documents, etc.), all late work will be penalized one letter grade for each day it is late. After the fourth class date beyond which assignments are due, late work will not be accepted and will earn a zero as a grade. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted beyond the last date of class prior to the final exam. No make-up exam will be given for an exam or in-class grade unless the instructor is notified of a student's absence prior to the test date and time, and written verification of the reason for the unavoidable absence is provided.

TEXTS AND SUPPLIES: Norton Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2, 9th edition; Harbrace Handbook (used in your Eng 1101 & 1102 courses); and of course - paper, pens, notebooks, etc.

ADA STATEMENT: Any students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center at 706/802-5003 to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  Students are also welcome to contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs.