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ENG 7320: Dead Girls: Course Information

An OER for Martha Nadell's ENG 7320: Dead Girls


Course Information for ENG 7320: Dead Girls

English 7320

Professor Martha Jane Nadell
Summer 2019 2314 Boylan

3 hours and conference, 3 credits 

OH:  T, Th 10-12

Course Objectives

During the class, you will

  • develop ability to understand and analyze literary texts
  • develop understanding of literature in its interdisciplinary contexts (e.g., cultural, social, historical, scientific, psychological, and political)
  • learn to appreciate literary complexity, ambiguity, and paradox
  • develop understanding of interrelation of language, culture, and society
  • be able to reason, think critically, evaluate, use evidence, and make judgments
  • be able to write clearly and imaginatively, in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • engage in civil debate


  • 7/15, 7/8:     Little Women
    • Angela Estes & Kathleen Lant, “Dismembering the Text: The Horror of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women”
    • Presentation: Ashley, Caitlin, Rahima
  • 7/22: Daisy Miller
    • Lisa Johnson, “Daisy Miller: Cowboy Feminist”
    • Presentation: Adrianna, Ashley, Jonharys, Nagi
  • 7/25: Maggie
    • Robert M. Meyers, “Crane’s City: An Ecocritical Reading of Maggie
    • Presentation: Jason, Jon, Kemp, Mike
  • 7/29: The Yellow Wallpaper
    • Barbara Hochman, “The Reading Habit and “The Yellow Wallpaper”
    • Presentation: Adrianna, Alex, Chris, Nagi
  • 8/1, 8/5: Iola Leroy
    • Michael Borgstrom,” Face Value: Ambivalent Citizenship in Iola Leroy
    • Presentation (8/1): Alice, Caitlin, Chris, Jason
    • Presentation (8/5): Jon, Jonathan, Julie, Kemp
  • 8/8, 8/12: The House of Mirth
    • Wai-Chee Dimock, “Debasing Exchange: Edith Wharton’s  The House of Mirth
    • Donald Pizer, The Naturalism of Edith Wharton’s  The House of Mirth
    • Presentation (8/8):  Alex, Alice, Euradina, Kyle
    • Presentation (8/12): Jonharys, Mike, Rahima, Shereen
  • 8/15: The Awakening
    • Molly Hildebrand, “Gender, Art, and Suicide in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”
    • Winfreid Fluck, “The American Romance and The Changing Functions of the Imaginary”
    • Presentation: Euradina, Jonathan, Julie, Kyle, Shereen

Course Requirements


Each class will have required reading.  Please read the assignments critically and well, as your readings of the material will form the basis of classroom discussion.  Please bring your texts to class (you may print them out or bring a laptop or e-reader.  You may not use your phone).

Attendance and Class Participation

Missing class will negatively affect your grade.  Please be on time, as late arrivals disrupt the class.  Preparation and participation are essential for this class.  Please be prepared to discuss reading.  If you miss more than four classes, you will receive an “F” for participation.  Two latenesses count as one absence.  Class participation is worth 15 % of your grade.

Visual Material

Please submit at least three images to the student gallery on our class site.  These should be 19th – early 20th century images, related to the material we are reading.  Visual material is worth 5% of your grade.

Response Papers (on the Discussion Board)

You will post response papers (250-500 words) at least three hours before each class meeting on the class discussion board. Response papers are meant to be speculative.  Ask questions; investigate textual elements that puzzle you; use the response papers to gather feedback for your own ideas.  Response papers are worth 15 % of your grade.


Students will be responsible for two presentations during the semester.  The presentations are worth 20% of your grade.

Final project:

Please choose one of the following:

  1.  A research paper (12-15 pages), which makes an argument about one or two novels and supports that argument with evidence from at least four scholarly sources.
  2. A multi-media presentation of one of the novels.  This should include the following: historical material, visual material, scholarly material, other primary material.  It should also include a 7-9 page introductory essay that introduces the material and details the argument you are making about the novel.

The final project is worth 45% of your grade.

Bulletin Description

Bulletin Description: Intensive study in selected texts. Selection of authors varies from year to year at the discretion of the instructor. Seminars are offered as follows: 7120X [791X], area 1; 7220X [792X], area 2; 7320X [793X], area 3; 7420X [794X], area 4; 7520X [795X], area 5; 7620X [795.6X], area 6; 7720X [795.7X], area 7. With the permission of the graduate deputy, students may take a seminar in the same area twice if the topics are different.



  • Students are required to complete all of the assignments for class.
  • Writing assignments are due three hours before the beginning of our class meetings. If papers are not submitted at that time, they are considered late.
  • Students are required to maintain a portfolio of their work, including all in-class assignments and originals of all papers returned with my comments.
  • Students should keep back-up copies of papers.
  • Papers must be typed in a 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

Academic Honesty

The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.  The complete texts of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for implementing that policy can be found at this site:   If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.

Disability-Related Academic Accommodations

Note regarding Student Disability Services: In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services(CSDS).
Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the CSDS please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her as soon as possible and at an appropriate time.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria for class participation

Your class participation will be judged on the basis of your respect for class members’ comments and your attentiveness to the discussion (people who don’t like to speak frequently will not be penalized, but you should make an effort to participate).  I also expect that your participation will reflect your having done the reading for each class.