Credit hours: 3
Prerequisites: English 110 / 1110
|The Sound and the Fury||William Faulkner||Norton critical edition||0393964817|
|Poetry: A Pocket Anthology||R. S. Gwynn||Prentice Hall (7th ed.)||9780205101986|
|Marvin's Room||Scott McPherson||Dramatist Play Service||0822213125|
Course Objectives: Designed as a gateway to the English major, this course serves as the third writing class for students majoring in English. The course builds on the writing skills students already possess, aiming especially to strengthen those skills that will help students succeed in subsequent English courses: close reading of literary texts; familiarity with the basic terms used to describe literary forms; familiarity with various critical methods; the use of other scholars’ research in developing one’s own analysis of literature; and the construction of clear, insightful, and persuasive arguments about literature. (At this point in your academic careers, you should possess a firm command of the basic rules of English grammar; we will review these rules as necessary.)
Course Content: William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (*you must use the Norton critical edition), ISBN 0393964817
R. S. Gwynn, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, ISBN 9780205101986
Scott McPherson, Marvin's Room, ISBN 0822213125
Method of Presentation: Group discussion, mini-lectures, and peer review of student essays.
Method of Evaluation: Three short essays; one long essay (rough draft required); reading quizzes; in-class writing; and a final exam.