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ENGL 278-Syllabus-Fall 2010-revised

ENGL 278-Syllabus-Fall 2010-revised - Chief American...

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Page 1 of 6 Chief American Writers II: 1865 to Present ENGL 278 (Section 204) Loyola University Fall 2010 Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays @ 8:15-9:05am Location: Maguire Hall - Room 324 Instructor: Professor James Sitar, Ph.D. ([email protected]) Office hours: Mondays, 5-6pm and by appointment (location: Lewis Towers 916-A) COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides training in the study of fiction, poetry and drama produced in America from the Civil War to the present, and this class will deepen one’s knowledge and appreciation of American literary history through the careful analysis of representative texts and authors. Through a comparative analysis of texts from different historical periods by writers from a variety of backgrounds, the course will explore how literature deals with the intersection of individual subjectivity and national identity. It will also foster an ability to evaluate how literature both embodies—and reflects on—social, cultural, and historical change. The course will also pay some attention to understanding the creative process by examining how various literary works are constructed in aesthetic terms. Students in this course will learn a basic critical vocabulary for analyzing, describing, discussing, and developing oral and written arguments about American literary texts. The course will also focus on how multiple interpretations of literary works are possible, and how differing interpretations reflect particular cultural and historical conditions that change over time. Knowledge Area(s) satisfied: Literary Knowledge and Experience Skill(s) Developed: Critical Thinking COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course seeks to prepare you for the kinds of critical reading and academic writing that you are likely to encounter in future undergraduate college coursework. You will hone your ability to: paraphrase, summarize, and discuss works of literature (including poems, stories, novels, plays, and political speeches and letters) develop and evaluate the strength of particular interpretations of literature identify and be open to the possibility of multiple meanings to a literary work acquire the critical and technical vocabulary to describe, analyze, and formulate an argument about texts relate a work of literature to its cultural-historical context cite from texts and other sources according to recognized MLA principles
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Page 2 of 6 TEXTS: Please notice that this class carries a heavy reading list; if you cannot devote the time to read all of these books carefully and closely, it will be extremely difficult to do well in class. You must get these editions of the texts: no other versions of these books! The following books are required reading for this course and are available at the Loyola University Bookstore: 1. The Oxford Book of American Poetry , ed. David Lehman (Oxford University Press, 2006; 9780195162516) 2. Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain , by Mark Twain (Bantam Classics, 1984; 9780553211955) 3. The Awakening , by Kate Chopin, ed. Margo Cully (Norton Critical Edition, 1994; 9780393960570) 4. Ethan Frome , by Edith Wharton, eds. Lauer and Wolff (Norton Critical Edition, 1995;
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