Day/Time: T/R 9:30-10:45 am
Location: CHEM 305
Instructor:
Dr. Deandra Little
Office: Teaching Resource Center, Hotel D, 24 East Range
Office hours: M, R 1-2 pm, and by appointment
Contact information: 982-2807, dlittle@virginia.edu

   

Required Texts -- Available at the Student Bookstore on the Corner


Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills (Bedford Cultural edition)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson
Course Pack -- Available at Brilling Books on Elliewood Avenue

Schedule of Readings and Assignments
Check periodically for updates or changes. I will not add any major assignments or readings, but I will update the Reading Journal assignments, add links to short or recommended readings, or move readings around.

*Check the Resources Page for an Topical List of Websites to find links to information and summaries on many of the inventions, theories or scientific discoveries found in the texts.*

Note: CP=Course Packet; RJ = Reading Journal Assignment
[For an alphabetical list of full descriptions of the journal assignments, click here]

Date Readings Assignments
1/22

Assorted Poems in Course Pack
Edgar A. Poe, "Poems Written in Youth: Sonnet-to-Science"
Poems from Godey's Lady's Book
Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman

 

Complete Learning Style Inventory [located here] and bring results to class

RJ: One-sentence summary for each poem

1/24

Excerpts from Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (CP)
Vol. I: "Author's Introduction"
Vol. II, Chapter IX, "The Example of the Americans..."
Vol. II, Chapter X, "Why the Americans are more Addicted to Practical rather than Theoretical Science"
Vol. II, Chapter XI, "In What Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts"

RJ: Double-column entry
Physics, photography, and pseudoscience
1/29 Benjamin Franklin, "A Letter of Benjamin Franklin, Esq; to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S. concerning an Electrical Kite"; "Farther Experiments and Observations in Electricity."; "An Account of the Effects of Electricity in Paralytic Cases."; "Queries and Conjectures Relative to Magnetism, and the Theory of the Earth" (CP) ; Franklin images RJ: Discussion Questions
1/31

Herman Melville, "The Lightning-Rod Man"; articles from Scientific American (CP)

 

RJ: Write about a recent scientific discovery or technological invention in the style of one of the 19th-century authors we read for today.
2/5 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables RJ: Discussion questions

2/7

The House of Seven Gables RJ: Response to Emailed Questions

2/12

1) Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Stereoscope & the Stereograph" (CP)
2) Read at least one other nineteenth-century essay (your choice) dealing with the daguerreotype from the following and come to class prepared to explain it to your classmates:
a) from the Smithsonian Art Museum website
b) or from a website focusing on Emily Dickinson and photography

RJ: Explain why you chose the essay you read and how it relates to Holmes or Hawthorne
2/14 Class Canceled  
Nature, natural history and natural selection
2/19 Poe, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar"; "Mesmeric Revelation" (CP) RJ: One-word summary for each
2/21 Visit to Small Special Collections Library; Meet in the Morris/Byrd room on the 2nd floor.

In-class Group Meeting
Essay #1 due

2/26 Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Naturalist," (CP); "The Smithsonian Institution" (CP)
RJ: Double-column entry
2/28 Henry David Thoreau, excerpts from Walden (CP)
View Charles Wilson Peale's painting "The Artist in His Museum" (on-line)
RJ: Locate at least 3 passages about science/technology or which you deem "scientific." Summarize each and explain your reaction/interpretation.

3/1-3/9

Spring Break  
Art, technology, and industrial science
3/11

Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills

RJ: Double-column entry
3/13

Davis, Life in the Iron Mills, cont. ; Readings from cultural materials:
From the "Work & Class" section: pgs. 77-85, 147-172; Orestes Brownson, 209-220, and from the "Art & Artists" section through William Story excerpt (pps. 293-315)

RJ: Discussion questions
3/18 Melville, "Paradise of Bachelors" and "Tartarus of Maids" (CP) RJ: One-sentence summary for each work
3/20 Henry Adams, "Darwinism," "The Virgin and the Dynamo" (CP) RJ: Double-column entry
Group Projects 1-4
3/25 Readings for Group 1
Group #1 Presentation

RJ (Group): Write about 1 hour you spent in the library working on your research

RJ (Everyone else): Double-column entry

3/27 Readings for Group 3
Group #3 Presentation

RJ (Groups): Write about 1 hour you spent in the library working on your research

RJ (Everyone else): Double-column entry

Medicine and Gender
4/1

Hawthorne, "Rappacini's Daughter"; "The Birth-Mark" (Mosses from an Old Manse)

RJ: Discussion questions

4/3

Charlotte Perkins Gillman, "The Yellow Wall-paper" (CP)
See also, "Why I wrote the Yellow Wallpaper"; Catharine Beecher's Letter Seventeeth "Personal Experience" (CP)

Optional: Mitchell's Fat and Blood and How to Make Them

RJ: Discussion questions

4/8 S. Weir Mitchell, "The Case of George Dedlow" (CP) RJ: Three word summary
Group Projects 5-8
4/10 Readings for Groups 4 &5
Group #4 Presentation
Group #5 Presentation

RJ (Groups): Write about 1 hour you spent in the library working on your research

RJ (Everyone else): Double-column entry

4/15 Readings for Group 6 & 2
Group #6 Presentation
Group #2 Presentation

RJ (Groups): Write about 1 hour you spent in the library working on your research

RJ (Everyone else): Double-column entry

Forensic Science
4/17 Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson RJ: Locate at least 3 passages about science or identity (broadly defined). Summarize each and explain your reaction/interpretation.
4/22 Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson RJ: Discussion Questions
4/24

Poe, "The Masque of the Red Death"

Wells, “The Stolen Bacillus”

RJ: Discussion Questions
4/29 Last Day, Matthew Arnold, "Literature and Science" (CP)

RJ: Look back through your journal and identify a central theme, idea, or question that appears in more than one of your entries. In your final entry, consider at least two of the following questions: Why is this theme important in some of the works we've read? What does it say about the relationship between literature and science or about science and identity in 19th-Century America? OR What do you see as one of the most important issues or tensions that we've encountered in this semester's readings? Why?

5/6 Final Exam: 2-5 pm Final Paper & Journals Due to me in Cabell B034