ENL 3122--The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

T7. R7-8
    Sect.5193                                             Prof. Patricia Craddock
                                                         TUR 4332, 392-0757x259

Office Hours: Tues: 6th period, Weds. 3-5th periods, and by appointment.

Books are available at Goering's book store, University and 13th. You will also need a notebook (looseleaf, or folder with pockets) and a packet of blank 3 X 5 index cards. The seven novels are Emma (Jane Austen), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Vanity Fair (William Thackeray), Cranford (Elizabeth Gaskell), Great Expectations (Charles Dickens), The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot), Esther Waters (George Moore). You should own your own copy of each book, but you may use copies other than those ordered for you, provided that what you have is UNABRIDGED.

GOAL: The goal of this course is to become familiar with seven of the great novels from the "golden age" of the genre in Britain, the nineteenth century.  The novel historically differed from other long forms of prose fiction in that it purported to deal with psychologically and sociologically plausible persons and events, to enable us to experience vicariously the life of some other human beings whose surroundings and problems were different from our own, but not so different that we could not imagine living their lives.  The nineteenth-century British novel has been much favored by the makers of films and television series.  The novels we will read deal in particular with that peculiarly human problem, money--what to do with it, how to do without it, how our societies consciously and unconsciously judge individuals on the basis of their wealth and power, or lack of wealth and power.

APPROACH: We will read the novels, view some related films, and discuss the works together.  You will be asked to write one or more papers (see "PAPERS" for options) and there will be three in-class quizzes on the "facts" of the novels.  There will not be a final examination.  You will also need to attend class regularly and keep a reading journal.  This reading journal will not only earn credit, but also greatly help you in reviewing for quizzes and keeping up with ideas for papers.  The journal should be kept on loose-leaf paper, with or without holes, preferably in a folder that has pockets, so that you can keep in the same folder your class notes (which should NOT be mixed in with your reading notes) and your returned "comment/attendance" cards (see below).

BOOKS and WEBSITES found by class members

(Note: the work listed for a certain date is supposed to have been completed by that date.  Usually the Tuesday assignment will be discussed in part on Tuesday, in part on the next Thursday, since there is little time to read between Tuesday and Thursday, but we will have two hours for class on Thursdays.)

T 1-5 Introduction

R 1-7 Emma Books 1-2

1-12 Emma Book 3

R 1-14 Clueless.  If you have already seen the movie repeatedly, make an entry in your reading journal about the parallels you see between Emma  and the movie, and you will be excused from this class meeting.  You may choose to rent the movie instead of attending class--write that up in your journal.  Note: now is a good time to be reading ahead.  Vanity Fair is very long.

1-19 Discussion Emma and Clueless

R 1-21 Movie Jane Eyre.  MUST BE ORSON WELLES version. Again, you may choose to rent the movie instead of attending class--write that up in your journal.

T 1-26 Jane Eyre chapters 1-26

R 1-28 finish Jane Eyre, and discuss book and film

T 2-2 QUIZ: Emma and Jane Eyre  and related films

R 2-4 Vanity Fair, "Before the Curtain" and chapters 1-14

T 2-9 Vanity Fair chapters 15-32

R 2-11 Vanity Fair chapters 33-38; PAPER ONE DUE (see paper options)

2-16 Vanity Fair chapters 39-63

R2-18 Finish Vanity Fair

2-23 Cranford

R 2-25 finish CranfordGreat Expectations Parts 1-5

3-2 PAPER ONE DUE; in-class video discussion of Great Expectations. "Not available in stores."

R3-4 Great Expectations Parts 6-10


3-16 Great Expectations  Parts 11-18

R3-18 Great Expectations Parts 19-20

3-23 Complete Great Expectations

R3-25  Begin Mill on the Floss (Books One-Two)

T3-30 QUIZ: Vanity Fair, Cranford, Great Expectations

R4-1 Mill on the Floss (Books Three-Four)

T 4-6 Mill on the Floss (Books Five- Seven)

R4-8 Complete Mill on the Floss

4-13  Esther Waters

R4-15 complete Esther Waters

4-20 QUIZ on Mill and Esther.  Last date to turn in LONG PAPER, SECOND PAPER or REWRITE of First paper--see below.  Journals will be collected for the final time.
4-22 READING DAY--NO CLASS.  Last date to turn in point projects.

