Introduction to Literature
English 104-09 Spring 2002
Uzzie T. Cannon
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office 01 F Petty Science Building
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15-10:30 and by appointment
Phone 334-3294 (better to email me)
An undergraduate survey that introduces and explores the genres of and approaches to multicultural literature through discussion and written response. PREREQUISITE: English 101 or 102
This undergraduate survey will examine the elements of literature as they pertain specifically to fiction, poetry, drama. The class will explore the genres with the aim of understanding the stylistic patterns, cultural contexts, and major themes often prevalent in them. Using various critical approaches, we will read and analyze, through writing and discussion, both traditional and contemporary multicultural literature.
On completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Recognize the various literary genres
2. Understand the many literary elements that construct the various genres
3. Read and interpret various types of literature with specific critical approaches
4. Develop evaluative research skills, both library and online sources
5. Actively participate in group collaboration and presentations
Lecture, class discussions, group work and presentation, reader response essays, exams
Text and Materials
Kennedy and Gioia Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, 8th ed New York: Longman, 2002. Gaines, Ernest. A Gathering of Old Men. New York: Vintage, 1 992~
Book Club Novels TBD
An email address checked everyday and access to my website, www.uncg.edu/~utcannon/musings.
Book Club Presentation 15%
Response Essays 15%
Participation/ Daily Quizzes 10%
Exams--There will be three exams on each genre unit covered in this class. They may include multiple choice, short essay, identification, and so on. The exam dates are noted in bold type on the daily schedule. Each exam counts 20% of your final grade. Missed exams cannot be made up! You may take an exam ahead of time if needed.
will be 8 groups with 5 students in each. Each presentation should be no longer
than 30 minutes long. To hold everyone accountable in the group, each member
will submit a 4-5 page critical essay on the group
Response Essays--For each genre unit, you will respond to a specific work that surprises, intrigues, or disturbs you and why. On occasion I may present a question that you will respond to as well. In either case, each response must be 2-3 typed, MLA style pages.
Daily Quizzes/Participation--Quizzes will be given at random and will focus on material assigned for any particular day. They will usually consist of 10 questions that draw solely from the assigned readings. Quizzes cannot be made up! You will need to attend class regularly to ensure a good quiz grade./ I will drop the lowest quiz grade. /Everyone is expected to participate in class discussions and group work so please do your reading!
Attendance:--It is a known fact that
students do better in a class when they attend, so it goes with this class!
Please note that you are allowed THREE (3)
absences without penalty; that is it! If you are sick, a relative dies (you
will have my sympathy), or what ever, I don
Respect:--As a college student, you are now a part of a diverse group. Therefore, you must be respectful and considerate of those who do not see things the way you do. This class will involve primarily class discussion, so please have an open mind. Further, there should be no talking, steeping, or passing notes while the instructor or classmates are speaking. Please do not leave the class to smoke, talk with friends, or make unnecessary phone calls. No pagers, cell phones, or other electronics should be operated while in class. Remember, respect is a two way street. If you have any concerns surrounding these issues, I am more than happy to talk with you after class. Please note that I am at liberty to dismiss you from my class if I find your behavior offensive or inappropriate or if you are unprepared.
Writing Center:--The Writing Center is available to you (free of course) as a supplement to this writing class and other classes. You may visit the Center at anytime during the writing process. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT! It is located in 101 McIver, and its hours are M-Th, 9-8 and F, 9-3 Call for an appointment or just drop in.
Tue. Jan. 15--Introduction to the course and each other
Thurs. Jan. 17--What is Literature?
HW-Read pp738-739; 741-745;l 109-11 10
(note all bold face words)
Tue. Jan. 22--Poetry and Its Forms
HW-Read Tone, 757-758;
Thurs. Jan 24--Basic Elements of Poetry
HW Read--Imagery 832-834, 847-848(top)
Figures of Speech-855-878-Define
all bold face figures of speech-don
START RESPONSE PAPER--SEE WRITING ASSIGNMENT ON pg.900
Tue. Jan.29--Basic Elements of Poetry-part 2
HW Read-Song 879-893--Define Boldface Wordsrap, ballads(all),blues, refrain
Thurs. Jan.31 --Poetry or Music? RESPONSE ESSAY #1 DUE
HW--Read Sound 901-948(Bold Words)
Tue.Feb.5-- Poetry to the Ear
Thur.Feb.7-- Groupwork--What is Poetry?
HW-Read pp.3-39(Bold Words)
Thur.Feb.14--Intro. to Fiction--Fables, Parables, Tales
Tue.Feb.19--Short Fiction Discussion-Point of View
Thur.Feb.21 --Short Fiction Discussion-Character
Tue.Feb.26--Short Fiction Discussion-Setting
Thur.Feb.28--Short Fiction Discussion--Tone and Style
Tue.Mar.5--Short Fiction Discussion-Theme and Symbol
Thur.Mar.7--Brief Introduction to Critical Theory--HW Read--A Gathering of Old Men
Tue.Mar.19--Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men
Thur.Mar.21--Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men--RESPONSE PAPER #2 DUE
Wed. Mar.20--LAST DAY TO DROP CLASS WITHOUT PENALTY
Thurs. Mar. 28--Intro, to Drama
HW-Read-Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp.1382-1423.
Tue.Apr.2--Oedipus the King
HW-Read Shakespeare, Othello, The Moor of Venice
Thur.Apr.4--Othello, The Moor of Venice, Acts I-Il
HW-Read-Last Acts of Othello
Tue.Apr.9--Othello, The Moor of Venice, Acts V-V
RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE
Thur.Apr.25BOOK CLUB PRESENTATIONS 1 & 2
Tue.Apr.30--BOOK CLUB PRESENTATIONS 3 & 4
Thurs. May 2.--BOOK CLUB PRESENTATIONS 5 & 6
EXAM TIME--BOOK CLUB PRESENTATIONS 7 & 8