E222 American Literature Syllabus, CSU Fullerton Fall 2013

SYLLABUS FOR E222 AMERICAN LITERATURE, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2013 (12/11/13)

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BASIC INFORMATION

COURSE INFORMATION. English 222, Course Code 19864, Section 2. Tu/Th 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., University Hall 339 (UH).. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Tu/Th 2:20-3:20 in University Hall (UH) 329. Email: e222@ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Major writers such as Twain, James, Crane, Hemingway, Faulkner, O'Neill, Frost and Eliot. 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 Disability Support 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 MAIN CAMPUS BOOKSTORE

Nina Baym, et al. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Eighth Edition. Paperback. Package 2: Vols. C, D, E. ISBN-13: 978-0-393-91310-1.

London, Jack. Tales of the Pacific. New York: Penguin, 1989. ISBN-13: 978-0-140-18358-0.

OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL

VISIT MOBYDRAKE.COM. My thoughts on the assigned readings will become available as needed at my American literature blog.

LISTEN TO OUR CLASS SESSIONS IN MP3 AUDIO. Audio becomes available a day or two after each session.

CHECK OUT RELEVANT ON-SITE STUDY GUIDES and the WRITING GUIDES.

BROWSE OFFSITE LINKS]. For this course, most appropriate would be AMERICAN LITERATURE LINKS.

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 may result in course failure. The four evaluative requirements outlined below must be substantially completed to pass the course. Since most assignments will be due by email, it is students' responsibility to contact me promptly if they do not get an email verifying receipt of materials.

MAJOR STUDY UNITS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES. This survey course will cover a selection of American authors from a brief review of Whitman and Dickinson to the post-bellum author Mark Twain to the contemporary playwright and actor Sam Shepard. In sum, the course mainly concerns American literature after the Civil War of 1861-65, and the aim is to offer as broad a perspective as possible on the poetry, drama and fiction of this period, with due attention to relevant historical and social developments. I refrain from superimposing grand narratives (i.e. schemes for claiming that all texts in a given period deal with a particular theme or issue and that such things alone can make them significant or coherent), and prefer to let serendipity guide the emergence of our texts' significance. We will find time along the way to talk about the South, modernism, and post-modernism, but without making those concepts the central fact in our engagement with the readings.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. Lecture, discussion, and possibly a limited number of in-class quizzes, which I may decide to factor in as 5% of the course grade. I encourage questions and comments -- student participation improves any course, broadening its scope and introducing a variety of opinion that wouldn't be available otherwise. 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, your own voice, as a reader of literary works.

HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED

JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Keep a running journal on your thoughts about the assigned readings. Four separate journal sets will be 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, not "yes-or-no" style answers, quotation of the assigned texts without further comment, or secondary material pasted from Internet sources. How to do well on this assignment: read the instructions; complete entries as you go through each text; send sets on time, making sure I verify receipt; respond thoughtfully to the readings: use your own words and refer to the texts' specific language. (35% of course grade.)

TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. By the end of Week 13 (Sunday 11/24) 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 value you derive from them, you are likely to earn a good exam grade. (30% of course grade.)

EMAILING JOURNALS, TERM PAPER, PRESENTATION DRAFTS TO E222 at AJDRAKE.COM. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E222 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.

SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

Tu. 08/27. Course Introduction.

Th. 08/29. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (Vol. C 79-85). Dickinson's "320" (Vol. C 97); "340" (Vol. C 99); "448" (Vol. C 102); "479" (Vol. C 102-03); "591" (Vol. C 103-04); "598" (Vol. C 104); "620" (Vol. C 104); "764" (Vol. C 107); "1263" (Vol. C 108); "1668" (Vol. C 108).

WEEK 2

Tu. 09/03. Mark Twain. From Letters from the Earth (Vol. C 336-51).

Th. 09/05. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (Vol. C 421-59). We will also watch part of a film production.

WEEK 3

Tu. 09/10. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (Vol. C 421-59).

Th. 09/12. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Vol. C Chapters 1-11, 561-586).

WEEK 4

Tu. 09/17. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Vol. C Chapters 12-26, 586-626).

Th. 09/19. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Vol. C Chapters 27-39, 626-52).

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 09/22; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Whitman through Chopin. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)

WEEK 5

Tu. 09/24. Jack London. From "What Life Means to Me" (Norton Vol. D 917-20). From Tales of the Pacific (Penguin edition): "The House of Mapuhi" (31-53); "Mauki (64-79)

Th. 09/26. Jack London. From Tales of the Pacific (Penguin edition): "The Sheriff of Kona" (121-34); "Koolau the Leper" (135-50); "The Bones of Kehekili" (151-73).

WEEK 6

Tu. 10/01. Robert Frost. "The Figure a Poem Makes" (Vol. D 250-52); "Mowing" (Vol. D 231-32); "Mending Wall" (Vol. D 232-33); "The Death of the Hired Man" (Vol. D 233-37); "The Wood-Pile" (Vol. D 241); "The Road Not Taken" (Vol. D 241-42); "Birches" (Vol. D 242-44); "Out, Out—" (Vol. D 244); "Fire and Ice" (Vol. D 245); "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (Vol. D 245); "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (Vol. D 245); "Desert Places" (Vol. D 246); "Design" (Vol. D 246); "The Gift Outright" (Vol. D 248).

