110 Basil Hall
Office Hours: Tu/Th 9-9:30, Wed 12-2 (no appointment
needed during office hours), by appointment at other times, and whenever my office
door is open - feel free to drop by!
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Course Description & Goals
the best ways to understand a story, poem, or play? Why aren't all interpretations
created equal? When reading literature, should we try to figure out what the author
intended? English 200C is designed to help students learn to analyze literature
creatively and systematically. Though you don't have to be an English major to
succeed in this course, English 200C will be intellectually demanding and is specifically
designed to hone the reading and writing skills of English majors. To succeed,
you'll need to be hard-working, creative, open-minded, and an active learner.
We'll spend the first few weeks mastering the basics of formalism - the art of
analyzing how a work's form helps create its meaning. During this section of the
course, the readings will be relatively short - a series of poems - but you'll
be expected to delve very deeply into their form and meanings. Once students have
mastered the basics of formalist analysis, we'll move on to study some key aspects
of literary theory. Class will be collaborative and discussion-based, with lots
of in- and out-of-class writing and group work.
Texts and Materials
Homework Notebook Writings (totaling 50% of your final grade.
Prepare for class by writing responses to study questions on the day's readings.
These writing assignments will help you better understand and internalize the
readings so that you come to class well-prepared to learn and to contribute your
own ideas. These writing assignments must be typed, double-spaced, at least 2
pages long, in a 10- or 12-point font, with 1-inch margins, double-spaced, titled,
and carefully proofread. They will be evaluated on the basis of their completeness,
originality, and presentation; assignments with more than one sentence-level error
per page will be heavily penalized and may receive an "F," no feedback, or both.
Unfortunately, for security reasons (viruses/worms), it is impossible
for me to accept e-mailed papers.
Exams (totaling 35% of your final
grade). There will be two midterms (8% each of your final grade) and a final exam
(19% of your final grade). See the calendar below for details.
and Participation (15% of your final grade). There is no substitute for
showing up. Aim to miss no more than 2 classes. If you have a serious emergency,
such as a death in the family, auto accident, hospitalization, etc., please contact
me in advance or as soon as possible because it may be desirable for you to withdraw
from the class rather than fail outright. More than 2 absences and more than two
tardies will affect your final grade and may cause you to fail the course.
Students who participate constructively in class learn more, increase the quality
of the class, and introduce important ideas and questions. If you participate
regularly and constructively (listening attentively to everyone in the class and
speaking often) you will receive a high grade, based on my estimate of the value
of your contribution, in this category. Conversely, if your participation is negative
- whispering with friends, passing notes, chowing down on a noisy meal, leaving
litter behind, sleeping in class, etc. - you will receive a lower grade. If you
miss class, have another student discuss his or her notes with you. Then, if you
have further questions that they are unable to answer, contact me. You're responsible
for finding out about any assignments, due dates, and announcements and for fulfilling
them on time. Extra handouts and worksheets will be available after class on the
front of my office door, and on the website, for pickup or download anytime.
Statement for Students with Diagnosed
In compliance with St. John Fisher College policy and
applicable laws, appropriate academic accommodations are available to you if you
are a student with a disability. All requests for accommodations must be supported
by appropriate documentation/diagnosis and determined reasonable by St. John Fisher
College. Students with documented disabilities (physical, learning, psychological)
who may need academic accommodations are advised to make an appointment with the
Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Student Development
Center, Kearney 211. Late notification will delay requested accommodations.
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