English 1900I Introduction to Language and Literature (2009)

English 1900I Introduction to Language and Literature  *  TTH  16:30 – 17:45   W565  *  Dr. Kiki Benzon  *  kiki.benzon@uleth.ca  *  Office Hours: by appointment  *  University Hall B-810K  *
T.A.: Kent Aardse  * kent.aardse@uleth.ca  *  Office Hours: W 13:00 – 14:00  *  Room: TBA

Required Texts: The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer; Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.

You will be given a booklet containing grammar instruction and exercises. Please bring this to class with you for weeks two and three of the course. If you lose the booklet, you can download another one here.

Evaluation: Grammar Midterm (20%); 2 Papers (4-5 pp, 25% each); Final Exam (30%).

Week 1: September 10.
TH. Introduction to the course / Grammar and Essays

Week 2: September 14 – 18.
T. ORWELL “Politics and the English Language” (download here) / Grammar
TH. Grammar / Essays

Week 3: September 21 – 25.
T. Grammar / Essays
TH. Grammar / Essays

Week 4: September 28 – October 2.
T. Midterm Exam (20%)
TH. FAULKNER “A Rose for Emily”

Week 5: October 5 – 9.
T. Review Midterm Exam / UPDIKE “A&P”
TH. MELVILLE “Bartleby, The Scrivener”

Week 6: October 12 – 16.
T. VONNEGUT Slaughterhouse Five
TH. VONNEGUT Slaughterhouse Five

Week 7: October 19 – 23.
T. VONNEGUT Slaughterhouse Five
TH. VONNEGUT Slaughterhouse Five

Week 8: October 26 – 30.
T. SHAKESPEARE “My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” / ST. VINCENT-MILLAY “I Will Put Chaos into Fourteen Lines” / THOMAS “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night”
TH. First Paper Due (25%) / POUND “In a Station of the Metro” / WILLIAMS “The Red Wheelbarrow”

Week 9: November 2 – 6.
T. CUMMINGS “l(a” / JUSTICE “Order in the Streets”
TH. ARNOLD “Dover Beach”

Week 10: November  9 – 13.
T. ELIOT “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”
TH. ELIOT “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Week 11: November  16 – 20.
T. GLASPELL Trifles
TH. SHAKESPEARE Othello

Week 12: November  23 – 27.
T. SHAKESPEARE Othello
TH. SHAKESPEARE Othello

Week 13: November  30 – December 4.
T. Second Paper Due (25%) SHAKESPEARE Othello
TH. WILLIAMS The Glass Menagerie

Week 14: December 7 – 11.
T. WILLIAMS The Glass Menagerie
TH. WILLIAMS The Glass Menagerie

Final Exam (30%)—date TBA, during exam period

Grade scale: A+ 91% to 100%; A 85% to 90%; A- 80% to 84%; B+ 77% to 79%; B 73% to 76%; B-70% to 72%; C+ 67% to 69%; C 63% to 66%; C- 60% to 62%; D+ 55% to 59%; D 50% to 54%; F <50%.

Course Policies: Papers handed in after the due date will be subject to a reduction of one full letter grade per day late, for up to four days. An “A” paper, in other words, will receive a “B” grade if it is handed in one day late. After four days, the paper will receive a zero. All papers must be written in accordance with MLA rules for citation and style. Plagiarism is theft; if plagiarism is suspected, the matter will be investigated and, if found guilty, the student will fail the course and may face further penalty from the university. A missed test or final exam will receive a zero grade.