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Jane Anderson Jones Language and Literature State College of Florida

Spring 2015
 LIT 2012 
The Novel 

Distance Learning
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941-408-1499  (Venice)

Office Hours:

9-11 am Monday-Friday Room 641 (Venice)

Email Address:

jonesj@scf.edu (preferred contact method)

Instructor’s Web Page:


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This class begins on ANGEL on January 12.
All course information and lessons can be found on the ANGEL course site.

Check your ANGEL email before January 12 for course information.

*As an SCF student, you have been assigned an official student e-mail account to be used for all college-related email communication.
*I will send email messages only to your official address, and I will not respond to messages from you sent from any other account.
          This policy has been developed  for the protection of your privacy. 
*Be sure to put the topic of your message in the subject line and
sign your message with your first and last name and your class (i.e. LIT 2012).

*E-mails will be responded to within 24 hours unless I notify the class otherwise. 
*All class communication should adhere to professional and academic standards: complete sentences, correct spelling, and the use of standard American English.
*Class questions should be posted to the ANGEL Discussion Forum so everyone can share the information. 
*If you have a personal question, e-mail me at jonesj@scf.edu or use the ANGEL mail service
(my computer at school is on all the time when I am there, and I check my e-mail at home at least once a day). 

This course meets SCF's Area IV requirement for the A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. General Education requirements. The course examines the origin and development of literary conventions unique to the novel as developed by writers from a variety of cultural experiences. This course meets part of the six-hour international/intercultural requirement.

The student, at the completion of the course, should be able to
1. Trace the development of the novel from its inception in world literature through various historical periods to the present day.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, and cultural influences upon the novel and, reciprocally, its influence upon society.
3. Recognize the conventions of the novel and its subgenres.
4. Demonstrate understanding of critical and theoretical issues contained in secondary scholarship.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary needed for the study of literature.
6. Demonstrate college-level reading skills through textual analysis, including detection of tone, bias, stereotypes, and underlying assumptions.
7. Demonstrate college-level writing skills, including incorporation of primary and secondary source material, through a variety of writing assignments, including one or more formal, research-based assignments.
8. Fulfill the writing requirements mandated by SBE 6A-10.30 (Gordon Rule).
9. Demonstrate academic research skills, including the use of current documentation methods and both print and electronic sources.
10. Demonstrate use of technological skills necessary for academic work.
11. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with peers on at least one group presentation or project.
12. Demonstrate awareness of the universality of the human experience as reflected in diverse cultures and their written products.
13. Demonstrate knowledge of culturally diverse authors, works, and literary movements.

Completion of ENC 1101 and concurrent registration in or completion of ENC 1102 
with a grade of "C" or better.
 All students must have internet access and a working SCF e-mail account.


Joseph Andrews Silas Marner Beloved The Complete Persepolis
(Click on book for link to AMAZON sales.
DVDs of all the films are available to be viewed in SCF's libraries)


 Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews, Dover ISBN-10: 0486415880
( DVD: Joseph Andrews, 1977, dir. Tony Richardson,  ASIN: B0000AUHPM )
Available For Download From Amazon Video on Demand
George Eliot, Silas Marner, Signet 
ISBN-10: 0451530624
( DVD: Silas Marner, 1985, dir. Giles Foster, 
ASIN: B000M2E322 )
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, Prestwick 
ISBN-10: 1580491618
( The Innocents, 1961, dir. Jack Clayton, 
ASIN: B0009X75EC )
Thomas Mann , Death in Venice, trans. Joachim Neugroschel, Penguin 
ISBN-10: 0141181737 
( DVD:  Death in Venice, 1970, dir. Luchino Viscounti, 
ASIN: B0000WN118 )
Toni Morrison, Beloved, Vintage, 
ISBN-10: 1400033411
( DVD: Beloved, 1998, dir. Jonathan Demme, 
ASIN: 0788815474 )
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, trans. Michael Henry Heim
Harper Perennial, 
ISBN-10: 0061686697
( DVD: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1988 dir. Philip Kaufmann 
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis, Pantheon 
ISBN-10: 0375714839
( DVD: Persepolis, 2007, dir. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parannoud 
ASIN: B000YAA68W )

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper
Harmon and Holman, A Handbook to Literature
Secondary Sources  for the Novel

*Students are expected to login into the class every week, preferably more than once a week.
*Class journal submissions are due every week at
Sunday midnight.
*Announcements for the class are posted during the week, and class participants are responsible for the information in the announcements.
*If students are unable to post a weekly journal assignment, it is expected that they will contact the instructor to explain the circumstances.
*Current SCF withdrawal policy requires that faculty withdraw students who are not present in class after
two weeks. For this distance learning course, being present means posting weekly journal entries and responding to other students' postings.

