Ashley Johnson, Instructor
Office: 136G McIver
Office Phone: 334-4697
MWF · 1:00-1:50 · McIver 225
“You owe reality nothing and the truth about your feelings everything.”
-- Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town
Welcome to English 104. Literature makes up a considerable amount of the written culture that informs our experience. Interpreting and coming to some understanding of literature also provides an excellent metal proving ground for developing and applying skills of organized and penetrating thinking that you will be asked to perform in any class you take, as well as outside of class in the real world. In a class such as this the notion of a right or wrong answer, aside from basic facts, is a bit different; it is not about the goal of the correct interpretation, it’s about the process of coming to an interpretation. In your class participation and written work, therefore, you are graded on displaying this process; a well-constructed and well-considered argument displays this process. What something means then will be a function of your interpretation, the context of the work, and whatever we can bring to that work.
This is a course where you will need to be an active participant. It is my goal to hear from each of you during each class period as we discuss ideas about our readings. You will frequently work in small groups and may occasionally present to the class in groups or individually.
Writing and evaluating arguments
Communicating clearly and effectively
Evaluating and using relevant information
Understanding aims and methods of intellectual discourse
Evaluating different viewpoints
The Bedford Introduction to Literature
Two Novels (to be announced)
Articles on E-Reserve
Because this class is centered on in-class discussion, group work, and in-class writing, attendance is required. Missing more than two classes, being late for more than two classes, or leaving early for more than two classes for ANY reason will lower your participation grade dramatically. If you miss more than six classes, for any reason, you will not pass the course. Being late is not acceptable; you will lose points if you are late for class.
Using someone else’s ideas or words as your own on any assignment is plagiarism. It is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy as defined in the student handbook (pg. 213) or at www.uncg.edu/saf/studiscp/Honor.html and will be treated as such. If you are concerned about inadvertently violating this policy, please see me before completing the assignment. For further clarification read pg. 102 in Writing Matters.
Respect for others is expected. Any behavior that distracts (eating, talking, while others are talking, etc.) or is disrespectful (personal attacks, etc.) is unacceptable. Students may be asked to leave the classroom if they choose to act in such a way. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off during class time. You can be reached during class at the department phone number (334-5311) in case of an emergency.
You will be required to write a one to one and half page reader response journal entry for each and every reading. These will be collected every class unless otherwise specified and receive a check plus, check or check minus. Those entries that receive a check minus must be revised. All entries will be collected at the end of the year for a final journal grade.
20% Daily Reading Responses/Final Journal
50% Take Home Essay Tests (4 essays – 2-3 pages, one for each genre)
Late work is not accepted.
If you have a disability that could affect your performance in this course or for which you need accommodation, please contact me and/or the office of Disability Services at 334-5440.
The Writing Center is located in 101 McIver. It is open Monday-Thursday 9:00-8:00 and Friday 9:00-3:00. You may make an appointment by calling 334-3125. The Writing Center is very valuable resource for your writing in this class and for your other classes.
Use the following format for all drafts of essays: Double-space, 1” margins all around, and 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Each page should have the writer’ s last name and page number in the upper right corner.
2002: English 104.09 Calendar (subject
Fall 2002: English 104.09 Calendar
(subject to change)
8/19 – Introduction/Syllabus
8/21 – Reading Poetry BIL 671-691, 708-714, Terms Handout w/ A Garden in Kentucky
8/23 – Words BIL 715-722, Those Winter Sundays 672, My Papa’s Waltz 880, Daddy 1177
8/26 – A Late Aubade 731, Sex Without Love 739-740, A Decadent’s Lyric 739
8/28 – Images BIL 752-760, The Fish 682-684, Root Cellar 757
8/30 – In a Station at the Metro 773, Deer Among Cattle 767, First Party at Ken Kesey’s with Hell’s
9/2 – NO CLASS
9/4 – Figures of Speech BIL 775-786, John and Mary 796, Blue Spruce 798, Love Calls Us to the
Things of this World 1188-1119, Africa 1145
9/6 – Sounds BIL 832-843, The Trains 850
9/9 – Frost BIL 995-1003, Mending Wall 1004, After Apple Picking 1008,“Out, Out-“ 1012, Fire
and Ice 1015, Design 1018, Home Burial 1005-1008
9/11 – Hughes BIL 1032-1037, Dance Africaine 1040, Jazzonia 1041-1042, Dream Boogie 1052,
Harlem 1053, Democracy 1054
9/13 – James Dickey, Handout
9/16 – Sharon Olds, Handout
9/18 – Richard Hugo, Handout
9/20 – Poetry Final Due. William Mathews, Handout. No Journal Due.
9/23 – Reading Fiction BIL II-22, 43-44
9/25 – Setting BIL 150-152, Soldier’s Home 152-157, Nebraska 160-163
9/27 – Theme BIL 247-250, Miss Brill 259-262, Eveline524-527
9/30 – Plot BIL 64-66, The Flowers 73-74, A Rose for Emily 75-81
10/2 – Character BIL 99-100, Enough 144-149, A & P 606-610
10/4 – Symbolism BIL 220-222, The Secret Lion 223-227, Battle Royal 231-240
10/7 – Tone BIL 282-285, Love in L.A. 263-265, Popular Mechanics 286-287.
10/9 – Points of View BIL 173-174, Gish Jen 178-186, New York Day Woman 216-220
10/11 – Fiction Final Due. BIL 381-382, Good Country People 395-409. No Journal Due.
10/14 – NO CLASS – Fall Break