EN201 Introduction to Literature

for S2J 2009

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


S2J 2009 DN


Edwards, Gregory M.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


BA English, University of Missouri-Kansas City
MA Literature, Baker University

Office Location

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Office Hours

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Daytime Phone

Daytime (816) 833.0524 ext 4304 (CST)

Other Phone

Evenings and Weekends (816) 650.9470 (CST)



Semester Dates

3/16/2009 - 5/10/2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours



The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature Eighth Edition, ©2008
ISBN: 0-312-46959-4 ISBN 13: 978-0-312-46959-7

Please note that the text is the "Compact" Bedford, and is the "8th Edition."
A text other than the "Compact" version or the "8th edition" will not include components that are required for the course.

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A style guide featuring MLA Style, or an online source MLA Style guide would be useful but are not required. All papers are to be formatted according to MLA standards.
Textbook companion website:

To consult with the Academic Writing Center: click on the following link: http://www.park.edu/support/writing.asp

Avoid Plagiarism: click on the following link to make sure you do not commit plagiarism: http://www.park.edu/support/ethics.asp 

MLA Citation Guidelines available at: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/

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Course Description:
EN201 Introduction to Literature (GE): Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature, and surveys some of the major concerns and movements in literacy criticism. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that literature is a reflection of what it means to be human. By reading and analyzing literature, such as the works we find in our text, we can learn about ourselves (individual and collective), our past, and our potential for the future. We must keep an open mind, and we must be willing to explore the worlds that appear before us. To examine the works created by others we need companionship for dialogue and feedback, we therefore come together as a class to share in the journey.

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

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:

Handout with assignment details and due dates will be available at first class meeting 

Critical Paper: 250pts (25%)

Lecture/Discussion/In-class work: 270pts (27%)

Quizzes: 90pts (9%)

Final Exam: 150pts (15%)

Reading Responses: 240 (24%)

Total pts Possible: 1000 (100%)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will lose 10% of points awarded. Instructor may make exceptions in certain circumstances. The grades in this course are points based, so always turn in assignments and earn some points, even if late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please come prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Please do not allow cell phones or other distractions to interrupt class. Please be respectful to yourself and to others.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Subject to revision

Note: Complete Week 1 reading assignments prior to first class.

Week 1
Reading for Week 1: Introduction -  pp 1-7; Critical Thinking-The Literary Canon - pp 1533-1537; The Purpose and Value of Writing About Literature - pp 1557-1561; Chapter 1 - Reading Fiction – pp 13-25; Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” p 15
Review syllabus/course introduction and class expectations; Introduction to Literary Elements and Figurative Language; Introduction to the short story; In-class work; Readings for Week 2 will be assigned.

Week 2

Elements of Fiction; Faulkner; Hemingway; O’Brien; Oates; In-class work; Readings for Week 3 will be assigned.

Week 3
Elements of Fiction; Novel; Literary Periods; Melville, O’Connor; Hawthorne; In-class work; Readings for Week 4 will be assigned.

Week 4
Elements of Poetry; Frost; Collins; Hughes; Brooks; In-class work; Readings for Week 5 will be assigned.

Week 5
Elements of Poetry; Eliot; Cummings; Dickinson; In-class work; Readings for Week 6 will be assigned.

Week 6
Elements of Poetry; Thomas; Whitman; Alvarez; In-class work; Readings for Week 7 will be assigned.

Week 7
Elements of Drama; Ibsen; Miller; In-class work; Readings for Week 8 will be assigned.

Week 8
Elements of Drama; Williams; Wilson; Review Literature discussions; Critical paper 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
All work must be the student's own, and have been created after the first day of class.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
An absence for a scheduled class meeting will result in the loss of the "Lecture/Discussion/In-class work" points for that class meeting, regardless of whether the absence is excused on unexcused.

Disability Guidelines:
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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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