~LIT 165 Syllabus ~ ~
to Literature WCU/lit165/FALL 2001
Instructor: Stacy Tartar Esch
PHONE: (English Dept. Secretary) 436 - 2822
MAIL/LATE PAPER DROP: Main Hall, English faculty mailroom on the fifth
introductory level literature class is designed to help you acquire the tools
for understanding, appreciating, and writing about quality literature. This
semester you will learn some basic concepts about literary technique and innovation
as we explore three genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. You'll be expected to
develop your objective critical thinking skills as you read, analyze, and discuss
a variety of stories, poems, and plays.
Meyer, Michael. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading
Thinking Writing, Fifth Edition, Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press,
This is a writing emphasis course; therefore, several essays as well as a final
paper will be assigned and graded rigorously for both form and content.
A total of three
examinations will be distributed throughout the semester and will be weighted
PERCENTAGE OF GRADE / APPROXIMATE DATE DUE
Fiction Exam / 20% / Late September
Drama Exam / 20% / October
Poetry Exam / 20% / Late November
Final Paper / 20% / Finals week
Quizzes & Classwork / 20% / throughout
Each exam will
include a take-home question(s) and may also include an objective, in-class
test to gage the student's understanding of relevant concepts and reading comprehension.
The take-home questions will be evaluated based on the writer's ability to focus,
organize, and develop ideas in response to the given question(s). Points may
be deducted for incorrect grammar, spelling, punctuation, or for weak style,
depending on the frequency of error. Points will not be deducted for expressing
opinions which differ from the instructor's! In fact, if you express your ideas
clearly, logically, and persuasively, you may gain more than a few for demonstrating
your ability to develop original ideas.
will be presented in detail to meet the requirement for the final paper. One
option is to do a research paper based on some interesting aspect of one or
more literary works that you choose. Another option is to do an in-depth analysis
of one or more literary works the way such an analysis is described in your
textbook (p. 1460-64).
Quizzes in both
objective and essay format may pop up at any given time during the semester
to assess preparation and comprehension. Your average at the end of the semester
is your final quiz score. Absence on a quiz day will hurt your average!
Students are expected to attend every class having read the assigned material.
Any student who misses more than the equivalent of two weeks of class will have
his/her average lowered appropriately at the instructor's discretion. Be advised
that it is not always possible to make up work missed due to absence. 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. Occassional 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.
Late Papers: All work must be turned in on the due date. Late papers
are penalized one point for each day late. If I am not available, place it in
my mailbox. If an emergency arises that truly prevents you from handing in your
work, and you are serious about continuing in the course, it is your responsibility
to contact me immediately.
The Writing Center
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:
97 - 100 = A+
93 - 96 = 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).
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)
Henrik Ibsen A Doll's House (1142)
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman (1314)
exist for interested students.
See the instructor for further details.