ENGL 6339

Tim Morris

Genre Fiction Fall 2003

6-9 PM Wed first floor Carlisle Hall

office hours: 614 Carlisle Hall 1-4 PM Tuesdays, and by appointment
tmorris@uta.edu

office phone: none

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

prerequisites: ENGL 5300 (or concurrently, or you are fixing to take it in Spring 2004)

required texts: Auel, Jean, The Clan of the Cave Bear; Bloom, Clive, Cult Fiction: Popular Reading and Pulp Theory; Greenberg, Eric Rolfe, The Celebrant; Hammett, Dashiell, The Maltese Falcon; O'Brian, Patrick, HMS Surprise; Radway, Janice A, Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature; Tompkins, Jane, West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns; plus one brief handout

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/6339f03/6339index.html

course description: This course will explore the ways in which scholars write about "genre fiction": formulaic popular fiction in such standard genres as detective, thriller, romance, Western, SF, fantasy, war, and sport fiction. We will study critical and theoretical works on genre fiction. Among other topics, we'll consider: the sociology of literary taste; the relation between children's reading and adult reading; books as cultural capital; the highbrow/ lowbrow divide; and the phenomenon of book collecting.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have been introduced to scholarly and theoretical approaches to genre fiction, and will have produced a professional paper on some aspect of genre fiction.

drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 14 November.

attendance policy: mandatory

assignments: Book reviews/reports; seminar presentation, and substantial professional paper (25-30 pages).

grading: Book reviews/reports will be graded, but those grades will be diagnostic. Your grade on your professional paper will be your grade for 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]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

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 noel@uta.edu You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp

schedule of assignments and readings

27 Aug: Now what can I do for you, Miss Wonderly? . . . introductions, syllabus

3 Sept: Spade spoke as if using speech to arrange his thoughts . . . brief readings on handout, initial discussion

10 Sept: In one of these three categories lies the solution . . . Clive Bloom, Cult Fiction

17 Sept: You oughtn't try to pin more than one murder at a time on me . . . Hammett, The Maltese Falcon. Guest moderator: Lexey Bartlett. Extra reading: Jorge Luis Borges, "Death & the Compass"

24 Sept: When a man's partner is killed he's supposed to do something about it . . . Tompkins, West of Everything

1 Oct: Making speeches is no damned good now . . . reviews due / reports: each student will choose a different genre novel.

8 Oct: I met Captain Jacobi and I knew his boat was coming here . . . O'Brian, HMS Surprise

15 Oct: If you loved me you'd need nothing more on that side . . . Radway, Reading the Romance

22 Oct: Dead gamblers don't have any friends . . . Greenberg, The Celebrant

29 Oct: That freedom of personal movement and emotion that is animal . . . Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear

5 Nov: seminar meeting

12 Nov: seminar meeting

Fri 14 Nov: last date to drop

19 Nov: seminar meeting

26 Nov: no class meeting

3 Dec: course evaluations, seminar meeting

10 Dec: final papers due, to avoid X grade.

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