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Course Outcomes

  1. Through writing, exams, and other activities, demonstrate an understanding of the historical development and cultural context of literature written in the British tradition after 1789.
  2. Identify and discuss representative authors, genres, works, and movements in the Romantic, Victorian, and modern periods.

Course Objectives

English 292 is one of the English department's basic survey courses (with English 301 and 303) which serve to give students an introduction to British and American literature. These courses focus on literary history through and examination of some representative texts by major British and American writers which are selected according to traditional notions of the literary canon.


Along with English 251 and 252 (both, with 301, being departmental prerequisites for 302), these three survey courses form the prerequisites to the advanced course offerings in the department. English 292, for example, is a prerequisite to other courses in British literature since 1800.

Our purpose in this English 292 course is for you to achieve the following goals:

  1. Develop a general sense of the issues—historical, political, social, philosophical, critical, and so on—which seem to characterize and inform the three literary periods which the course encompasses: the Romantic, the Victorian, and the Modern.
  2. Develop a general sense of how individual writers from these periods have responded to these issues in their writing.
  3. Develop a specific knowledge of particular texts by these writers, including information and insight gleaned from close reading and from critical analysis, which may be informed by a variety of theoretical approaches, both traditional and contemporary.
  4. Develop an increased capacity for rigorous inquiry in literary studies by reading, thinking, analyzing, and writing about some of the most interesting texts in the nineteenth and twentieth century British literature.

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Required Materials

We will be using the following texts in this course:

Please purchase your texts immediately, and take the time to browse through them, especially Norton. As you read them, underline or otherwise identify interesting passages. Make marginal notes. Note questions you have. Interact with the texts. Make your copies truly yours. If the above editions are not available, you may select good substitutes.

In addition to these required texts, you may find the following texts to be useful resources in your present and future studies and writing:

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Lessons (300 pts.)

You will complete a total of eighteen lessons organized into three units. Six lessons include assignments (50 pts. each) to be submitted for a grade. There are also three unit essays to be submitted in the last lesson of each unit (see "Unit Essays" below.) The remaining twelve lessons have Self Check exercises. Hopefully, more Self Check and fewer assignments for submission should enable you to complete the course quickly and efficiently.

Unit Essays (300 pts.)

The last lesson in each of the three units is an open-book essay examination. These three essays are worth 100 points each. you should prepare these essays with almost the same care that would write formal paper assignments, following proper MLA format and developing them through a couple drafts. Pay attention to issues of style, as well as of content and organization. Proof thoroughly. Use everything you've learned about writing in other classes, especially English 252. Above all, read the instructions for each exam carefully before beginning the writing process. Once you begin the course, see Snyder's Official Writing Handout in Appendix D for additional information on essay writing.

As you do your assignments, keep the following policies in mind:

Resubmitted Work

Because assignments may not be resubmitted, you should do good work initially, making sure what you turn in is your best work.

Assignment Format

Your unit essay examination must be electronic and follow proper MLA format. Proofread carefully and correct any errors you find. I expect your assignments to be error-free.

You will submit your completed paper electronically throughout your course. Remember to submit your assignments as Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX files. Name the file using this style—be sure to use your own name: ENGL292_JaneSmith_WritingAssignment1.docx.


You should be familiar with the formal definitions of plagiarism and avoid it religiously. Further, receiving any unauthorized aid or failing to properly acknowledge sources will be defined as plagiarism. If you cheat, you will fail this course.

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At the end of the course you will complete a closed-book comprehensive examination, which will include both short and longer essay questions. If you have kept up on all your other assignments, you should do very well on the final with a couple of good review sessions.

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What qualifies me to judge your assignments goes far beyond the superficiality of a Ph.D. I have both written and read an inestimable number of papers and have learned a few things about writing. I simply want to share what I know with you. As I value advice on my writing from my colleagues, so I want you to value my advice.

Because there is no such thing as objectivity, I will be subjective in my evaluation of your work. But that subjectivity does not mean that I will run a red pen haphazardly through your writing. I read and evaluate carefully according to criteria I try to make clear with each assignment. I will always address the following issues: organization, content, style, and insight. Please see “Snyder’s Official Writing Handout” for futher information.





    Introduction to the Romantic Period



    The Wordsmiths



    Unit 1 Essay on the Romantic Period



    Introduction to the Victorian Period



    Great Expectations



    Unit 2 Essay on the Victorian Period



    Introduction to the Modern Period



    Virginia Woolf



    Unit 3 Essay on the Modern Period


    Final Exam




I will evaluate your work according to a simple point system designed to shift your attention slightly from letter grades to quality work. The point value for each letter grade is as follows:

    A = 100

    B = 85

    C = 70

    D = 55

    A− = 95

    B− = 80

    C− = 65

    D− = 50

    B+ = 90

    C+ = 75

    D+ = 60

    E = 25

You final grade will be determined according to the following scale:
























    45–or below

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Course Success

You will do well in this course if you work consistently and vigorously. Set aside some time each week to work on your reading and writing assignments. Each lesson response, whether Self Check or for submission, should require a minimum amount of time to complete after you've finished your reading. The period introductions, the lessons on novels, and the essay exams will take a little longer. In any case, you should crank out your lesson responses quickly. Don't agonize over them; just get them done!

The course is divided into three units: the Romantic Period, the Victorian Period, the Modern Period. They follow the same basic pattern, beginning with a period introduction and followed by lessons on particular writers and their work. Read the instructions (to the periods, writers, and texts) carefully because they will help you structure your reading analysis. In addition, pay attention to my suggestions for reading near the beginning of each lesson.

Even though the number of lessons and unit assignments may seem like a lot at first glance, remember that most of them will take only a couple hours to complete, reading included. I prefer that you deal with the course in small, rather than large, sections, so you can easily complete a lesson in one sitting without having to set aside a large block of time.

Each lesson includes an introduction, a list of objectives, a procedure checklist, discussion materials, and Self Check or submission exercises for you to complete. Please approach each lesson according to this step-by-step order. Preview the lesson requirements before you begin your reading, so you will be alert to the proper issues as you read. Be efficient in your studies, working smarter but not necessarily harder.

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


9 instructor-graded assignments, may not be resubmitted


1 proctored instructor-graded exam (essay and short answer questions), may not retake, must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.  You must pass the final examination with at least 45% in order to pass the course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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