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Survey of English Literature II

Course Details

Course Number
ENGL 2823
Section Number
ENGL 2823
Spring 2013
Bea Wood Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 9:00 AM

Dr. Robert Johnson III (view Profile)


The Norton Anthology of English Literature.
Anthology--vol. 2 only
Jane Eyre
Great Expectations
Course Objectives

Given the limits on our available time, we will read and discuss a series of representative texts while we attempt to understand more fully the intellectual environments associated with British Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism . . . and a few later developments. 

Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage,

Course Expectations

Final grades in the class will be created from three sources:


1)   Four exams will require answering brief questions regarding the assigned readings.  We will discuss the format and scoring procedures before the first exam.  The exam average will create 70% of the final grade.

2)   Secondly, everyone will turn in three primary-source essays reacting to the materials we have studied.  The essay average will be worth 20% of the final grade.  PLEASE START THE ESSAYS EARLY, bring drafts in for help.  This is an honors section, so members will want to be writing (and discussing their writing) at a level above that expected in other 2000-level sections.

3)  In addition, I will ask everyone to arrive each day prepared to respond to questions or to approach me with issues to be discussed.  Please maintain a participation log like the one attached to the syllabus, to keep track of all the times one has spoken with me in class.  I need to see fifteen entries from someone expecting to receive full participation credit.  This log will be turned in with the final exam, and will count for the final 10% of the grade. 

Grading Standards

In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.

Final Exam 05/06/2013 8:00 AM
Submission Format Policy

Final and intermediate drafts of written work must be typed.   All essays will be submitted in MLA form.

By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Unless specific arrangements have been made, I cannot accept late work.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Regular class attendance will be expected.  Roll will be taken at every class.  After the first cut, each additional two can lower the final grade one letter mark.  Two late arrivals equal one cut.  A late arrival will be defined as an arrival after I have taken roll. 

Other Policies

Please see "Being Old-Fashioned," distributed on first class day.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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