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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 315-A"
COURSE NAME: "Selected Topics in American Literature: Tennessee Williams "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Carlos Dews
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 6:15-7:35 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:
This course explores in some depth a particular period, theme(s), or genre in American Literature. Students study the major historical and cultural contexts out of which the works grew. An important aim of the course is to deepen students' knowledge of a certain topic through a choice of representative writers and works. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.  This is a reading and writing intensive course. Students in 300-level literature classes are required to produce 5-6,000 words of critical writing.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course considers the major plays and one novel by Tennessee Williams as well as the critical responses to his work.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students completing this course will be familiar with the major plays of Tennessee Williams and the critical issues relevant to their study.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Tennessee Williams: Plays 1937-1955Tennessee WilliamsLibrary of America978-1883011864 This book will be available at the Almost Corner Bookshop
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Monologue Analysis and Performance 40
Term Paper 40
Presentation 20

-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 required to attend all scheduled class meetings and to participate in all classroom activities. Students are allowed only two absences (no questions asked, no excuse needed). However, each additional absence beyond the two allowed will result in the significant reduction in the final grade for the course. Students with more than five absences will fail the course.  Student arriving at class after the class attendance has been taken will be counted as absent.  Please refer to the JCU catalog for the attendance and absence policies.
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

A definitive schedule for the class will be provided at the beginning of the term via Moodle.

Week 1:  Introduction to Williams and his work
Week 2:  The Glass Menagerie
Week 3:  The Glass Menagerie, continued. 
Week 4:  The Glass Menagerie, continued. Student presentations. 
Week 5:  A Streetcar Named Desire.
Week 6:  A Streetcar Named Desire, continued.
Week 7  ,A Streetcar Named Desire, continued.  Student presentations.
Week 8   Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Week 9   Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, continued.
Week 10  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, continued.  Student presentations.
Week 11  Suddenly Last Summer
Week 12  Suddenly Last Summer, continued. 
Week 13  Suddenly Last Summer, continued. Student presentations.
Week 14  Term paper workshop and student scene performances.
Week 15  Student scene performances.  Term paper due.