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syllabus and record your date
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Unit I: Class, Labor,
8/30 Introduction to Course
9/6 Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Phase the First. The Maiden: Ch. I-XI (31-95)
The Durbeyfield's aristocratic, but decayed,
lineage as seen in Sir John
Tess's participation in the May-Day Dance,
Assumption of her (drunken) father's role
The death of Prince makes Tess regard herself
"in the light of a murderess"
Tess feels "a Malthusian" toward her fertile
Introduction of Stoke-d'Urberville family--merchant
class and somewhat corrupt
Alec's pursuit, and not Mr. Clare's.
Tess's employment, her family's hopes, and
her ill-timed fall
*9/13 Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Phase the Second. Maiden No More: Ch. XII-XV
Four months later in October, Tess leaves
Alec, her anger flashing at him
Appearance of biblical signs, "Thy, Damnation,
The mother's lament and Tess's response
that she knew no better of men, that she didn't benefit from her mother's
experience or the knowledge imparted in novels
In August, she harvests wheat and nurses
lation of landscape and Tess's body
Cruelty of the reaper
Death of Sorrow and his baptism by Tess
Phase the Third. The Rally: XVI-XXIV (119-164)
In May, two years later Tess leaves home
again at the a
ge of 20
Association with pagan life
Employment at Richard Crick's dairy
Meeting of Angel Clare; their shared, but
misunderstood, feelings of mishap
Angel's departure from university life and
the strict values of his family
aining as a landowner
The "levity" of dairy life: the story of
Jack Dollop and Tess's shame
Class differences between dairy maids and
Tess's beauty and Clare's infatuation
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Phase the Fourth. The Consequence: Ch.
XXV- XXXIV (165-231)
Tess's suitability as farmer's wife
Mrs. Crick's mead and black pudding
Mr. Clare's religious background and
his "proper," fashionable, but cold-hearted sons
Relation of Tess's virtues to Mr. and Mrs.
Clare, "she's actualized poetry"
Mr. Clare's meeting with young d'Urberville
and the latter's abuse of the clergyman
The proposal and Tess's refusal
Tess's worship of Angel as godlike figure
Discovery of Tess's claim to d'Urberville
Mrs. Durbeyfield's advice
The letter, unread
Crowing of the cock in the afternoon--bad
Marriage then mutual confessions
9/27 Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Phase the Fifth. The Woman Pays: Ch. XXXV-XLIV
Tess not the woman Clare knew
Tess's feeling of guilt and despair
The portraits of the d'Urberville women
No possibility of divorce
Tess's return home and her family's embarrassment
Clare's invitation to Izzy to go to Brazil
Tess helps support her family because they
think she has Clare's money
Tess's pride, Marian's offer and their toil
Tess sees Mercy Chant and later d'Urberville
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Phase the Sixth. The Convert: Ch. XLV-LII
Alec's conversion and speedy pursuit
Rejection of his marriage license
Farmer Groby's temper
Tess rehearses Angel's beliefs
Alec's reminder of his mastery over her
Tess's letter to Clare and her return home
Death of John Durbeyfield and the expulsion
of the family from the property
Marian and Izzy write to Clare
Phase the Seventh. Fulfillment: Ch. LIII-LIX
Angel returns home, weakened, from Brazil
Perusal of his correspondence
Clare's interview with Mrs. Durbeyfield
who appears in respectable widow garb
Tess living as Mrs. d'Urberville
Her anger at Alec and his demise
Tess's escape with Clare
Discussion at Stonehenge and her request
for him to marry 'Liza-Lu
Justice served; Clare walks away with a
Unit II: Intellectual Life
10/11 A Room of One's Own <
One - Ch. Two (3-40)
A Room of One's Own Ch.
Three, Ch. Five and Six (41-57; 79-114)
Unit III: The Troubled
10/25 The Bell Jar Ch.
*11/1 The Bell Jar Ch.
The Bell Jar Ch.
15-20, biographical note (184-264)
Unit IV: Women's Education
11/15 Nervous Conditions Ch.
11/29 Nervous Conditions
12/6 Nervous Conditions Ch.
6-8 (103-175); Four Page Draft Due
12/13 Nervous Conditions Ch.
9-10 (176-204) Final Essay Due
Coursework and Conduct
Attendance is taken each meeting.
Given unforeseen events, you may find yourself unable to attend class.
You are allowed one absence without grade reduction, so use it wisely.
I don't inquire why you are absent, so you needn't tell me. Instead,
remember that it is your responsibility to obtain notes and assignments
and to catch up on any
reading. You may only make up ONE response or presentation.
Failure to email your outline
AT LEAST two days in advance and to present on your assigned day
will lower your presentation grade by one half letter.
Daily participation: Participatio
is required. Because we alternate between lecture and discussion
and because we have daily presentations, we need to use our time strategically.
You are expected to bring the relevant novel, to take notes, and to be
No sharing of texts; buy your
own, write in them, make them yours. I check marginalia periodically.
For each class, expec
t to read
roughly 70-80 pages, spending 4 hours in preparation for discussion
and for success in your written work. If you read slowly, allow more
In preparing outside assignments,
be prepared to spend hours in the computer lab.
