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EN 201 Introduction to Literature
Hartley, Harrison


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EN 201 Introduction to Literature

Semester

S2J 2006 PV

Faculty

Hartley, Harrison

Title

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.A.
B.S.Ed.
M.A.

Office Location

The room assigned for class or by other arrangement.

Office Hours

Before and after class and as arranged.

Daytime Phone

(816) 279-8100; leave a message.

E-Mail

Harrison.Hartley@park.edu

harrisonhartley@wildmail.com (Use for fastest response.)

Semester Dates

13 March - 7 May, 2006

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


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

  1. 1. At a minimum, those who successfully complete this course will be able to define literature and explain its social and personal benefits,
  2. 2. Identify and describe the basic genres,
  3. 3. Explain the functions and uses of fiction and non-fiction,
  4. 4. Recognize and defend personal interpretations of metaphor and symbol,
  5. 5. Describe and explain the functions of the elements of prose and identify the major types of poetry,
  6. 6. Identify and isolate the elements of dramatic structure,
  7. 7. Apply the basic principles of literary criticism to specific pieces and explain the purpose of criticism with reference to the major schools,
  8. 8. Defend the personal evaluation of a variety of works for worth, meaning, and effectiveness with arguments based on accepted critical principles.
Class Assessment:
There will be four lecture/readings tests, a critical essay, a novel project, and cumulative midterm and final examinations with both subjective and objective questions.

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?

Class Dates

Class Topics

Assignments

Tests

Meeting - 1
16 March

Writing on the Wall: the first literature.

For next time, read Bierce, Poe, Hawthorne, and others as assigned or provided.

Test 1.

Meeting - 2
23 March

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).

Test 2.

Meeting - 3
30 March

Good men, bad men, misunderstood or merely bad men?

For next time, read Faulkner chapter, and poems as assigned.

Test 3.
*Midterm review.

Meeting - 4
6 April

Monsters, male and female.

For next time, read poems on a theme as assigned from selected lists.

Midterm Examination

Meeting - 5
13 April

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
20 April

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
27 April

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
4 May

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

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism is stealing and carries the same penalties.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Call the instructor as soon as possible after an absence (before, if you expect to be gone) in order to arrange for make-up work and to have the absence registered as excused. If you must come late, please do! (Better late than not at all!)

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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