*In accordance with the State College of Florida policy, as stated in the college catalog, students may withdraw from any course, or all courses, without academic penalty, by the withdrawal deadline listed in the State College of Florida academic calendar.
*This semester, the withdrawal date is
March 25
*Students should take responsibility to initiate the withdrawal procedure but are strongly encouraged to talk with their instructors before taking any withdrawal action. 
*In addition, students should note that faculty may also withdraw students for violating policies, procedures or conditions of the class, as outlined in individual class syllabi, and such action could affect financial aid eligibility.

This course meets the Florida State Board of Education Rule Number 6A-10.30.  In accordance with this rule, students will complete written assignments totalling 6000 words. A grade of "C" or better is required for credit in Gordon Rule classes.

SCF defines PLAGIARISM as the use of ideas, facts, opinions, illustrative material, data, direct or indirect wording of another scholar and/or writer - professional or student - without giving proper credit. If a student is found guilty of plagiarism, s/he will receive a zero ("0") for the assignment and an "F" for the course, according to due process. If a student needs assistance in composing his/her paper, s/he should consult the instructor or seek assistance in the English Lab. Outside help in editing, rewriting, or composing shall be construed as plagiarism. If you are confused about what plagiarism is or how to cite sources, please make an appointment with me to clarify any issues you might have.  If this is a last minute issue, email me, and I will try to respond promptly.  Resist cutting and pasting material from the Internet -- this is the quickest route to plagiarism.

Review Citing Sources MLA Style

will be based on Discussion Forums, essays and quizzes
Any student who has not turned in all written assignments will fail the course.

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Journal postings
(250-300 words @) are due by Sunday midnight, unless otherwise stated.  
Grades for late postings will be reduced by 10 points.



Discussion Forum Assignments 
(250-300 wds. @)


Novel Development:
Fielding and Eliot


Week One 
January 12-18

Read:  Mark Canada's "An Introduction to the Novel"

Review:  The History of the Novel PPT

Start reading Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding

  • What is your history with reading novels? 
  • How much do you read for pleasure? 
  • What kind of novels do you prefer to read?
  • Compare and contrast your favorite "literary" novel with your favorite "escapist" novel. 
  • What appeals most to you about each of these novels? 
  • Why would you define one as "literary" and the other as "escapist"?
Week Two
January 19

Joseph Andrews book cover


Finish reading Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding
Henry Fielding


In his Preface to the novel, Fielding declares his intention is to present a comic romance whose subject is the ridiculous.  And as, "The only source of the true ridiculous ...  is affectation," (xii), one of the major purposes of the novel is to allow the reader to discover such affectation in the characters. 

"Now affectation proceeds from one of these two causes, vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters, in order to purchase applause; so hypocrisy set us on an endeavour to avoid censure, by concealing our vices under an appearance of their opposite virtues." (xii)

Describe the "affectation" of four different characters in Joseph Andrews, and show how their affectation arises from either vanity or hypocrisy.
Week Three
January 26-
February 1







Watch the 1976 film Joseph Andrews directed by Tony Richardson

Joseph Andrews video cover

Start reading Silas Marner by George Eliot

Tony Richardson's 1976 adaptation of Joseph Andrews stars Peter Firth, who had recently originated the role of Alan Strang in Equus;  Swedish-American actress, Ann-Margret; and an array of prominent British stage actors including Michael Hordern as Parson Adams, John Gielgud as the Doctor and Beryl Reid as Mrs. Slipslop.

While mostly faithful to the novel, Richardson does make a few significant changes to the plot and to some scenes that were probably meant to appeal to his late 1970s audience.
  • What particularly about the film do you think would appeal to the late 1970s audience? (It received mixed critical reviews). 
  • Do you think the film holds up for a 21st century audience?  Why or why not?
Week Four
February 2

Silas Marner book cover

Finish reading Silas Marner by George Eliot

George Eliot
George Eliot at 30
by François D'Albert Durade

George Eliot is noted for her realistic depiction of ordinary, non-heroic people coping with the travails of daily life.  However, she was also highly influenced by Romantic idealism and philosophy.

