Introduction to Literature(1)

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Introduction to Literature(1)

    Introduction to Literature ENG 112

    Spring ‘09

Instructor: Devin Wood

    Office: 151 Maine Hall

    Contact: Email

     Cell 951-5168

     Work 974-4636

    Office hours: Any time by appointment


    Kirzner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. Portable Literature: Reading, Reacting,

    Writing, Sixth edition. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007. (Required)

Course description

    This course seeks to develop an appreciation of literature and insights into human values that can be derived from close studies of it. Students will read, discuss and write about a selection of short stories and poetry.

Course goals

    ; To develop an understanding of literature as an artform

    ; To explore literature as a means of gaining greater insights into human motivations and


    ; To develop skills in the analysis and written criticism of fiction and poetry

Performance objectives

    Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

; Identify various elements of the short story and poem

    ; Discuss short stories and poems in some depth

    ; Write well-organized critical papers on assigned short stories and poems ; Recognize the difference between escape literature and interpretive literature ; Distinguish between sentimental verse and true poetry

    ; Evaluate literary works through comparing and contrasting works with similar themes ; Identify works of certain authors and poets by recognizing their styles and themes.


    ; Your grade will be based on: reader response essays (4 @ 300 words) 40%

     analytical essays (2 @ 1000 words) 20%

     exams (2) 20%

     pop quizzes (10 best) 20%

    ; The reader response essays will consist of detailed answers to one or more questions

    taken directly from the end of the readings. Two of the essays will cover fiction, and the

    other two will cover poetry. You may choose which assigned stories and poems you wish

    to respond to, as well as which question(s) to answer. However, your written response

    must be submitted before the story or poem is discussed in class and by the

    corresponding deadlines (see attached schedule).

    ; The longer essays should be relatively thorough analyses of assigned works of selected

    short fiction and poetry, applying the concepts covered in the course. You may begin

    the essays as soon as you have a grasp of the concepts and rewrite them as often as you

    wish up until the due date. By creating a dialogue with me about your essays you can

    ensure a good grade.

    ; The midterm and final exams cover the concepts addressed in the course. The midterm

    will be over short fiction; the final will be over poetry.

    ; Pop quizzes will consist of two simple content questions intended to help me determine

    whether you’re doing the assigned readings. These quizzes will be given at the top of the

    hour; if you miss them you may not make them up.

; All writing assignments must be word processed.

    This course complies with Affirmative Action, Americans with Disabilities, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, as detailed in the course catalog and student handbook.

    Course schedule (Read on your own: A Guide to Writing about Literature” 3-69) Week Readings Due

     1/13-1/15 Understanding Fiction 73-79 Happy Endings 94

     Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape 98

    1/20-1/22 Plot 100-103 The Story of an Hour 104

     A Rose for Emily 113

1/27-1/29 Character 125-128 A&P 129

    Gryphon 139

    Reader response Deadline #1

2/3-2/5 Setting 154-158 The Storm 158

     Hills Like White Elephants 80

     2/10-2/12 Point of view 182-191 Cathedral 289

     The Lottery 274

     2/24-2/26 Theme 314-318 Doe Season 327

     The Things They Carried 251

     3/3-3/5 Analyzing Fiction Greasy Lake 359

     Reader response Deadline #2

3/10-3/12 Fiction review &

    essay workshop


     Short fiction essay final (1000 words)

    3/24-3/26 Understanding Poetry 439-451 Suicide Note 468

     Voice 459-488 Veiled 470

     Speaker, Tone, Irony The Unknown Citizen 484

    4/7-4/9 Word Choice, Word Order 489-510 Living in Sin 494

     Choice, Diction, Order We Real Cool 504

     To An Athlete Dying Young 508

    4/14-4/16 Figures of Speech 521 Metaphors 527

     Metaphor, Hyperbole you fit into me 541

     Metonymy, Apostrophe A Supermarket in California 543

     Reader response Deadline #3

4/21-4/23 Sound 547-568 Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers 555

     Rhythm, Meter, Rhyme Blackberry Eating 565

     Jabberwocky 566

    4/28-4/30 Form 569-596 On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer 575

     First Fight. Then Fiddle 576

     My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun 519

5/5-5/7 Poetry review &

     essay workshop Reader response Deadline #4


     Poetry essay final (1000 words)

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