University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Jane Eyre / East Lynne / "The Yellow Wallpaper" & "Turned" / "The Copper Beeches" & "Thor Bridge" /
Rebecca / Wide Sargasso Sea / Jasmine / Oranges Are not the Only Fruit / The Handmaid's Tale / The Eyre Affair

Honors 104
The Narrative Imagination
Jane Eyre's Literary Daughters

Spring 2005



Instructor: Bernard Duyfhuizen
Office: Schofield Hall 138
Hours: by appointment
Phone: 715-836-4625
Email: pnotesbd@uwec.edu

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre has become a central text in the study of women's fiction because of the complex character Jane presents to readers. Jane also becomes a figure for narrative texts that explore the fine line between the conventional cultural nineteenth-century path of marriage and subjection to patriarchal codes of behavior on the one hand, and, on the other, the culturally subversive path of feminine independence. In addition, Jane Eyre presents the counter figure of Bertha Mason Rochester, the "madwoman in the attic"--a figure Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar have argued is a significant element in fictions of feminine creativity. In this course, we will explore some of the literary descendants of both Jane and Bertha to see how these figures have been re-presented by later writers. In addition we will view some of the film treatments made of some of these texts to see how altering the medium of presentation changes the narrative effect.


INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

I want this course to operate primarily through discussion based on the reading assignments with occasional lectures added to provide background on particular concepts. Honors colloquia are predicated on the pedagogy of discussion, so the burden is on you each class to be prepared to discuss your ideas and to respond to the specific section of the primary text on which we may be concentrating for that session--I am most pleased when a class pursues its own lines of inquiry without always waiting for a cue from me.


ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION

* Students will write weekly (except when your "group papers" are due) informal response papers (at least 1 page) focusing on a key passage in that day's reading to the class discussion list at 0565.hnrs.104.502@uwec.edu--access is restricted to class members only (35 points available; full credit each week depends only on writing a response and posting it before class (except for film responses)--you can say anything, but responses that provoke additional discussion [either electronic or in class] and your own contribution to electronic discussion can significantly enhance this assignment as a learning experience).

* Students will write one, short (no longer than two pages) "keyword" paper (15 points; MLA Handbook format).

* Students will write one, short (no longer than two pages) "keystone passage" paper (15 points; MLA Handbook format).

* Students will write a 6 page (1,500 words minimum) examining thematic or textual parallels between Jane Eyre to one of the Doyle or Gilman stories (stories will be assigned). Students will present 3 minute synopses of their papers to the class. (40 points; papers due electronically before the class session listed--revisions accepted by the Friday following; MLA Handbook format).

* Students will write individually a 10 page paper (2,500 words minimum) applying a thematic or critical paradigm based in Jane Eyre to the novel listed for your group. Students will present 5 minute synopses of their papers to the class. (50 points each; papers due electronically before the class session listed--revisions accepted by the Friday following; MLA Handbook format).

* Class participation--everyone in the class will be expected to express his or her ideas at every class session (45 points: mere attendance = 1; contribution to discussion = 2).

NOTE: Since part of each student's experience at UWEC entails the preparation of a "portfolio" of papers showing how the academic goals of the Baccalaureate degree have been achieved, the longer papers in Honors 104 (and possibly the Keyword/Keystone passage papers as well) may, depending on your topic and approach, demonstrate your abilities in one or more of the following goals:


ATTENDANCE & PLAGIARISM POLICY

Any absence will have some effect on your participation grade (excessive absences can lead to a failing grade); late papers will receive a reduction in grade relative to the time late. To be eligible for a passing grade in the course, all of the major papers must be completed. Any paper found to have been plagiarized will be dealt with according to the University guidelines established for academic misconduct, as published in the Student Handbook.


SCHEDULE & TEXTS

Date

Reading Assignment

Papers

1/24 Introduction & General Lecture
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë; chs. 1-10
1/31 Jane Eyre (click for e-text), Charlotte Brontë; chs. 11-26 "Keyword" paper due
2/7 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë; chs. 27-38"Keystone Passage" paper due
2/14 Film: Jane Eyre, [Location TBA]
2/21 East Lynne, Mrs. Henry Wood; chs. 1-31
2/28 East Lynne, Mrs. Henry Wood; chs 32-62
3/7 "The Yellow Wallpaper" & "Turned," Charlotte Perkins Gilman; "The Copper Beeches" & "Thor Bridge," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Parallel Paper due
3/14 Film: The Innocents (Film version of The Turn of the Screw, Henry James) [Location TBA]
3/28 Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
4/4 Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys Group A paper due
4/11 Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee Group B paper due
4/18 Oranges Are not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson Group C paper due
4/25 The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood; parts 1-9
5/2 The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood; parts 10-"Historical Notes"
5/9 The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde; chs. 1-18
5/16 The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde; chs. 19-36



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