Grades: Quizzes: 10% for first and third, 15% for second--35%

Papers: 40%.  Explained below.

Attendance and class participation: 10%. Everyone starts with a 70 (out of 100) in this aspect of the course.  At each class meeting you must turn in a 3x5 card with your name and the date, including "Tues" or "Thurs."  You may add a comment or a question, to which I will respond.  Such comments and questions, IF they show you are reading and thinking, will earn 1 point on single-class days, 2 pts on double-class days. Unexcused absences count -3 pts on single class days, -6 pts on double-class days.

Journal and Projects: 15%.

Most faithfully-kept journals will receive the equivalent of a "B" grade, 24-26  points out of  a maximum possible 30.   Especially excellent journals will receive 28-30 points.  Minimally adequate ones will receive 18-22 points. Missing journals, obviously, receive 0 points.  If you want more points than you earn on your journal, see "point projects," below.

In a reading journal you should make two or three entries a week, recording what you have read and minimal factual information about your reading. This will inspire you to keep up with your reading and will help you review for quizzes. Good journals include personal responses, notes for questions you might want to ask or write about in a paper, and ideas about how the book is related to its time, to our time, and to other books.


You must write 2500-3000 words for this course (10-12 pages) in the form of one or two papers. You may choose to write two short papers or one long paper. Papers may be revised if submitted according to the schedule above. Late papers may not be revised (unless the lateness was excused), but a paper will be counted as on time if you can show me, on the due date, substantial progress towards its completion and can turn it in at or before the next class meeting (or Thursday, Dec. 9, for the final paper). "Revision" does not mean the same thing as retyping with the teacher's corrections inserted. A paper must be substantially changed for the better in order for your grade to improve. You are expected to proofread your papers carefully before turning them in, but I don't mind if you make last-minute corrections in handwriting. Papers should be typed with a DARK ribbon and there should be four adequate margins. Double space and avoid fancy types. Do not put your paper in a slick plastic cover. Handwritten papers are acceptable if easily legible.

Plagiarism will result in a zero for the paper and action as prescribed by university policies on academic honesty. Note that a zero is 50 points worse than an F.

TOPICS (where several works are mentioned, you could select two when writing a short paper):

Qualities valued in your paper (in alphabetical order): clarity, documentation of secondary sources (if any), fairness, HONESTY, imagination, independent thought, organization, proof of points, proofreading, relevant background (factual and/or methodological), sincerity, technical correctness (spelling, punctuation, accurate quotations, grammar, etc.), understanding of texts, wisdom

Qualities not valued: attempted flattery, carelessness, dogmatism, mindless drudgery (such as plot summaries or unanalyzed quotations), PLAGIARISM, pomposity, servile imitation


A. 1-point projects (note: 15-point semester limit on 1-point credit)

1. Bring in a photocopy of a picture, 19th-century book review, or 19th-century news article, properly captioned (source and importance)
2. Bring (on a 3 x 5 card) a complete reference to a relevant book or article, including call number and location in the UF library, or a relevant item on the Internet. To count, the item must be obviously related to one of the books we are reading, and you must give sufficient information about its location to enable another student to find it.

B. 1-3 point projects (2 points ordinarily; 3 points if especially well done or ingenious; 1 point if there are serious errors but you clearly tried). Bring in three copies, typed on 8 1/2 by 11 paper. No more than one page double-spaced.

1. one-paragraph biography of an author or other important Victorian person, based on biographical dictionaries and encyclopedia
2. major happenings in a given year 1800-1900 (look up the year in several "time-line" or "chronology" sources; decide what is really relevant to our course)
3. annotate in two or three sentences a short article or review related to this course

C. 1-5 point projects (3 = C, 4=B, 5=A; all correctly-done projects will receive at least a 4) Bring in three copies, typed on 8 1/2 by 11 paper. No more than two pages double-spaced. Be SURE to indicate your source(s). Note: many of these projects could prepare for or be developed into one of your formal papers.