Office: SF 122
Phone: 2903-1111, x 3713
|Classroom: (T) AV 204 / (TH) LB301
T 3:40-4:30 / TH 1:40 - 3:30
|Attendance||Texts||Reading Journals||Grading Policy||Plagiarism|
|Welcome to the study of American and British literature! This
course will help you to develop the skills necessary for reading, analyzing,
and interpreting literature written in English; you will also develop your
listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills as we read, discuss, and
write about literature. Over the course of the semester, you will
learn some of the skills, techniques, and vocabulary necessary for reading
fiction, poetry, and drama. Also, you will learn about various literary
"periods" and the cultural context in which the literary works were written.
These are important and ambitious goals, but equally important is that
you learn to enjoy the literature we will read and discuss!! Also,
as a result of your study, you will better understand yourself and the
world around you. This term you will be expected to regularly contribute
to classroom discussions, make oral presentations, write weekly reading
journals, complete three exams, and do various other assignments related
to our readings.
As you will soon find out, this class is not typical: we will be delightfully casual as we together read and discuss a wide range of literary texts. You and your classmates will form a community of readers, writers, and speakers who will help one another. You can expect whole class and small group discussions and activities. Because of this, a friendly and comfortable environment will be important throughout this course. Don't let my use of the word “casual” confuse you, however: for a class like this to work, active and constant participation is required from everyone!
Our class will be web-assisted so that we can go beyond the walls and boundaries of the traditional classroom. By using the web, you will have access to many helpful sites about literature on the World Wide Web; you will be able to discuss freely with your classmates and me the literature that we will read for class; and you will receive specific and helpful instructions and materials that relate to the fiction, poems, and plays we will read.
|As you may have guessed already, because of our basic format, I expect you to attend every class session and to come prepared. Attendance will be taken each class throughout the term. If you miss more than three classes, your final grade for the course will be lowered. Please remember: if you are not present, you cannot participate, and participation is necessary in this class. I expect you to come on time and ready to work. Coming to class late will also lower your course grade.|
|Our basic textbook for this class is the eleventh edition of An Introduction to Literature, edited by Sylvan Barnet, Morton Berman, William Burto, and William E. Cain. We will also be reading Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. To help you understand terms and ideas related to literature, you will also need a copy of The Harper Handbook to Literature (second edition). Besides these texts, we will also have additional reading materials available either on our class website or on handouts.|
|Each week you will be expected to write a journal in which you respond to the reading assignment for that week. The journals are your chance to give your personal response and understanding of the literature we read. You may want to present your thoughts about the text, questions that you have, and the results of visiting relevant web sites (at least ONE entry). You are required to write at least three journal entries online. If you respond online to other students' online journals, you will receive credit. Late journals are not accepted.|
|SHORT STORY JOURNALS|
|1.) Reading Journals and participation (30%)
2.) Short story exam and poetry exam (20% each)
3.) Final exam (30%)
|Presenting other people's work as though it were your own is a serious
Plagiarism—whether intentional or unintentional—is not acceptable and will severely lower your grade. It is essential that you do your own work for this class.
|Introductions; reading short stories
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Exam over short stories (The exam will last from 3:30-5:30)
Poetry: Lyric and Tone
Poetry: Figurative Language
Connotation (2), Imagery, Symbol
The asterisk (*) indicates poets who have more than one poem in the poetry unit.
Review of poetry
Drama: The Man in a Case by Wendy Wasserstein
by George Bernard Shaw