English 242 Course Overview and General Syllabus

ENG 242-YD1: British Literature II

(Wednesday is asynchronous until further notice)

Birch room 123

Spring 2021, January 5 – May 21

Instructor: Ms. Rebecca S. Hefner
Office Hours: 2nd Block – Birch 123

Wednesdays by appointment


Email: rebecca.hefner@bcsemail.org or rebeccashefner@abtech.edu

Phone: 828-776-0486


Course Description and Objectives

Course Description:

This course covers selected works in British literature from the Romantic period to the present.  Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama.  Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.  Reading a nineteenth-century novel is required. 

This course is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course and has been approved for transfer under the C.A.A. as a general education course in Humanities/ Fine Arts.

Required Texts: 

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 10th ed., Vols. D, E, F


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein


Credit Hours: 3

Pre-requisites: ENG 112 or ENG 114

Overall Course Goals:  

  • Develop an appreciation of British literature and a desire to read more
  • Perceive these works as accessible and relevant, not as boring or intimidating
  • Increase confidence that works of literature can be approached and understood
  • Recognize the broad sweep of literature during the Romantic Period, the Victorian Age, and the Twentieth Century and After


As the instructor of this particular section, my hope is that you--

  • Speak up often and passionately about course material, without fear of seeming “wrong.”  You are in a safe space to challenge, question, and think critically. THIS MEANS CAMERA ON WHILE WE REMAIN REMOTE.
  • Find new ways to interpret and make meaning of 19th-early 21st century literature; that is, consider how course content may be relevant to your life today. 
  • Discover or revisit at least one author who inspires you to think in new ways about life, death, love, family, gender, class, money, politics, technology, religion, western culture, the power of the written word, and/or the human condition


Ground Rules:

  • Please be respectful of your classmates and instructor.  Specifically, please don’t talk over others, monopolize discussions, hold side conversations, minimize others’ viewpoints, distract others from learning, etc. 
  • Take the course seriously. Be prepared to read assigned texts carefully and write strong papers. Your writing must be polished and professional. I expect you to apply the writing skills from your prerequisite courses. I will NOT be teaching writing this semester. Remember there are resources to help you improve and revise.
  • Be ready for class each day with text, paper, computer etc. During our remote time I need you focused on ONLY class. You should not be at work, in the car, or anywhere else where you cannot devote your full attention to class. We will have fun but work hard too. Consider our journey to be part of your transition to university-level thinking, reading, and writing.


Student Learning Outcomes (this course, and assignments therein, may be used to assess general education core competencies or program student learning outcomes):


  • Examine the impact of culture and history on key British literary works from the 1780s to the early 21st century
  • Identify the major themes, plots, and quotations from works
  • Interpret literary works using various critical/ theoretical approaches
  • Place works in the context of the British literary canon
  • Trace and discuss common threads across the eras of British literature
  • Support ideas and arguments with direct references from relevant texts
  • Develop thoughtful, original researched literary critical analysis essays
  • Format sources appropriately using MLA guidelines
  • Evaluate scholarly critiques of selected works
  • Create and present a final interdisciplinary project

Three Modules
Romantic Period, Victorian Age, The Twentieth Century and After

The Writing Center at A-B Tech

Whether you have a desire to be a stronger writer, you have trouble getting your thoughts on the page, or you just want expert revision suggestions, please take advantage of our very fine Writing Center (College Writing Center web page); there is also an excellent Online Writing Center (Online Writing Center web page).  Both services are free of charge to A-B Tech students.


Assignments and Percentages

25% Researched Literary Analysis 1 (RLA 1) on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
5%   RLA 1 Topic Proposal

25% Researched Literary Analysis 2 (RLA 2) on any work(s) within course time frame
5%   RLA 2 Topic Proposal


(I expect you to get paper 1 and 2 to the Writing Center for revision / editing advise. This is a new requirement.)

25% Independent Project (research and visual presentation)

        Capstone Presentation (speech)

        Topic proposal (short paper)

15%   Active Participation and Engagement

(college scale: A 90-100; B 80-89; C 70-79; D 60-69; F 00-59)

Incomplete “I” grades are assigned at the student’s request and the instructor’s discretion when a student is unable to finish due to circumstances beyond his/her control. The expiration date is determined by the instructor and must fall between the day after the class ends through the end of the subsequent term.

College Policies and Procedures

College policies and procedures may be found in the College Catalog on A-B Tech’s website here: https://policies.abtech.edu/Policies/Forms/Chapter%20View.aspx.

The “Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Due Process” policies and procedures, including the Code of Classroom Conduct and Code of Student Conduct, may be found here:

Class Attendance

Regular and punctual class attendance is required of all students in order for them to achieve success in the course and develop traits necessary for success in employment. Missing instructional time is detrimental to learning and course completion.  Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the course by attending and completing all assignments.  Student success is dependent upon active participation in all instructional activities. (See BCEC handbook for absence policy).


Due to COVID causing significantly reduced class time, there are a few things that I must insist upon: 45 minutes of undivided attention with materials ready. You will be onscreen and clearly visible by . You will not be working on anything other than class. This course has the same expectations and outcomes as a full-seated class in a greatly reduced timeframe. You must read outside of class to be ready for class. You should anticipate between a half hour to an hour of outside reading each day (5 days).

