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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 205-2"
COURSE NAME: "Introduction to the Novel "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Lewis Samuel Klausner
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 3:00-4:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course traces various developments in the genre of the novel from the 17th to the 20th centuries through a reading of selected representative texts. In addition, students are required to consider these works alongside of the development of theories about the novel.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
We  will read four  novels, trying to understand  the particular vision and art of specific writers, as well as our own role as readers and interpreters. We will consider how the novel developed over time, responding both to history in general and the literary history of the novel itself. We will look at critical works about these novels, and talk about them as well.
You must infallibly have read the novels by the date indicated in the schedule I will provide on the first day of class. The course is reading intensive and you would do well to try and read the novels before the beginning of the Fall term.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
You will learn how to identify the constituting elements of the novel, understand how these elements are used for effective narration and acquire the necessary skills to approach the texts critically. You will also learn how to write a critical essay that might enlarge, deepen, or enrich another reader's appreciation of a novel. You will need to write clear, effective formal prose that conforms to academic formats and standards.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
First Paper (Robinson Crusoe)  15
Second Paper (Madame Bovary)  15
Third Paper (Passage to India)  15
Fourth Paper (The Human Stain)  15
Fifth Paper (The White Tiger9  15
Final Exam  15
Class Participation 10

-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:
Three absences (excused or unexcused) are permitted, after which there may be a deduction of a grade.
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

Introduction to the course and to the history of the novel.

Robinson Crusoe



Week Two

Robinson Crusoe



Week Three

Robinson Crusoe



Week Four (First paper due)

Madame Bovary



Week Five

Madame Bovary



Week Six

Madame Bovary



Week Seven (Second Paper Due)

Passage to India



Week Eight

Passage to India



Week Nine

Passage to India



Week Ten (Third Paper Due)

The Human Stain



Week Eleven

The Human Stain



Week Twelve

The Human Stain



Week Thirteen (Fourth Paper Due)

Last Man in Tower



Week Fourteen

Last Man in Tower



Final Exam