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 Makayla Bach on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 18:38
Posted by Shiqi Deng on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 18:09

Shandong is a coastal province on the Yellow Sea of China. It is known for its Taoist and Confucian heritage. During the 19th century, China became rapidly increasing exposed to Western influences. As a coastal province, Shandong had a significant effect on the connections between China and Western countries. Later during the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), Shandong was one of the first places in which the Boxer Rebellion started and became one of the centers of the uprising movement. In June 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, Shandong and North China Plain had experienced growing violence and murder for several months. After the Boxers convinced that they would not be attacked by foreign weapons anymore, they transferred the groups to Beijing with a slogan of "Support the Qing government and exterminate the foreigners.


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Posted by Shiqi Deng on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 17:23
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Posted by Ethan Marlatt on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 17:17
Posted by Crystal Webb on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 17:08

Due to the northern location of the Inuit, the isolated area makes cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women quite high. To make matters worse, the Royal Canadiam Mounted Police, or RCMP for short, are continuously called out for using systemic racism against Indigenous people. Inuit women in Nunavut state that they experience “repeated and systematic instances of unnecessary violence,” along with law enforcement having a lack of training specific to Inuit culture. Police officers in Nunavut have incited violence and discrimination against Inuit women including physical restraint and forced strip searches. The Legal Services Board of Nunavut also draws attention to “three coroner inquest into police-related deaths in Nunavut, citing that Nunavut’s rate of police-related deaths since 1999 is nine times higher than Ontario’s.” Benson Cownan, Legal Services Board of Nunavut CEO, follows up with a statement that the recommendations from those inquests have been mostly ignored....

Posted by Ethan Marlatt on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 16:57

Senate Square is a square in St. Petersburg where the Decembrist Revolt took place in 1825. In the square is the Bronze Horseman monument depicting Peter the Great on a mighty steed. Years after the Decembrist Revolution, Alexander Pushkin wrote about the Bronze Horseman. Many speculate to the point of a consensus that this poem is in fact about the Decembrist Revolt. Throughout the poem are classist undertones as well as an overarching theme of disapproval with authority. In the poem we are introduced to a man named Evgeny who desires a better life, more money, maybe even a family. The river Neva, adjacent to St. Petersburg, then overflows and floods the city. After the flood Evgeny wanders into Senate Square in front of the statue where he scolds Peter the Great for even finding the city in the first place. As he turns around he then begins to run as he feels the statue chases him. This poem is rich in symbolism that points itself toward the very ideals that inspired the...

Posted by Maggie Piercy on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 16:43

Although the women’s suffrage movement began in Seneca Falls, New York, the first woman to vote in the United States cast her ballot in Wyoming. Before officially becoming a state, the territory of Wyoming passed the Wyoming Suffrage Act of 1869 which gave women over the age of 21 the right to vote and hold office. Before joining the union, the state vied for statehood, but refused to enter the union if Wyoming women were not able to keep their rights, telling Congress “we will remain out of the Union 100 years rather than come in without the women.” Lawmakers supported women’s suffrage for varying reasons. Some wanted to bring more women into the heavily unpopulated territory and others believed that since women played an integral role in fortier life, they deserved a right to vote. There is no clear record of the debate surrounding the issue, so main motivations for the passage of the Wyoming Suffrage Act are not clear. Regardless, the act passed...

Posted by Ethan Marlatt on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 16:20
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Posted by Maggie Piercy on Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 16:07