English 260
Dr. Morillo
Introduction to Literary Study
Winston 02    M, W, F  11:20--12:10
Spring 2012
Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/20612.htm
Office Hours: M W F 10-11;   and by appointment


An introduction to the English Literature (LAN) major. English 260 is designed especially for English majors and teaches them the fundamental skills of  how to read, interpret, and write  about literature from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of genres. Starting with primary texts from each of the three major genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, students will then explore a series of valuable and current methods for analyzing and appreciating literature and its place in the modern humanities. Work will include tests, short papers, discussions led by both the professor and the students, and independent research to apply interpretive methods to new texts.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

Course Requirements
1. Attendance  =  10%
2. Participation in discussions & Quizzes = 15%
3. in-class test on Poetics and Prosody = 15%
4. short essay interpreting fiction = 15%
5. short essay applying dramatic theory to a play 15%
6. co-lead discussion of a literary theory 10%
7. final exam  = 20%


total =                      100%

How I Figure Your Grades
Percentages for each required graded category are figured via a percentage of a 12-pt. scale in which an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on the final would net you 9 x .20 or 1.8 points.  Or, a C on participation nets you 5 x .15 or .75
I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade from 0 to 12.  For example, an 8.2 final score = B for the class.

Participation includes your grades on periodic quizzes, and coming to class prepared, having done the readings and being able to talk and write about them intelligently.

You must complete all the required work to pass the class. No opting out of assigned work.  I will grade plus/minus.

Attendance: You are allowed 3 absences. If you are absent, unexcused, more than 3 times over the course of the semester, your absences will count progressively against your final grade, as a significant part --10%--of your final grade. Every 2 absences beyond the allowed 3 loses you a half letter grade. Anyone who misses the first two classes can be immediately dropped from the class. For university attendance policy and the definition of an unexcused absence,

Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper, or the course at my discretion. And yes, I have caught people in the past.

Late Papers: Papers received ONE class session late will be accepted but docked a full grade. No late papers accepted after one class session late.

Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus
            Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/dso/

Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.

Required Print Text
s--available now in the NCSU bookstore.  http://ncsu.collegestoreonline.com/ePOS

1.   Kelly, Joseph., ed. The Seagull Reader: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton, 2001. Print.
  used  $14.55
     All readings from this Norton Anthology are indicated by page numbers in parentheses, after poem's title.

2.  James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw. Ed. Peter G. Beidler. 3rd ed. New York: Bedford St. Martins, 2009. Bedford Cultural Editions. Print.
new  $12.99

3. Mamet, David. Oleanna. Dramatist Play Service., 1998. Print.
used $5.65

4. Mamet, David. Three Uses of the Knife. New York: Vintage, 1998. Print
used $9.00

5. Culler, Jonathan. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford UP, 2000. Print.
used $9.00

6. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature. Ed. Wilfred Guerin et al. 6th ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. Print.
new $51.95

 Required Online Texts
1.    How to Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online (Morillo)

2.   Guide to Prosody (Morillo)

3. MLA Handbook Online  go to http://www.mlahandbook.org  
login as follows: user name = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu   password = bibmeth09

Also Recommended:
 Lennard, John. The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism.
          2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996.    $18.95

SYLLABUS  page numbers in parentheses are for the Seagull Reader. Corrected pages for Seagull 2nd editon are in BOLD, before the  first edition pages.Complete Readings before the date following the assignment.

M Jan-9 
Introduction: Why Study Literature?
Read and review before next week: Handbook of Critical Approaches, Glossary of Literary Terms (413-29)
Jan 11  
Read for today
Collins Introduction to Poetry
Approaching Poetry
a musical, figurative language
metaphors and similes
from Pope Essay on Man ; Whitman A Noiseless Patient Spider (190); Frost Design (81)

