EN319 Modern Literature

for S1E 2006

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CourseEN 319 Modern Literature PE
FacultyKeefer, Penny
Daytime Phone760-439-4745
Semester Datesjan 9 - Mar 5 1006
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time4:45 - 7:15 PM
Credit Hours3

Howe: Classics of Modern Fiction, Fifth Edition 1993
ISBN:0-15-500171-X; Pub: Heinle and Heinle.

Course Description:
A study of European literature, particularly English, of the first half of the twentieth century, considered in its historical and cultural contexts.  3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
This course focuses on the writings of some of the most influential authors from the periods 1890-1950, with an emphasis on the historical, cultural and philosophical contexts of those authors.  It is designed to produce students who have a clear understanding of, and an appreciation for, the individuals, cultures and events that produced this literature.  Students completing this course will be able to communicate their knowledge and perspective by conveying their analysis and evaluation of their readings in writing skills.

Learning Outcomes:

After the students have completed this course, they should be able to understand Modern literary works from various cultural and intellectual perspectives.  To have the students obtain a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts of reading and writing in a literature course.  To help the students create topics, develop a thesis and build an argument, organize a paper, write a first draft, revise that draft, edit it and then present a finished paper.  To articulate, in discussions and formal papers, a balanced understanding of a variety of religious, intellectual, cultural and ethnic perspectives evidenced in trends of modern literary thought.  To present the students with questions so arguments can be honed as the students discuss a work.  To provide the students with critical strategies for reading and writing and then applying this knowledge to the literature read for class.  To increase the vocabulary of each student which will help in speaking and writing.  Through literature, provide the student with self-confidence and ease in speaking before a group.

Course Assessment:
Lecture, class discussion, presentations, homework, videos, quizzes and examinations.

Completion of assigned homework and quizzes 25%
Class participation and attendance               5%
Presentation and Report 25%
Final Exam                 45%

Extra work will not be accepted for credit toward course grade, nor will the instructor make individual extra assignments for credit.  The grade you receive is the grade you have earned.  Partial credit may be awarded for answers on exams if partial understanding has been shown.

90% or better  A
80% up to 89%  B
70% up to 79%  C
60% up to 69%  D
Below 60%      F
A grade of "F" (Attendance) will be awarded to a student who has three or more unexcused absences.  Students who miss more than 3 class periods, whether excused or not, may have an assessment by the University director.  Missing a class will result in a deduction toward the Participation and Attendance portion of the final grade.  The student may withdraw from the course up through the fifth week with a grade of WP (Withdraw passing).
The students are allowed to have an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper containing their notes for the final.  Only one side of the paper will be used for notes.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course materials will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class begins on time.  It is the responsibility of the student to be on time.
Being consistently late to class can deduct points from attendance.
Showing up for the last 15 minutes to 30 minutes of class will not be considered as being present for that class.
All cell phones will be turned off and put away.
The material to be covered in class must be read before the next class.
Completion of all assigned homework is required and homework is to be turned in at each class.
Students should participate in class discussions.
Satisfactory completion of the midterm and final is required.
An oral presentation with an 8-page report is required.
Other readings or class assignments as specified may be assigned.
All homework/reports must be typed in a 10-pitch courier or 12 pitch Arial and double spaced. Handwritten papers are not acceptable.
Appearance and format will count toward grade.
Grammatical and spelling accuracy is absolutely necessary and will be graded.
Students are expected to take class notes.
The students are responsible for all information in the text, all information given in the classroom and all information in the videos.
Students are expected to attend each scheduled class.  Regardless of cause, when a student is absent he/she is responsible for all material covered during that class period.  The student will obtain the information given in the missed class from other students in that class. The student is subject to appropriate consequences.  A student who must miss a scheduled class may be granted an excused absence at the discretion of the instructor.  All students must bring in a written confirmation why a class was missed.
Class participation is expected. It will be graded and be part of the final grade.  Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Roll will be checked once at each class meeting.  The instructor must be notified if the student is unable to attend a class before the class.   Classes missed for legitimate reasons will be excused, however, no more than eight hours of class time may be missed for any reason.  Students should be prepared for quizzes at the beginning of each class. Students may anticipate spending 1-5 hours of study outside the classroom for each classroom instruction.
If the majority of students are unable to attend a scheduled class period due to commitments by the military, or if a special event occurs which will interrupt a class period, other arrangements will be made.
Deviations from above will be handled based on individual situations, but the outcome will be determined by the general policies and guidelines of Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Date Assignment
Session 1
9 Jan Introduction to Modern Literature
Session 2
11 Jan Introduction to Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych Pp. 129-184

Session 3   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
16 Jan Discussion of Tolstoy and Homework
               Homework – Crane, The Blue Hotel Pp. 187-225

Session 4
18 Jan Discuss Crane
Homework – Crane, The Open Boat

Session 5
23 Jan Discussion of Crane Homework
Homework – Joyce, The Dead Pp. 351-391

Session 6
25 Jan Discussion of Joyce
Homework – Kafka, The Metamorphosis        Pp. 283-339

Session 7
30 Jan Discussion of Kafka Homework
Homework–Baldwin, Sonny's Blues Pp. 447-484

Session 8  
1 Feb Discussion of Baldwin
Homework – Cather, My Mortal Enemy
               Pp. 395-443

Session 9
6 Feb Discussion of Cather Homework
Homework – O'Connor, The Displaced Person        Pp. 487-537

Session 10
8 Feb Discussion of O'Connor
Homework – O'Connor, Good Country People

Session 11
13 Feb Discussion of O'Connor homework
Homework – Marquez, No One Writes to the
Colonel Pp. 637-693

Session 12
15 Feb Discussion of Marquez
Homework – Conrad, The Secret Sharer        Pp. 229-280

Session 13 Presidents' Day
20 Feb Discussion of Conrad homework
Homework – McPherson, A Solo Song: For Doc        Pp. 607-633

Session 14
22 Feb Discussion of McPherson

Session 15
27 Feb Final

Session 16
1  Mar Presentations

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 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

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:

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