EN 201 Introduction to Literature
SP 2013 HO
Okerstrom, Dennis R.
Ph.D. -- English and History
10 -- 11 a.m.; 2:45 -- 4 p.m.; or by appointment
14 January -- 10 May 2013
11:00 - 11:50 AM
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing, 8th ed. Michael Meyer. ed.
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Introduction to Literature: Introduction to concepts and vocabulary involved in literary analysis. Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and evaluating literature and surveys some of the major literary concerns and movements.
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: Presentations, projects, short papers, class discussion and participation, literary analysis paper.
Grades: You decide. You'll have to work harder for a B than a C, and harder still for an A. I think there's beauty in that concept, don't you? (Please see Attendance policy for how absences will affect your final grade)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submissions are a pain for your professor and unfair to other students. Late assignments will not be accepted, except in unusual circumstances that will be determined on an individual basis.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Grown up rules apply. Civil discourse expected; don't run with scissors; don't cut in line. Oh , and about that cell phone: turn it off. Including the texting thingee. If you text in class, you will be considered absent, which is a bad thing for your final grade. If you cannot refrain from texting for 50 minutes, you might consider addiction counseling.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Below is a rough trailguide to the semester (and, since this is written on paper [and displayed on a computer screen] and not carved in stone, it is subject to occasional change):
Week One: Introduction and all that. What is literature, and why do we study it? A short history of literature.
Week Two: Guest lecturers. If we have time, we'll start on DRAMA. Read Oedipus the King, by Sophocles (p. 1102). Is Oedipus the victim of predestination, or did he just make bad choices? What are the conflicting values in this play? What is the communal experience of drama?
Week Three: Othello, by William Shakespeare (p. 1164). Does this play depict racist attitudes of the playwright, or of others in his day? How do you explain the unmitigated evil of Iago? Why is Shakespeare considered an icon of English lit when he started as a popular writer of bawdy plays?
Week Four: "Trifles," by Susan Glaspell (1048). What makes this a modern play? What elements are timeless? Who is the main character? What do we know about her, and how?
Week Five: Student Plays. Students will select a short one-act play, a scene from a longer work, or write their own original text, and stage the drama complete with some costuming and set design. You won't need to memorize any lines, as this will be reader theater. Relax and have fun.
Week Six: POETRY. Why don't poets just say what they mean, anyway. And what makes it a poem? And how am I supposed to tell a good poem from doggerel?
Weeks Seven--Ten: Various poems. Found poems. Centos. Terminology. Explication.
Week Thirteen: Read O'Connor, (367); O'Brien, (543); Faulkner, (418). Marxist literary criticism.
Week Fourteen: Read Hemingway, (165); Ellison, (243); Crane, (266); Hawthorne, (334). Filling in the gaps; Reader Response Criticism. Ambiguity. "A" papers due.
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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