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E 316K Spring 08 Syllabus

E 316K Spring 08 Syllabus - English 316K 33935-33985...

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English 316K, 33935-33985 Dr. B. Berry Masterworks of American Literature Calhoun 303 Spring 2009, T Th 12 Noon-1:45 pm Office Hrs.: MW 12 noon-1:30 JES A121A [email protected] SYLLABUS Course Texts, All Required — * Buy these editions at the beginning of the course * 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) * IMP. INFO: 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 & DISC. SECTION . * Grading Percentages 25% — Exam 1 [ DATE ] 30% — Exam 2 [ DATE ] 30% — Final Exam/Exam 3 [Saturday, May 16th, 9 am in location TBA] 15% — Discussion Section Performance: pop quiz average (the lowest grade will be dropped), attendance, and general participation. JANUARY 20 T: FIRST CLASS : INTRODUCTION : Intro to instructor, TAs, and course: course focus, description, and aims. Syllabus handout; Course Policy Statement handout. 22 Th: Puritans/Calvinists/Colonialists/Early American Lit: The year is 1620 . Read William Bradford, author bio & essay “Of Plymouth Plantation,” pp. 53-55 & pp. 61-73. [We will seat discussion sections, fill out bio cards, and hand out Syllabus and Course Policy Statements.]
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