EGL 207



Instructor: Dr S Selina Jamil                                                      Office: M3059                         

Spring 2007                                                                             Office Hours: MWF 7 – 8.50 AM

Number 3480: MWF 9 – 9.50 AM (M3081)                           Office Phone:  301 386 7541

Number 3482: MWF 11 – 11.50 AM (M    )                           Email:                                                                                        



Course Description and Objectives: My section of EGL 207 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 America and the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America? You will closely read and then write analytically about the selected pieces mentioned under the tentative calendar. For this course aims at refining your ability to express sophisticated ideas about specific American authors thoughtfully and clearly, intelligently and logically. Consequently, the thrust of this course is for you to become potent and articulate thinkers.



The Department’s “Expected Course Outcomes”:

Students successfully completing the course must 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

American literature.

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.





The Work and Grades: You will write three essays, and I expect you to use research material in two. 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 four tests and a final exam. Further, you will take part in class discussion regularly. 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. 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                                                           100 points

2nd and 3rd Essays                                             400 (200 for each)

                                    Tests                                                                200 points (50 for each)

                                    Final Exam                                                       100 points

                                    Class Discussion                                               200 points


                                                                                                            1000 points


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. 5th ed. 2 vols. Boston:

     Houghton, 2006.


In addition, you will need a dictionary, thesaurus, and a writer's reference book.











                        TENTATIVE CALENDAR


26 Jan                          Explain syllabus                       

29 Jan                          Discuss literary terms

31 Jan                          Discuss literary terms

2 - 7 Feb                      Discuss Clemens’ “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” (70 -100)

9 Feb                           Discuss Clemens’ “The War Prayer” (104 – 106)

12 -14 Feb                   Discuss Howells’s “Editha” (269-279)

16 Feb                         1st Test. 1st Essay due

19 Feb                         COLLEGE CLOSED (President’s Day)                                              

21 Feb – 9 Mar            Discuss Chopin’s The Awakening (363 – 453)             

12 Mar                         2nd Test                      

14 - 16 Mar                 Discuss S. Crane’s “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” (513 – 520)

19 - 21 Mar                 Discuss Jewett’s “”A White Heron” (694 – 701)                                  

23 - 26 Mar                 Discuss Freeman’s “A New England Nun” (715 – 723)                       

28  - 30 Mar                Discuss Freeman’s “The Revolt of ‘Mother’” (723 – 733)

2 Apr                           3rd Test. 2nd Essay due

4 – 6 Apr                     Discuss Wharton’s “The Other Two” (983 – 99)

9 – 13 Apr                   COLLEGE CLOSED (Spring Break)

16 - 20 Apr                  Discuss Wharton’s “Roman Fever” (1019 – 1028)

23 – 27 Apr                 Discuss Anderson’s Hands” (1073 – 1076)

30 Apr                         Prosody

2 May                          Discuss Frost’s “Mending Wall” (1060 – 1061)

4 May                          3rd Essay due. Discuss Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” (1061)

7 May                          Discuss Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (1067)                  

9 May                          4th Test

11 May                        Final Exam (# 3482)

14 May                        Final Exam (# 3480)