EN201 Introduction to Literature

for S1H 2013

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EN 201 Introduction to Literature


S1H 2013 BU


Brown, Celia A.


Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


College of William and Mary - BA English Literature 1968
American University - MA American

Office Location


Office Hours

before and after class

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours


Meyer, Michael. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, 8th ed. 

Bedford/St.Martin's.2009. ISBN-10-312-67729-4

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Course Description:
EN201 Introduction to Literature (LE) : 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 students learn best in an environment that encourages critical thinking and which challenges long held belief.  Class format includes readings, lectures, dialogues, quizzes, examinations, writings etc. Literature is often the best window to a culture's past, present and future and provides an opportunity to immerse the reader in experiences comparable to, and far outside, their own.

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:
Individual Presentation 10%

Writing Assignments (3) 30%
3 short tests  (3) 30%
Research Paper(core assessment) 25%
Class Participation 05%

total 1,000 points

Individual Presentation 100 pts
Writing assignments (3) 300 pts
3 tests (3) 300 pts
Research paper/core 250 pts
Class participation
________  50 pts______
                             1,000 pts

Class participation can affect 5%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
There will be a 10 point deduction for each day a paper is late without prior approval of instructor. Even with prior approval, some situations may involve penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves with proper decorum and respect for differing opinions, experiences, and comprehension level.

You are expected to come to class with all the assigned readings, homework etc fully completed so that you may actively participate. Students are also encouraged to do their own outside research on any/all of the readings.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
WEEK 1: Introduction to course and to fiction, explanation of personal response papers and assigned essays

In-class reading/discussion Kate Chopin's The Story of An Hour (p.15) and Dagoberto Gilb
Love in L.A. (p. 278)

Session 2. Discussion of Plot (p. 69-70) and Character  (p. 117-122). O'Brien, How to Tell A True War Story (p.543)
DUE:  Response Paper

WEEK 2:  (Session 3. Discuss Setting (p.162-4) and Point of View )p. 188-93). Carver, A&P (p.560)
Weldon, IND AFF or Out of Love in Sarajevo (p. 172)

Session 4: Discuss Symbolism (p. 237-240) and Ellison: Battle Royal (p. 243-56)
DUE: Response Paper 

WEEK 3:  Session 5: Discuss Style, Tone and Irony )p. 283-87) Connor, A Good Man Is Hard To Find (367-377)
Carver, Popular Mechanics (p. 288-9)
In-class group work with assignment of individual presentations and review of Fiction for test

Session6: Fiction Test. Intro to Poetry: Form, rhyme, meter, vocabulary (p.569-601)

WEEK 4:  Session 7: Read/Discuss: Poetic forms (773-99); Word choice, word order and tone (622-32) Images (659-66) figures of speech (681-91)

Session8: Read/discuss Symbol, Allegory, Irony (702-12); Patterns of Rythm (752-69) Sounds (725-31)
DUE: Paper

WEEK 5: Session 9: Discuss/read: Open forms (800-17), Study of Langston Hughes (907-36) Review for poetry test

Session 10: Poetry Test: Intro to Drama:Types, movements, history, vocabulary (1043-48)

WEEK6: Session 11: Read 1045-87) Initial response to drama, analyzing context/social commentary; drama
in TV and film. Glasspell, Trifles (1047-580  and Lizer, Will and Grace 1081-870

Session 12: 1089-1101)  Shakespeare Othello  (Acts I, II) prepare to discuss

WEEK 7:   Session 13: Othello (Act III)

Session 14: Othello (Acta IV, V)

WEEK 8: Session 15: In-class presentations and exam review
Session 16: Final exam on drama and comprehension


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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 95

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".
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  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 98

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Additional Information:



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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