SYLLABUS FOR E300 ANALYSIS OF LITERARY FORMS, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2013 (1/29/13)
COURSE INFORMATION. English 300, Course Code 16634, Section 80. Tuesday 7:00-9:45 p.m., IRVC 120. Irvine Campus website and map. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 in IRVC Room TBD. firstname.lastname@example.org. Catalog: "Main literary forms - prose fiction, poetry and drama - are studied and analyzed. English majors should schedule this basic course as early as possible. Units: (3)." I will use +/- grading. The English Dept. may be reached at (657) 278-3163. Students who need special accommodations at the main campus should contact the Disabled Student Services Office in UH 101 or call (657) 278-3117; for the Irvine Campus, see Student Affairs, IRVC-159, phone (657) 278-3112. One other required link: Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.
REQUIRED TEXTS AT IRVINE CAMPUS BOOKSTORE
Booth, Alison and Kelly J. Mays. The Norton Introduction to Literature. Shorter Eleventh Edition. New York: Norton, 2012. Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0393913392.
Appelbaum, Stanley, ed. English Romantic Poetry: an Anthology. Dover, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0486292823.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Modern Library, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0375756887.
Pirandello, Luigi. Six Characters in Search of an Author. Signet Classics, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0451526885.
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. Dover, 1990. ISBN 13: 978-0486264783
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
BROWSE INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG. My thoughts on the assigned readings.
LISTEN TO OUR CLASS SESSIONS IN MP3 AUDIO. Audio becomes available a day or two after each session.
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
COURSE POLICIES. Please review the Course Policies Page early in the semester. Key points easily stated here: missing more than 20% of sessions may affect course grade; academic dishonesty on any assignment (journals, paper, exam) may result in course failure. The four evaluative requirements outlined below must be substantially completed to pass the course. Since the assignments will be due by email, it is students' responsibility to contact me promptly if they do not get an email verifying receipt.
MAJOR STUDY UNITS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES. This course will cover a broad selection of literary texts, but our main purpose is to consider the major genres (fiction, poetry, and drama) in a way that will help students move forward with their studies in English and World literature. The course will center on discussion of assigned texts.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. Lecture, small-group discussion that is then partly shared with the class, and possibly in-class quizzes. I encourage questions and comments; participation improves any course, broadening its scope and introducing a variety of opinion. My tasks are to lecture concisely, to listen well, to ask good questions, and to help you find out more about our texts. Your tasks are to listen, respond, and develop your own ideas. In humanities study, insightful interpretation and an ability to make interesting connections are central goals.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Three separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the session schedule. Electronic format required. I will not mark journal sets down unless they are late (maximum grade = B), incomplete, or so brief and derivative as to suggest evasion of intellectual labor: they should consist of honest responses to the assigned readings, not "yes-or-no" style answers, quotation of the assigned texts without further comment, or pasted secondary material from Internet sources. How to do well on this assignment: read instructions; complete entries as you go through the assigned readings; send sets on time, making sure I verify receipt; respond thoughtfully, using your own words and referring to the texts' specific language. (35% of course grade.)
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. By the end of Week 13 (04/22) a one-paragraph description addressing the general topic and specific argument of the projected paper will be due by email. (Full rough drafts are also encouraged.) Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the general prompt, suggested topics, and advance draft comments. I reserve the right to require proof of the final paper's authenticity, such as notes or an early draft. Final draft (5-7 pages) due as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. There is no need to consider this a research paper, though you are free to make it one. CSUF academic integrity policies apply (see UPS 300.021). See CSUF Library. How to do well on this assignment: send required advance paragraph on time and incorporate advice I send; allow time for revision; proofread and follow MLA formatting and style guidelines; avoid exhaustive coverage and stale generalities: instead, develop a specific, arguable set of claims, demonstrating their strength by showing how they enhance our understanding of specific language, structures, and themes; document your online/print sources; read instructions and take advantage of Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive (see especially), Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (35% of course grade.)
FINAL EXAM REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. The exam will consist of substantive id passages (33% of exam), mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to speaker/play y; 33% of exam), and key lecture points paired with substantive quotations from the assigned texts (33% of exam). There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Students may not share books or notes during the exam. Exam date: see below. How to do well on this assignment: read the online prep. sheet; take good notes and ask questions/make comments; above all, enjoy the works rather than thinking of them only as "test material." If you take pleasure in the assigned texts' language, attend to the sophistication with which they have been structured, and reflect on the intellectual/moral/spiritual value you derive from them, you are likely to earn a good exam grade. (20-30% of course grade.)
IN-CLASS QUIZZES. No need for further instructions here: we may have a number of brief in-class quizzes (usually 5-10 minutes) that will explore your readiness to participate in discussions about our assigned texts; both basic plot and structure considerations and genre/thematic issues that require some independent thought are possible question material. (10% of course grade max.)
EMAILING JOURNALS AND TERM PAPER TO E300 at AJDRAKE.COM. Email journals and the term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E300 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email or send them as an attachment. (Journal "sets" include responses to questions about several authors; do not send entries on each author in a given set separately; responses on the relevant authors should be combined into one document.) Contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within approximately three days.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS
I am offering a general set of optional questions that should help students develop specific responses to the assigned texts by individual authors, but you are free to develop your own material for the journal sets: Questions and Journal Set Instructions Page
SESSION SCHEDULE: WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
WEEK 1 FICTION
Tu. 01/29. Course Introduction.
