Syllabus--English 252W-02 Professor Ferguson
Major American Authors Fall 2001 MWF12:00
Students will read closely and write imaginatively about selected authors from the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, whose literary contributions have helped develop modern thought. They will also be able to:
Write about different literary genres and theories
Develop an awareness of literary techniques through analysis of theme,
character, and such.
Discover historical, multi-cultural, and philosophical roots of American
Further sharpen writing skills.
Students are required to write and revise two course papers of at least 3 pages each, prepare a collection of at least ten (10) responses to ongoing course readings, and take midterm and final exams.
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol. 2. (4th ed.), 2002
Paul Lauter, et al., Eds.
The Farming of Bones (1998). Edwidge Danticat
Tentative Course Reading Schedule
Aug. 20 Introduction
22 Emily Dickinson: Selected poems (Handout)
24 Dickinson continued
29 Harriet Prescott Spofford: "Circumstance," pp. 696-704
31 Spofford continued
Sept. 3 LABOR DAY: NO CLASS
5 John Oskison: "The Problem of Old Harjo," pp. 216-221
7 Paul Laurence Dunbar: "When Malindy Sings," pp. 175-176
10 Charles W. Chesnutt: "Po
12 Chesnutt continued
14 Mark Twain: "The War Prayer," pp. 111-113
17 Twain continued ; FIRST DRAFT OF FIRST ESSAY
24 Henry James, "Daisy Miller," pp. 280-319 ; FIRST ESSAY DUE
26 James continued
28 Louisa May Alcott: "My Contraband," pp. 679-694
Oct. 1 Alcott continued; REVISION OF FIRST ESSAY DUE
3 Sarah Winnemucca: "From Life Among the Piutes," pp. 563-573
5 MIDTERM EXAM
12 Eastman continued
15 Robert Frost: "Mending Wall," pp. 1129-1130
17 T. S. Eliot: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," pp. 1363-1366
William Carlos Williams: "Danse Russe," pp. 1240
19 Eliot/Williams continued
22 Langston Hughes: "The Weary Blues," pp. 1600-1601
24 F. Scott Fitzgerald: "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, pp. 1431-1457
29 Ernest Hemingway: "Hills Like White Elephants," pp. 1494-1497
Nov. 2 Wallace Stevens: "A High-Toned Old Christian Woman," pp. 1513
5 Pietro Di Donato: "Christ in Concrete, pp. 1939-1947
7 Di Donato continued
9 John Okada: No-No Boy, pp. 2203-2213; FIRST
DRAFT OF SECOND ESSAY DUE
12 Flannery O
28 Edwidge Danticat: The Farming of Bones;
REVISION OF SECOND ESSAY DUE
30 Danticat continued
Dec. 3 Danticat continued
5 Gary Soto: "Braly Street," pp. 3072-3074; FINAL RESPONSES
TO READINGS DUE
7 Toni Morrison: "from Sula," pp. 2858-2866
10 Morrison continued; Review for final exam
14 FINAL EXAM, 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM
The course grade is determined by two 3-page essays that count for 20% each (40%); a midterm exam that counts for 20%, a collection of at least 10 responses to ongoing course readings that counts for 10%, and a final exam that counts for 30%. Students will prepare first, second (formal presentation), and third (revised) drafts of each paper. If after all these drafts, the essay receives less than "C," it must be revised; the final grade will be the highest of all drafts. While the topic of the first paper is assigned, you will select the topic of the second essay, which will be approved. All papers must have a clear thesis that addresses a specific issue such as character, organization, theme, etc.
Although responses to course readings are informal writing, they too must be clear, organized, developed and coherent. Be sure to respond to and remain focused on a specific subject that concerns you about the work rather than merely summarizing or paraphrasing either the reading or class discussions. Indeed, all such writing will receive the lowest evaluation.
ALL COURSE WORK MUST BE TURNED IN ON TIME. Late papers are dropped one whole letter grade. Make-up exams are rare, except for medical emergency, for which the student must provide written documentation. Grades are the following: A= 4.00; A-= 3.7; B+= 3.3; B= 3.00; B-= 2.7; C+= 2.3; C= 2.0; C-= 1.7; D+= 1.3; D= 1.0; D-= .7; F= 0; WF= 0
Students with more than five unexcused absences will be dropped from the class. Tardiness will not be tolerated, and the classroom door will be closed promptly at 12:00 PM. Please do not disturb the class after this time, except for emergencies.
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