English Literature II from 1800 to the Present

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 232

       Course Name: English Literature II from 1800 to the Present

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

EGL 101 or placement into 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course traces the development of British Literature from 1800 through 20th century. Content includes major writers, literary genres and cultural attitudes during Romantic, Victorian, Edwardian and Modern Periods, as well as terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Identify the distinctive characteristics of various genres (e.g. poetry, non-fiction essay, fiction, drama) in the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern eras.
  2. Explain the conventions of poetic works such as: as lyric, epic, ballad, sonnet, elegy, free verse, and dramatic monologue, etc.
  3. Interpret the formal elements of these works using appropriate terminology, such as: speaker, metaphor, symbolism, irony, tone, meter, rhyme, simile, personification, etc.
  4. Analyze works in the context of their literary, cultural, and historical backgrounds.
  5. Synthesize knowledge of genre, formal elements, and background material.
  6. Incorporate secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Weeks 1 - 4 The Romantics
Selections will be chosen from among the works of Blake, Wordsworth, Burns, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Wollstonecraft, Byron, Hazlitt, Austin, Radcliffe, and Scott.
Weeks 5 - 8 Victorians and Edwardians
Selections will be chosen from among the works of Dickens, Eliot, Trollope, E. Bronte, C. Bronte, Carlyle, Tennyson, E. B. Browning, R. Browning, Arnold, Ruskin, Meredith, D. G. Rosetti, C. Rosetti, Swinburne, Hardy, Hopkins, Wilde.
Weeks 9 - 16 The Modern Period
Selections will be chosen from among the works of Lawrence, Joyce, Shaw, Housman, Owen, O'Casey, Synge, Woolf, Forster, Conrad, Isherwood, Orwell, Huxley, Yeats, Eliot, Auden, Thomas, Behan, Lessing, Beckett, Pinter, Stoppard, Gunn, Hughes, Hill, Smith, Osborne, Wesker, Sillitoe, Green.

Selections will include poetry, drama and fiction.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be conducted through lectures, discussion, readings, and the supplementary use of other appropriate media such as films, records, etc.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Reading, writing, and testing.

A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The instructor will choose readings or an anthology of English literature; for a more detailed selection, please see the full course outline.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods include grading of student essays, quizzes, hour exams and final exams, oral reports and class participation.

Required written work:

A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each, written outside of class.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance policy

For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.