You are expected to manage your
electronic files in an orderly and logical manner.
Reading Responses: These
responses are designed to gauge your involvement with the texts and your
understanding of the debates surrounding women's roles, how they are represented
in literature, and what contributions they make to their households or
to the economy. Preparation for these responses includes reading,
participating in discussion, and attending to the questions of student
presentations. Indeed, many times I will choose a passage that come
from your presentation outlines, so it is wise to keep these and review
them and to correct them if there are any misreadings.
As literature is designed
to reveal hidden meanings, causes, and relationships rather than to recall
mere events, the reading responses will encourage you to interpret the
literature. As such, plot rehearsal will not get you very far. Instead,
for each answer, you will want to see if you have addressed
"Why?" This may seem rather basic, but asking yourself "why" pushes
you to analyze things, to seek out connections, to hypothesize about character
In addition, you will find
that Tess offers different critical approaches to reading
the novel. This edition will help you move between (feminist, marxist,
postcolonial) theory and literature. By the end of the semester, you should
have shaped y
our own theoretical approach for reading the work of Woolf,
Plath, and Dangarembga.
Active Reading: Active
Reading means, among other things, writing in your book. Your use
of active reading is the core of understanding, and full engagement with
the texts will certainly enhance your grade. The basic techniques
of active reading involve:
1) Using the margi
ns to take
notes, ask questions, draw diagrams.
Be aware that the material includes
foreign words, cultural references, and places. It is your responsibility
as an active reader to look up such terms, or to ask questions.
2) Underlining important
or striking passages.
3) Boxing new terms, characters,
or repetition of ideas.
4) Summarizing your response
to the work at the end of the text.
5) Jotting down words or
references you need t
Notebooks: You should
have a notebook devoted to this class. Classes will sometimes begin
with five or ten minutes of writing in your notebooks about the given reading.
is time is exclusively for focusing thoughts and for expressing them
before class discussion. Include the following (neatly organized)
sections: Unit I, Unit II, Unit III, Unit IV In class writing, Presentation
Ideas, Final Exam Ideas.
Oral Presentations: Each
student will prepare a 7- 8 minute oral presentation based on an analysis
of a given text or section of a text. The presentation has five stages:
1) Sign up for a date and
2) Create an outline for
3) Email me the outline
at least two days before your presentation. Make any changes
4) Present your ideas in
class on the assigned date and bring a cop
y of your outline for everyone
(DO NOT LEAVE COPYING YOUR
PRESENTATION FOR THE LAST MINUTE AND MAKE SURE YOU MAKE ENOUGH READABLE
COPIES FOR EVERYONE IN CLASS).
5) Submit to me two
copies of your presentation outline: one for a grade, one for my record.
6) Failure to present on
your chosen date will result in a reduct
ion of your participation grade
by half a letter.
Technology: We will frequently
use technology in this course as a means of communication.
1) You are required to
check your email everyday and to use your SUNY email account.
You may also be asked to submit work electronically.
Failure to check your
email (FOR WHATEVER REASON) and failure to consult with the syllabus will
adversely affect your participation grade (note that changes will be posted
to the course web site).
The final grade will be determined
Daily class participation &nb
(your discussion, note taking,
writing in your text, email communication, and presentation)
Reading Responses (in and
out of class) &n
Reading Responses are due
after the completion of each text; additional ones may be given.
You may make up a maximum of 1 response during the term. Low grades
and Responses not made up within a week will seriously affect the final
Writing Assignments including
THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT.
MAKE UP WORK MUST BE COMPLETED
ONE WEEK AFTER ABSENCE.
Format of Work
Plagiarizing (submitting work
that is not your own or failing to document other people's analyses or
using their words) or any other form of scholastic dishonesty (cheating)
will result in an F in the assignment and possible failure of the course.
Plagiarism happens frequently when students are not prepared, when they
are confused or rushed, or when they assume that the professor will not
know. But this is a poor assumption.
Make sure that you have plenty
of time to complete assignments. And please see me during office hours
or email me if you have any questions.
Document any outside sources,
and be sure to distinguish between quotation, paraphrasing, and outright
plagiarism. If you have questions about using a source, use the Writer’s
Reference, or use the MLA Style Handbook in the library or by consulting
the MLA guidelines at http://w
Word process your work with a
you are required to have your own disk, to save your work
and to print it out upon request. Hand-written and ill prepared
submissions are not acceptable and will be returned with a zero.
Double space all hard copies;
use 12 point, times font, and 1 inch margins all around.
Use the Modern Language Association
Style to document outside sources including web pages.
Include the following information
on all work:
Dr. Ramirez, SUNY, Oneonta
Women in Literature
It is essential that you
make constant back-ups of your work. Misplacing or losing files can be
frustrating and it does happen with frequency. Moreover, computers
freeze and power ou
tages are not uncommon. However file problems
or any other kind of computer and printing problems will not excuse late
work. Print drafts as a safety measure and save a copy on a NEW disk.
If you have special needs or
please see me at the beginning of the semester.
These concerns might include learning disab
ilities; sight or hearing problems;
ALL personal issues not related
to literature should be directed to me DURING OFFICE HOURS or VIA EMAIL.