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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 308"
COURSE NAME: "The 20th-Century Novel"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Lewis Samuel Klausner
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-12:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course deals with novels selected in terms of a particular theme or a particular period of time within the 20th century as, for example, the development of the traditional theme of romantic love in the first or the second third of the century. The novels studied may include both works written in English and works in translation.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

We will closely read and analyze four or five  twentieth-century novels. Candidates include Proust’s Swann in Love (from Remembrance of Things Past), selections from Joyce’s Ulysses, Woof’s Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov’s  Lolita or Pale Fire, Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, McCabe’s The Butcher Boy, Robinson’s Housekeeping, Adiga’s The White Tiger or Last Man in Tower,  Faulkner’s The Hamlet,  McEwan’s The Innocent,  Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, Philip Roth’s Sabbath’s Theater,  Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust, Spark’s The Life of Miss Jean Brodie, McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, and Morrison’s Song of Solomon

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will be acquainted with important twentieth-century novels and how they illustrate some of the trends of the genre in that century.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
paper one  15
midterm  20
paper two  20
final exam 20
class participation  10
paper three  15
   

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
This course will introduce students to some of the innovations that characterize the twentieth-century novel, and that make it different from its nineteenth-century predecessors. The character of the novel changes in the Twentieth Century under the pressures of new historical phenomenon to describe (the two World Wars, the Great Depression, and such), and by way of inventions of new ways to write fiction, and novels in particular.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Week One



Proust



Week Two



Proust



Week Three



Ulysses



Week Four



Ulysses



Week Five



Ulysses



Week Six



Mrs Dalloway



Week Seven



Mrs Dalloway



Week Eight



Pale Fire



Week Nine



Pale Fire



Week Ten



Housekeeping



Week Eleven



Housekeeping



Week Twelve



The White Tiger



Week Thirteen



The White Tiger



Week Fourteen



Review