SECTION 9 T TH 2:00 – 3:15 140 McIver Building
Instructor: Ms. Bich Minh Nguyen
Mailbox: English Department, 133 McIver
Office: 136E McIver
Office tel #: 334-5837
Office hours: T Th 11:30 – 12:30 and by appointment
Required texts, available at the campus bookstore
The Story and Its Writer (5th Edition), Ann Charters, ed.
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Sula, Toni Morrison
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
* Please be sure to get the specific editions of the books I ordered so that we can all be, quite literally, on the same page.
* I strongly recommend that you invest in a good writing handbook, such as The Bedford Handbook, or A Pocket Style Manual.
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
This course will introduce you to the art of the short story and novel. We will study and analyze texts by close-reading them, paying particular attention to language, structure, and thematic development. The readings will focus on a range of American literature. Come to class prepared to share your ideas, work with your peers, and challenge yourself. By the end of the semester you should 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.
2. Reading responses and quizzes
4. Group work: You will be working in groups to complete in-class exercises and group presentations, and to help each other understand and analyze the texts.
In general, the grade breakdown will be as follows:
Each exam: 15% each (for a total of 60%)
Participation, attendance, quizzes, reading responses: 30%
Group presentation: 10%
Deadlines will be strictly enforced. Late work will not be accepted. This course involves a great deal of in-class group work and discussion, the kind that is virtually impossible to make up outside of the class; therefore, if you miss a class you will not be able to make up that day’s in-class work. This includes exams.
You all know what this is: plagiarism is the use of someone else’s ideas or words and claiming them as your own. This includes using a source without citing it and turning in another person’s work. It also includes turning in work that you have already turned in for a different course. Plagiarism is an extremely serious matter and will result in the failure of this course as well as possible expulsion from the University.
Take care to keep the syllabus and the schedule handy, as assignments and due dates are subject to change. And don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions! Utilize the class group, come by my office hours, or write me over e-mail.