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EN 317 Earlier American Literature
Wittmeyer, Lisa K.


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CourseEN 317 Earlier American Literature PV
SemesterF1J2005
FacultyWittmeyer, Lisa
Office LocationBefore, After Class & by Telephone
Daytime PhoneTo Be Announced in Class
E-Maillisa.wittmeyer@park.edu
Web Pagehttp://www.parkonline.org
Semester DatesAugust 22--October 16, 2005
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Perquisitesnone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volumes A and B, sixth edition, 2002. Nina Baym, editor. Student website: www.wwnorton.com/naal

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Study of significant American writers from the colonial period to the Civil War with attention to the historical and cultural contexts of their works.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Great literature, no matter when it was written and no matter how dated the language may seem, is worthwhile and often readily relates to our own lives. English 317 then should be an enjoyable class.  I will endeavor to make the works as clear, interesting and inspiring as possible. I see class as an opportunity for all to share. To enhance this interaction, lecture or discussion will be combined with small group activities, library and/or web explorations, videos and/or sound recordings. Since reading is a big focus of this class, we also might have quizzes or short writings to enhance comprehension.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify qualities of national character, common experience, goals, professed values, or of literary characters, settings, or themes that are American.
2. Formulate some personal paradigm by which to evaluate a literary work.
3. Write with understanding about literary themes, elements, and terms using language appropriate to the discipline of English
4.   Identify literature as an invitation to broader academic discussions and comparisons to life experience
5.   Demonstrate listening, speaking and thinking skills in a collaborative environment

Course Assessment:
Since class combines discussion with interactive activities, the assessments will reflect this. In addition to a major paper requiring writing and interpretive skills, students will complete two exams and earn credit for participation in classroom activities and discussion.

Grading:
--Two Exams:  Midterm and Final
--Classroom Activities include all in-class assignments, group projects and participation/ presentations
--Essay: This research paper must be on a work of Earlier American Literature not read in class or a comparison of what was read in class with another work as per guidelines which will be made available either in the eCompanion classroom and/or by email. We will discuss options and suggested approaches will be presented. Conference time on this project will be available.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work may be accepted based on instructor discretion though penalties may apply. No make up for the final or missed classroom activities is permitted. Late research essays may not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Basic to succeeding in this class is reading the material assigned for each class session, completing assignments on the scheduled days, attending class, and dialoguing with the instructor if any clarification is needed. All formal written assignments should be in MLA style and in 12-point font. The instructor also requests that students regularly check their Pirate (Park University) emails for information and updates important to the course and assignments. Park email can be forwarded to a personal account.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
If changes are made to the readings or due dates to accomodate an unexpected circumstance, these changes will be announced or emailed.

Week & Date--EN317Topics/AssignmentsOutcomes
Meeting - 1 on 8/25Witness Literature: The Captivity Narrative & Colonial Literature

Bartolome de Las Casas   38;"The Very Brief Relation."
Cabeza De Vaca 61-70;
the Puritans:  Mary Rowlandson "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration." 308-340; Anne Bradstreet poems 263 & 267-269
Objectives 1,2,4,5

(Objectives below relate both to class activities and submitted assignments)
Meeting - 2 on 9/1American Enlightenment---American Individualism and the American Dream

Benjamin Franklin:  "Autobiography": 538-554; 557-560; 565; 575; 588-599; "The Way to Wealth" 516-522;
"Remarks" 534 & Web Quest
Thomas Jefferson--The Declaration of Independence 728-732;
Crevecour "Letters from an American Farmer" selections  Letters III & IV & 674-675
Objectives 1,4,5
Meeting - 3 on 9/8Transcendentalism & the New American Revolution

Thoreau "Walden" selections tba & Emerson "Nature": 1106-1123; 1130-1134;  "Self-Reliance"-1160-1165; 1174
*Review for Midterm Exam
*Research Essay Overview
Objectives 1,2,3,4,5
Meeting - 4 on 9/15MIDTERM EXAM

Romanticism  & Puritan History Twice Told
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter-- read the whole story, focusing on 1358-1385; 1402-1423; 1431-1432; 1437-1442; 1447-1452; 1467-1474 end
Objectives 1,2,3
Meeting - 5 on 9/22Romanticism: The Growth of Fiction and Dark Romanticism
Discussion on Hawthorne (cont.)

Edgar Allen Poe: poems "The Raven" & "Annabel Lee" and "Sonnet To Science"
Stories: "The Cask of Amontillado"; & "Tell-Tale Heart" or another student choice if time permits
Objectives 1,2,4,5
Meeting - 6 on 9/29Romanticism & the Heroic Potential

The Literature of Social Reform & Abolition:  
Frederick Douglass 2029, "Narrative of the Life..." Read the entire narrative but focus especially on Chapters I  2039 -- VII  2059;
X 2064-2084 (additional readings may be announced)
Objectives 1,2,4,5
Meeting - 7 on 10/6American Voices:
Poetry and Song
Whitman's "Song of Myself" stanzas: 1, 6, 13, 15 and additional stanzas from group work as time permits.

Spirituals and Slave Songs on Web Quest.
 
RESEARCH ESSAY DUE
submit to lisa.wittmeyer@park.edu
Objectives 1,2,3,4,5
Meeting - 8 on 10/13Earlier American Literature in Thematic and Historical Perspective --Wrap Up
FINAL EXAM
Objectives 1,2,3

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
Documentation guidelines will be made available with the essay guidelines. Students should carefully read this information and consult with this instructor in case of questions. Plagiarism on an assignment results in a zero with no opportunity for resubmittal.

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

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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