Romanticism and The Romantics;
Realism and Naturalism and The Victorians

Point out and describe at least two specific instances of Realistic conventions or motifs and at least two specific instances of Romantic convention or motifs used in Silas Marner.  Don't hesitate to quote (briefly) from the novel to illustrate your examples.

Week Five
February 9-15

Watch the 1985 BBC TV film Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe directed by Giles Foster

Start reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

BBC film/TV adaptations of classic novels are noted for their fidelity to the novel.  Film, of course,  must use different techniques to convey the verbal descriptions and ideas provided by the novel's author.

Describe three different filmic techniques (montage, lighting, sound effects, music, casting, etc.) used by Foster to convey Eliot's ideas, symbolism or description in Silas Marner.

See: A Glossary of Film Terms for help with film vocabulary.


James and Mann


Week Six
February 16-22  

The Turn of the Screw




Finish reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Henry James by John Singer Sargent
Henry James
by John Singer Sargent

Depending upon how you feel about psychological horror films -- you may want to watch the film before you read the book.

Review: Narrative Stances and Modes of Narration .

The Turn of the Screw opens with layers of narration at a Christmas house party in which the guests are telling ghost stories. 

  • Identify and describe the different narrators and the modes of narration used.
  • Why does James use this narrative layering technique? 
  • What different affect does each narrator add to the telling of the tale?
  • How reliable is each of the narrators?

Week Seven
February 23-
March 1

Watch the 1961 film The Innocents directed by Jack Clayton, screenplay by Truman Capote

The Innocents DVD cover

Start reading Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

After you have watched The Innocents, read Dennis Tredy's  "Shadows of Shadows: Techniques of Ambiguity in Three Film Adaptations of The Turn of the Screw" : http://erea.revues.org/index196.html

Tredy discusses The Innocents in terms of mise en abyme.  Here is Wikipedia's definition of the term:

As a reader and film viewer, discuss your analysis of what happened to Flora and Miles at Bly.  How does mise en abyme inform your conclusions? Be sure to back up your analysis with some illustrations.

Week Eight
March 2-8

Death in Venice,
published in 1912 as
Tod in Venedig

open on ANGEL this week.

Finish reading Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann in 1905 by Johannes Lindner
Thomas Mann in 1905 by
Johannes Lindner

Modernist writers were highly influenced by recent studies, from various disciplines, of the influence of Greek mythology in Western Civilization.  Mann was no exception.  One work that is recognized as seminal for some of the ideas and allusions in Death in Venice is Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy  which explicated the tension between the Apollonian and Dionysian impulses (see:http://www.historyguide.org/
Mann makes use of this tension in the character of Aschenbach, an intellectual dedicated to the Apollonian ideal who becomes obsessed with an irrational Dionysian passion. 
  • Trace some of the mythological allusions in the novel and discuss how these allusions contribute to your understanding of the fate of Aschenbach. 
  • Do you consider Death in Venice to be a tragedy?  Why or why not?
Week Nine
March 9-15

Dirk Bogard as
Gustav Aschenbach

Gustav Mahler c. 1888

Watch the 1971 film Death in Venice directed by Luchino Visconti

Start reading Beloved by Toni Morrison

Yes, I know it's Spring Break -- you can turn in the DF anytime before March 18 at midnight.

Luchino Visconti made Gustav Aschenbach a composer and  conductor rather than an author.  In addition, throughout the film he used music composed by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).  See Wikipedia bio.  Mahler had recently died at the age of 50  as Mann was writing the novella.  While there are no actual biographical references to Mahler in the novella, Mann was interested in addressing "the tragedy of greatness" in the novel.
  • How does Visconti's change of Aschenbach from writer to composer affect the impact of the film? 
  • How do the visions of  Visconti and Mann about the role of the artist in society compare and contrast?

Toni Morrison

Week Ten
March 16-22

Beloved book cover







Finish  reading Beloved by Toni Morrison

Read: "Magical Realism at the World's End" by Michael Valdez Moses.

