Instructor: Travis Mulhauser
Office Hours: Mon 10-11, Tues. 1:30-3:30, Fri. 10-11
Mailbox: McIver 133
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to develop your understanding and appreciation of literature through the reading, discussion and analysis of narrative. We will work with short stories, the novella and the novel. The focus will be on your thoughtful interpretation of these texts. This is not a lecture course! You will be required to read closely, think critically and collaborate with others in interpreting literature.
Texts: The Story and Its Writer 5th ed. by Ann Charters
Ellen Foster by Kate Gibbons
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan
Requirements: Reading Assignments
Small group and class discussions
You will not receive an official grade until the end of the semester but I will always respond to your work and let you know where you stand. Extra-credit will be available but students MUST talk with me about the assignment before completing it. No credit will be given to unauthorized projects.
All work (except in-class writing) should be typed, double-spaced, with a size 12 “times” font. 1 inch top and bottom margins and 1 inch left and right margins. Your name and the title of the assignment should go on the first line. No late work will be accepted.
You are allowed two absences. After that you lose three points off your final grade for each absence. Missed pop-quizzes and discussion points cannot be made-up. Excused absences will be evaluated but do not guarantee that points can be recovered. Perfect attendance will result in at least 10 points toward your final grade.
Students 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
At the completion of this course, the student 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
· Courses will be broad and foundational in nature; they will not assume extensive previous knowledge
· Courses will satisfy most (if not all) of these guidelines