ENGL 2603/SYL/SP 2006/1
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE 2603
Mid-America Christian University
Spring Semester 2006
INSTRUCTOR: Mark S. Harris, M.S., M.A.
OFFICE HOURS FOR STUDENTS: As posted
TEXTS: Baym, Nina, gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. vol.
C, 6th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.
Baym, Nina, gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. vol.
D, 6th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.
Baym, Nina, gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. vol.
E, 6th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.
DESCRIPTION: This is a study of the development of American literature from the mid-
19th century to the present which will include the analysis of literary
theory and a comparative study of the cultural milieu of each work.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 & 1203
OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify authors and literature from the mid-19th century to the present.
2. Identify the cultural, religious, social, and political influences upon the
historical periods of American literature from the mid-19th century to the
3. Critique and analyze the prose, poetry, and drama of American
literature, employing various methods of literary critical theory, from the
mid-19th century to the present. (22.214.171.124; 126.96.36.199)
Course Objectives with parenthetical references indicate competencies mandated for teacher candidates by the
Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP) that correspond with the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education/National Council of Teachers of English (NCATE/NCTE) matrix of 2000.
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4. Identify, critique, and analyze literary works by Native Americans,
Hispanic Americans, and African Americans from the mid-19th century to
the present. (188.8.131.52; 184.108.40.206; 220.127.116.11)
5. Identify, critique, and analyze literary works by female authors from the
mid-19th century to the present. (18.104.22.168; 22.214.171.124)
6. Write literary analysis of American literature the mid-19th century to the
present employing various methods of literary critical theory. (126.96.36.199)
7. Define basic literary terms and apply them in literary analysis. (188.8.131.52)
8. Assess the influence of literature on society and the influence of
society on literature. (3.5.1)
9. Write responses to literature that analyze, interpret, evaluate, and
POLICY: The following statement is in accord with the University Catalog:
1. “Students are required to attend all classes in which they are enrolled.
The student will gain better mastery of a subject if he/she is able to attend
all of the class sessions and participate in the interaction with instructor
and students. Realizing, however, that occasionally it may be necessary
for a student to be absent from a class, a student is allowed ONE
absence for each time per week the class meets. Upon missing
additional class sessions, the student may expect to have his/her grade
lowered unless the absences are due to university related activities. The
maximum number of absences for ALL classes is three absences for
each time per week the class meets. One additional absence will cause
an „F‟ grade to be recorded for the course unless the student officially
drops the course within the time limits prescribed. The last day for
dropping a class in any semester is two (2) weeks prior to the last
day of classroom instruction. ENGL 1203 may not be dropped.
“If the student feels that there are legitimate, extenuating circumstances
beyond his/her control for some or all of the absences, the student may
appeal in writing through the Registrar to the Academic Committee to
have the absences „reviewed.‟
1. It is the student‟s responsibility to keep track of his/her
2. If the student chooses to appeal excessive absences, he/she
shall do so within 14 days after the date of the first absence that
causes his/her failure of the course.
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3. „The burden of proof‟ for absence appeals will require verifiable
documentation (i.e., „MACU Student Request to Miss Class for
Scheduled University Athletics or University Business‟ form,
doctor‟s excuse, or MACU Absence Form‟).
“The student is responsible for all work missed and all assignments made
in his/her absence.
“Each instructor has the right to refuse to allow a student to be absent
from his/her class for university-related activities if such absences, in the
instructor‟s opinion, are affecting the student‟s grade for that class.
"Please be advised that student grades cannot be affected simply
because a student is participating in some university approved
a. Faculty may or may not choose to allow perfect attendance
incentives to be impacted by the absences but students cannot be
required to do extra work simply because a student is absent for a
college related activity
b. No points can be deducted from a student's potential class
grade due to absences for university related absences."
2. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class session.
Students who arrive to class after role has been taken will be considered
absent. Three tardies will count as one absence. If the student is tardy, it
is his/her responsibility to inform the instructor at the end of that same
class period. Failure to inform the instructor at that time will result in the
tardy remaining an absence.
3. A student who is more than fifteen minutes late or who leaves more
than fifteen minutes early will be considered absent without reversal to a
4. Students with perfect attendance and who have no grade of zero on
ANY assignment will be allowed to drop their lowest test grade from
computation of the final course grade. Students who are absent for
university-sponsored activities will not be eligible for perfect attendance
and will not be allowed to drop their lowest grades from computation of
the final course grade.
REQUIREMENTS: 1. All final drafts must be typed and double-spaced. Handwritten final
papers will not be accepted.
2. Essay drafts and other assignments that are handwritten must be done
in either traditional blue or black ink. Pencil and other colors of ink will not
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3. All work must be neat and legible.
