ENGLISH 104-08 TR 2:00-3:15 McIver 227
Office: 01K Petty Office Phone: 334-3294 Office Hours: TR 12:30-2:00 and by appointment
GENERAL GOALS: In this course, we will be investigating the different genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. We will study the defining characteristics of each genre, while discussing selections by a variety of authors. Establishing connections among the different works as well as with other media such as film is another important goal. My ultimate aim is to help you develop your analytical skills and also provide you with an opportunity to develop an appreciation of literature.
TEXTS: West, Nathanael. The Day of the Locust.
Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Roberts and Jacobs. Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. 2nd Compact Edition.
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS: At the completion of this course, you will be able to:
· Identify and understand varied characteristics of literature
· Apply techniques of literary analysis to texts
· Use literary study to develop skills in careful reading and clear writing
· Demonstrate understanding of the diverse social and historical contexts in which literary texts have been written and interpreted
ASSESSMENT: Test 1 (Fiction) 15% Final Exam 20%
Test 2 (Poetry) 15% Group Presentation 20%
Test 3 (Drama) 15% Daily Grade 15%
Tests: Tests will be a combination of objective and essay questions that will examine your understanding of individual works, terminology, and general thematic issues. Note: You are responsible for all of the reading assigned.
Exam: Exam will be primarily essay and will ask you to make some connections among the works we’ve read.
Group Presentation: This assignment allows you the experience of researching and putting together a group presentation on a particular novel, short story collection, collection of poems, or drama. More details will be given in class.
Daily Grade: This grade is based on your overall classroom performance, especially your class participation and performance on in-class activities (quizzes, group work, etc). Another part of the daily grade is a reading journal that you will keep during the semester. Usually at the beginning of class, I will provide you prompt for you to free-write on for 10-15 minutes. I will collect these journal entries and make comments on them. I am hoping this consistent feedback will help you prepare for the exams and provide you a chance to develop some of your ideas about the work we’re studying. Note: These will not be accepted late.
- Regular participation is expected and is critical to your success in this course. You are allowed three excused or unexcused absences. For each absence after the third, I will deduct 5% from your daily grade. If you miss more than 6 classes (that’s the equivalent of three weeks of class), you will be dropped from the course. Talk to me in advance if you anticipate missing classes.
- Make-up tests will only be given in the case of a medical or legal situation. Expect to provide documentation.
- Being late to class is disrespectful to the instructor and the rest of the class.
- All of our work is governed by the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy.
SCHEDULE: (Subject to Change. Any changes will be made in class)
T 8/20 Introduction/Expectations
Th 8/22 Chapter 2, O’Brien and Walker
T 8/27 Chapter 3, Kincaid and Whitecloud
Th 8/29 Chapter 4, Faulkner and Tan
T 9/3 Chapter 5, Bierce and Jackson
Th 9/5 Chapter 6, Ozick and Poe
T 9/10 Chapter 7, Chopin and Hemingway
Th 9/12 Chapter 8, Hawthorne
T 9/17 Chapters 9/10, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Th 9/19 Test #1
Week #6: Fiction – The Novel
T 9/24 Day of the Locust (21-67)/Discuss Group Presentations
Th 9/26 Day of the Locust (68-111)
T 10/1 Day of the Locust (112-160)
Th 10/3 Day of the Locust (161-202)
T 10/8 Chapter 11, Browning, Dickinson, Frost, Harjo
Th 10/10 Chapter 12, Graves, Robinson, Roethke, Stevens, Strand
Week #9: Poetry – Imagery, Metaphorical Language
T 10/15 Fall Break
Th 10/17 Chapters 13/14, Blake, Coleridge, Levertov, Hughes, Shakespeare (Sonnet 30), Whitman
T 10/22 Chapters 15/16, Clifton, Cummings, Hughes, Pinsky, Brooks, Collins
Th 10/24 Chapters 17/18, Arnold, Marvell, Yeats, Tennyson
T 10/29 Test #2
Th 10/31 Hamlet (Acts 1-2)
T 11/5 Hamlet (Acts 3-4)
Th 11/7 Hamlet (Act 5)
T 11/12 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Th 11/14 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Begin Film
T 11/19 Finish Film
Th 11/21 Test #3
T 11/26 Work on Group Presentations
Th 11/28 Thanksgiving
T 12/3 Group Presentations
Th 12/5 Group Presentations