English 104-01 Bethany Perkins
Introduction to Literature Office Hrs. MW 10:00-12/ 01H Petty
Petty 214 www.uncg.edu/~bkperkin
English 104, Introduction to Literature
Responding: In this class, you will respond to the readings individually, as a class, and in smaller groups. Your first job as an individual reader is to identify those words, phrases, passages, and ideas you find interesting. This means reading with a pen or pencil in your hand so you can underline, highlight, or otherwise mark the material you want to discuss. Each of you is expected to come to class every day with a specific question or discussion topic in mind. You will sign up to lead the class on a specific day by posing questions designed to facilitate discussion. My job as your instructor is not to give you the "meaning" of the text. The secret is there is no right answer when it comes to responding to literature. There may be strong and weak arguments about what a poem or short story “means." There may even be conflicting opinions. But as long as you can support your idea with evidence from the text it's a good one. Participating in class discussion is a large part of what this class is about (and a large part of your grade). Hearing what other students have to say will expose you to ways of looking at literature you may not have thought of and broaden your understanding of the work. It is part of your job to contribute significantly to this larger conversation.
Writing: In addition
to a midterm and final exam you will be writing two formal papers and numerous
in-class responses. The papers are
designed to introduce you to the world of academic writing. You will be asked to incorporate outside sources,
use proper citation, present a clear and interesting thesis, and draw connections
between texts. It is important to note
that while we will be doing a lot of writing in this class this is not a
composition class. Therefore, if you
have not yet taken 101 it is strongly advised that you do so before taking this
class. If you have taken 101 and feel
you are not a strong writer there are several options available to you. We will hold group workshops before each
paper is due so you can get feedback from your peers. You may consult with me on an individual
basis or go to the
Student Learning Goals:
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
The Norton Introduction to Literature: Eighth Edition.
ENGLISH 104 / SPRING 2003
Paper #1 (3-5 pgs) 20% Mid-Term Exam 20%
Paper #2 (3-5 pgs) 20% Final Exam 20%
Class Participation 10% Quizzes 10%
1. You are allowed up to five absences per semester -There is no distinction between excused and unexcused absences so use them wisely.
2. Each absence beyond five will result in a deduction of one letter grade.
3. If you miss more than 7 classes you will receive a final grade of F and be removed from the course. Attendance policies are absolutely non-negotiable.
1. Tardiness - If you arrive in class after role has been called you will be marked as tardy. Three tardies count as an absence. No exceptions. If you arrive late it is your responsibility to see me after class to let me know you are here.
2. Phones and Beepers - Don't bring them to class.
3. Late Work - Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade for each day they are late. All work is due in class on the assigned date or it will be counted as late.
4. Respect for others - We will be participating in a great deal of discussion in this class everyone will not always agree. I encourage you to be frank in your evaluations and to disagree with me and each other; however, you must do so in a respectful and considerate manner.
5. Plagiarism: Plagiarism of any sort will absolutely not be tolerated and academic penalties will be pursued to the fullest extent allowable. See the University Academic Integrity Policy in your student Calendar/Handbook or at http://saf.dept.uncg.edu/studiscp/Honor.html.
6. Participation: You are expected to keep up with all reading assignments and be prepared to discuss them in class. Showing up for class is not enough. You must engage in discussion.
Spring 2003 Course Schedule
M 1/13 Introduction
W 1/15 "Plot" p.15-20.
"Happy Endings" p.20 - Margaret Atwood
F 1/17 "Sonny's Blues" p.41 - James Baldwin
M 1/20 MLK Holiday - no class
Point of View
W 1/22 "Narration and Point of View" p.66-69
"Hills Like White Elephants" p.75 - Ernest Hemingway
F 1/24 "The Cask of Amontillado" p.70 - Edgar Allan Poe
Homework: write a paragraph answering question #1 on p.100
M 1/27 "Character" p.102-107
"Why I Live at the P.O." p.107 - Eudora Welty
W 1/29 "The Story of an Hour" p.470 - Kate Chopin
F 1/31 "Setting" p.157-159
"A Southern Landscape" E-RESERVES - Elizabeth Spencer
M 2/3 "The Lady with the Dog" p.182 - Anton Chekov
Homework: write a paragraph answering question #3 on p.194
W 2/5 "Symbol" p.195-197
"Young Goodman Brown" p.198 - Nathaniel Hawthorne
F 2/7 "Everyday Use” E-RESERVE - Alice Walker
M 2/10 "A Rose for Emily" p.531- William Faulkner
W 2/12 "We all said, 'she will kill herself'" p.542 - Lawrence R. Rogers
"A Rose for 'A Rose for Emily'" p.558 - Judith Fetterly
F 2/14 Workshop Essay #1
M 2/17 "Girl" p.476 - Jamaica Kincaid
Essay #1 Due
W 2/19 "An
F 2/21 "Araby" p.462 - James Joyce
Homework: choose a passage you find interesting in the story and write a paragraph explaining why.
M 2/24 "Theme" p.223-227
"Revelation" E-RESERVE - Flannery O'Connor
W 2/26 "The Yellow Wallpaper" p.673 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
F 2/28 "The Yellow Wallpaper"
M 3/3 "The Rocking Horse Winner" p.373 - D.H. Lawrence
Homework: choose a passage you find interesting in the story and write a paragraph
W 3/5 Review for Mid-term exam
F 3/7 Mid-term Exam
M 3/10 Spring Break :)
W 3/12 Spring Break :)
F 3/14 Spring Break :)
M 3/17 "Poetry:
"How Do I Love Thee?" Elizabeth Barrett Browning p.811
"To My dear and loving husband" - Anne Bradstreet p.825
W 3/19 "The Red Wheelbarrow" & "This Is Just To Say" - William Carlos Williams p.936
F 3/21 "The Raven" - Poe p.997
M 3/24 "The
Negro Speaks of Rivers" p.1157 & "
"We Real Cool" - Gwendolyn Brooks p.881
W 3/26 "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" - Dylan Thomas p.1060
F 3/28 "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" - Adrienne Rich p.842
M 3/31 "The Flea" - John Donne p.889
"[a narrow Fellow in the Grass] - Emily Dickinson p.1003
W 4/2 No reading assignment
Homework: bring in a copy of the lyrics to your favorite song
F 4/4 No reading assignment - continue song lyric discussion in class
M 4/7 Workshop Essay #2
W 4/9 Death of a Salesman, Act I, p.1935-1967 Arthur Miller
F 4/11 No class - Conferences
M 4/14 No class - Conferences
W 4/16 No class - Conferences
F 4/18 Spring Holiday - no class
M 4/21 Death of a Salesman, Act II & Requiem, p.1967-2004
Essay #2 Due
W 4/23 Student Writing "Dream of a Salesman," Sherry Schnake p.2006-2008.
Homework: write a paragraph answering one of the questions on pgs.2004-2005
F 4/25 A Streetcar Named Desire, Scenes i-v, Tennessee Williams
M 4/28 A Streetcar Named Desire, Scenes vi-xi
W 4/30 A Streetcar Named Desire - film (1951)
F 5/2 A Streetcar Named Desire - film (1951)
M 5/5 A Streetcar Named Desire - film (1951)
T 5/6 Discussion of film/ Final Exam Review
Final Exam during scheduled exam time