SPRING 2002 G. MCDONALD
MAJOR AMERICAN AUTHORS: REALIST TO MODERN
January 15 Introduction to the course
17B24 Clemens Huckleberry Finn
29-31 James The Turn of the Screw
February 5-12 Chopin The Awakening
14 Gilman AThe Yellow Wallpaper@
19 Selections from Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois
21 TEST I
February 26BMarch 7 Eliot The Waste Land ESSAY DUE (March 7)
March 12, 14, 19 SPRING BREAK AND INSTRUCTOR TO CONFERENCE
March 21BApril 2 Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
April 4 TEST II
9-11 O=Neill Long Day=s Journey Into Night (on film)
16 Discussion of Long Day=s Journey Into Night
REVISION OF ESSAY DUE
18-30 Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
May 2 Review TEST III ESSAY QUESTION DISTRIBUTED
7 TEST III ESSAYS DUE TO INSTRUCTOR BY NO LATER THAN NOON
TEXTS: Norton Anthology of American Literature, vol. 2, 5th edition.
The Great Gatsby
The Sound and the Fury
Specific editions of each of these books were ordered from the University bookstore and should be available for this section. Please let me know right away if you encounter any problems. Addams bookstore also has the order.
OFFICE HOURS: My office is McIver 124, phone 334-5650. My e-mail address is email@example.com. I will keep regular office hours from 3:30-4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am also happy to see you by appointment.
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS:
$ 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
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: This is a writing-intensive course. Students will keep a reading journal, making entries on a biweekly basis at minimum, until the beginning of March. I will provide Aprompts@ to get you started. Out of this more informal writing will grow one formal essay of five pages. After receiving commentary on the essay, you will revise it. In addition, there will be three in-class tests, at least part of which will be in essay-form. I expect and value regular attendance and participation and therefore reserve the right to drop a student from class if he or she is frequently absent.
BASIS FOR GRADES: Reading journal, essay, and revision 45%. Tests 45%.
Attendance and participation 10%.
$ Late work is strongly discouraged. See me in advance if you have a serious problem meeting a deadline. My normal procedure is to mark an assignment down 1/3 grade when it is late and even more if it is outrageously late.
$ Violations of the Honor Code are of course not tolerated. If you do not know what plagiarism is, read about it today in the Student Handbook. I will treat any form of cheating seriously, at minimum assigning a grade of AF@ for the work, and reserving the right to refer the case to the Honor Board for disciplinary action.
$ Please do not disrupt class by being late. I will close the door once class has begun.
$ Bring the text being studied to every class, even when it is in the cumbersome
anthology. Students without texts will be asked to leave.