AMERICAN LITERATURE: LATE NINETEENTH AND EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURIES
Instructor: Dr S Selina Jamil Office: M3059
Spring 2007 Office Hours: MWF
Number 3480: MWF 9 – 9.50 AM (M3081) Office Phone: 301 386 7541
Number 3482: MWF 11 – 11.50 AM (M ) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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.
In addition, you will need a dictionary, thesaurus, and a writer's reference book.
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
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)