EN 201 Introduction to Literature
S1K 2011 LA
M.A. English, B.A. History, American Studies & English
January 10th - March 6th
11:00 - 12:15 PM
Textbook: Meyer, M. The Compact Bedford Introduction to
Literature 8th edition, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-312-67729-9
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This class will be taught in
a collaborative environment. Students will be expected to work with their
peers as they engage in active reading and critical thinking. Classes
will feature discussion and in-class activities. The ability to evaluate and interpret text is
invaluable in any field of study. It is
my goal to encourage students to not only learn how to perform literary
analysis, but to see the significance of it as well.
Students will acquire:
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:
EN201 includes the following
Grading: The grading scale for EN201 maintains an “A” as
90-100%; a “B” as 80-89%, and so on. Grades will be posted in the student’s eCollege grade book.
5 points each (75 points
Essay #1 Fiction
Essay #2 Poetry
Essay #3 Drama
Core Assessment Paper
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be docked two
points for every 24 hours it is late. Work more than 5 days late will not be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Turn off all cell phones. Be
on time. Be aware of the university's policy for absences. Absences are excused for duty, unexpected
work conflicts and true illness. Students must provide a written excuse
prior to or immediately after the absence.
What is fiction? Why do we read fiction? What
should we as readers bring to a text? What does the author bring to a text? What factors influence the ‘meaning’ of a story?
The Language of Fiction
Welcome to Class
Introduction p. 1-7
Reading Fiction p. 13-19
Active Reading p. 1557-1561
Glossary p. 1619
The Tools of Fiction
Plot p. 69-78
“Killings” p. 102-115
Character and Point of View
Character p. 117-122
“Mines” p. 152-161
Point of View p. 188-193
“We Came All the Way from Cuba So You
Could Dress Like This” p. 193-203
Setting p. 162-164
“How to Tell a War Story”
“The Cask of Amontillado”
“The Invalid’s Story”
Finding meaning in Fiction
The journey of literary analysis: What does it all
Analysis and Interpretation
Essay #1 Distributed and Explained
Questions for Responsive Reading and Writing
Questions for Writing p.
Choosing a Topic p.
“The Story of the Good
Little Boy” p. 494-496
Symbolism and Theme
Symbolism p. 237-240
“The Hand” p. 240-242
Theme p. 262-265
“Love in L.A.” p. 278-281
The Theme of Deception in “Love
in L.A.” p.
Style, Tone and Irony
Style, Tone and Irony p.
“Popular Mechanics” p.
“Lusts” p. 292-298
What defines a poem? How is analyzing a poem different than analyzing a short story?
The Language of Poetry
Reading Poetry p. 569-576
Suggestions for Approaching
On the Differences between
Poetry and Prose p. 679-680
Essay #1 due by midnight via dropbox
Word Choice, Order and Tone
Word Choice and Word Order
Diction and Tone p. 635-641
Figures of Speech and
“On the Contemporary Use of
Rhyme” p. 737
Figures of Speech p.
Sounds p. 725-731
Rhyme p. 724-737
Sound and Meaning p.
Images p. 659-666
“I Died for Beauty”
“Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Finding Meaning in Poetry
Where do we find poetry today? How is poetry a conversation?
Poetry and Pop Culture
Writing about Poetry
Essay #2 distributed and discussed
Encountering Poetry: Images
in Popular Culture
Poetry in Popular Forms p.
On Hard Poetry p. 606
Writing about Poetry p.
Symbol, Allegory and Irony
Symbol, Allegory and Irony
Review Day – Fiction and
What is drama? How do you ‘read’ drama?
Drama in Written Form
Reading Drama p. 1045-1047
“Trifles” p. 1047-1057
Elements of Drama p.
“A Jury of Her Peers”
Watch Seinfeld Episode
Seinfeld p. 1071-1080
On Seinfeld as a Sitcom Moneymaker p. 1080-1081
Essay #3 distributed and discussed
Writing about Drama p.
William Shakespeare and
A Study of William
Shakespeare p. 1152-1164
Essay #2 due by midnight via the dropbox
Finding Meaning in Drama
Project distributed and discussed
Merchant of Venice Act I
Merchant of Venice Act II
Merchant of Venice Act IV and V
Project Topic Due
Writing about Literature
Critical Analysis, the Research Paper – Putting it
Reading Through a Lens
Core Assessment distributed and discussed
Critical Strategies p.
Using Park’s Library
The Literary Research Paper
Developing a Thesis p.
Essay #3 due by midnight via the dropbox
Reading Journal Due
Core Assessment due by midnight via dropbox
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