In this course we will study works by six important British women writers of the nineteenth century, three poets (Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Christina Rossetti) and three novelists (Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and George Eliot), as well as discovering other, less well-known writers through class presentations.
1. The reading material for this course is challenging -- clearly Honors-level. Professors at other institutions are always surprised to hear that I teach works such as Aurora Leigh and Middlemarch -- and that the students love them.
2. Canvas posts on each day's reading assignment will encourage original critical thinking about the material and the exchange of ideas among students with different insights and interests. They will also contribute to the promotion of the goal of effective communication.
3. Class presentations will promote effective oral communication, build a community of thinkers, and allow students to contribute to one another's learning.
4. Students will be given wide latitude to develop their own topic for their final paper in consultation with me; interdisciplinary work that takes advantage of their knowledge in other fields (history, psychology, sociology, medicine, journalism) is strongly encouraged.
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Students will be required to post to the Canvas discussion board for each reading assignment, initiating and enriching class discussion online.