English 2550N Survey of American Literature II (2008)

English 2550N Survey of American Literature II  *  TTH 15:05 – 16:20  *  W763
Dr. Kiki Benzon  *  office hours W 11:00 – 12:00 UH B-810K  *  kiki.benzon@uleth.ca

Required Texts: Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Version. 7th edition.

Innovations. Ed. Robert McLaughlan. Dalkey Archive Press.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Carson McCullers (1940).

Evaluation: two tests (20% each); one paper (30%); final exam (30%).

Week One: Sept 4.
Thurs. Introduction to the course.

Week Two: Sept 8 – 12.Tues. “American Literature 1865 – 1914” (1-13) “Realism and Naturalism” (569-70) HENRY JAMES from The Art of Fiction THEODORE DREISER “True Art Speaks Plainly”
Thurs. HENRY JAMES “The Beast in the Jungle” SARAH ORNE JEWETT “A White Heron”

Week Three: Sept 15 – 19.
Tues. “American Literature 1914 – 1945” (705-718) GERTRUDE STEIN from Tender Buttons and “A Little Novel” (Invs.)*
Thurs. ROBERT FROST “Mending Wall” WALLACE STEVENS “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS “The Red Wheelbarrow”

Week Four: Sept 22 – 26.
Tues. EZRA POUND “Portrait d’une Femme” “In a Station of the Metro”
Thurs. T.S. ELIOT The Waste Land

Week Five: Sept 29 – Oct 3.
Tues. MINA LOY “Parturition” H.D. “Leda” MARIANNE MOORE “The Mind is an Enchanting Thing”
Thurs. LANGSTON HUGHES “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” CLAUDE MCKAY “The Lynching” ZORA NEALE HURSTON “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”

Week Six: Oct 6 – 10.
Tues. Review / Practice for Test
Thurs. Test 1 (20%)

Week Seven: Oct 13 – 17.
Tues. ERNEST HEMINGWAY The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Thurs.    WILLIAM FAUKNER “A Rose for Emily”

Week Eight: Oct 20 – 24.
Tues. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD “Babylon Revisited”
Thurs. CARSON MCCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Week Nine: Oct 27 – 31.
Tues. CARSON MCCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Thurs.    CARSON MCCULLERS The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Week Ten: Nov 3 – 7.
Tues. Test 2 (20%)
Thurs. “American Literature since 1945” (1129 – 1138) ALLEN GINSBERG Howl

Week Eleven: Nov 10 – 14.
Tues. SYLVIA PLATH “Lady Lazarus” “Daddy” ROBERT LOWELL “Skunk Hour”
Thurs. JOHN CHEEVER “The Swimmer”

Week Twelve: Nov 17 – 21.
Tues. THOMAS PYNCHON “Entropy” JOHN BARTH “Menelaiad” (Invs.)
Thurs. ROBERT COOVER “You Must Remember This” (Invs.) GILBERT SORRENTINO “Lady the Brach” (Invs.)

Week Thirteen: Nov 24 – 26.
Tues. WILLIAM GADDIS “Szryk v. Village of Tatamount et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Virginia No. 105-87” (Invs.)
Thurs. CURTIS WHITE “Bonanza” (Invs.)

Week Fourteen: Dec 1 – 5.
Tues. DAVID FOSTER WALLACE “Little Expressionless Animals” (Invs.)
Thurs. Review for Final Exam

* “Invs.” Designates a work contained in Innovations (ed. McLaughlan)

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. An “A” paper, in other words, will receive a “B” grade. 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.