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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 200"
COURSE NAME: "Introduction to Literature "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session I 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Lewis Samuel Klausner
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: Remote Learning
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This is a reading and writing intensive course. Students in 200-level literature classes are required to produce 4-5,000 words of critical writing. Presupposing no previous knowledge in particular of literature, the course deals in an intensive manner with a very limited selection of works in the three genres of fiction, drama, and poetry. Students learn the basic literary terms that they need to know to approach literary texts. They are required to do close readings of the assigned texts, use various critical approaches, and write several critical essays on specified readings.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
We will read poems, stories, and plays, and discuss them in class.We will talk about ways of reading and talking about literature, and also about writing literary criticism and commentary.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will have a better understanding of the literary genres in general as well as insights into the works of individual works and authors. Students will have better understanding of how to organize and write essays in literary criticism and commentary.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
First Paper on PoetryReading of one poem10
Second paper on poetry A comparison of two poems10
First paper on Fiction A paper that focuses on a specific technique of fiction writing10
Second paper on fiction A longer paper on fiction20
Midterm exam Short IDs and an essay on readings from the first half of the semester10
Drama Paper A paper comparing ancient with modern drama 10
Final Exam Short answer IDs and an essay question on works from the 2nd half of the course10
class participation Participation in class discussion and group work10
First Drama Paper Commentary on a single play10

-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:
Students are permitted 3 absences (excused or unexcused) without loss of points from their final grade. Four or five absences will result in a loss of points from the final grade. Students cannot pass the course with 6 or more absences.
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: What is Literature? Writing about Literature. 
What is Poetry? Meter and Rhyme, Patterned Language.   I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail, Those Winter Sundays. 

Poems: We Real Cool, The Mother, Dulce et Decorum Est, For a Lady I Know. 

 Week Two
To My Dear and Loving Husband, A Noiseless Patient Spider, I Ask My Mother to Sing, The Spring and Fall, Evening Air Blues. 

Sonnets: On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer, Since There's No Help, Love is Not All: It Is Not Meat nor Drink. Shakespeare's Sonnets 73, 146. 


Week Three

More Sonnets: Nothing in Heaven Functions as It Ought, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent,  Acquainted with the Night, The Silken Tent, Shakespeare's Sonnets 29 and 116. 

Week Four

Facing It, Lying in a Hamoock at WIlliam Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota, The Solitary Reaper 

Week Five
The Structure of Fiction: Plot, Character, Setting, Point of View, Voice. 
The Necklace

Say Yes


Week Six

Boys and Girls

A&P

Week 7

How To Become a Writer, The Things They Carried

The Story of an Hour, Desiree's Baby, Ripe Figs. 

Week 8

A Hunger Artist

Misery

Week 9
Midterm
Antigone

Week 10
Death of A Salesman 

Week 11
 A Doll's House 

 Week 12
Hamlet

Week 13
Hamlet 

Week 14
Review

Final