topics for class:
metaphors, figures, imagination and representation

F Jan 13 

Genre I: Poetry  Poet's Tool Kit: Sound and Rhyme
Listen: Robert Frost reads his Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Read for today:: Guide to Prosody (Morillo)
Seagull Reader: (pages of poems in parentheses)
resounding poems: Carroll Jabberwocky ( 61/37); Coleridge Kubla Khan ( 71/38); Hopkins God's Grandeur (161/ 99); Kinnell, Blackberry Eating ( 189/125).
Hardy, The Convergence of the Twain (141/89)  monorhyme:
 Browning, My Last Duchess ( 48/33); MacLeish Ars Poetica (215/138) rhymed couplets:
alternate rhyme: Robinson Richard Cory (265/163); Hardy Hap (140/88); alternate rhyme:
Hardy Hap; masculine end rhyme
Auden In Memory of W. B. Yeats [s1] (22/15)  feminine end rhyme:
 Komunyakaa Facing It (193/126) internal rhyme:& slant rhyme:

rhyme styles in rap lyrics

topics for class: examples of rhyme

M Jan 16

W Jan 18 
Poet's Tool Kit: Sound and Meter

Read for today:

Marlowe The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (139); Herrick Upon Julia's Clothes (219/99); Jonson On My First Daughter ( 178/115) [Iambic Tetrameter]
 Housman Terrence. this is stupid stuff (169/107) [Trochaic Tetrameter:]:
Housman Shot? so quick, so clean an ending? ( 168/106) [Alternate Trochaic & Iambic Tetrameter]
 Jonson Song to Celia (177/114); Wordsworth The Tables Turned (340/196) [Ballad or "Common' Meter (alternate trochaic tetrameter & trimeter)]
Browning My Last Duchess (48/33); Pope  [Iambic pentameter (heroic) couplets]
Wodsworth Nutting (349/198); Tennyson Ulysses (305/184); Frost Home Burial (119/69) [Blank Verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter]

topics for class: meter and rhythm

F Jan 20
Poet's Tool Kit: Lineation and Punctuation:

Read for today: Whitman Learned Astronomer America excerpt; Ginsberg A Supermarket in California;
Dickinson Fly Buzz; Frost After Apple-Picking

topics for class:  
lineation, end-stopping, enjambment, caesurae, punctuation, pauses and stops

M Jan 23    

Poet's Tool Kit: Forms
Read for today: Shakespeare Sonnet 29, 130 (276, 278/ 168-9); Shelly Ozymandias ( 280/170); Yeats Leda and the Swan ( 370/206); Frost Design (131/81)

topics for class: the sonnet

W Jan 25

Complex Forms:

Read for today:
Trochaic Octameter: Poe The Raven (244/155)
Terza Rima: Shelley Ode to the West Wind (280/171)
Villanelle: Thomas Do Not Go Gentle  into That Good Night (190); Bishop One Art (33/ 22)
Sestina:  Bishop Sestina ( 32/21)
Rime Royal: Crook, Rooster in Rime Royal *** online

Pantoum: Lisk  Poems of Dr. Tom Lisk

topics for class: fun with form

F Jan 27
Free Verse
Whitman A Noiseless Patient Spider (333/190); America; Moore Poetry (226/145); Olds Sex Without Love (231/147); Williams The Red Wheelbarrow (338/195); Stafford Traveling Through the Dark (293/ 176)
Poems of Dr. Jon Thompson

topics for class: beyond form?

M Jan 30  

REVIEW of poetry and prosody

W Feb 1
In-class Poetics and Prosody Test = Part I 20 questions @ 4pts/each, allot 20-25 minutes; Part II 1 poem to interpret @ 20 pts, allot 20-25 minutes   BE SURE TO ARRIVE ON TIME.  Closed book & notebook

 F Feb 3 
Genre II: Prose Fiction
Read for today: James, Turn of the Screw (read through Chapter 12 p. 78)

M Feb 6

Read for today: cont. finish story

W Feb 8

Read in Turn of the Screw, part II "Reactions" and "Henry James Responds"

F Feb 10

Read "Victorian Ghost in Fiction" and "Victorian Ghost in Fact"

M Feb 13
Short Paper Due: Close-Reading a Single Paragraph of fictionl

W Feb 15
Genre III: Drama
Read for today: Oleanna, Act I: Reading questions: What does John want? How do you know? What does Carol want? How do you know? Why is communication between John and Carol so fractured and halting?

