Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Course Details

Course Number
ENGL 5853
Section Number
ENGL 5853
Fall 2013
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

12:30-1:50 PM, TR

Dr. Robert Johnson III (view Profile)


The Norton Anthology of English Literature Vol. C
Robinson Crusoe
The Castle of Otranto
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
The Eighteenth-Century Literature Handbook

Course Objectives

This class will study some major voices of eighteenth-century English literature while trying to dispel a few basic myths regarding the period's vision of the world.

Course Expectations

1) Members will be expected to come to class prepared and willing to participate.  Thus, everyone in class will be asked to keep a Participation Log listing daily engagements with the discussions at hand.  The Log will be collected on 5 December and be worth 10% of the final grade.  To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for ten points fourteen for nine . . .).


Note: Class members who feel bashful about speaking out can earn their participation points by keeping a journal.  Please use standard 8.5” by 11” paper.  Each week, log at least one page (c. 300 words) of brainstorming and commentary regarding the class lessons on a specific day.  All entries must be typed, dated, readable, and apply to actual lessons.  Points will be awarded according to the same system indicated on the log sheet: fifteen entries earn ten points; fourteen entries, nine points . . .    Journals will be due on the last class day.  A combination of journal and log entries may be turned in, as well (e.g., six participations and nine journal entries).


2)  In addition, class members will write four exams.  Each will cover the unit of work just finished.  That is, Exam IV will not be comprehensive.  Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, fill-in-the-blanks, multiple-choice); one typed outside of class (an essay of four pages, responding to questions available about a week before the exam date).  The exam-grade average will create 60% of the final mark. 


3)  Special Graduate Assignment (Due 5 December; 30% of grade)   In addition to the above work, graduate students will choose an eighteenth-century English writer or cultural concern mentioned or included in the Day/Keegan text, and that the class will not be able to engage.  Then they will assemble a teaching file that would support a two-day unit concerning that writer or cultural concern in a junior-college literature survey. For a writer, the file will focus on one sample work.  For a cultural problem, the file will focus on one writer’s work that delves the issue. 



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

12/12/2013 10:30 AM

Submission Format Policy

All essays will be submitted in MLA format.  Specific instructions will accompany each set of exam questions.

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

No late work can be accepted, unless arrangements have been made.   

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 attendance and participation will be expected.  After the first two cuts, each additional cut will lower the final mark one grade.  Two late arrivals count together as one cut.  Exceptions will be made ONLY for certifiable illnesses or for "authorized" absence, specifically as described in the university Catalog.

Other Policies

See class hand-out bundle.

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

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at