EN201 Introduction to Literature

for S2QQ 2008

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


S2QQ 2008 HI


Harper, Gavin W.


Adjunct Faculty


MA, Brigham Young University, English, 1998
BA, Weber State University, English, 1994

Office Location

Bldg 383, Hill AFB

Office Hours

Before or after class, or by appt.

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

March 17th, 2008-May 11th, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

11:00-12:30, MW & 11:00-1:00, F

Credit Hours


Booth, Alison and J. Paul Hunter and Kelly J. Mays, The Norton Introduction to Literature.  9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.

Faulkner, William.  The Reivers.  New York:  Vintage International, 1962.

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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 (From catalog 2006-2007)

Educational Philosophy:
Developing an understanding of the connections between historical, cultural, and societal and literature will be one of the main focuses of this course.  As a class, we will be analyzing four main genres of literary material:  the novel, short stories, poetry, and drama.  Our studies will identify specific and varied ways of analyzing each form and genre, while developing an appreciation for the differences between the literary forms.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine a range of literary texts and discuss responses to them
  2. Categorize texts by established genres and critique genre identifications
  3. Articulate a full response to a single literary text or define and respond to a collection of texts

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop an understanding of the common analytical tools for studying literature.
  2. Develop a personal writing process in your response to specific texts.
  3. Study and analyze traditional and popular forms of literature.
Core Assessment:

The core assessment for En 201 is a critical paper consisting of 5-8 pages of original literary analysis using personal insights and primary and secondary sources. MLA documentation, including a Work Cited page, is also required. A minimum of 3 sources are required, and must include a range of types of sources, including online and traditional print sources. The core assessment must account for no less than 25 % of the final grade. 

The rubric for this assignment is included below.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
As part of your class participation grade you will be required to discuss your reading assignments within the class and participate in small group discussions about the readings. At least four times during the term, you will be presented with a reading quiz upon the day's assigned texts.  For your more polished writing, you will be required to submit two essays--the first of which will be 2-3 pages in length.  The final essay of the course will reflect the core assessment listed above--developing a literary analysis using personal insights, primary and secondary sources. (5-8 pages in length).  Also, we will be working on group presentations within each of the four major genres (5-10 minutes)--focusing upon an author, text, form, or tool that does not appear on the syllabus below, further details will be given on the specifics of this assignment within the class.

Class Participation:  150 pts.
Reading Quizzes:      50 pts. each (200 total)
Midterm Essay:        200 pts.
Final Essay:              250 pts.
Class Presentation:   200 pts.

Grading Breakdown:

1000-900 pts.         A
899-800 pts.           B
799-700 pts.           C
699-600 pts.           D
599-below              F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
During an eight week term, the deadlines for course assignments will approach rapidly.  While I will accept late work, you will be penalized by one full letter grade for each day the assignment is late.  Please take great care in meeting the deadlines for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
As there is a moderate amount of reading in a class studying literature, you should be prepared to discuss the assigned material on the day it appears on the syllabus.  In other words, you should make sure to read each selection BEFORE the day it is due.  Your discussion and participation during the class day will be expected and valued. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Date  Reading Assignments/Topics
 Due Dates
 Mar 17th
 Introduction to Class
 Mar 19th
 The Thing in the Forest, p. 35
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, p. 538
 Mar 21st
 The Cask of Amontillado, p. 127
Young Goodman Brown, p. 264
 Mar 24th
 Interpreter of Maladies, p. 325
The Open Boat, p. 385
 Mar 26th
 A Good Man is Hard to Find, p. 451
The Lost World, p. 524
 Mar 28th
 She Unnames Them, p. 549
Babylon Revisited, p. 560
 Mar 31st
 A Rose for Emily, p. 594
The Yellow Wallpaper, p. 667
 Apr 2nd
 The Garden of Forking Paths, p. 722
Scarlet Ibis, p. 757
 Apr 4th
 Apr 7th
 "When I Consider How My Light is Spent," p. 1028
 "What lips my lips have kissed," p. 1030
 "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun," p. 1034
"Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God," p. 950
 Apr 9th
 "Woodchucks," p. 843
"[in Just-]," p. 928
"Sex Without Love," p. 924
"The Red Wheelbarrow," p. 926
 Apr 11th
 "The Flea," p. 886
"Pied Beauty," p. 927
"The Raven," p. 982
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," p. 1037
 Apr 14th
 "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," p. 1094
 "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles," p. 1095
 "Ode to a Nightingale," p. 1097
 "Ode on a Grecian Urn," p. 1099
 Apr 16th
 "Kubla Khan," p. 1238
"Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey," p. 1281
"The Second Coming," p. 1288
"Leda and the Swan," p. 1289
 Apr 18th
 "My Last Duchess," p. 1076
"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," p. 1139
Responses to the Marlowe p. 1146-1148
"Because I could not stop for Death--" p. 1239
 Apr 21st
 The Reivers
 Apr 23rd
 The Reivers, cont.
 Apr 25th
 The Reivers, cont.
 Apr 28th
 Wit, p. 1500
 Apr 30th
 Wit, cont.
 May 2nd
 Wit, cont.
 May 5th
 The Importance of Being Earnest, p. 1879
 May 7th
 Earnest, cont.
 May 9th
 Earnest, cont.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides well-chosen personal and critical insights to the literatures that supports thesis. Makes adequate personal and critical statements, though sometimes strays from thesis. Provides only plot summary, biographical information. Little or no evidence of close reading of literature. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Incorporates primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style in ways that provide new insights into the literature. Incorporates some primary and secondary sources using MLA documentation style adequately, though without particularly fresh insights. Primary and secondary sources used rarely if at all and without adequate MLA documentation. Adds no coherent personal insights. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Provides convincing and innovative connections between texts through careful close reading of literature. Provides reasonable connections between texts that are obvious but nonetheless plausible. Connections between texts remain vague and undeveloped. Critique not supported by close readings. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Skillfully interweaves passages from literature and critical texts as well as strong personal statements that illustrate main point of essay. Incorporates passages from literary and critical texts as well as some personal statements to prove thesis. Rarely provides specific passages from literary or critical texts, or fails to provide coherent explanation of passages. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Employs conventions of Standard Written English with grace and style in a well organized, fully developed essay. Employs conventions of Standard Written English adequately in a reasonably well organized and developed essay. Writing shows persistent problems with the use of Standard Written English. Statements are often illogical, incomprehensible; organization and development of ideas do not support thesis. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Close Reading                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides new insight into specific passages from primary text(s). Adequately examines specific passages from primary text(s). Does not examine specific passages, or does so using vague generalities. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Provides links among a range of literary texts                                                                                                                                                                                                             
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Analysis includes full discussion of a range of literary texts. Employs generic and literary terms with ease. An attempt is made to include discussion of a range of texts with clear grasp of generic and literary terms. Paper does not address a range of texts and does not employ appropriate literary terms. Does not submit assignment or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 


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