Carl N. Peay
Office: McIver 136G
Office Hours: MWF 2-3:00
Purpose: This semester we will explore the role of literature in our world through a careful analysis and discussion of poetry, drama and fiction. Over the course of the semester we will read a variety of poems, several short stories, a novella and two plays. We will use literature past and present as a tool to explore aspects of our reality and reveal more about ourselves as individuals.
Expectations: Each of you is expected to be an active participant in the class, to have read the assigned texts before class, and complete papers and other assignments on time. Over the course of the semester you will write a critical essay, which you will revise and turn in for a final exam, and there will also be two exams that will test your knowledge of concepts discussed in class. Additionally, I will give unannounced quizzes from time to time on the texts to insure that you are reading the assigned materials before class.
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
Texts and Other Course Materials: Required texts for the course should be in the UNCG bookstore shortly. In an attempt to keep your book expenses to a minimum, I’m considering options such as electronic reserve and CDs. I’ll explain more on texts and other materials later.
Grading Policy: Your grade for the course will be determined by the following formula: final paper – 30%, exams – 30% (15% each), reading quizzes – 20% (dropping your lowest score), participation and attendance – 20%. If you need clarification or have questions on grading, please see me.
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Your participation is vital to the success of the class as a whole and your performance as an individual; each absence beyond four will lower your final grade by 1/3 of a letter grade, and eight or more absences will result in a failing grade. In addition, you are expected to arrive on time, fully prepared to engage in exercises and class discussions. Two late arrivals to class will be treated as one full absence. Please discuss any problems affecting your attendance with me as soon as they arise.
Plagiarism: The attempt to submit even a small portion of someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Intentional plagiarism is cause for automatic failure of the course and will be reported to the Academic Integrity office. If you have questions concerning plagiarism, see me before completing the assignment. When in doubt, cite your sources.
Finally, please be aware that I am accessible at any point during the semester to discuss your progress in the course. Feel free to stop by McIver 136G during my office hours or make an appointment at any time if you have concerns or questions or simply want to chat. I look forward to working with each or you in making this a productive and enjoyable semester.