American Literature from the Late 19th Century to the Present
EGL 2070 Instructor: Dr S Selina Jamil
LD01 (53238) Office Hours: MWF 7 – 7:50 AM,
Fall 2012 MW 1:00 – 1:50 PM
MWF 11 – 11:50 AM (M 3084) Office: M 3065 Phone: 301 322 0575
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, (email@example.com)
The Department’s “Course Description”:
American literature from the Civil War to the present and its social and intellectual background.
Prerequisite: EGL 1020, EGL 1100, EGL 1320, or EGL 1340.
and Objectives: My section of EGL 2070 is designed to introduce you to
American authors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will
explore particular themes that emerge in the works of specific authors who
belong to the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American cultures. Our
general focus will be on questions about the ways in which certain American
authors depict their cultural, political, social, moral, psychological, economic
worlds. What worldviews do these authors demonstrate in their works? What
ideological values do these authors voice through their works? In what ways do
they shape their times and in what ways are they shaped by their times? In what
ways do they represent their times? Are
there distinct features that separate the works of these authors or are there
certain patterns that bring them together? What dialogues about the human
condition do these authors present through their works? In what ways have the
work of these authors influenced your own world? What connections are there
between the early twenty-first century
The Department’s “Expected Course Outcomes”:
Students successfully completing the course will be able to:
1. Identify major authors and works of the period from the Civil War to the present and
explain their contexts.
2. Identify and describe important literary movements and place specific works in their
3. Explain how the social and intellectual climate has influenced the themes of recent
4. Explain how literature reflects basic themes in American cultural history.
5. Apply at least one critical approach to reading and analyzing a text with documented sources.
6. Identify important literary forms in American literature.
Credit Hour Explanation: At Prince George’s Community College, for all credit courses, students are expected to spend a minimum of 37.5 combined hours of instructional time and related coursework time per credit hour. This course is a 3 credit course. This course achieves the minimum of 112.5 hours of instructional time by requiring 37.5 hours of instructional time and 75 hours of student work outside of instructional time for a total of 112 hours.
The Work and Grades: You will write two expository essays, and I expect you to use research material preferably in both but most certainly in the second. The essays must include MLA in-text citations and list of works cited, and they must be typed, double-spaced, collated, and stapled. In addition, you will take 5 tests. Further, you will take part in class discussion regularly. You cannot “make up” missed class participation, and so be aware of what you lose absolutely when you do not come to class. Do not email me your final drafts. A late submission will adversely affect your grade. (I will deduct five points for each day after the due date.)
1st Essay 200 points
2nd Essay 200 points
5 Tests 500 points (100 for each)
Class Discussion 100 points
Academic Honesty Policy: I will not tolerate any form of plagiarism. It is not simply an omission of quotation marks but also a paraphrase that fails to acknowledge the source. Therefore never try to pass off someone else's work as your own. It is a disgrace that results in expulsion or at the least an F in the course.
Attendance: Attendance is imperative in this class. For if you miss class on a particular day, you miss the points allotted for that day. If, on a given day, you don’t earn points as active participators in the class discussion, you will still get some points as passive participators for being present. But I expect you to take part in class discussions consistently. In case of sickness or an emergency, be sure to provide some sort of document. Be sure to let me know when you are late, otherwise you will be marked absent. I will allow three absences only for unavoidable circumstances. The fifth lateness will be an absence. I expect you to behave responsibly and maturely about all your assignments and in the class. Roll will be taken at the beginning of the hour. I expect you to bring your assigned reading material regularly to class and to have read the assigned text before coming to class. Cell phones must be switched off once class begins. I will not expect you to leave the classroom to answer a ringing phone. And I will not have you walking in or out in the middle of class unless you inform me about the emergency that requires this unusual and disruptive behavior. Be attentive.
Lauter, Paul, et al., eds. The
Heath Anthology of American Literature. 6th ed. Volumes C
MLA. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language
Association of America, 2009.
Abrams, M. H. and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 10th ed. Australia:
27 Aug Introduction to the course
29Aug Discuss Literary Terms (plot, paradox, ambiguity, tropes, irony,
signifier & signified)
31 Aug – 7 Sep Discuss Clemens’ The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (68 – 98)
3 Sep NO CLASSES (Labor Day)
10 – 14 Sep Discuss Howells’s “Editha” (248 – 259)
17 – 21 Sep Discuss James’s “The Beast in the Jungle” (313 – 341)
24 Sep 1st Test
26 Sep – 1 Oct Discuss Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” (415 – 419)
3 – 8 Oct Discuss S. Crane’s “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” (534 – 541)
10 Oct 1st Essay due
12 – 17 Oct Discuss Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-Paper” (673 –685)
19 Oct 2nd Test
22 – 26 Oct Discuss Jewett’s “A White Heron” (811 – 817)
29 Oct – 2 Nov Discuss Freeman’s “The Revolt of ‘Mother’” (856 – 866)
5 – 9 Nov Discuss Wharton’s “Roman Fever” (1297 – 1305)
12 Nov 3rd Test
14 – 19 Nov Discuss Anderson’s “Hands” (1350 – 1353)
21 – 25 Nov NO CLASSES (Thanksgiving Holiday)
26 Nov Discuss prosody
28 Nov 4th Test. 2nd Essay due
30 Nov – 5 Dec Discuss Frost’s “Mending Wall” (1337 – 1338)
and Millay’s “Love Is Not All” (1380)
7 Dec 5th Test
Please note that I reserve the right to modify the course syllabus at my discretion
Prince George’s Community College’s Statement on Civility:
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