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prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302.
required texts: Conarroe, ed., Six American Poets (Vintage); Melville, Moby-Dick (Penguin); Nabokov, Lolita (Vintage); Whitehead, John Henry Days (Anchor). All are paperback.
syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/2329f02/2329index.html
course description: This is a course in reading and critiquing American literature.
course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have read works by nine major American authors, and will have developed some practice in critical reading of literature.
attendance is semi-optional. In order to "collect" points for a short-paper assignment, you must be in class on the day that the assignment is handed back and discussed. You must be in class on the day of an exam to take that exam; there's no provision for make-up work. There's no penalty for missing other meetings, though you will find the course very hard to follow if you don't come to class.
drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 15 November.
assignments: 12 short papers (one page maximum); three essay exams
grading: Grading is on a point system, with zero or one point possible for each short-paper assignment and zero, one or two points possible for each exam.
Short papers will receive only one point or no points. Most relevant papers will receive one point. But you will receive no points if your paper is: handwritten; irrelevant to the topic; or late. If you do not come to class on the day the assignment is turned back, you do not earn the point for that assignment. If you aren't in class on the day of an exam, there is no possibility of a make-up exam.
I think that a B is a very good grade for an undergraduate course, and that a C grade is quite acceptable. The grade of A indicates excellence rather than mere completion of the course.
academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]
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student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.
library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at email@example.com You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp
writing center: located on the fourth floor of the Central Library, and at http://www.uta.edu/owl/ , the Writing Center provides free tutoring for UTA students. Tutors will not write your papers for you, but will help you understand and use strategies for effective writing.
schedule of assignments and readings
Tues 27 Aug: syllabus; introduction to course
Thurs 29 Aug: lecture: Walt Whitman
for prompts for papers 1-4 click here
Tues 3 Sept: #1 due: Whitman; lecture: Herman Melville
Thurs 5 Sept: discuss Whitman; #1 turned back
Tues 10 Sept: #2 due: Moby-Dick, esp. chapters 1, 26-29, and 41-42; lecture: Moby-Dick
Thurs 12 Sept: discuss Moby-Dick; #2 turned back
Tues 17 Sept: #3 due: Moby-Dick, esp. chapters 60-80 and 91-99; lecture: Emily Dickinson
Thurs 19 Sept: discuss Moby-Dick; #3 turned back
Tues 24 Sept: #4 due: Dickinson; no lecture
Thurs 26 Sept: discuss Dickinson; #4 turned back
Tues 1 Oct: lecture: Robert Frost
Thurs 3 Oct: first midterm exam
for prompts for papers 5-8 click here
Tues 8 Oct: #5 due: Frost; lecture: Vladimir Nabokov
Thurs 10 Oct: discuss Frost; #5 turned back
Tues 15 Oct: #6 due: Lolita; lecture: Lolita
Thurs 17 Oct: discuss Lolita; #6 turned back
Tues 22 Oct: #7 due: Lolita; lecture: Wallace Stevens
Thurs 24 Oct: discuss Lolita; #7 turned back
Tues 29 Oct: #8 due: Stevens; no lecture
Thurs 31 Oct: discuss Stevens; #8 turned back
Tues 5 Nov: lecture: William Carlos Williams
Thurs 7 Nov: second midterm exam
for prompts for papers 9-12 click here
Tues 12 Nov: #9 due: Williams; lecture: Colson Whitehead
Thurs 14 Nov: discuss Williams; #9 turned back
Tues 19 Nov: #10 due: John Henry Days; lecture: John Henry Days
Read about John Henry. Hear versions of "John Henry."
Thurs 21 Nov: discuss John Henry Days; #10 turned back
Tues 26 Nov: #11 due: John Henry Days; lecture: Langston Hughes
Thurs 28 Nov: Thanksgiving
Tues 3 Dec: #12 due: Hughes; discuss John Henry Days; #11 turned back; course evaluations
Thurs 5 Dec: discuss Hughes; #12 turned back; course evaluations
Thurs 12 Dec 8am-1030am: final exam (in regular classroom)
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