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Unformatted text preview: AM L3311: M AJOR FI GURES I N AM ERI CAN L I TERATURE War and Conflict: Sites of Trauma in Twentieth Century American Literature__________________________________ Instructor: Tana Jean Welch Fall Semester 2010 [email protected] Office: Williams Building 327 Office Hours: M/W 1:30-2:30 Course Description: This course centers on the literary response to war and trauma in 20th century American letters. We will consider the traumatic effects of various national and international conflicts including the Civil War, the World Wars, the Vietnam War, and post-September 11th war zones on both the individual and collective psyche. We will examine dimensions of war and conflict in terms of gender, race, and class, while paying close attention to the historical, social, and political contexts from which each work arose. Throughout our discussion of war and trauma in 20th century U.S. literature, we will continue to hone skills in literary studies such as close reading, critical thinking, engaged discussion, and thoughtful writing. We will further consider our responses as readers discussing the demands of genre, concerns of periodization, and strategies of analysis in order to critically approach the retelling of war and its aftermath. Course Objectives: Gain familiarity with a variety of major American writers of the 20th century Understand trauma and identity theories (multi-cultural, gender, and sexuality); and the way various groups may be differently affected by similar events Understand how literature can function as witness Differentiate between the functions of poetic narrative vs. prose narrative Strengthen analytical and critical research skills  Required T exts: A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut The Shawl , Cynthia Ozick I n the Lake of the Woods Course Packet (available at Target Copy)  CourseElements In this course you will engage in the following actions: Reading, Writing, and Discussing. In order to get the most from this class, you will want to give careful consideration to all three areas.  Reading.Please read each assignment before coming to class discussion. Refer to the class schedule for the list of texts to be discussed each day. Careful reading is crucial to a successful, enriching class discussion. As you read, take down notations of any questions and comments you may have. Taking good notes as you read, and during class, is also essential for success on the mid-term and final exams.   1  Discussing.Students are expected to come to class and participate regularly. Here are four ways to be an active participant: (1) ask questions and make comments that further the discussion in a meaningful manner, (2) actively take notes, (3) bring the required textbook/print-outs to every class meeting, and (4) participate in all classroom activities/exercises. Consistently doing these things will demonstrate your engagement with the material and maximize your experience of the course. Sharing what you have written in your notes and/or weekly essay is an excellent way to participate in the class discussion. This leadership will figure into your final discussion/attendance grade. Everyone benefits from class discussion: we learn different view points from our peers, we learn how to express our own views in light of opposition, and we learn the importance of dialogue. Participation Grade: Each class will usually begin with a series of writing prompts in order to set the mood for discussion. I will periodically collect and grade this written work. These discussion quizzes will account for your participation grade. The two lowest scores will be dropped. It is important that you arrive to class on time in order to maximize the amount of time you have to work on the discussion questions. Writing. Writing about literature is a great way to discover what you have gained from reading a particular piece. It is also a great way to practice and enrich your critical thinking skills. Short essay assignments: This semester you will be required to write twelve essays of varying lengths. Essays must be typed and turned in on hard copy. In order to save paper and ink, essays may be singlespaced, printed on both sides of the paper, printed on scratch paper, and in any color of ink you choose. As long as I can read it, it s fine with me. Essays must be turned in at the end of each class on the r equired due date. I will not accept assignments via email please plan ahead as printer problems are a common occurrence at Florida State. You are allowed three late passes use them wisely. Once you have used all of your late passes, points will be deducted for late work: one point for each class session past the due date. Do not use Sparknotes, enotes, booknotes or any other study aid when preparing your written work. I f you try to pass off the ideas from these sites as your own, you will fail the assignment and I will report the violation of the Academic Honor Code to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Exams: You will have a midterm and a final exam. Exams will cover all readings, including secondary materials, and will be based on any material covered during class. Each exam will be made up of identification and short answer questions. Please come to class on time!!! I t is NOT necessary to notify me that you will be missing class. I t is NOT necessary to bring me a note from Thagard H ealth Center or Patients First. T he late passes for essays and the quiz drops are there in case you have an illness or emergency. Do not waste these passes! I f you suffer from an extreme illness or other extenuating circumstances causing you to miss more than a week of school, please DO alert me of your situation.   Evaluation: Short Essays 40% Mid-Term Exam 20% Final Exam 20% Participation/In-Class Assignments 20%  Iencourageyoutodropbymyofficehours(ormakeanappointment)to discussanythingandeverything. 2 ______________________________________________________________________________ Classroom Etiquette & Civility: I will tolerate neither disruptive language nor disruptive behavior. Disruptive language includes, but is not limited to, violent and/or belligerent and/or insulting remarks, including sexist, racist, homophobic or anti-ethnic slurs, bigotry, and disparaging commentary, either spoken or written (offensive slang is included in this category). Be forewarned some of the readings that we will discuss include this type of inflammatory language, and I ask that you discuss it as an adult. You each have a right to your own opinion, however, inflammatory language founded in ignorance or hate is unacceptable and will be dealt with immediately. Please turn off your cell phone and/or beeper before you enter the classroom. If you forget to turn off the phone or beeper and it rings or beeps, please do not answer it: simply turn it off. Also be sure to respect atmosphere. This classroom functions on the premise of respect, and you will be asked to leave the classroom if you violate any part of this statement on civility. L APTOPS, CELL PHONES, iPADS, or K I NDLE DEVI CES ARE NOT T O BE USED DURI NG CLASS TI M E. I F I SEE YOU USI NG T HESE DEVI CES I N CLASS, POI NTS WI LL BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR PARTI CI PATI ON GRADE. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is grounds for suspension from the university as well as for failure in this course. It will not be tolerated. Any instance of plagiarism must be reported to the Director of First Year Writing and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Plagiarism is a counter-productive, non-writing behavior that is unacceptable in a course intended to aid in the growth of individual writers. Plagiarism is included among the violations defined in the Academic Honor Code, section b), paragraph 2, as follows: Do Not Use Sparknotes or any other study aid when preparing your written work. If you cheat on an exam or turn in a paper that is not entirely your own work, you will receive an F on that paper or exam, and you will fail the course. This is your warning. ADA: During the first week of class, students needing academic accommodations should register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Center and bring a letter to me from the SDRC indicating the need. This Course Information Sheet and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request. This is a Gordon Rule course: better in the course, no matter how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course. Ireservetherighttomakechangesand/oramendmentstothissyllabusatanytime throughoutthesemester. ______________________________________________________________________________ 3 ...
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