Syllabus for Classic Romance - Winter/Spring 2013
Seven books will be read during the course in this order, and the last week will be spent on the paper. Related articles for discussion will be chosen from the Internet and the addresses posted as we go along. Dates for book discussions are listed below.
Please note that a 500 word post on each book and replies totaling 500 words for all replies to the posts of others are required. Participation in one live chat and a 4-5 page paper are optional for the class.
Each book should be read before the discussion period starts so that you can fully participate. If you are still reading during the discussion period, please post no later than the beginning of the second week so others can reply to your post. Even if you have not added your post yet you should still read and comment on the posts of others.
Dates are approximate for now: 1/21/2013 - 5/18/2013
1/21 to 2/3 Persuasion by Jane Austen (Contemporary Regency, 1818)
2/4 to 2/17 Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (Romance Suspense, 1955)
2/18 to 3/3 Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer (Regency, 1966)
3/4 to 3/17 The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (turn of the century, first romance novel to detail physical intimacy, 1972)
3/18 to 3/31 Now and Forever by Danielle Steel (contemporary, 1978)
4/1 to 4/14 Playing The Odds by Nora Roberts (contemporary category, 1985)
4/15 to 4/28 Gentle Pirate by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz) (contemporary category, 1985)
4/29 to 5/18 Open Discussion of Books, Optional Papers posted for Peer Review
5/18 Final Optional Papers due
Objective of Online Reading Courses: To read widely in one’s genre from both the classics and recent achievements.
Requirements for the course:
1. Read the seven genre romance novels.
2. Read the Internet articles assigned to go with each novel.
3. Post a 500 word discussion on the assigned book during the two-week discussion period either under the book topic. You may of course exceed 500 words. Your post is your opinion on the book, not a book report.
4. Write on average five comments of 100 words on the posts by other students, or a total of 500 words for all replies posted. You may of course exceed this. (In reality most students post on everyone’s posts.)
5. *Optional* Write a 4-5 page paper referencing at least one of the books read during the course. (See the paper suggestions and requirements at the end.)
6. *Optional* Attend at least one live chat scheduled for participants of the course.
Logon to Yuku (you will need to create an account if you do not already have one)
Go to the Public Forum and post in the I want to join the class thread
If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, email [email protected]
Under the page for the scheduled book create your own Topic for your 500 word discussion.
Read Topics posted by other students and comment on at least three of them.
Consult the forum before each discussion period for Internet articles to read.
If you have difficulty coming up with a topic for your post, consider any of these qualities that apply to any novel. Rules for good novel writing, paraphrased from Hillary Waugh’s essay. “The Mystery Versus Novel.”
1. Stories should be tied together by cause and effect.
2. The sooner main characters are on stage the better.
3. Events and concerns of the novel must grab the reader.
4. Something must happen in the characters’ struggles.
5. The story must happen in an enclosed universe.
6. The author should not wander from his or her purpose.
Optional Final Critical Paper:
The final critical paper of 4-5 pages is due at the end of the
term. You will probably have the last week to work on the paper without
any reading or posting required. The paper should make reference to at
least one of the texts from the course. More may be covered, and referring
to any critical texts is recommended (essays or others). The paper
should demonstrate close analytical reading of the texts, and any quotes should
be attributed as should any ideas drawn from other sources. The MLA Style
is to be used for footnotes and citations.
Draft papers should be posted online to the forum set up for the purpose of having other students read and comment. I suggest taking advantage of the free critiques before the paper is due.
Five items will determine if the paper "passes":
1. There is a valid thesis statement in the first few paragraphs.
2. The thesis statement is proven in the body of the paper.
3. Arguments, discussions and references are clear and valid.
4. Two of the novels studied during the reading course are cited.
5. Works are cited properly according to The MLA Handbook.
You can’t just take a stand and pick and choose evidence
from works to support your case if there is plenty of evidence in the
books or elsewhere in critical literature to counter your view. So once
you decide in your topic, make sure you check around to see if there is any
evidence against it. You may send your topic and thesis statement to me ahead
Academic Integrity Policy
Plagiarism defeats the purpose for this course. While we can do nothing more than whip you with a wet noddle, it does reflect poorly on the Seton Hill University community. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. Plagiarism means copying passages directly from the text of study guide or any other source, without quotation marks and citations. Summarize or paraphrase the information. If you paraphrase by rearranging the order of a sentence or words, then give credit for the source.
o Word-for-word copying of another person’s ideas or words
o Interspersing one’s own words within a document while, in essence, copying another’s work.
o Rewriting another’s work, yet still using the original author’s fundamental idea or theory.
o Inventing or counterfeiting sources.
o Submission of another’s work as one’s own.
Neglecting quotation marks on material that is otherwise acknowledged.
Original Work: All the work you do in this class must be original work. You may not use papers that you have previously written for other classes at either the high school or the college levels. You also may not use papers you are writing in other classes this semester for this class or the one you are writing in this class for other courses. If you have questions about a specific situation, please see me to discuss them.