English 2550N American Literature II (2011)

English 2550N American Literature II
TTH 18:00-19:15
D630 Dr. Kiki Benzon
kiki.benzon@uleth.ca
Office Hours: Tues. 16:50-17:50
University Hall B-810K

Required Texts: The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Seventh Edition (Baym, Ed.); The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson Macullers

Evaluation: 2 Midterms (20% each); 1500-1800 word paper (30%); Final Exam (30%).

Week 1: September 8
TH. Introduction to the course

Week 2: September 12 – 16
T. HENRY JAMES “Daisy Miller: A Study”
TH. SARAH ORNE JEWETT “A White Heron”

Week 3: September 19 – 23
T. CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN “The Yellow Wall-paper”
TH. NO CLASS

Week 4: September 26 – 29
T. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Up From Slavery: Chapter XIV. The Atlanta Exposition Address
TH. T. W. E. B. DU BOIS The Souls of Black Folk: III. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others

Week 5: October3 – 7
T. CLAUDE McKAY “The Lynching”; LANGSTON HUGHES, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
TH. ZORA NEALE HURSTON “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”

Week 6: October 10 – 14
T. RICHARD WRIGHT “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”
TH. MIDTERM 1

Week 7: October 17 – 21
T. WILLIAM FAULKNER “Barn Burning”
TH. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD “Babylon Revisited”

Week 8: October 24 – 28
T. ERNEST HEMINGWAY “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
TH. T.S.ELIOT “The Hollow Men”; EZRA POUND “Portrait d’une Femme”

Week 9: October 31 – November 4
T. GERTRUDE STEIN, “Objects”
TH. WALLACE STEVENS “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

Week 10: November 7 – 11
T. MIDTERM 2
TH. CARSON McCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Week 11: November 14 – 18
T. CARSON McCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
TH. CARSON McCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Week 12: November 21 – 25
T CARSON McCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
TH. JOHN CHEEVER “The Swimmer”

Week 13: November 28 – December 2
T. JOHN UPDIKE “Separating”
TH. RAYMOND CARVER “Cathedral”

Week 14: December 5 – 9
T. THOMAS PYNCHON “Entropy”
TH. PAPER DUE

Review for the Final Exam

Final Exam (30%)—December 19, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

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.