Engaging English (F20 ENGL 202-01 Purdue) Dashboard


image of surfingThis class will teach you how to surf (the Internet) and about the various ways that English studies have been transformed over the last few decades.  Starting with some basic close-reading and analysis skills (aided by annotation at COVE Studio), we will then explore how those skills have been increasingly applied to new areas of inquiry (tv, film, culture, critical theory, and politics).  Throughout, we will employ new digital tools that change the way we approach our subjects of inquiry, including Web annotation, timeline-building, gallery-building and GIS mapping.  As we proceed, we will consider the nature of English studies:  What is an English department and how does it relate to the rest of the university?  What can you do with an English degree?  Why is it necessary to fight for English in an increasingly STEM-oriented world?  

Scroll down to "Galleries, Timelines, and Maps" in order to add items to our collective map, timeline and gallery exhibit.

Our texts at COVE Studio:

William Wordsworth, "The world is too much with us" (published 1807) | William Wordsworth, "Surprised by Joy" (published 1815)

Percy Shelley, "To Wordsworth" (published 1816) and "England in 1819" (written 1819, published 1839) | Percy Shelley, "Lift not the painted veil" (published 1824)

John Keats, "If by these dull rhymes" (written 1819, published 1836)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet #22 and 32, Sonnets from the Portuguese (published 1850)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "The Sonnet" (published 1881) | Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "The Portrait" (Sonnet 10 of The House of Life; written 1869, published 1881) | Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Body's Beauty" (Sonnet 78 of The House of Life; published 1881)

Christina Rossetti, "In an Artist's Studio" (written 1856, published 1896)

Gerard Manley Hopkins, "God's Grandeur" (written 1877, published 1918) | Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring" (published 1918) | Gerard Manley Hopkins, "As kingfishers catch fire" (published 1918)

Jericho Brown, "The Tradition" (published 2015)

William Butler Yeats, "Leda and the Swan" (published 1924)

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part One (published 1902) | Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part Two (published 1902) | Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part Three (published 1902) | Click here for Cannon Schmitt's COVE Editions version of Heart of Darkness

Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (published 1958)

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Posted by Carson Opela on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 22:47
Posted by Alyssa White on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 22:42

In 1843, Isabella Baumfree became devoted Methodist and felt that God called her to leave New York City. She then changed her name to Sojourner Truth and toured the country to speak out against slavery. In 1844, she moved to Northampton, Massachusetts. This location is significant because it was home to the Northampton Association of Education and Industry. The Northampton Association...

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Posted by Makayla Bach on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 22:42
Posted by Mason Goniwicha on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 22:37
Posted by Mason Goniwicha on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 22:27

This is the location where the Slave Revolt was ended. The plantation was warned of the attack and the owner, Samuel Blunt, told his slaves that they should stay and defend the family and their plantation with the militia, or join the rebellion. They all ended up staying and defended the home and the family successfully. Lots of Nat’s supporters died before reaching the plantation and the rest were caught and killed as they arrived, but Turner ended up escaping. ...

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Posted by Mason Goniwicha on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 22:21
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Posted by Carson Opela on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 21:30
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Posted by Carson Opela on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 19:57

Charles Dickens' family was never wealthy. However, for the first ten years of his life, Charles and his siblings lived a happy life between Portsmouth and then Chatham, Kent. They were able to explore the countryside and led a simple life. However, their parents lived beyond their means, and eventually moved to Camden Town, a neighborhood in London that was quite poor.

This is where Charles Dickens' life took a very dark turn. In 1824, John Dickens, Charles' father was sent to prison for failing to pay off his debts. In order to support the family, Charles was made to leave school and work at a boot-blacking factory. His job was to label the bottles of boot-blacking liquid. He earned only six shillings a week, and worked in horrid conditions, as did many of the children in Victorian England. He was forced into this lifestyle for over a year, and these events had a profound effect on both his mental state and his future writing. Themes of children who are taken advantage of...

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Posted by Edward Mooradian on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 19:25