Course Entry Attendance Requirement

It is mandatory that students attend class regularly and complete an assigned Moodle activity during the first 10% of the course.  Failure to attend or complete the activity prior to the 10% point will result in the student being dropped from the course. The student will not be allowed to continue in the course and will not receive a refund.

Make-up Work, Extra Credit, and Extension Procedures
Except under certain circumstances there will be no opportunities to make up missed work or to earn extra credit points; further, no extensions on assignments will be granted except in special cases.  It is your responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss the context of emergency and unforeseen situations.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees and the administration of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College are fully committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and work environment that is free from prohibited discrimination. The College does not practice or condone discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, genetic information/medical history, age, or veterans’ status in the administration of its employment policies, educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs.  Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other Federal non-discrimination legislation at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College should be referred to Dr. Terry Brasier, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, 828/398-7143.  Pursuant to the Clery Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments, the Violence Against Women Act, the Campus SaVE Act, and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations, the College established procedures for investigating, disciplining, and educating the College community about sexual harassment and sexual-based violence.  To report sex/gender-based discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence, please contact:  Michele Hathcock, Title IX Coordinator, 828/398-7932.

Content Warning
In addition to works written from a traditional perspective, there will be required reading that some students may consider challenging and controversial.  Our purpose in this course is not to discuss issues of right and wrong but to examine readings and topics in an objective, thoughtful, mature manner.  If you have concerns at any point, please talk with me so that together we can create a comfortable space in which you may learn and thrive. 

Instructor Availability
If you have questions about course material or your progress, the most convenient time to talk with me on the phone or in person is during my office hours. Additionally, I check email several times each day. If my office hours conflict with your class or work schedule, please email me for an appointment.  I am on your side and here to help!

First Day of Class: January 5

Last day to withdraw:

January 18 Martin Luther King Day,

March 9 No College classes for ABTech

March 29-April 2 ABTech spring break

April 5-9 BCEC Spring Break


Last Day of Semester: May 11 for college, May 21 for course (We end with BCEC – and to get English 4 credit you are REQUIRED to attend) 













The Romantics: (PURPLE TEXT)


The Romantic period introduction, Vol. D, pp. 3-30


Gothic pp. 514-515

Burns “To a Louse” p.178 and “To a Mouse”

Castle of Otranto excerpt

Frankenstein (novel) Norton edition

“Vindication of the Rights of Women” Wollstonecraft pp. 218-Ch1 pp. 227

 Excerpt from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness” Godwin pp 743-744

“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” pp. 448 - 464

“Looking at the Monster: Frankenstein and Film, Heffernan pp. 444

“Making a Monster” Mellor PDF

Equino “The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano…” pp. 106+

“Frankenstein’s Legacy: The Mad Scientist Remade” Lawson PDFs

“On the Sublime and the Beautiful in Shelley’s Frankenstein” Fredericks PDF

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience pp.127-145 and pp. 122-125.

William Wordsworth’s “We Are Seven” p.288

“The Tables Turned” p.297

 Percy B. Shelley’s “Mutability” p.766

 “Ozymandias” p.790

Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn” p.979

            “La Belle Dame San Merci: A Ballad” p.972

Coleridge “Kubla Khan” p.464

The Victorians: (PINK TEXT)

The Victorian Age Intro Vol. E. pp 3-29

Darwin from “Descent of Man” p. 615

Besant “The ‘White Slavery’ of London Match Workers” p.650+

Browning’s “My Last Duchess” p.328

            “Porphyria’s Lover” p. 324

Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” p.147

“The Coming of Arthur” p.223

“The Passing of Arthur” p.234

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” p.221

Henley “Invictus” p.706

Doyle “The Speckled Band” p.921+

Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde” pp. 767-809

George Elliot, Margaret Fuller, and Mary Wollstonecraft p.401

            “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists” p. 407+

Chew “The Woman Question” p. 653

            “A Living Wage for Factory Girls at Crewe” p. 652

Rossetti’s “No, Thank You, John” p.554

Brontë’s “I’m Happiest When Most Away” p.375,

Browning “How Do I Love Thee” p.116

Carol “From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” p.724

Preface to “The Picture of Dorian Gray” pp. 822-823

Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, pp. 823+

The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (GREEN TEXT)

Introduction Vol. F, pp 3-32

Hardy “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?” p. 62

 Joyce’s “Araby” p.407

 Houseman “When I was One and Twenty” p.132

Blast” pp 197-208,

Eliot “Wasteland” p.659

“The Hollow Men” pp. 673-676

Woolf “A Rooms of One’s Own (Shakespeare’s Sister) p.392

            “Professions for Women” p.400

Atwood “Death by Landscape” p.1111

Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” p.215

             “The Second Coming” p.227

Beckett Waiting for Godot pp.751+

Thomas “Do Not Go Gentle” p. 833

Seamus Heaney “Digging” p. 1095

 Ishiguro“A Village After Dark” pp.1192-2000

Rushdie “English Is an Indian Literary Language” p. 880

Nichols “The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping” p. 882

Kureishi “You Will Always Be a Paki” p, 887

Nagra “A Black History of the English-Speaking Peoples” p. 896