4. All work must be submitted with a heading in the MLA style2.
5. All work must be submitted on standard 81/2 X 11 inch white, college-
ruled or typing (printer) paper as appropriate to the assignment. Other
sized paper, colored paper, paper torn from composition books, etc. will
not be accepted.
ASSIGNMENTS: The assignments for the course and their respective point values are as
Tests (3 @ 100 points each) 300 points
Critical Response Journal 250 points
Discussion Questions 125 points
Literary Analysis 125 points
Internet Resources Report 50 points
ASSIGNMENTS: A. Tests -- A test will be given to cover each of the literary periods
B. Critical Response Journal—Each student will construct a Critical
Response Journal throughout the semester. This journal will be
submitted for grading at the end of the semester. Students are strongly
encouraged, however, to work on this journal throughout the course.
Attached to this syllabus is a list of quote applicable to each author and
his/her work. The student is to consider these quotes in light of the
assigned readings and use them to write a written response for the
readings. (See further instructions elsewhere in this syllabus.)
C. Discussion Questions—Students will write a discussion question for
each of the reading assignments. These questions will be written on a 3
X 5 note card that will include the student‟s name, date of submission,
title of the reading, and the discussion question(s). The question cards
are due at the beginning of each class period AND WILL NOT BE
ACCEPTED LATE. These questions will be used to generate class
discussion and may be used to generate test questions.
D. Literary Analysis—Each student will write a researched, literary
analysis paper, 5-7 pages in length, which analyzes, in some way, Their
Eyes Were Watching God. This paper is to apply either the Reader
Response Critical Theory according to Rosenblatt or Fish OR the
Feminist Critical Theory. The responsibility of researching the school of
criticism is primarily the student‟s though the instructor will provide
assistance if needed. Class time will not be devoted to discussion of the
See attached model, page 7.
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theories themselves. Students are reminded of the MACU library
database Literature Online (LION) available to all students which will be
valuable for sources in the writing of this paper.
E. Internet Resources Report—Each student will compile an annotated
list of Internet sites related to the study of American literature from the
19th century to the present. The sources may be strictly related to
literature (e.g., literary criticism, literary periods, individual authors,
individual works, etc.) but may also include sites related to the literature of
the era (e.g., history, customs of the era, mythology, etc.). Each entry in
the list must be a CORRECT MLA style bibliographic entry accompanied
by one or two sentences of the student‟s OWN annotation. (184.108.40.206)
SYSTEM: The following point system will be used to determine the course grade. If
necessary, the instructor will make adjustments to the scale at his
LATE WORK: ALL assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the
announced due date. Late work will be assessed a 10% penalty per
CALENDAR DAY of lateness. Discussion Questions WILL NOT be
accepted late. NO ASSIGNMENT will be accepted more than 5 days
late. Only work assigned during a class period may be completed
during class. All other assignments are to be completed prior to class. If
a student must be absent on the due date of an assignment, he/she must
turn the assignment in early or send it with another student.
EXTRA CREDIT: Each student has the option to write Critical Article Reviews—The
student will select articles (up to 5), from scholarly periodicals, written
since 2000 which analyze the literature of the periods studied and write a
single-page, typed review of each. The articles chosen may be all in one
area, or they may cover several of the areas discussed in the course.
The articles may be from an online source or a hardcopy. An appropriate
MLA citation for each article reviewed for this assignment must be
POLICIES: 1. Cheating--Cheating is a serious offense in the academic community.
Anyone caught cheating in any way is subject to discipline which may
include automatic failure of the course or dismissal from the institution.
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2. Plagiarism--Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and will not be
tolerated in this course. Any student who plagiarizes ANY WORK will
receive an F in the course.
3. Participation—Part of the classroom experience is interaction with
other students and the exchange of ideas. Students are encouraged,
therefore, to participate in classroom discussions. Nearly any idea that is
presented intelligently and with respect to the instructor and other
students will be tolerated. Verbally attacking another member of the class
or the instructor, however, will NOT be tolerated. The instructor may, at
his discretion, assess grade penalties for students who fail to participate
in any portion of the class or whose classroom behavior is discourteous,
distracting, or disruptive.
4. Decorum—Students should remember that the classroom is an
academic, communal setting in which an environment conducive to
learning is to be maintained. Therefore, behaviors such as unwarranted
chatting with other students, sleeping, reading unassigned material,
making or receiving cell phone calls, or doing work for another class are
unacceptable. The student, at the instructor‟s discretion, may be warned,
assessed an absence, assessed a point deduction, or asked to leave the
class for these and like behaviors.
This syllabus serves as a guide. To facilitate class needs as they arise, the instructor reserves
the right to make changes throughout the semester.
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(The following format is the MLA style. All assignments that indicate the requirement of
the MLA style and heading are to follow this format.)
