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Engl 479c - Selected Topics In English And American Literature After 1800: Literature Of Th
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ENGLISH 479C VICTORIAN SENSATION FALL 2007 PROFESSOR JASON R RUDY TTH 11 00 12 15PM SUSQUEHANNA HALL ROOM 1103 OFFICE HOURS TTH12 30 1 30PM BY ARRANGEMENT OFFICE SUSQ 4131 EMAIL JRRUDY UMD EDU WEBSITE http www english umd edu englfac JRudy 479cSpring2007 htm This course will focus on the intersection of Victorian literature British empiricist philosophy which identifies bodily sensation as central to the acquisition of knowledge and nineteenth century advances in the physiological and technological sciences We will first read from the classics of British empiricism including Locke s Essay Concerning Human Understanding and works by Berkeley and Hume We will then consider how developments in the nineteenth century everything from the invention of the electric telegraph to the advent of psychoanalysis changed the way the Victorians thought about knowledge and communication Our focus will be on the role of the human body fleshliness sensations nerve impulses in the process of acquiring knowledge and communicating knowledge to others COURSE REQUIREMENTS TEXTS available at the University Book Center The Empiricists Anchor Books 0385096224 Wilkie Collins The Woman in White Broadview 1551116448 Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet Oxford 0192837656 George Eliot The Lifted Veil Oxford 0192832956 Sigmund Freud Dora Touchstone 0684829460 Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray Broadview 1551111268 GRADING Attendance Participation Quizzes Responses Essay 1 due 10 2 15 20 10 Term Paper due 12 4 Final Exam 30 25 WRITING ASSIGNMENTS The first essay 3 4 pages due in class October 2nd will use the empirical theorists of the first three weeks Locke Berkeley Hume Bain Allen Mill to analyze a poem by Keats or Tennyson You will choose the poem from among several we have not read in class a more detailed assignment will follow The term paper due December 4th will be developed throughout the semester A project proposal is due October 23rd and a revised thesis statement and annotated



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