EN 201 Introduction to Literature
S2J 2006 PV
Senior Adjunct Instructor
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13 March - 7 May, 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: 1. The Norton Introduction to Literature (Shorter 9th Edition), Eds. Booth, Hunter, and Mays. 2. Any complete edition of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
Additional Resources: Additional material will be provided.
Course Description: Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literary criticism. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: At the beginning of Leaves of Grass, Whitman says: "Who touches this book touches a man." Literature is a primary way in which we attempt to define and understand ourselves and so is an active, dynamic subject. Class sessions will reflect this by including lectures, discussions, video essays and dramatic presentations, readings, demonstrations using art and artifacts from world cultures, and guided commentary and analysis of the pieces we read.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Lecture/readings tests @ 10% each: 40%
Critical analysis essay: 15%
Midterm examination: 10%
Novel project: 15%
Final examination: 20%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late material may be submitted with the instructor's approval and as long as there is adequate time for proper evaluation. Barring extreme circumstances, all material must be submitted by the end of the last class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Please turn off cell 'phones or place them on "silent" mode. We will break for food about 6:40 (you are welcome to eat in the room) and again about 8:15. Please feel free to record lectures if you wish to do so.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Before class, consider these questions:
1. What is "literature" and what good does it do anyone?
2. What makes literature "great?"
3. Is America a "literary" country? (Explain your response.)
4. Besides required textbooks, what was the last book you read and what are you reading now?
Meeting - 1
Writing on the Wall: the first literature.
For next time, read Bierce, Poe, Hawthorne, and others as assigned or provided.
Meeting - 2
The Terrors of the Inscape, OR: Who Locked the T-Rex in the Cellar?
For next time, read O'Connor, Kafka, Chopin, and Hemingway (text and as provided).
Meeting - 3
Good men, bad men, misunderstood or merely bad men?
For next time, read Faulkner chapter, and poems as assigned.
Meeting - 4
Monsters, male and female.
For next time, read poems on a theme as assigned from selected lists.
Meeting - 5
Love, lust, hate, and joy: the bounds of poetry.
For next time, read poems assigned and Hemingway story. NB: Guide to paper due next time.
Test 4 &/or Reading Guide.
Meeting - 6
Running easy while in harness and having grace under pressure: what makes a good life?
For next time, complete the first half of The Old Man and the Sea and poems assigned.
Critical paper due.
Meeting - 7
Truer than if it really happened: fiction as the alembic of experience.
For next time, finish The Old Man and the Sea; NB: Final Review.
Novel project, part 1 due.*Final review.
Meeting - 8
The necessary risk.
"What went wrong?"
"Nothing... I went out too far."
Novel project, part 2 due; FINAL EXAM.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
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