Professor Karen Weyler
English 251W-02: American Literature Survey
Office: McIver 109
Office hours: MW 1-2; F 11-12; and by appointment.
Telephone: 334-4689 Email:KAWeyler@uncg.edu Web site: http://www.uncg.edu/~kaweyler
Norton Anthology of American Literature, 5th ed. Vol. 1
Additional materials will be placed on library reserve.
Our objective in English 251 is to acquaint you with representative writings from the geographical area that would become known as the United States, from the time of European exploration through 1865. The literature of the Americas is rich and varied, and we will explore some of the history, characteristics, and issues associated with American prose and poetry by a diverse group of writers. This is a discussion-oriented class, which means that students will be expected to participate on a daily basis, by participating in small group and whole class discussions, being attentive to discussions, asking questions, recording responses on the board, and reading aloud passages from our texts.
Student Learning Goals
In this writing-intensive course, students will write frequently, both formally and informally. We will use writing as a means of exploring important questions about the development of American literature. Students will write multiple drafts of assignments; through conferences with the professor and peer editing sessions, students will receive and incorporate constructive criticism to improve their written work. By the end of the semester, students will understand the historical and cultural contexts in which pre-1865 American literature has been produced by diverse groups of people, as well as the various genres in which American have expressed themselves. By the end of the semester, students will be able to write clearly, coherently, and insightfully about pre-1865 American literature.
Course Requirements and Evaluation
You must complete and turn in all assignments on the dates that they are due in order to pass this course. The final grade for this course will be based on the following:
In-class writing 5%
On-line Reading notebook (6 brief entries) 20%
5-7 page Essay (an expansion of a notebook entry) 20%
Mid-term examination 20%
Final examination 25%
Class discussion 10%
You may choose to visit the University Writing Center (located in 101 McIver Building) for additional assistance with your writing. For more information, call 334-3125.
Office Hours and Conferences
At the beginning of the semester, I will schedule brief (10 minute) introductory conferences in my office so that we will have a chance to meet and speak individually. You are also welcome to visit my office at any point during the semester or to schedule an appointment outside of my usual office hours in order to discuss reading assignments, papers, etc.
English majors should subscribe to the departmental email list to receive information about the major. From the computer account through which you receive email, send the following message firstname.lastname@example.org: Subscribe English-l yourfirstname yourlastname (note that is a lower case L, not the numeral 1 following English
Academic Integrity Policy
I expect every student to abide by the principles of the Academic Integrity Policy, which appears in the Student Handbook. Students will need to sign the Academic Integrity Pledge on all major work. In addition, you must properly document any use of another's words, ideas, or research; unacknowledged use of someone else's thoughts is plagiarism. Please use MLA style documentation to document any sources used in written work. Work that is not properly documented will receive a zero; further penalties may be assessed according to the criteria established under the Academic Integrity Policy. If you have questions concerning documentation, please consult me.
I expect students to attend class and arrive on time. Since we will frequently use class time for discussion, your presence is important to the success of the class as a whole. Students will be allowed to make up missed work from excused absences only. Grounds for excused absence include such events as illness or death in the family. More than two unexcused absences will lower your final grade; each unexcused absence after two will lower your final grade by one-half of a letter grade. Ten or more absences, regardless of excuse, will result in a failing grade. It is your responsibility to determine what you have missed.
What Can You Expect from Your Professor?
You can expect that I will treat you as an adult, encourage your participation in this class, listen carefully to what you have to say, and challenge your thinking. You can also expect me to evaluate your work fairly and to offer constructive criticism and praise of your written work.
Please note that this syllabus is subject to change.
