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SYLLABUS E222-R AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1865, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2006
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Course Information. English 222, Course Code 12959. Thursday 4-6:45 p.m., University Hall (UH) 208. Office hours: Thursday 3-4 in University Hall 329. e222-r_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Major writers such as Twain, James, Crane, Hemingway, Faulkner, O'Neill, Frost, and Eliot." Units (3). Satisfies General Ed. requirements GE Category III.B.2 with grade of C or better. I will use +/- grading.
Required Texts (Titan Bookstore)
Baym, Nina et al. (eds.) The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vols. CDE. 6th ed. New York: Norton, 2002. ISBN 0-393-97794-3.
London, Jack. Tales of the Pacific. New York: Penguin, 1989. ISBN 0-140-18358-2.
Turning in Journals and Papers: Email assignments as Word/WP attachments. Email them separately -- i.e. send one email with your term paper attached, and four separate emails for the four journal sets. Label subject lines appropriately: "E222-R Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. Copying-and-pasting is fine for journal sets, or you can send them as an attachment. Please contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within two days.
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Presentations Requirement. Students will sign up for one 5-minute informal presentation. On the first day, I will pass around a sheet so that students can indicate a favorite author on our syllabus. Within a few days, I will post a schedule on the Presentations Page. Each session will feature a few such presentations, the content of which is to be based on a prior discussion (by email or in person) between the instructor and the presenter, who should, therefore, contact me at least one week in advance of the presentation (preferably earlier). 10% of course grade.
Journals Requirement. Students will write an informal journal entry on each author. Installments (each consisting of several authors bundled into one electronic document) will be due by email anytime on class day Weeks 4, 8, 12, and Final Exam Day or as specified thereafter. Electronic format. 30%.
Term Paper Requirement. Rough draft suggested, final draft (5-7 pg.) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; for undergraduates research is optional. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. 30%.
Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, short questions requiring 1- or 2-paragraph responses, and one comparative essay. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. Exam date Thursday, Dec. 14th 5:00-6:50 p.m. 30%.
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SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
08/24. Introduction to Course and to Wiki Features.
08/31. Walt Whitman. Preface and text of Leaves of Grass (17-79); "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (116-22).
09/07. Henry James. "The Beast in the Jungle" (524-53); "The Art of Fiction" (553-67).
9/14. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (633-723). Journal Set 1 Due.
09/21. Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois. Washington's Up from Slavery Ch. XIV (760-68). Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk (876-901).
09/28. Jack London. Tales of the Pacific. (Separate text.) "The House of Mapuhi" (31-53); "Mauki (64-79); "The Sheriff of Kona" (121-34); "Koolau the Leper" (135-50); "The Bones of Kehekili" (151-73).
10/05. Amy Lowell and Robert Frost. Lowell's selections (1143-50). Frost's selections (1174-1201).
10/12. Carl Sandburg and Wallace Stevens. Sandburg's selections (1229-33). Stevens' selections (1234-51). Journal Set 2 Due.
10/19. Eugene O'Neill. Long Day's Journey into Night (1340-1417).
10/26. T. S. Eliot. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1420-22), "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1425-28), "The Waste Land" (1430-43).
11/02. Nella Larsen. Quicksand (1527-1609).
11/09. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" and "Babylon Revisited" (1641-72). Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1846-64). Journal Set 3 Due.
11/16. Langston Hughes and John Steinbeck. Hughes' selections (1891-1901). Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (1901-13).
11/23. Thanksgiving Holiday. No classes all week.
11/30. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (1976-2041).
12/07. Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Sylvia Plath. Ginsberg's Howl, "Sunflower Sutra," and other selections (2863-77). Snyder's selections (2956-67). Plath's selections (2967-79).
Final Exam Date Thursday, Dec. 14th 5:00-6:50 p.m. Also due: Journal Set 4. The Term Paper will be due by Dec. 27th. (I must turn in grades by Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, 2007.) For other courses, see CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.