Room: Online
Time: Online

GTM 222
11:00-12:00 MW
4:00-5:00 MW
12:00-2:00 TR
4:00-5:00 TR

or by appointment

School of Literature and Language


Course Description

ENGL 475:  Special Topics.

0-3-3.  Seminar with topic to be designated by the instructor. May be repeated once with different topic. (G)

ENGL 575:  Special Topics.

0-3-3Graduate seminar with topic to be designated by instructor. May be repeated twice with change in topics.


Sandars, N. K., trans.  The Epic of Gilgamesh: An English Version with an Introduction. Revised edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1972. ISBN-13: 978-0140441000.

Homer.  The Iliad. Trans. Robert Fagles. Reissue edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0140275360.

Homer. The Odyssey.  Trans. Robert Fagles.  Reprint edition.  New York: Penguin Books, 1997.  ISBN-13: 978-0140268867.

Virgil.  The Aeneid.   Trans. Robert Fagles.  Reissue edition.  New York: Penguin Books, 2010.  ISBN-13: 978-0143106296.

Dante.  The Inferno.  Trans. John Ciardi.  Reprint edition. New York: Signet Classic, 2009.  ISBN-13: 978-0451531391.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline: a Tale of Acadie Illustrated with Forty-Five Engravings on Wood from Designs by Jane E. Benham. Birkett Foster, & John Gilbert. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Louisiana Anthology.

Reeser, Jennifer.  The Lalaurie Horror.  Westlake, LA: Saint James Infirmary Books, 2013.  ISBN-13: 978-0615872629.


Attendance Requirements



Essay Exam

Research Paper
Total 100%
The grading scale is
A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F:0-59%.

Turning in Your Work
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  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. 

Accommodations 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 possible. 

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 Notification System
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: administration/ ens.shtml.

Graduate Requirements
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 475 / 575 over the Internet: Requirements and Information

This course is sometimes offered as an internet course The readings are mostly the same as in my regular 475 / 575 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 reading. 

Additional Information

  • I will respond to your email within 24 hours during the week (Monday-Friday).
  • I will not check email on weekends (Saturday-Sunday).
  • 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 day.
  • 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
When the syllabus lists only the first page of a selection, read the whole selection.

Hoc opus, hic labor est.

Registration Week (September 8-9)

Week 1 (September 12-16)

Week 2 (September 19-23)

Week 3 (September 26-30)

Week 4 ( October 3-7)

Period 2

 Week 5 (October 10-14)

Week 6 (October 17-21)

Period 2

Week 7 (October 24-28)

Week 8 (October 31 — November 4)

Period 1

Period 2

Week 9 (November 7-11)

Period 1

Period 2

Week 10 (November 14-17)

Period 1

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