English 1102 Spring 2011
Poetry, Art, and Science in the Age of Wonder
Instructor: Dr. Crystal Lake
Class Meeting Times on T/Th: N2 12:05-1:25 D1 1:35-2:55 H2 3:05-4:25

Course Description
This course examines the cross pollination of ideas in the literature, art, and science of the Romantic period (1780 to 1840). We’ll explore the ways in which scientific discoveries inspired both poetry and art, and we will also consider how science became in and of itself an aesthetic undertaking. We’ll pay special attention to those writers, artists, and scientists who saw their work as mutually influential and who imagined themselves as pioneers in a new age of wonderment wherein a spirit of discovery coincided with a commitment to understanding and creating beauty. The course will entail reading poems by famous writers such as John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron and William Blake, as well as examining important artworks by Joseph Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and John Henry Fuseli. We’ll also explore scientific developments such as the popularization of the telescope, the hot air balloon, and botany. Throughout the semester, students will work in groups to research authors, artists, and scientists in order to author data-intensive wiki pages.

Required Textbooks
Holmes, Richard. The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science (ISBN 1400031877) (required); Course Packets Provided by Instructor and Peers

Required Software
MS Office 2007 or later and image manipulation software. We will also be using T-square to turn in assignments and access course documents, lecture notes, online resources, announcements, and grades. You are expected to learn to use this platform and check it regularly (at least once a day) for course updates.

Course Requirements
Participation: 100 points/10%
Midterm Exam:150 points/15%
Contribution to Wiki:150 points/15%
Contribution to Blog:100 points/10%
Group Wiki Page: 250 points/25% (125 point assessed individually)
Poster: 200 points/20%
Final Portfolio Exam: 50 points/5 %

For each assignment, I will give you a detailed assignment sheet that includes information on the requirements for the assignment and grading criteria. The descriptions below are just brief summaries to let you know what to expect in the course.

Participation: Participation is key in this course. You professor and your classmates are eager to hear your ideas, so please come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings; bring your books, bring your notes, bring your laptops, bring in a question or a comment about the assigned reading that you can share with me and your peers. During the first week of class, we’ll discuss strategies for making sure that your participation counts. You’ll need to do more than just be present and actively listening in class to get an A for your participation, and missing classes, showing up late, behaving disruptively, or derailing the focus of the discussions will negatively affect your participation grade.

Exams: At midterms and at finals, you will take an exam. The midterm exam will be made up of multiple choice, short answer, identification, and essay questions that test your comprehension and completion of assigned readings and your level of engagement with class discussions and the course topic. The final exam is comprised of your completion of the portfolio, a required component of all 1102 courses.

Contribution to the Wiki: Starting on week 2 of the semester, you need to make a weekly entry on our course wiki. The purpose of the course wiki is to build an online archive of primary textual and visual sources for the study of Romanticism and science and to help you refine your research skills. You are required to add one entry per week until week 14 of the semester. You may not add more than one source per week, and you may not duplicate a source added by another student in any section. On some weeks – when there is an exam or a major assignment due, for example – you are not required to add an entry. You may use these weeks to make up a week you missed, but you may still only post one source per week. Your wiki entries are due by 5pm on Thursday. Late wikis will receive no credit. The course wiki (as well as detailed instructions for how to contribute to the wiki) can be found here.

Contribution to the Blog: Once during the semester, you will write a feature article (300-500 words) on the course blog site. You will need to sign up for the week you wish to write the blog by visiting the course wiki by the end of the second week of class.

Group Wiki Pages: Near the beginning of the semester, I will place you into a peer group. In your group, you will work throughout the semester to develop a section of the wiki. Specifically, you will create an extended feature article page on our wiki that uses reliable research, student-writing, images, and primary texts to explore components of a single theme related to the course topic. Your feature article will also contain an example of data visualization. Think of this feature article as an opportunity for your group to highlight your research and writing skills and make a valuable, scholarly contribution to our archive. Your feature article will be required to have a general introduction, to cite at least ten reliable secondary sources and reference at least four artworks and four primary texts and provide critical historical, contextual information for your topic. There must be between 1500-2500 words of original writing on your page.

Poster: After reading The Age of Wonder as well as some primary texts, you will pick one poem that you’re interested in and develop a poster that explicates the poem by drawing on relevant primary sources, artworks, and scientific inventions. Your poster will need to demonstrate strong written and visual communication skills.

Portfolio: A portfolio is required for all students enrolled in English 1102 at Georgia Tech. The portfolio will require you to provide first and final drafts of a written, visual and electronic assignment, so plan accordingly to save early drafts on your computer to upload for the final. Additionally, you’ll write short reflection essays for each assignment as well as for your oral/nonverbal participation in the course. We will complete the portfolio during the scheduled final exam time.

