Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Required Texts

You should use the editions specified here.

Books on order (in order in which they will be used):

Buy at Amazon Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure (Oxford World's Classics). Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780199537020.

Buy at Amazon Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim (Penguin Classics). Penguin Books, 2007. ISBN: 9780141441610.

Buy at Amazon Kipling, Rudyard. Kim (Oxford World's Classics). Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780199536467. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier (Penguin Classics). Penguin Classics, 2007. ISBN: 9780141441849.

Buy at Amazon Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Text, Criticism, and Notes (The Viking Critical Library). Penguin Books, 1977. ISBN: 9780140155037.

Buy at Amazon Forster, E. M. A Passage to India. Mariner Books, 1965. ISBN: 9780156711425.

Buy at Amazon Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse (Everyman's Library). Everyman's Library, 1992. ISBN: 9780679405375.

Class Rules

  1. Your attendance in this class is mandatory. You are allowed a maximum of two unexcused absences. Beyond that, you will fail the class. If you are sick or have to be away for another legitimate reason, email me to say so in a timely fashion, if at all possible before you miss class.
  2. Class begins at five minutes past the posted starting time. You are expected to come to class on time having done the appropriate reading for each day and with the appropriate text(s). I may charge you an unexcused absence if you frequently arrive late or without your book. I will give unannounced quizzes on the readings at my discretion.

Student Work

  1. Two analytical essays
  2. 3 short quizzes on Woolf's To the Lighthouse
  3. Two oral reports

Grading Policy

Your written work (including any quizzes) 75%
Your oral reports, your participation in class discussion, your preparedness, and your overall good citizenship. 25%

Literature Faculty Policy on Plagiarism

The Literature Section has formulated this statement and policy for all plagiarism cases:

Plagiarism—the use of another's intellectual work without acknowledgement—is a serious offense. It is the policy of the Literature Faculty that students who plagiarize will receive an F in the subject, and that the instructor will forward the case to the Committee on Discipline. Full acknowledgement for all information obtained from sources outside the classroom must be clearly stated in all written work submitted and in all oral presentations, including images or texts in other media and for materials collected online. All ideas, arguments, and direct phrasings taken from someone else's work must be identified and properly footnoted. Quotations from other sources must be clearly marked as distinct from the student's own work. For further guidance on the proper forms of attribution, consult the style guides available in the Writing and Communication Center, review their Link, and review MIT's online Academic Integrity Handbook.