WEEK 2 FICTION
Tu. 02/05. Norton Chapter 1: Plot. Read this chapter's introductory material (82-89). Guy de Maupassant. "The Jewelry" (90-95). Edith Wharton. "Roman Fever" (118-28). Chapter 2. Narration and Point of View: read this chapter's introductory material (160-64). Edgar Allan Poe. "The Cask of Amontillado" (164-70). Jamaica Kincaid. "Girl" (170-71).
WEEK 3 FICTION
Tu. 02/12. Norton Chapter 3. Character: read this chapter's introductory material (180-87). David Foster Wallace's "Good People" (215-20); Toby Litt's "The Monster" (241-43). Norton Chapter 4. Setting: read this chapter's introductory material (245-51). Anton Chekhov. "The Lady with the Dog" (251-62). Norton Chapter 5. Symbol and Figurative Language: read this chapter's introductory material (285-90). Edwige Danticat. "A Wall of Fire Rising" (317-29).
WEEK 4 FICTION
Tu. 02/19. Special Focus on Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read Norton Introductory material on Theme (Ch. 6, 334-38). We will in part discuss this aspect of literary texts though Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read Notes from Underground (Dover 95-215).
WEEK 5 FICTION
Tu. 02/26. Special Focus, continued: Fyodor Dostoevsky. Notes from Underground (Dover 95-215) and "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" (Dover 263-86).
JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 03/03; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes journal entries on fiction. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)
WEEK 6 POETRY
Tu. 03/05. Norton Introductory Material on Poetry, Chapter 10 (618-36). Special Focus: English Romanticism. William Blake and Lord Byron. Read all Blake selections (Dover 1-22) and Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon" (Dover 116-27).
WEEK 7 POETRY
Tu. 03/12. Special Focus: English Romanticism. From Wordsworth's "Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 1802: read only these brief excerpts. Read also in the Dover edition: "We Are Seven" (23-25); "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour. July 13, 1798" (25-29); "She dwelt among the untrodden ways" (31-32); "A slumber did my spirit seal" (32); "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (43-44); "The Solitary Reaper" (42); "My heart leaps up when I behold" (35); "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" (51-57).
WEEK 8 POETRY
Tu. 03/19. Special Focus: English Romanticism. From English Romantic Poetry: an Anthology (Dover): Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (63-81); "Frost at Midnight" (100-01); "Kubla Khan" (105-06); "Dejection: An Ode" (106-10). Percy Bysshe Shelley. "Ozymandias" (147); "Ode to the West Wind" (151-53); "To a Skylark" (157-59). John Keats. "On first looking into Chapman's Homer" (189); "To Autumn" (222-23); "Ode to a Nightingale" (216-18); "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (218-20).
WEEK 9 POETRY
Tu. 03/26. Special Focus: Modernist Poetry. W.B. Yeats. William Butler Yeats: an Album (Norton 955-965); Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens. Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" (1102). T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1087). Wallace Stevens' "The Emperor of Ice Cream" (1103) and "Anecdote of the Jar" (1102).
WEEK 10 POETRY
Tu. 04/02. Spring Recess, No Classes.
WEEK 11 POETRY
Tu. 04/09. Poetry as Form and Foregrounded Language. Norton Chapters 13-16, etc. Emily Dickinson: "Because I could not stop for Death" (807); Edgar Allan Poe: "The Raven" (838); W.C. Williams: "The Red Wheelbarrow" (796), "This is Just to Say" (797); G.M. Hopkins: "Pied Beauty" (798), "God's Grandeur" (1094), "The Windhover" (1095); E.E. Cummings: "in Just" (1081); "The Twenty-Third Psalm" (810); Wilfred Owen: "Dulce et Decorum Est" (1101); Robert Frost: "Design" (898), "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (1091); Shakespeare: "Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame" (868); Dylan Thomas: "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" (878); Elizabeth Bishop: "Sestina" (879); Marianne Moore "Poetry" (703); Archibald MacLeish: "Ars Poetica" (700); Alfred Tennyson: "Ulysses" (990); Robert Browning: "My Last Duchess" (1078).
JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 04/14; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes journal entries on a selection of poems from among the broader selection assigned; see more detailed instructions in the link.)
WEEK 12 DRAMA
Tu. 04/16. William Shakespeare. Hamlet Acts 1-3 (Norton 1363-1424).
WEEK 13 DRAMA
Tu. 04/23. William Shakespeare. Hamlet Acts 4-5 (Norton 1424-58).
WEEK 14 DRAMA
Tu. 04/30. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (Dover 1-54).
WEEK 15 DRAMA
Tu. 05/07. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (Dover 1-54).
WEEK 16 DRAMA
Tu. 05/14. Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author (Signet 2-74).
JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes journal entries on each assigned drama.)
Final Exam Date Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30-9:20 p.m. You donâ€™t need to bring a bluebook; the exam is open-book and open-note, but no laptops and no sharing books or notes. Due by email by Friday, May 24, 2012: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Friday May 31, 2013.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.