Course Policies

Attendance: Regular attendance is crucial to your success in this class. Students have three absences to use for any reason. I do not require a doctor’s excuse or other form of documentation for these absences. You don’t even need to contact me to explain why you were absent – just be sure to check T-square and touch base with a classmate to find out what work you may have missed. You are responsible for information and materials you miss and for keeping track of your attendance record. After the third absence, your final course grade will be lowered one letter grade for each absence. So use your three absences wisely. Should a personal or medical emergency cause you to miss more than the three allowed absences, please contact the office of the Dean of Students who will notify your professors and help make arrangements for you to complete the course. Students who frequently arrive to class late (more than three late arrivals) will begin to accrue absences: one absence for every two lates. Likewise, students need to remain in the classroom for the entire class. Therefore, leaving the class early will count as a late arrival. You are expected to come to class prepared and ready to particpate. Bring your books, bring your laptops, bring your homework, and bring your energy and ideas.

Group Work: The groupwork for this course will be intensive, and you need to plan accordingly. First, make sure that you know the names, contact information (cell numbers, e-mail), and schedule of everyone in your group from early on in the semester. Keep that information at the ready. Secondly, maintain frequent contact with your group. It’s common courtesy to reply to e-mails and return phone calls, but I also recommend sending all of your group members a weekly update via e-mail that describes what work you’ve done for the final project. Thirdly, groups should avoid exclusively divying up tasks – if only one group member is responsible for a group task (for example, creating the website), the risks of incompletion increase (that group member’s computer may crash, they may suddenly get sick, or discover they have a test on a crucial due date). Make sure, in other words, that you don’t overburden individuals with group responsibilities. Finally, take responsibility for your involvement in the group project – you have to ensure that you’re included in meetings, that your input appears in design choices, and that you are part of your group. You cannot simply sit back and wait for someone in the group to contact you or ask you to do something. At the same time, however, you’ll want to avoid monopolizing your group’s project – be sure to listen to, include, and respect the ideas and contributions of your peers.

Submissions and Late Work: Your work should be submitted on time, and it should conform to the format and expectations set out in the assignment sheet. Essays, projects, presentations, online writing, and reading assignments are due at the start of class or electronically at a stated time. I recommend uploading electronic submissions to T-square at least half an hour before the time they are due. Technological difficulties, such as a failed hard drive or a disrupted internet connection, are not acceptable excuses for late work. Late work, or work submitted to me via e-mail will not receive a grade higher than a C and will not be graded or returned until the end of the semester. Exceptions to this policy will only be made to students with documentation from the Office of the Dean of Students. Unless noted in the assignment, I do not accept revisions.

Discrimination and Harassment: Georgia Tech does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. This class adheres to those guidelines. Alternative viewpoints are welcome in this classroom. However, no form of harassment or discrimination is allowed in this class. In keeping with the professional nature of this course, only professional behavior is acceptable between the instructor and the students and between students. No harassment of any kind is allowed in class including but not limited to gender, class, age, ability, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please make arrangements to meet with me soon, preferably in the first week of the semester so that we can identify an appropriate course of action. Please request that an ADAPTS staff verify your disability and specify the accommodation you will need. Information about ADAPTS can be found here.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: You are responsible for knowing and abiding by GT’s policy for academic integrity. Consult the Honor Code.

Course Schedule (subject to change)
T 1/11
Instructor out of town; no class; review syllabus on your own; sign up for wiki and blogger if possible

Week 1
Th 1/13
Introductions; Policies; Wiki Sign Up Info

T 1/18
Holmes, Prologue, Ch 1, Ch 2

Week 2
Th 1/20
Holmes, Ch 3 (Wiki Post Due)

T 1/25
Holmes, Ch 4, Ch 5

Week 3
Th 1/27
Holmes, Ch 6 (Wiki Post Due)

T 2/1
Holmes, Ch 7, 8

Week 4
Th 2/3
Holmes, Ch 9 (Wiki Post Due)

T 2/8
Course Packet 1

Week 5
Th 2/10
Holmes, Ch 10, Epilogue (Wiki Post Due)

T 2/15

Week 6
Th 2/17
MIDTERM EXAM (makeup Wiki Post Due)

T 2/22
Introduction to Poster Assignment

Week 7
Th 2/24
Course Packet 2 (botany) (Wiki Post Due)

T 3/1
Course Packet 3 (clouds and balloons)

Week 8
Th 3/3
Course Packet 4 (chemistry) (Wiki Post Due)

T 3/8
Poster Workshop

Week 9
Th 3/10
Poster Workshop (Wiki Post Due)

T 3/15
Work Day

Week 10
Th 3/17
Poster Presentations (makeup Wiki Post Due)

T 3/29
Conferences: Meet Groups 1 and 2

Week 11
Th 3/31
Conferences: Meet Groups 2 and 3 (Wiki Post Due)

T 4/5
Group 1 Assigns Readings/Leads Class

Week 12
Th 4/7
Group 2 Assigns Readings/Leads Class (Wiki Post Due)

T 4/12
Group 3 Assigns Readings/Leads Class

Week 13
Th 4/14
Group 4 Assigns Readings/Leads Class (Wiki Post Due)

T 4/19
Workshop for Wiki Page (finding scholarship)

Week 14
Th 4/21
Workshop for Wiki Page (integration) (Wiki Post Due)

T 4/26
Workshop for Wiki Page

Week 15
Th 4/28
Wiki Page Due for all Groups (makeup Wiki Post Due)

Finals Week: Meet during final exam period to complete portfolios