F Feb 17

Read for today: Oleanna finish (Acts II and III)

M Feb 20

Read for today: Mamet, 3 Uses of the Knife

W Feb 22 

Read for today: Mamet, playwright and critic

F Feb 24      

Read for today: cont.

M Feb 27   
Read for today: Culler, Literary Theory, a Very Short Introduction : Chapters 1 - 3 What is Theory; What is Literature and Does it Matter? Literature and Cultural Studies

W Feb 29    
Short Paper Due: on drama Culler, chapters 4-6 Language, Meaning and Interpretation; Rhetoric, Poetics, and Poetry; Narrative

F Mar 2

Read for today: Culler Chapters 7-9 Performative Lanuge; Identity, Identification and Subject; Ethics and Aesthetics

M - F Mar 5-9 

NO CLASS, Spring Break

M Mar 12

Read for today: Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
I Traditional Approaches (17-70)

Theories and their Grounds of Meaning

W Mar 14 
Read for today: A Critical History of The Turn of the Screw (235-270)
F Mar 16

Read for today: evaluating a method:
Students lead discussion :  Paul Ammons, Brittany Barbour, Nathan Baralich

  Student Discussion Day Guidelines

M Mar 19 

Read for today: Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
II Formalist Approaches (74-124)

W Mar 21
Read for today: Reader Response Criticism and Turn of the Screw (pp. 271-301)

F Mar 23 
Read for today:
Students lead discussion
: Courtney Braese, Moni Chow, Daniel Dean

M Mar 26

Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
III Materialist Approaches (125-168)

W Mar 28
Read for today: Marxist Criticism and The Turn of the Screw (pp. 360-391)
F Mar 30 
Read for today:
Students lead discussion
Christina Goodson, Matt Kreisher, Jade Hennig

M Apr 2
Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
IV Literature & Linguistics (169-200)

W Apr 4
Read for today: Application to Turn of the Screw
F Apr 6  
M Apr  9
Read for today:
Students lead discussion
(196-7)  Jonathan Kim, Regan Hale, Mary Norris

W Apr 11
Read for today: Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
V The Psychological Approach (201-224)

F Apr 13
Read for today:  Psychoanalytic Criticism and  The Turn of the Screw (pp.  302-332)
M Apr 16
Read for today: Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
VI Feminist & Gender Studies Approaches (253-304)

W Apr 18
Read for today:
Students lead discussion :   Katie Putnam, Grant Rhine, Sonya Sells

F Apr 20
Read for today: Gender Criticism and The Turn of the Screw (pp. 333-359)
M Apr 23
Read for today:
Students lead discussions
: Nathan Snapp, Kelly Snyder

W Apr 25
Read for today: Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
VII  Cultural Studies Approaches (305-360)

F Apr 27
Read for today:
Students lead discussions : Kim Swank, Lauren Webb

for the texts for part 3 of the final exam, click on the links below

ONLINE CLASS EVALUATION FORMS: https://classeval.ncsu.edu

 Wed. May 9
Final Exam. The exam will be in 3 parts. Part 1 will be 10 short-answer questions (chosen from 12) about literary theories and the interpretations we've discussed of Turn of the Screw in your edition of James. Part 2 will be your self-relfection, an essay on your own statement from the beginning of the semester about why you wish to study literature. Part 3. You will choose ONE of the following complete, new texts to interpret, bringing to bear anything about literature and theory you find most relevant to comprehending it: a) Poem-- "Paradoxes and Oxymorons" (1981, American), by John Ashbery b) prose fiction-- "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" (1922, American), F. Scott Fitzgerald; c) play -- The Bacchantes, by Euripides (410 BCE, Greek tragedy, translated into English). You should read all 3 before deciding which to pick. You should take notes and bring your annotated copy to the exam, but you will write the interpretation during the exam.

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