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E316K Spring 09 Policy

E316K Spring 09 Policy - English 316K 33935-33985...

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English 316K, 33935-33985 Dr. Berry Masterworks of American Literature Calhoun 303 Spring 2009, T Th 12:30-1:45 pm Office Hrs.: MW 12 Noon-1:30 pm JES A121A [email protected] COURSE POLICY STATEMENT Course Texts, All Required — * Buy these editions * o George McMichael, general editor, Concise Anthology of American Literature , Sixth Edition (Prentice Hall, 2006) o Stephen Crane, Maggie, A Girl of the Streets, and Other New York Writings , (Modern Library, 1893; rpt. 2001) o A. Van Jordan, M A C N O L I A , (W. W. Norton, 2004) o Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (Perennial Classics, 1963; rpt. 1999) o Tim O’Brien, In the Lake of the Woods (Houghton Mifflin, 1994; rpt. 2008) o Cormac McCarthy, The Road (Vintage International/Random House, 2006) Films — As our schedule permits we will see selected scenes in class from the following films: Sylvia [feature film]; Sylvia and Ted [documentary, BB Productions]; Vietnam: A Movie [documentary, BB Productions]; No Country for Old Men [feature film]. You will not want to miss these! Have your reading assignments completed by their corresponding date on the syllabus. The importance of completing these readings by their lecture date cannot be overemphasized. Otherwise you will get significantly less context and comprehension from the lectures, a key and stone-cold fact to consider if your goal is to score high on the course exams. Check several classes ahead to prepare for longer readings. BRING THE TEXT OR TEXTS WE ARE DISCUSSING TO BOTH LECTURE & DISCUSSION SECTION . * Course Objectives This course is designed to provide an overview of American literary voices from the early seventeenth century to the present. By a variety of methods, we’ll examine historical and intellectual contexts of our readings and the ways in which particular issues and ideas are treated in literary eras. Grading Percentages 25% — Exam 1 [Thursday, February 19th] 30% — Exam 2 [Thursday, March 26th] 30% — Final Exam/Exam 3 [Saturday, May 16th, 9 am-12 Noon in location TBA] 15% — Discussion Section Performance: pop quiz average (the lowest grade will be dropped), attendance, and general participation. NOTE THAT ALL THREE EXAMS MUST BE COMPLETED TO RECEIVE A FINAL GRADE FOR THIS COURSE . Note that Q drops must occur by the deadline on the university’s academic schedule for Spring 2009 . You are responsible for finding out other administrative deadlines as needed. No grades of X (Incomplete) will be given.
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Course Postings: Blackboard and egradebook This course will use Blackboard minimally . The emphasis of this course is your own reading and attendance at the lectures and discussion sections. Handouts, film clips, and other related. materials will be available in class only and will be treated with the same required reading status as course texts. The course syllabus and this course policy statement will be available both in hard copy at the beginning of the course and online for the duration of the course. Any changes in the syllabus will be noted in class and online as well. Only reminder announcements or messages will be posted online and then early enough for you to come across them before the fact.
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