EN 201 Introduction to Literature
FA 2010 HO
Associate Professor of English
M.F.A., Creative Writing-Fiction, University of IowaB.A., English, University of Kansas
MWF 10-12; TR 1-2
8/16 to 12/10
11:35 - 12:50 PM
Gardner, Janet, et al, eds. Literature: A Portable Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's; 2009.
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (any edition works).
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I believe that the practice of literature--its creation, study, and enjoyment--is just about the most significant and ennobling activity that humans engage in. Literature has been a keystone of virtually every civilization in history, and the focused study of the subject can make you a more empathetic, considerate, and reflective person. It can also provide you with sharpened writing, reading, and critical thinking skills. In short, there's no downside to studying literature, especially when you consider that, for all the elevated language we use in speaking about it, one of its main purposes is to entertain people.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
You will be assessed based on your performance in the following areas:
1. Participation--Active involvement in class discussion, regular attendance
and punctuality, consistent preparation, and general engagement with the course
will be expected.
2. Short Writing Assignments and Quizzes--Students will occasionally be asked to write responses to
prompts about the reading assignments. These may take the form either of short
take-home essays or unannounced in-class quizzes.
3. Group Presentation Project--During the drama section of the course, students will be put
into groups to prepare a presentation to the class. Barring extreme
circumstances, each member of the group will receive the same grade.
4. Critical Paper--This is discussed under "Core Assessment," and we'll discuss it further in class.
1. Participation 200
2. Short Assignments and Quizzes 300 points (10 total, each worth 30 points)
3. Group Presentation 200
4. Critical Essay 300
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Quizzes: These cannot be
made up. If you miss a class during which a quiz is given, you get a
zero on the quiz. If you have an excused absence, the quiz will simply be
removed from the record, so you’ll be evaluated on 170 points rather than 200.
Assignments: If you are going to miss a class during which a short writing
assignment is due, you have the option of turning the assignment in ahead of
time. To do this, you must turn in a hard copy (no e-mailed assignments) either
to me or my mailbox at least two hours before class. If you don’t do this, you
can still get some points for the assignment by bringing a hard copy to the
class period following your absence. Your score, however, will be cut in half—a
paper that would have earned a 94 will get a 47. No work will be accepted later
There are three phases of the critical essay, and for the first two phases (the
draft proposal and the first draft), you may turn in your work ahead of time
for full credit, the way you can for short writing assignments. You can
also get half credit for late work, again following the same policy as for
short assignments. However, for the third phase—the final draft of the critical
essay—you must be present in class; no critical essays will be accepted early
Excused absences will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
They are rare, however, and usually involve things like hospital stays,
funerals, et cetera, and they require documentation and advanced notice when
A final word on this: The course outline is not
infallible—in fact, it’s likely to be outdated pretty early in the semester.
Therefore, when you miss a class, you have to find out how you should prepare
for the next class. This can mean e-mailing me with questions. If you do this,
you should keep the tone respectful—remember, you’re asking for a favor, not
receiving a birthright. You should also not ask for much—I don’t have the time
to give you a run-down of what we discussed in your absence; for that, you’ll
need to borrow notes from a classmate. Finally, you need to give me at least 24
hours to respond to your message.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Please do not bring food into the classroom.
2. If you carry an electronic device with you, please turn
it off before you enter the classroom (excepting, of course, devices that are
necessary for health or disability reasons). This includes laptop computers,
ipods, cell phones, pretty much anything that has a battery. If you have to
have your phone on because you’re expecting a call, please let me know ahead of
3. Please raise your hand if you want to speak—we don’t want
things to be too formal, but we need to keep the discussion organized.
4. Please do not do other work when you’re in our class—you
may think you’re being surreptitious, but it’s pretty noticeable and
distracting when a student keeps looking at an algebra textbook in her lap when
the rest of us are talking about literature.
5. In general, exhibit respect for the material, your classmates, your university, and your instructor.
I consider these general guidelines for appropriate
behavior, and hopefully you’ll feel obliged to follow them simply because you're mature, considerate people. However, violations of any of these will also result in
the loss of participation points.
This is a rough outline of what we’ll be doing throughout
the semester. It is very likely to change, depending on the pace we establish,
so don’t refer to it as the ultimately authority regarding what to read or
bring to class.
Week One: Introduction to the subject, opening discussions
Week Two: Begin Drama Section; Oedipus Rex
Week Three: Continue Oedipus
Rex; begin Shakespeare groups
Week Four: Shakespeare groups, presentations
Week Five: Trifles
Week Six: Begin Poetry Section
Week Seven: Poetry
Week Eight: Poetry
Week Nine: Poetry
Week Ten: Begin Fiction Section; Hawthorne, Poe, Chopin, Bierce, Chekhov
Week Eleven: Fiction; Joyce, Faulkner, Wright, O’Connor,
Week Twelve: Fiction; Carver, O’Brien, Moore, Wicomb
Week Thirteen: Remains
of the Day
Week Fourteen: Remains
of the Day
Week Fifteen: Critical Essay discussions, wrap-up
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96You can miss two class periods without having your participation grade affected. After that, each absence will take twenty points off your total participation grade (out of a possible two hundred points). Once you miss your seventh class, you are no longer eligible to pass, regardless of your point totals in other areas.
Excused absences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. They are rare, however, and usually involve things like hospital stays, funerals, et cetera, and they require documentation and advanced notice when possible.
When you miss a class, you have to find out how you should prepare for the next class, and you shouldn't rely on the course outline (which will probably change). If you choose to e-mail me with questions about how to prepare, please keep the tone respectful; remember, you're asking for a favor, not receiving a birthright. You should also not ask for much—I don't have the time to give you a run-down of what we discussed in your absence; for that, you'll need to borrow notes from a classmate. Finally, you need to give me at least 24 hours to respond to your message.
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. 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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