Office: FO 110 Office Hours Friday 1:30-3 & by appt.
Phone: 924-4439 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course examines a sampling of American novels from the last two centuries. Instruction will focus on the genre of the novel as well as the individual works assigned. Some of the thematic questions that we will tackle include the way that personal and national identities are shaped or defined in the fictional texts.
1. To gain an awareness of the way the novel has been classified and (re)defined in literary history.
2. To explore the specific thematic and generic innovations that Americans have made in the form of the novel.
3. To strengthen our abilities to engage literary text and to analyze both its form and content as well as its social and historical contexts.
Coursework includes reading assignments (see schedule
below); two five to six-page formal literary analyses/research papers;
and a final exam composed of both essay and identification questions. Your
attendance and participation in class will also affect your grade as in-class
quizzes or other weekly written assignments will comprise 10% of your course
grade and you must be present in class (and have completed the reading
for the day) to complete each one.
|Paper One||5-6 page analysis w/ research||30%|
|Paper Two||5-6 page analysis w/ research||30%|
|Final Exam||essay and I.D.ís||25%|
|In-class quizzes/assignments||15 (some take-home)||15%|
The following statement has been adopted by the English department for inclusion in all greensheets:
The Department of English reaffirms its commitment to the differential grading scale as defined in the SJSU Catalog ("The Grading System"). Grades issued must represent a full range of student performance: A = excellent; B = above average; C = average; D = below average; F = failure. Courses graded according to the A,, B, C, No Credit system shall follow the same pattern, except that NC (No Credit) shall replace D or F. In such classes, NC shall also substitute for W (Withdrawal) because neither grade (NC or W) affects students' GPA.
B [80-82=B-, 83-86=B, 87-89=B+] Above average: The "B" essay demonstrates a good understanding of its subject, a clear and persuasive use of evidence, a certain level of ease of expression, and solid organization. However, it usually lacks the level of originality and creativity that characterizes the insight found in an "A" essay.
C [70-72=C-, 73-76=C, 77-79=C+] = Average: The "C" essay makes a good attempt at all the assignment's requirements. It has a reasonable understanding of its subject matter but its ideas are frequently simplistic or over-generalized. The writing style is also more bland and repetitive than the style shown by "A" and "B" essays and it often contains flaws in grammar, punctuation, spelling and/or word choice. It may also use textual evidence out of context.
D [60-62=D-, 63-66=D, 67-69=D+] = Below average: The "D" essay is poorly organized and generally unclear. It has inappropriate or inadequate examples, is noticeably superficial or simplistic, and/or contains some serious mechanical and grammatical problems. A "D" essay may also reveal some misunderstanding of the assignment requirements.
F = Failure: An "F" essay has not addressed the requirements of the assignment and is unacceptable work in terms of both form and content.
Seven Required Texts
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter (1850) [Norton Critical preferred]
Herman Melville, Billy Budd (written 1885-91/pub. 1924) [Penguin]
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (1920) [Scribner's]
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) [Scribner's]
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (1936) [Vintage]
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey: his Fake
Book (1987) [Vintage]
January 24,W: Introduction: Defining our canon; Defining the novel as a genre
January 31, W: Scarlet Letter
February 7, W: Scarlet Letter
February 14, W: Billy Budd
February 21, W: The Age of Innocence (Book I)
February 28, W: The Age of Innocence (Book II)
March 7, W: Paper 1 Due. The Great Gatsby
March 14, W: Absalom, Absalom! (chapters 1-5)
March 21, W: Absalom, Absalom! (chapters 6-9)
Spring Break: March 24-April 1
April 4, W: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (to page 195/end of chapter 9)
April 11, W: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (to page 382/through chapter 17)
April 18, W: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
April 25, W: Tripmaster Monkey (to 164)
May 2, W: Tripmaster Monkey
May 9, W: Paper 2 Due. Review for Final Exam
Final Exam: Wednesday May 23, 7:45-10 PM