For Mr. M. Harris
Jan. 10, 2006
What I Did on My Christmas Vacation
Your text then begins on this line, indented the usual five spaces. The four-line
heading above should appear only on page one. For all subsequent pages, use a one inch
(default) margin, placing your last name and page number as a header in the upper right corner.
Include or omit this header on page one at your discretion. Use the default setting for the
header on your word processor. Be sure to double space throughout the paper. Set your
word processor to double space from the beginning of the essay and then continue throughout.
Do not put extra spacing around your title or between your paragraphs. Also, choose a plain
style font (such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier New) rather than a script or handwriting
font. Use 10 or 12-point size and print in black ink only. Staple pages in the upper left corner,
placing the staple diagonal to the corner. You may right margin justify if you wish, but you are
not required to do so. Remember, never use those dreaded plastic report covers.
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ENGL 2603--Survey of American Literature
Schedule of Assignments
Spring Semester 2006
DATE READING ASSIGNMENT PAGE
Tues. Jan. 10 Syllabus/Course Introduction
Thurs. Jan 12 Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass [“Song of Myself”] lines 1--229
Tues. Jan. 17 Samuel Langhorn Clemens
“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” 215
Thurs. Jan 19 Ambrose Bierce
“The Devil‟s Dictionary” HANDOUT
“An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”
Tues. Jan. 24 Sarah Orne Jewett
“A White Heron” 597
Thurs. Jan. 26 Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Yellow Wallpaper” 832
Tues. Jan. 31 W.E.B. DuBois
The Souls of Black Folk 877
The Forethought 877
I. Of Our Spiritual Strivings 878
XIV. Of Sorrow Songs 893
Thurs. Feb. 2 Stephen Crane
“The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” 920
Tues. Feb. 7 Jack London
“To Build a Fire” 977
Thurs. Feb. 9 To Build a Fire--video
Should any discrepancies arise between assigned readings and their corresponding page numbers,
assume the assigned reading to be correct.
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Tues. Feb. 14 Cochise 461
[I am Alone]
Zitkala Ša (Gertrude Simmons Bonin)
“The School Days on an Indian Girl” 1019
MATERIAL FOR TEST I ENDS HERE
Thurs. Feb. 16 Edgar Lee Masters
“Serepta Mason” 1101
“Trainor, the Druggist” 1101
“Doc Hill” 1102
“Margaret Fuller Slack” 1102
“Abel Melveny” 1103
“Lucinda Matlock” 1103
Edwin Arlington Robinson
“Luke Havergal” 1105
“Richard Cory” 1106
“Miniver Cheevy” 1107
“Mr. Flood‟s Party” 1109
Tues. Feb. 21 TEST I
Thurs. Feb. 23 Susan Glaspell
Tues. Feb. 28 Anzia Yezierska
“The Lost „Beautifulness‟” 1253
Thurs. Mar. 2 William Carlos Williams
“The Red Wheelbarrow” 1271
“This Is Just to Say” 1274
“A Pact” 1285
“In a Station of the Metro” 1286
John Dos Passos
The Big Money
Newsreel LXVIII (through “Happy Crowds
Throng Ceremony”) 1674
“anyone lived in a pretty how town” 1631
John Crowe Ransom
“Here Lies A Lady” 1453
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Tues. Mar. 7 T. S. Eliot
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” 1420
Thurs. Mar. 9 Sterling A. Brown
“Break of Day” 1889
“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” 1892
SPRING BREAK--Mar. 13--17
Tues. Mar. 21 Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Thurs. Mar. 23 Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes were Watching God
Tues. Mar. 28 TEST II
Thurs. Mar. 30 Eudora Welty
“Petrified Man” 1967
Tues. Apr. 4 Ralph Ellison
“Cadillac Flambé” 2065
Thurs. Apr. 6 Saul Bellow
“Looking for Mr. Green” 2095
Tues. Apr. 11 Kurt Vonnegut
“Fates Worse Than Death” 2183
“Harrison Bergeron” HANOUT
Thurs. Apr. 13 Flannery O‟Connor
“Good Country People” 2211
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Tues. Apr. 18 N. Scott Momaday
“The Way to Rainy Mountain” 2321
Thurs. Apr. 20 Toni Morrison
Tues. Apr. 25 Anne Sexton
“The Starry Night” 2934
“Sylvia‟s Death” 2935
“Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law” 2944
“Diving Into the Wreck” 2949
“Lady Lazarus” 2969
Thurs. Apr. 27 Gwendolyn Brooks
“We Real Cool” 2782
“The Bean Eaters” 2782
Simon J. Ortiz
From “From Sand Creek” 3028
“The Flood” 3057
“Advice to a First Cousin” 3076
“Lost Sister” 3088
FINAL EXAM: THURS. MAY 4 8:00 A.M.