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    English 210-01: LITERATURE AND THE ARTS

    Spring 2010

    T/TR 2:00-3:15 PM

    MHRA 1214

Instructor: Cameron Golden

    Office Hours: T/TR 12:30-1:45 PM, 3:15-3:45 and by appointment

    Office: McIver 115

    Phone: 334-9846


    Course Description: Students will read and write about works of prose and poetry from diverse cultural traditions, analyzing the context, aims and methods of literary expression. thWe will look closely at 4 different moments in the 20 Century: the dawn of Modernism, the Harlem

    Renaissance, the movement into Postmodernism, and the movement out of Postmodernism into … well, something else. For each of these moments, we will examine not only the literature that defined these eras, but also other art forms that were influenced by the same factors: The Visual Arts, Music, Architecture, Dance, and Film. We will look at these four time periods as not as isolated movements but reactions and responses to what came before, and as a class we will try to come to some conclusions about the interconnected nature of Literature and the Arts.


    Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy, Penguin Classics, 2006, ISBN # 0143039830

    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated, Harper Perennial Paperback, 2003, ISBN # 0060529709

    Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Scribner Paperback, ISBN # 0743297334

    Nella Larsen, Passing, Penguin Paperback, ISBN # 0141180250

    Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, Harper Perennial paperback, ISBN # 0061849928

Student Learning Goals: At the completion of this course, students will be able to …

    --Identify and understand varied characteristics of literature

    --Apply techniques of literary analysis to texts

    --Use literary study to develop sills in careful reading and clear writing

    --Demonstrate understanding of the diverse social and historical contexts in which literary texts have been written and interpreted


    Academic Integrity: Students are expected to be familiar with UNCG’s Academic Integrity Policy: Academic integrity is founded upon and encompasses the following five values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Violations include, for example, cheating, plagiarism, misuse of academic resources, falsification, and facilitating academic dishonesty. If knowledge is to be gained and properly evaluated, it must be pursued under conditions free from dishonesty. Deceit and misrepresentations are incompatible with the fundamental activity of this academic institution and shall not be tolerated.” To

    ensure that you understand the university’s policy on academic integrity, review the guidelines and list of violations at <>. I expect you to abide by the Academic Integrity Policy.

    If you hand in work that is not your own, you will be given a “0” on the assignment.

    Attendance: This course cannot succeed without your involvement; regular attendance and participation will be critical to your success in this class. You may miss 3 classes with no penalty. After that, your grade

    will begin to drop by one half-letter grade per missed class. If you miss 6 classes, you will fail the class.

    Late work/Missed work: I will not accept work that is turned in late. There will be no makeup quizzes or tests if you miss a quiz or test.

Grades: Your grade will be based on the following percentages:



    Short presentation10%


    Final exam30%

    Midterm/Final exam: Both the midterm and the final will consist of a combination of identifications, short answer questions and essay questions.

    Quizzes: I will give periodic quizzes to make sure that you are keeping up with the reading. If you have done a careful job on the reading assignments, you will have no problem doing well on the quizzes. I may give periodic pop quizzes throughout the semester.

    Participation: Discussion will be a large part of our classroom activities. While I understand that this is a large class, I do expect that each student will make an effort to participate in class discussions.

    Short presentations: Each student will be responsible for a 5-minute presentation on an artist from one of the periods we will be studying. You may work alone or with a partner on this presentation. You will hand in a 2-3 page paper to me on the day you present that is a write-up of the information you present to the class.

    Disability Services: Students with documentation of special needs should arrange to see me about

    accommodations as soon as possible. If you believe you could benefit from such accommodations, you

    must first register with the Office of Disability Services on campus before such accommodations can

    be made. The office is located on the second floor of the Elliott University Center (EUC) in Suite 215,

    and the office is open 8am to 5pm, Monday - Friday. Telephone: 334-5440; e-mail:

    Email policy: Please use email judiciously and respectfully. I will not be checking email over the weekend. If you would like to discuss your grade, please schedule a conference with me.

    Electronic equipment: Cell phones may not be used during class and no text messaging or web surfing is allowed during class. If I see you using these devices during class, I will ask you to leave class and you will be counted as absent that day. Laptops may be used in class only to take notes pertaining to our discussion or to view documents on our Blackboard site. Any student who uses a laptop for any non-classroom activity during class time will not be allowed to use a laptop in class again. To be perfectly clear: one violation means no laptop use.

Course Schedule

    Week 1--Introduction

    Tuesday January19: introduction to the class thThursday January 21: construction of 20 century timeline (on Blackboard)

Week 2--Modernism

    Tuesday January 26: The Waste Land” (on Blackboard); discussion of Architecture

    Thursday January 28: poems by Pound, HD (on Blackboard); Dance (videos and links on Blackboard)

Week 3--Modernism

    Tuesday January 22: Art (essay and links on Blackboard)

    Thursday January 24: Film--“Un Chien Andalou” and “Meshes of the Afternoon”

Week 4--Modernism

    Tuesday February 2: The Sun Also Rises; Quiz #1

    Thursday February 4: The Sun Also Rises; Quiz #2

Week 5: Modernism into Harlem renaissance

    Tuesday February 9: transitional moments (from Left Bank Salon to the Cotton Club); music (files on


    Thursday February 11: poetry--Hughes, McKay, Cullen (on Blackboard)

Week 6Harlem Renaissance

    Tuesday February 16: painting (essay and links on Blackboard) Thursday February 18: music, Fire! (link on Blackboard)

Week 7Harlem Renaissance

    Tuesday February 23: Passing; Quiz #3

    Thursday February 25: Passing; Quiz #4

Week 8Harlem Renaissance

    Tuesday March 2: essay (on Blackboard) and midterm review Thursday March 4: Midterm

Week 9

    Tuesday March 9: Spring Break!!

    Thursday March 11: Spring Break!!

Week 10--Postmodernism

    Tuesday March 16: Art and Architecture (links and essays on Blackboard)

    Thursday March 18: music and film; “The Limey”

Week 11--Postmodernism

    Tuesday March 23: The Crying of Lot 49; Quiz #5

    Thursday March 25: The Crying of Lot 49; Quiz #6

Week 12--Postmodernism

    Tuesday March 30: music and dance (videos and essays on Blackboard)

    Thursday April 1: The New York Trilogy—“City of Glass”; Quiz #7

Week 13--Postmodernism

    Tuesday April 6: NYT—“Ghosts”; Quiz #8

    Thursday April 8: NYT—“The Locked Room”; Quiz #9

Week 14Post-Postmodernism

    Tuesday April 13: “Et Tu, Babe” (excerpt on Blackboard)

    Thursday April 15: “The Waste Land”—hypertext (link on Blackboard)

Week 15Post-Postmodernism

    Tuesday April 20: Everything is Illuminated; Quiz #10

    Thursday April 22: Everything is Illuminated; Quiz #11

Week 16--Review

    Tuesday April 27: presentations

    Thursday April 29: presentations and review for final

     th Final Exam: Thursday May 63:30 PM

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