ENG 742: Studies in Nineteenth-Century English Literature
Pedagogical Approaches to the Brontës
Jan 31: Introduction | biographical & historical contexts | INtro to juvenilia
Introductions & Syllabus
Biographical & Historical Contexts
HW: Purchase or borrow books for the semester. (Note: Purchase 4th edition of Norton Critical Jane Eyre. The syllabus listing is wrong!) Letter to the Professor. Readings for February 7 (See below). Choose a presentation week & your preferred Anne Brontë novel.
February 7: the Juvenilia | What is children’s literature? | teaching with DIgital archives
HW: Letter to the Professor; research and answer: “What is Children’s Literature?”; bring laptops to class if you can.
The History of Angria (link)
Earliest known writing of Charlotte Brontë (link)
British Library juvenilia collection (for class)
February 14: Jane Eyre 1 | Teaching feminist texts: madwoman in the attic
Jane Eyre, Chapters 1-20
Virginia Woolf, from “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights” (461-463)
Sandra M. Gilbert, “A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane’s Progress” (464-487)
February 21: jane eyre 2| Book Studies: Circulation, Reception & afterlives
Jane Eyre 21-32
Presentation: Ashley and Domenica
February 28: jane eyre 3 | Disabilities studies: The madwoman and the blindman
Jane Eyre 33-38
Presentations: Alyssa, “Jane Eyre & Bluebeard”; Kristina, “Disability Studies: Perception, Theory, and Movement”; and Roxanne, “The Madwoman and the Blindman”
March 7: wide sargasso sea | postcolonial theory: can the subaltern speak?
Wide Sargasso Sea (entire novel)
Quiz in class (review your class notes and key terms)
Mar 14: wuthering heights 1 | Affect theory: ugly feelings
Wuthering Heights 1-15
Presentations: Michael and Ramata
Mar 21: Wuthering heights 2 | Ecocriticism
Wuthering Heights 16-25
April 4: AGNES GREY | special collections & archival research
Agnes Grey (full novel)
Theory Quiz #2
Presentations: Jocelyn & Chris
april 11: CONFERENCES & MOVIE SCREENING
Paper proposals due by email on Wednesday, 4/10. Use the letterhead provided to write a formal letter. Due by email on 4/10.
5:30 Nyoka & David
6:00 Ashley & Jocelyn
6:30 Michael & Kristina
7:00 Roxanne & Alyssa
April 18: Trip to NYPL Berg Collection
We will meet at 5:45 pm at the NYPL Schwartzman Main Library near Bryant park, by the lions.
Start research for your final paper. Complete an Annotated Bibliography.
APril 25: SPRING BREAK | No class
May 2: Poems & Juvenilia
Charlotte Brontë, Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell (1850) (in the Appendix of the Oxford Agnes Grey or in your Norton Critical Wuthering Heights)
Presentations: David & Dante
May 9: Paper and teaching Presentations
Prepare your 5-minute “Presentation B” explaining your final project. (2 slides max; or you may choose to use just an image or a short handout). Guidelines are here.
Keep plugging away at your research/teaching project this week so that you’ll have something substantial to present.
Start reviewing for the final exam and contribute 1 passage ID and 2 key terms/concepts to our Study Guide here. Please bring old quizzes and notes to class next week for our Finals study session.
May 16: Final Exam
Rough drafts of your papers are due by May 15 for those who want feedback.
Studying tips: 1) Review the syllabus and website. 2) Study old quizzes. 3) Review all presentations and handouts. 4) Reread your class notes. Trade notes with a classmate to notice what you may have missed. 5) Use our online study guide to practice with IDs and key terms.
Overall, be comfortable talking through each theory and each text. Have three interesting points to impart about each.