G. MCDONALD SPRING 2003
AMERICAN REALISM AND NATURALISM
Jan. 13 Introduction
15 James, The Portrait of a Lady
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
22-29 continue Portrait
Feb. 3 Jewett, “A White Heron,” “Miss Tempy’s Watchers”
5 Freeman, “The Revolt of ‘Mother’”
Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
10 Chopin, “Désirée’s Baby”; Wynne, “The Little Room”
12-24 Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware
26 Bierce “An Occurrence at
March 3 James, “The Real Thing”
5 James, “The Beast in the Jungle”
10-12 SPRING BREAK
17-24 Norris, McTeague
26 Crane, “The Blue Hotel,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky”
31 Crane, “The Men in the Storm,” “The Open Boat”
April 2 Crane, “An Experiment in Misery”
Dreiser, “Curious Shifts of the Poor”
7-16 Dreiser, Sister Carrie
21-23 Free Days: reports, film, other
28-30 Wharton, The House of Mirth
May 5 Complete Wharton
7 READING DAY
FINAL EXAMINATION: MONDAY, 12 MAY, .
REQUIRED TEXTS: All short stories may be found in The Portable American Realism Reader. Preferred texts for the novels listed above are in the bookstore under my name and this course number.
OFFICE HOURS: MW 8-9; 1-2 in McIver 124. Voice mail: 4-5650
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS: At the completion of this course, students will be able to
and understand varied characteristics of late 19th and early 20th
century realist and naturalist fiction in
$ define in a skillful and discriminating way the various techniques and subjects of these “schools” of writing
$ apply techniques of literary analysis
$ use literary study to develop skills in careful reading and clear writing
$ employ a variety of critical approaches and theories to literature
$ demonstrate understanding of the diverse social and historical contexts in which literary texts have been written and interpreted
$ conduct research in primary and secondary materials
$ write a lengthy essay in which an argument is sustained and supported
$ improve and edit their own writing
$ present an informative report to their peers
--I will always be prepared for class: I expect my students to be prepared, too.
--Consideration for others requires that you come to class on time and turn off your cell-phone.
--Students missing 3 classes will be dropped from the course unless special and serious circumstances apply. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to 1) inform me; 2) make up missed work.
--Late papers are discouraged. A late paper is automatically marked down 1/3 grade.
--Students are expected to observe the Academic Integrity Policy outlined in the Student Handbook. We will discuss proper documentation of sources in class.