EN 180: Introduction to Literary Studies
MWF 11:00-11:50


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Office: KJS Library 301
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:50; and by appointment
Office Phone: 635-2378
E-mail Address: adoughty@ lssu.edu
Web Address: http://www.lssu.edu/faculty/adoughty

Required Texts:
Foster, Thomas. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York: Quill, 2003.
Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1. New York: Washington Square P, 1994.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1996.
Packet of readings, on reserve at the KJS Library (some of the texts also available online).

(Please note that you must buy the versions of Frankenstein and Henry IV, Part 1 listed here; I have chosen these editions for a reason.)

Course Description and Goals:

Catalog Description: This course introduces students to the theory and methodology of literary study, focusing on three questions: What is a literary text? How do we read a literary text? How do we write about a literary text? Addressing these questions requires students to examine the social and cultural contexts of literature and its aesthetic, rhetorical, and ideological aspects. These considerations will help students judge literary value and examine their own literary assumptions. Requires one research project and critical essays using MLA style. Prerequisite: EN111.

Course Policies:
Attendance Policy: Being absent is not an excuse for missing an assignment. It is your responsibility to keep up with your own attendance. If you know in advance that you will miss a class, see me beforehand, or call or e-mail me. You are responsible for all course work, whether you are present in class or not. Your daily quizzes will indicate your attendance, and you are responsible for arranging to make up any quizzes you miss. You will have one week to make up quizzes, and if you do not make them up within that time frame, you will receive a zero on the quiz. If you are late to class, you will not be allowed to make up the quiz.

Class Discussions: I firmly believe that the best learning comes from student-generated class discussions. Therefore, I expect you to come to class having read the materials and prepared to discuss them. If I call on you, I expect you to have something to say about the readings we're doing, even if it's a question about what was going on or your objections to what we've been saying about the text. It is OK to disagree with me and with your classmates, as long as you express your disagreement in a courteous manner. Because this class is small, it is important that everyone has something to say, so leave your discussion inhibitions at the door.

Assignments: Each assignment will be worth 20% of your final grade.

·         Journal and Quizzes: Each Monday, starting 15 September, you will be required to submit a journal discussing one of the readings from the past week. The journals need to focus on analyzing the text you choose. DO NOT give a plot summary of the text. Rather, talk about its literary merit—character, narrative, theme, etc.—using the class discussions and readings in How to Read Literature Like a Professor as a guideline. Be specific in your analysis, and bring in specific examples from the text to support your points. Each journal should be 2-3 pages long. In addition to the journals, you will be responsible for taking reading quizzes. These quizzes will cover the packet readings assigned to accompany the Foster book and will focus on factual plot elements (i.e. what happened).

·         4 Papers: You will write 2 papers as we work through the Foster book, as well as a paper about Henry IV, Part 1 and Frankenstein. The specific assignments will be handed out as the class progresses.

Assignment Formatting: All assignments need to be prepared in MLA formatting. That means no cover page for papers. Include a Works Cited Page for each text that you discuss in you papers. Any good handbook will have MLA format in it. I will be happy to help you if you have any questions about the formatting.

Grammar and Mechanics: All of you are competent, experienced writers. As such, I expect your papers to have correct grammar and mechanics and to be proofread. Significant errors, especially proofreading errors, will lower your paper grade. For every 5 different grammar and mechanical errors on your papers (including MLA formatting), you will lose one letter grade. Take the time to edit and proofread your work.

Late Work: I will accept work no more than one week late. All late work will lose 10%. If you know that you won’t be able to get work in on time, see me before the due date, and we may be able to make arrangements for an extension.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the passing off of another's work (whether quoted, paraphrased or summarized) as your own without proper documentation and can result in serious repercussions, including expulsion from the university. Do your own work.

Disability Services and Accommodations for Students: In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available. Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs. Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD). Proper registration will enable the RCSD to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations. RCSD is located in South Hall Office 206. The telephone number is (906) 635-2454.