Th. 10/03. Carl Sandburg and William Carlos Williams. Sandburg's "Chicago" (Vol. D 279-80); "Fog" (Vol. D 280); "Cool Tombs" (Vol. D 280-81); "Grass" (Vol. D 281). From Williams' Spring and All (Vol. D 346-47); Poems: "Queen-Anne's Lace" (Vol. D 305); "Spring and All" (Vol. D 306-07); "To Elsie" (Vol. D 307-09); "The Red Wheelbarrow" (Vol. D 309); "The Dead Baby" (Vol. D 309-10); "This Is Just to Say" (Vol. D 310); "A Sort of a Song" (Vol. D 310); "Burning the Christmas Greens" (Vol. D 311-13); "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" (Vol. D 313).

WEEK 7

Tu. 10/08. T. S. Eliot. From "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (Vol. D 372-75); "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Vol. D 368-71).

Th. 10/10. T. S. Eliot. "The Waste Land" (Vol. D 378-91).

WEEK 8

Tu. 10/15. Wallace Stevens. "The Snow Man" (Vol. D 283-84); "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" (Vol. D 285); "Sunday Morning" (Vol. D 285-88); "Anecdote of the Jar" (Vol. D 288-89); "Peter Quince at the Clavier" (Vol. D 289-90); "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (Vol. D 291-92); "The Idea of Order at Key West" (Vol. D 293-94); "Of Modern Poetry" (Vol. D 294); The Plain Sense of Things" (Vol. D 295).

Th. 10/17. E.E. Cummings. "Thy fingers make early flowers of" (Vol. D 638); "in Just-" (Vol. D 638-39); "O sweet spontaneous" (Vol. D 639-40); "Buffalo Bill's" (Vol. D 640); "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls" (Vol. D 640); "next to of course god america i" (Vol. D 641); "i sing of Olaf glad and big" (Vol. D 641-42); "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond" (Vol. D 642-43); "anyone lived in a pretty how town" (Vol. D 643-44); "my father moved through dooms of love" (Vol. D 644-45); "pity this busy monster,manunkind" (Vol. D 646).

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 10/20; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Jack London through E.E. Cummings.)

WEEK 9

Tu. 10/22. Ernest Hemingway. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (Vol. D 826-42).

Th. 10/24. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (Vol. D 698-730, i.e. first 1/3).

WEEK 10

Tu. 10/29. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (Vol. D 731-62, i.e. second 1/3).

Th. 10/31. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (Vol. D 762-793, last 1/3).

WEEK 11

Tu. 11/05. Langston Hughes. From "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" (Vol. D 348-50); All Poems (Vol. D 871-80): "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (Vol. D 871); "Mother to Son" (Vol. D 871-72); "I, Too" (Vol. D 872); "The Weary Blues" (Vol. D 872-73); "Mulatto" (Vol. D 873-74); "Song for a Dark Girl" (Vol. D 874-75); "Genius Child" (Vol. D 875); "Visitors to the Black Belt" (Vol. D 875-76); "Note on Commercial Theatre" (Vol. D 876); "Vagabonds" (Vol. D 876-77); "Words Like Freedom" (Vol. D 877); "Madam and Her Madam" (Vol. D 877-78); "Freedom {1}" (Vol. D 878); "Madam's Calling Cards" (Vol. D 878-79); "Silhouette" (Vol. D 879); "Theme for English B" (Vol. D 880).

Th. 11/07. Zora Neale Hurston. "The Eatonville Anthology" (Vol. D 530-38); "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" (Vol. D 538-41); "The Gilded Six-Bits" (Vol. D 541-49).

WEEK 12

Tu. 11/12. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (Film production: Marlon Brando/Vivien Leigh, 1951).

Th. 11/14. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (Vol. E 93-133, Scenes 1-6).

WEEK 13

Tu. 11/19. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (Vol. E 133-55, Scenes 7-11).

Th. 11/21. John Cheever. "The Swimmer" (Vol. E 157-65).

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL MONDAY 11/25; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Hemingway through Hurston.)

PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING GENERAL TOPIC AND SPECIFIC ARGUMENT FOR TERM PAPER DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 11/24; SEE INSTRUCTIONS.

WEEK 14

Tu. 11/26. Fall Recess. No Classes.

Th. 11/28. Fall Recess. No Classes.

WEEK 15

Tu. 12/03. Flannery O'Connor. "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" (Vol. E 437-44); "Good Country People" (Vol. E 445-58).

Th. 12/05. Allen Ginsberg. "Howl" (Vol. E 492-500); "Footnote to Howl" (Vol. E 500).; "A Supermarket in California" (Vol. E 500); "Sunflower Sutra" (Vol. E 501).

WEEK 16

Tu. 12/10. Frederick Jackson Turner. From "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (Vol. C 1133-37). Sam Shepard. True West (Vol. E Act 1, 870-887).

Th. 12/12. Sam Shepard. True West (Vol. E Act 2, 887-909).

JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY PAPER DUE DATE; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Tennessee Williams through Shepard.)

FINALS WEEK

Final Exam Date Thursday 12/19, 12:00-1:50. Due by email by Tuesday, 12/24: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by January 2, 2014.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.