Room: GTM 203
Time: 12:30-1:45 MWF
or by appointment
of Literature and Language
ENGL 212: Introduction to
0-3-3. Preq., ENGL
102. Satisfies Humanities GER Literature requirement and
is a prerequisite for advanced courses in American
literature. Statewide Transfer Agreement Course.
|This course is designed to introduce the most
important American writers from the Colonial Period
to the present. Given this scope, the course can
provide only a limited study of any writer. Daily
assignments are given on the syllabus so that you
will know what is expected for each class. Follow
the syllabus closely; read each assignment before
coming to class.
- Baym, Nina,
ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature.
Shorter 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2008.
- To acquaint students with a selection of the major works
- To learn how they affect contemporary life
- To develop critical thinking skills in the discussion of
- Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as
a privilege, and all students are expected to attend
regularly and punctually all classes in which they are
enrolled. Attendance is worth 10% of your total grade.
- I shall keep a permanent attendance record for this
class. This record is subject to inspection by appropriate
college or university officials.
- Regular attendance will help you understand your
assignments and complete them on schedule. I encourage you
to attend unless you absolutely cannot avoid being absent.
the Internet sections,
I will take your attendance from the number of times you
logged in to my Moodle account. Log in once during
Registration Week and twice per week thereafter for
- Conferences are encouraged during the quarter. They will
be used to discuss specific writing strengths and/or
The grading scale is
A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.
- Turning in Your
- In face-to-face classes, I
want a paper copy of your assignments AND an electronic
copy submitted to the TurnItIn link on Moodle. In
online classes, submit your paper through Moodle to
TurnItIn. If you have trouble uploading it Moodle,
you may email it to me at email@example.com.
You may also bring a paper copy by my office. You
are still responsible for turning in the assignment by
the due date, so plan ahead.
- Late Work
- Your paper is due ON or
BEFORE the due date. You can turn it in any time
until the due date. After that, the grade
drops 5 points per period.
- In a face-to-face class,
I'll take role every period. Your attendance grade
is a straight percentage of how much you attended
class. For example, if you attend 17 times out of
20 periods, your grade will be 17÷20=85%. An
absence may be excused with proper documentation.
- Graded Material
- In the event of a question
regarding an exam grade or final grade, it will be the
responsibility of the student to retain and present
graded materials which have been returned for student
possession during the quarter.
for Students with Disabilities
- Students needing testing or
classroom accommodations based on a disability are
encouraged to discuss those needs with me as soon as
- Honor Code
- "In accordance with the
Academic Honor Code, students pledge the following:
Being a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody
the principles of academic integrity." If I
determine that you have violated the Honor
Code or the English Department plagiarism policy,
you'll receive a '0' on the assignment, and I may refer
you to the Honor Council if I think it appropriate.
- The Emergency
- All Louisiana Tech students
are strongly encouraged to enroll and update their
contact information in the Emergency Notification
System. It takes just a few seconds to ensure you're
able to receive important text and voice alerts in the
event of a campus emergency. For more information
on the Emergency Notification System, please visit: http://www.latech.edu/
- In addition to meeting the
above requirements, graduate students enrolled in the
course for graduate credit:
- must write a substantially longer research paper
than undergraduates. (12-15 pages for graduate
students, 8-9 pages for undergraduates.)
- may be asked to give presentations to the class.
- should show leadership in class discussion.
English 212 over the Internet: Requirements
This course is sometimes offered as an internet
course The readings are mostly the same as in my
regular 212 classes. I'm setting up
the assignments as though the class is a T-Th
class so people will be able to pace themselves.
We'll have a quiz every week on Blackboard.
This will help everybody keep up with your
- I will respond to your email within 24 hours
during the week (Monday-Friday).
- I will not check email on weekends
- Do not expect replies to emails sent after
three p.m. until the next business day.
- Over the weekend, I do not promise a speedy
reply, but if I am working at home and receive
your email, I will try to answer it.
- Please remember: I am not online 24 hours a
- Technical support is your responsibility. If
a document or lecture does not work, let me
know. However, if the problem is on your end
(your computer, your software, your modem), it
is your responsibility to find someone to help
you with the problem.
- Reading Note
the syllabus lists only the first page of a
selection, read the whole selection.
Registration Week (March
Twelve Years a Slave. Chapters 2, 6, 7,
8, 17, 22
"Why 12 Years Will Always Matter"
Expansion of the Nation (1865-1914) 1255
- "Song of Myself" 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 20,
21, 22, 24, 25, 32, 41, 45, 48, 52 (pp. 1011ff.)
- "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" 1057
- "When Lilacs Last" 1071
- "The Wound-Dresser 1069
"Down the Bayou"
- Dickinson (pp.
- poems 185, 214, 241, 249,
258, 303, 305, 435,
441, 448, 449
- Chopin "The
'Cadian Ball" 1604
- "The Storm" 1611
- "Desiree's Baby" 1615
- "In Sabine"
- James Daisy
"Atlanta Compromise" 1630
- Du Bois "B.
T. Washington" 1735
- King, Statement by
Alabama Clergymen (www)
- "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (www)
- "I Have a Dream" (www)
- "I've Seen the Promised Land" (www)
"La Marseillaise Noire."
- Adams "Dynamo" (www)
- "Penumbra" (www)
- "In the Stadium" (www)
- Frost "Road Not
- "Mending Wall" 1953
- "Stopping By Woods" 1963
"Renaissance at the Charleroi"
- Hemingway "The
Snows of Kilimanjaro" 2243
- Langston Hughes
- "A Dream Deferred" (www)
- "I, Too" 2266
- "Mother to Son" 2265
- "The Negro Spreaks of Rivers" 2265
- "Theme for English B" (www)
- H.D. "Mid-day" 2026
- Hurston "How
It Feels" 2158
- Pound "A Pact"
- "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" (www)
- Cantos 2023
- Huey Long
- "Share Our Wealth" (www)
- "Speech to Senate Staffers at the Washington Press
Club" (Barbeque Speech) (www)
- cummings "in just-"
- "next to of course god america i" 2176
- "O sweet spontaneous" 2174
- "my sweet old etcetera" (www)
- "i sing of Olaf" 2176
- "The Waste Land" 2045
- "Sweeny Among the Nightingales" (www)
- "Journey of the Magi" 2060
- "The Hollow Men" 2057
- "I think I should have loved you presently" (www)
- "I shall forget you presently, my dear" (www)
- "Apostrophe to Man" 2171
- "Sonnet 43" (www)
- "I too beneath your moon, almighty Sex" 2171
- "I forgot for a moment France" 2172
- "First Re-entry, Post-Katrina"
- "The Iris Garden"
- "Moonrise on the Cane River"
- "Spider Lilies"
- "Those Sunday Drives"
- "Used Book"
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