~ LIT 165 Syllabus ~ ~
to Literature WCU/lit165/SPRING 2002
Instructor: Stacy Tartar Esch
OFFICE: Main Hall, 417
PHONE: 610-436-2220 (or 436-2822, English Dept. Secretary, for emergencies
MAIL/LATE PAPER DROP: Main Hall, English faculty mailroom on the fifth
OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Wednesday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
introductory level literature class is designed to help students acquire the
tools for understanding, appreciating, and critically analyzing three genres
of imaginative literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. Throughout the semester,
you will learn basic concepts related to literary technique and innovation.
You'll be expected to exercise your objective critical thinking skills as you
read, analyze, and discuss a variety of stories, poems, and plays. Please note
that LIT 165 is no longer a writing emphasis course and ENG 121 is no longer
Meyer, Michael. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading
Thinking Writing, Fifth Edition, Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press,
Students are expected to carefully read and analyze all assigned work prior
to class, and to actively participate in all class exercises, discussions, and
presentations. Preparation and active participation in class are a significant
portion of your semester grade (see below).
Students will be
expected to complete four examinations (including the final exam) as well as
occasional quizzes, homework and classwork exercises, in-class response papers,
and informal oral presentations.
PERCENTAGE OF GRADE / APPROXIMATE DATE DUE
Fiction Exam / 20% / Late February
Drama Exam / 20% / March
Poetry Exam / 20% / Late April
Final Paper / 20% / Finals week
Quizzes & Classwork / 20% / throughout
Each Exam will
include 30-50 multiple choice, true/false, and matching items designed to gage
the student's ability to recall, comprehend, and analyze literary works assigned
as well as understand and apply concepts related to the literature assigned.
These concepts will be drawn both from the textbook and material provided in
class. The instructor will provide study guides before each exam. Motivated
students may pursue supplemental (extra credit) writing assignments to accompany
exam grades (after consulting with the instructor).
objective T/F questions) may pop up at any given time during the semester to
assess preparation and reading comprehension.
may also pop up at any given time to assess your level of engagement with the
material assigned. A fairly typical kind of response paper prompt might be a
question like, "What do you think you'll remember most about X three days
or three years from now?"
Attendance: Students are expected to attend every class having read
the assigned material. Any student who misses more than four class periods can
expect to receive a lowered grade. For instance, missing five classes will lower
your final grade one-half step (B = B-). Missing six or more classes will lower
your final grade one whole step (B+ = C+). Missing more than six classes will
lower your final grade two whole steps (C = F). Students with serious problems
or medical emergencies should notify the Dean of Students, who will contact
your instructors about any necessary adjustments. Please be advised that it
is not always possible to make up work missed due to absence, but you should
pursue the possibility by contacting me immediately when you know you'll be
absent or when you return. Coming to class late: Although I'd rather you come
to class late than not at all, chronic lateness to class is disruptive and unacceptable.
Please have consideration for your classmates and for the instructor if you
are entering the classroom late. Occasional tardiness is not a problem but if
it becomes habitual, those lateness will be recorded as absences and you will
run a higher risk of receiving a lowered or failing grade for the course.
All assigned work is expected on its due date. Late papers are penalized, and
when students are clearly negligent, not accepted. Students are encouraged to
email the instructor any assignment you have failed to bring to class. If I
receive it on the day it is due, I won't count it late. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students are responsible for being in class on test days. Students may make
up an exam only if special arrangements are made in advance. Students who have
made no special arrangements in advance may not be permitted to take a make-up
exam, or the make-up exam may be severely penalized.
If you are having trouble with a writing assignment, do not hesitate to bring
your problem to my attention or bring your essay to the Writing Center in Main
203. The Writing Center offers free professional tutoring to any student who
is writing a paper for any course offered by the college. The staff will help
students develop methods to find a topic, organize their ideas, revise a rough
draft, or proofread a final draft for standard grammar and punctuation. Tutors
will not serve as your proofreaders, however; their aim is to help you develop
your own skills. No appointment is needed.
I will make accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a disability,
please make your needs known to me and contact the Office of Services for Students
with Disabilities at 436-3217. Sufficient notice is required to make such accommodations
I'll calculate your final grade based on your three exam scores, your final
paper score, and your quiz scores. Students who actively participate in class
discussions can in most cases expect a boost to their final grade.
Your final percentage
will be converted to a letter grade as follows:
93 - 100 = A
89 - 92 = A-
87 - 88 = B+
82 - 86 = B
79 - 81 = B
77 - 78 = C+
72-76 = C
70 - 71 = C-
68 - 69 = D+
62-67 = D
60 - 61 = D-
59 - below = F
schedule which appears below for each genre may change slightly during the course
of the semester. Selections may be substituted or added. Any changes will be
announced in class.
semester I will post supplemental reading materials, any changes to the required
reading list, as well as class lectures or handouts on my website (http://brainstorm-services.com/wcu-lit).
I encourage you to check this site regularly, in addition to reading the required
material listed below.
Please note that
the selections listed below are not always presented in the order we will study
them. Please listen carefully in class for specific reading assignments.
The Story of an Hour (10), A Sorrowful Woman, (33), A&P (480), Eveline (427),
Bartleby the Scrivener (110), Miss Brill (226), The Birthmark (277), How to
Tell A True Love Story (459)
Popular Mechanics (238), Girl (438)--student selections will be added to
Dust of Snow (handout/web)
Much Madness Is Divinest Sense- (761)
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers (handout/web)
The Mother (handout/web)
Mother to Son (handout/web)
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (907)
A Simile (handout/web)
That Time Of Year Thou May'st In Me Behold (902)
Winter Trees (handout/web)
My Papa's Waltz (701)
Dulce Et Decorum Est (610)
Death of the Ball Turret Gunner (573)
next to of course god america i (643)
The Unknown Citizen (874)
Rite of Passage (737)
The Golf Links (handout/web)
Richard Cory (640)
Me Up At Does (handout/web)
The Red Wheelbarrow (734)
Those Winter Sundays (532)
A Noiseless Patient Spider (629)
L (A (547)
The Panther (In the Jarden Des Plantes, Paris) (611)
The Secretary Chant (531)
One Perfect Rose (699)
First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels (739)
Sophocles, Oedipus (981-1073)
Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House (1137-1202)
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Othello, or Looking for Richard
Extra Credit options may exist for interested students. See the instructor for