History of Literature in English III

ENGL 383, Seminar 2

TR 3:30 - 4:30, Clark 101


Ms. Robin Field

E-mail:  ref4u@virginia.edu

Home phone:  293-3871 (not after 9:00 p.m. please)

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 in Bryan 412, and by appointment

Books and Materials:  See the main syllabus for ENGL 383.


Policies and Expectations:


            Attendance.  Attendance is mandatory in both lecture and section.  You are allowed two absences in section for any reason, illnesses and personal emergencies included.  Each subsequent absence will lower your final course grade by one third of a letter grade (from B+ to B, for example).  Tardiness will also be recorded; tardiness means arriving to section after I have begun the class.  Two tardies equal one absence. 


            Participation.  Participation by all students is integral in order for section to be informative and interesting.  In addition, participation accounts for 10% of your final grade.  Participation includes completing all readings and assignments on time, bringing your books to class to consult specific passages, and speaking in class in a thoughtful, informed manner on a regular basis.  Those who do not speak up voluntarily will be called on, but their participation grade will be lower than those students who talk of their own volition. 

            Each student will lead the class discussion once during the semester, along with a partner.  You’ll need to email pertinent, thought-provoking questions to the section by 6:00 p.m. the night before, and then be ready with further thoughts and provocations in the class itself.  This work is part of your participation grade.


            Quizzes.  There will be reading quizzes once a week at the beginning of section to ensure all students are completing the assigned readings.  These quizzes will be pass/fail.


            Late Papers.  All papers and assignments must be handed to me (not emailed) on the date they are due.  Papers and assignments not in my hands by the end of section will receive lower grades:  one third of a grade for each day they are late, including Saturdays and Sundays.  Papers left in my mailbox are considered late if I do not pick them up on the day they are due; in fact, if I don’t visit my mailbox for a week, the paper is a week late.  Computer and printing problems are not valid excuses for late work.  (A tip:  save everything on home directory, so you can print out another copy at a nearby computer lab.)  No paper rewrites are allowed.


            Honor Code.  All papers and exams must be pledged according to the Honor System (you may use the abbreviations “On my honor” or “Pledge” followed by your signature).  Any instances of plagiarism will be referred to the Honor Court. 


Important Dates: 


First Paper due on October 6th in section.

Midterm Examination in class on October 12th.

Second Paper due on November 29th in section.

Final Examination on December 13th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.