EN323 Literary Modernism

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EN 323 Literary Modernism


FA 2010 HO


Lolly J. Ockerstrom, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of English


MA, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston
Certificate, Martha's Vineyard Advanced Workshops in Writing (NU)

Office Location

321 Copley

Office Hours

M 10:00 a.m. - Noon; TR 11:30 - 1:30, and by appointment



Semester Dates

16 August - 10 December 2010

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM


None, although note that this course is not an introductory course.

Credit Hours



  • Eliot, T.S., The Waste Land. Ed., Michael North. NY: Norton Critical Edition. ISBN: 0-393-97499-5
  • H.D., Selected Poems. NY: New Directions. ISBN: 10-0811210669
  • Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. 0-0312408110
  • Forster, E.M. Howards End. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. ISBN:0-312-11182-7
  • Orwell, George. The Road to Wigan Pier. NY: Harvest. ISBN: 0-15-676750-3
  • Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. NY: Vintage. ISBN: 0-679-72463-X
  • Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. Intro by Mark Hussey. NY: Harcourt (Harvest). ISBN: 10-15-603047-0

All are paperback; each ISBN should reflect this, I hope!



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Course Description:
EN323 Literary Modernism - Focuses on Literature of the first half of the twentieth century with emphasis on British and American texts and cultural/historical contexts. Intended for English majors and minors. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Reading, writing, and disputation: that's the mix for a good literature course. Modernism, in particular, presents some challenging texts. I value student involvement and have high expectations that each student will offer informed commentary, based on careful readings of assigned texts, and investigation of literary theory. While there is never one "correct" interpretation of any piece of literature, there are readings that are just plain wrong. You may have to wrestle with some texts, especially modernist texts--engage with them profoundly, syllable by syllable, word by word--in order to get it. Ambiguities present not problems, but possibilities, and that's where the fun begins. Most students love certain pieces of literature and hate others. This course will challenge you to spend time with the pieces you think you hate. In so doing, you may find stories that will surprise and probably ultimately delight you. This course is all about reading, reflection, and understanding historical and artistic developments that contributed to modernism. 
This course is not a lecture course. It is based on reading and reflection and sharing informed insights. 

Class Assessment:

  • Attendance and engagement (includes attendance; contributions to class discussion; keeping up with homework; meeting deadlines; one assigned presentation)
  • Exams, quizzes
  • Two Reflection Papers
  • Final Project (critical paper)


Attendance and engagement
Includes arriving on time with books and
assignments; thoughtful, relevant contributions
to class discussion; one assigned presentation
100 points
Exams, quizzes
No  make-ups for missed exams/quizzes
100 points
Two reflection papers
50 points each
Critical Paper
100 points
400 points

A 360-400
B 320-359
C 280-319
D 240-279
F Below 240

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • All assigned work, including rough drafts, is expected to be turned in on the due date. Penalties for late work: loss of 10 points ford the first day it is late (including non-class days). 25 points if work is 2 days late. No work will be accepted after three days.
  • All written work is to be presented at the beginning of class, typed and formatted according to instructions. Do not ask to go to a computer lab to print out your work. If you enter class late, your work will be considered late, and you will lose points.

Writing: It is understood that in an advanced English course students are proficient in the basics of writing (focus, development, organization, mechanics, including MLA documentation style). Make an appointment with the Academic Support Center if you need assistance with any of this, or if you just want to talk about plans for your paper.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to:
  • arrive in class on time prepared to participate in meaningful discussions about assigned readings
  • show respect for all others in the class by listening actively and contributing relevant, informed questions and comments that promote meaningful discussion 
  • disagreements will be undertaken in a respectful discourse and a manner appropriate to an academic environment
  • use positive body language 
  • turn off all electronic equipment, including computers, cell phones, i Pods, etc., while in class
  • students who text message in class will be counted absent for that day, and will lose 20 points. 
  • bring all required materials to class
  • follow instructions for turning in homework (use eCompanion if required; provide your own staples when needed for hard copies; print out homework prior to class) and meet deadlines
  • participate in all activities as outlined in handouts and explained verbally
  • honor guidelines relating to academic honesty and the avoidance of plagiarism
  • refrain from eating or drinking soft drinks in class--water only is allowed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK ONE:  Tues., August 17: Introductions. Short in-class essay.
Thurs., 19 August: E.M. Forster, Howards End
WEEK TWO: Tues., August 24 and Thurs., August 26: Howards End
WEEK THREE: Tues., August 31 and Thurs., Sept. 2:  Howards End
WEEK FOUR: Tues., Sept. 7:    Reflection paper # 1 due on Howards End.
Begin James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Thurs., Sept. 9: continue Portrait of the Artist
WEEK FIVE: Tues., Sept. 14 and Thurs., 16 Sept: finish Portrait of the Artist
WEEK SIX: Tues., Sept. 21 and Thurs., 23 Sept.: T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
WEEK SEVEN: Tues., Sept. 28 and Thurs., 30 Sept: The Waste Land, cont.   
Reflection Paper # 2 due Sept. 30.
WEEK EIGHT: October 5 and 7   H.D., Selected Poems and handout on Langston Hughes
               FALL BREAK OCTOBER 10-17 Have a good break!
WEEK NINE: Tues., October 19 and Thurs., Oct. 21: Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
WEEK TEN: Tues., October 26 and Thurs., Oct. 28: To the Lighthouse
WEEK ELEVEN: Tues., Nov. 2: To the Lighthouse
Thurs., 4 Nov.: In class essay on To the Lighthouse. No make up.
Begin Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas on November 4.
WEEK TWELVE: Tues., Nov. 9 and Thurs., Nov. 11: Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
WEEK THIRTEEN: Tues., Nov. 16 and Thurs., Nov. 18:   George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
Proposal for final project due.
WEEK FOURTEEN: Tues., Nov. 23: Finish The Road to Wigan Pier
Thurs., Nov. 25: (Thanksgiving Day: no class) 
WEEK FIFTEEN: Tues. Nov. 30 and Dec. 2   Review.  Final project due December 2.
WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week. December 6-10.

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 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
Do your own work. When in doubt, cite your sources.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Policy on Absences:

1-2 absences (no penalty).
3-4 absences: Final grade will be downgraded by one full letter grade (a "B" will become a "C").
5 absences: Final grade will be downgraded by 2 full letter grades (a "B" will become a "C")
6 or more absences: failure to pass the course.

NOTE: Homework is due on the due date regardless of reason for absence. It is up to the student to find out what happened in class; please check with a classmate. Please do not approach the Professor and ask, "Did I miss anything?" Even worse, do not ask: "Did I miss anything IMPORTANT?" The answer is always yes!

If you experience what you feel are extenuating circumstances, it is up to you to initiate a conversation with your professor about your situation. DO NOT DO THIS DURING CLASS TIME. Make an appointment to see your professor. Be prepared to provide documentation for absences. Keep in mind that exceptions are rarely granted for excessive absences. Note that excessive absences, regardless of reason, may negatively affect your final grade.

STUDENT ATHLETES: You are to provide written documentation from your coach for EACH athletic event that prevents you from attending class. Such documentation should be submitted PRIOR to any absence in order for you to be officially excused. You must meet all deadlines and turn in any homework prior to your departure for an athletic event. Note that excessive absences, regardless of reason, will negatively affect your grade.

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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