EN201 Introduction to Literature

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


FA 2011 HO


Atkinson, Stephen


Associate Professor, English


B.A., Wesleyan Uniuversity
Ph.D. Indiana University

Office Location

Copley 306

Office Hours

MW 2-3, TR 10-11:30 and by appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

August 15-December 13, 2011

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Michael Meyer, ed.  Literature on the Go
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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

Educational Philosophy:
Students are responsible for their own learning.  The instructor's job is to create an environment in which learning can flourish, design opportunities for learning appropriate to the discipline and the course, and contribute expertise and experience that will support the student's own work.

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:

There are three components to the course assessment, each of which counts equally.
  1. Participation.  This is a discussion course, and active, prepared engagement in the class is expected.  You can't participate in a class session you miss, and you can't contribute to discussion of material you haven't read.
    Reading Journal.  An ongoing reading journal is expected; this is a completely individual and informal running record of your response to what you're reading.  There will often be assigned topics, but you're always encouraged to add responses and ideas of your own.  For a grade of A, your journal should average at least 400 words per week.
  2. Critical Paper.  See "Core Assessment" above.

             Participation             33 %

You have to be present to participate.  A maximum of 4 absences are free (there are, in this class, no "excused            absences").  Each additional absence lowers the partcipation score by one letter grade.  In other words, each absence lowers the final grade by a third of a grade point: the difference between an A- and a B+, for instance.

             Journal                     33 %

The journal is assessed according to how much you write.  As long as the material is clearly connected to the work of the class, you can do nothing wrong (this is unedited writing).  An average over the semester of 400 words per week earns an A; an average of 300 words, a B; and so forth.

             Paper                        34 %

The paper will go through three stages: a topic proposal; at least one draft, which must be submitted (no draft, no paper); and a final version.  Assessment of the paper, based on the "core assessment rubric," will be discussed in class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Simple: do not use any electronic devices and keep them out of sight during class time.  Turn off cell phones.  If you are expecting an urgent call, tell me before the class starts, not when the phone rings, and take the call out of the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Because this is a class-driven, discussion-driven course, there is no preset schedule.  Assignments will usually be made at the end of a class for the next one.  (This of course means that if you must miss a class meeting, it's your responsibility to find out what is expected for the next class.)

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
As noted above, participation is essential.  It is the key to not only your achievement in the class, but to the success of the course as a whole.  You can miss as many as four classes, without providing any excuse, but there are no "excused absences"--not for illness, not for athletic  events, not for family or automotive emergencies.  If you anticipate absences because of other commitments, save your absences for those occasions.  If you know at the start of the semester that this policy poses a problem, talk to me DURING THE FIRST WEEK--not later.

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 .


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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