M Aug. 20 Course Introduction
W Aug. 22 Introduction, Literature to 1620, 1-8; Columbus, letters 11-14; Handsome Lake (handout)
F Aug. 24 Smith, 102-04; from General History 105-1134 and Description 114-17
M Aug. 27 Introduction, Early American Literature 153-57; Bradford, 164-65; from Of Plymouth Plantation 165-87; 195-99
W Aug. 29 Winthrop, 214; from "A Model of Christian Charity" 214-25
F Aug. 31 Williams, 234-35; skim Key 236-43; read "To the Town of Providence" 245-47
M Sept. 3 No Class -- Labor Day Holiday
W Sept. 5 Bradstreet, 246-47; "The Prologue" 247-48; "The Author to Her Book" 270-71; "The Flesh and the Spirit" 268-70; "Upon the Burning of Our House" 278-79; "To My Dear and Loving Husband" 272
F Sept. 7 Rowlandson, 297-98; Narrative 298-307
M Sept. 10 Rowlandson, Narrative 307-330
W Sept. 12 Mather, 373-74; from Wonders 374-79
F Sept. 14 No Class
M Sept. 17 Travel Narratives: Knight, 411-12; Journal 412-22
W Sept. 19 Byrd, 422-23; Secret Diary 423-28; History 428-39
F Sept. 21 The Great Awakening: 158; Edwards, 440-41; "Personal Narrative" 441-52; Sinners 474-85
M Sept. 24 The Age of Revolution: 157-61; Franklin, 491-92; Autobiography 523-85
W Sept. 26 Paine, 691-92; The Crisis 699-705
F Sept. 28 Jefferson, 712-13; Autobiography 712-19; Notes 720-30; Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams (library reserve)
M Oct. 1 Crevecoeur, 640-41; Letters, 641-50 and 655-59
W Oct. 3 Midterm Examination
F Oct. 5 No Class
M Oct. 8 No Class
W Oct. 10 Freneau, 806-08; poems 818-20; Wheatley, 824-25; "On Being Brought" 825; "To the Right Honorable" 827-28; letter to Occom 838-39
F Oct. 12 Native American Voices: Occom, 612-14; "Narrative" 614-19; Apess, 1045-46; An Indian's Looking Glass 1046-51; first 3 entries of on-line reading notebook need to be printed out and turned in for comments
M Oct. 15 Early Romantic Writers: Irving 934-36; "Rip Van Winkle" 936-48; "Legend" 948-69
W Oct. 17 Introduction: American literature 1820-1865, 917-31; The Culture of Reform: David Walker, Appeal (library reserve); Douglass, 1990-92; Narrative 1992-2014
F Oct. 19 Douglass, Narrative continued 2014-57
M Oct. 22 Stowe, 1642-44; from Uncle Tom's Cabin 1645-76
M Oct. 24 Stowe, from Uncle Tom's Cabin 1676-1706
F Oct. 26 Fuller, 1590-92; from Woman in the Nineteenth Century 1592-26
M Oct. 29 Emerson, 1069-72; "The American Scholar" 1101-14
W Oct. 31 Emerson, "Self-Reliance" 1126-43
F Nov. 1 Thoreau, 1749-52; "Resistance to Civil Government" 1752-67
M Nov. 5 Early Romantic Poetry: Bryant, 1038-39; "Thanatopsis" 1039-41; "To a Waterfowl" 1041-42; "The Prairies" 1042-44; Longfellow, 1449-50 "My Lost Youth" 1457-59; "The Slave's Dream" 1453-54
W Nov. 7 Later Romantic Poetry: Whitman, 2076-80; Preface 2080-94; "There Was a Child Went Forth" 2181-82; "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" 2168; Poe; "SonnetTo Science" 1483; Dickinson #185
F Nov. 9 No Class: Use this time to work on your essay
M Nov. 12 Draft Workshop
W Nov. 14 Whitman, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" 2175-81; "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" 2156-61
F Nov. 16 Paper Due in Class; Dickinson 2488-91; letters 2526-31; #s 230; 258; 285; 324; 1624; 435; 67
M Nov. 19 Dickinson #s 441; 448; 709; 1129; 465; 712; 1078; 241; 341; 49; 303
W Nov. 21 No Class
F Nov. 23 No Class
M Nov. 26 Fiction of the American Renaissance: Poe, 1480-83; "The Cask of Amontillado" 1567-72; "The Imp of the Perverse" 1563-67
W Nov. 28 Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher" 1508-1521
F Nov. 30 Hawthorne, 1220-22; "Rappacini's Daughter" 1285-1305; "The Birth-mark" 1261-73; on-line reading notebook needs to be printed out and turned in for comments
M Dec. 3 Hawthorne, "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" 1223-36
W Dec. 5 Melville, 2256-2261; "Benito Cereno" 2372-2427
F Dec. 7 Melville, "Benito Cereno" continued; "The Portent" 2428
M Dec. 10 Wrap-up, review, and course evaluations
Final Examination: Wednesday, December 12, 12:00