Toni Morrison

Follow the steps below to find a work of literary criticism on Toni Morrison's Beloved.  Read the work and summarize the major points that the literary critic is making.  Discuss how this article enhances or modifies your understanding of the novel.  Include a properly formatted MLA citation for the article.
  • Go to SCF's library website
  • Click on Databases
  • Your login name is your
    G00 # -- your password is the last 4 numbers of your G00#.  If you cannot login, contact the library for assistance.
  • Click on LITERATURE; under LITERATURE click on JSTOR.
  • On the opening of page of JSTOR, under SEARCH THE COLLECTIONS, click on ADVANCED SEARCH.
  • In the first box type: Beloved by Toni Morrison.
  • Unclick:  Search for Items outside of JSTOR.
  • Under LIMIT TO, click: Articles
  • Click SEARCH.  You should end up with 600 some articles.
  • Choose an article that deals only with Beloved for this assignment.
Week Eleven
March 23-29


March 25 is the last day to WITHDRAW without penalty.

Watch the 1991 film Beloved  directed by
Jonathan Demme

Beloved DVD cover

Start reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Film critics loved or hated Demme's film of Beloved .  See: http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/beloved/
  • Discuss what techniques that Demme uses to capture the Magical Realist qualities of Morrison's novel.
  • Give some specific examples. 
  • Do you find his visual images of Morrison's descriptions effective or grotesque?  Why?

Kundera and Satrapi

Week Twelve
March 30-
April 5


open on ANGEL this week.

Citing Sources

by Mary Klages

Some Attributes of Post-Modern Literature

by John Lye, Brock University

Quiz 2 will cover MLA Documentation -- in text and Works Cited.  Review the 2009 MLA Guidelines as found on the Citing Sources MLA STYLE  PPT and at OWL's MLA Site.

As you are reading Kundera, look for elements of Post-Modern thought and techniques. 

  • Do you find Post-Modernist style difficult? 
  • Ask a question or two about something that puzzles you in the novel.
  • Answer a question or two posed by your classmates.
Week Thirteen
April 6-12


The Unbearable LIghtness of Being book cover

Finish reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera


Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera

Choose one of the following questions to answer:

1. Kundera insists that "the criminal regimes were made not by criminals but by enthusiasts convinced they had discovered the only road to paradise."

  • What visions or versions of paradise are presented in the novel?
  • By whom?
  • How does each vision/version of paradise affect the lives of its enthusiasts and the lives of others?


2. How would you define "the unbearable lightness of being"?

  • What kinds of beings carry the attribute of lightness?
  • How is the "lightness of being" of the novel's title presented?
  • In what ways is it "unbearable"?
  • What is the difference between "the sweet lightness of being" that Tomas enjoys in Zurich, after Tereza's return to Prague, and "the unbearable lightness of being"? 


Week Fourteen
April 13-19

Watch the 1988 film The Unbearable Lightness of Being  directed by Philip Kaufmann

The Unbearable LIghtness of Being DVD cover

Start reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Each of the major characters in The Unbearable Lightness of Being engages in artistic activity.  Discuss how Kaufmann's  film comments on how art is used to shape and frame our awareness and understanding of events. 
Week Fifteen
April 20-26

  Persepolis bookcovever

Finish reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi

  • What are the challenges presented in reading a graphic novel?
  • What are the rewards?
  • Do you think Satrapi's graphic novel format is effective in presenting the complexities of a girl growing up and coming of age in Iran under the Iranian revolutionary government?  Why or why not?
  • What did you learn about the Iranian revolution?
Week Sixteen
April 27-May 1

Critical  Essay due April 29


Watch the 2007 film Persepolis  by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Persepolis DVD cover


  • Discuss how Satrapi interweaves pop culture in her story. 
  • What is the importance of pop culture to the message of the novel/film?
  • How does the animated form of the film enhance this aspect of the story?


May 5

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Assignments   Points
16 Weekly Discussion Forum  entries posted on ANGEL : 25 points @ Each Journal entry should be 200-300 words. Journals posted after the date due will lose 10 points. 400 points
2 Quizzes on ANGEL
due March 8 and April 5
Quizzes may not be taken after the due date. 50 points
Critical  Essay
due April 29
A 2000-2500 critical essay incorporating research. 400 points
Extra Credit : 25 points @.  Reviews of cultural events up to 50 points
Final Exam on ANGEL
due May 5
150 points

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A 900 - 999 Points

B 800 - 899 Points

C 700 - 799 Points

D 650 - 699 Points

Grades for late Discussion Forum postings will be reduced by 10 points.

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