Cyr 4630B Fall2012 Syllabus by 2U4mb9C


									                    The Department of Literature and Philosophy
                (in association with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
                                  of Georgia Southern University,
                         a subsidiary of the University System of Georgia.
                    which is wholly owned and operated by the State of Georgia)
                                          Presents . . .

               English 4630 B: Senior Seminar!
                                          (crn 88637)

                                      starring   YOU!
           in rehearsal all Fall 2012 T and Th 11:00-12:15 at the Carroll 2239
                    with an Evening Gala Performance in December
                                   (time and venue TBA)

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Cyr
Office: Newton 1122 A (message pad on the door)
Personal office phone: 478-0235
Department office phone: 478-5471
Home phone: 764-7323

                       LEAVE MESSAGES!

Office Hours: T & Th 10:00-10:45 and 2:00-3:15. Also by appointment at other
times, and given the nature of this class, you can count on making visits to my office.

Important Dates (not all of these apply to this T & Th class):

August 20 – First day of class
September 3 – Labor Day Holiday
October 15 – Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty
November 9 – Homecoming (classes canceled starting at 2:00)
November 19-23 – Thanksgiving Holiday
December 7 – Last Day of Classes (our last day will be December 6)

Our final exam – Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 in our regular room.

Texts: Owen, Wilfred. The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen. C. Day Lewis, Editor.
      : Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism (3rd
        edition). Ross C. Murfin, Editor.
NOTE: This is a top-notch Conrad edition. The Owen collection is very good, but dated. I
would have liked to assign you Jon Stallworthy’s two volume edition, Wilfred Owen: The
complete poems and fragments, but felt that until you achieve the Golconda of a graduate
assistant’s pay, the hundreds of dollars that’d run you was a bit much. However, I have
Stallworthy’s edition & will keep it in my office for your reference; the Day Lewis
edition will be our “working copy.” (A further note re: Owen’s poems: Major Owen
scholar Dominic Hibberd has some quibbles with Stallworthy and his edition. In
academia, quibbles can turn into dissertations, but we’re not going to worry about them.)

       This is the capstone course to your undergraduate career as an English Major.
Therefore, the “starring YOU!” bit above is not a lie. My role is to facilitate you in a
demonstration of your scholarly abilities in your chosen major. It is you, individually and
collectively, who will span the breadths and plumb the depths of our subjects. And it is
you who will prepare and submit a substantial research paper (20+ pages of text) and give
a fifteen minute oral presentation before your classmates and all & sundry others who
accept our invitation to have you (adapting Conrad 19) bear into their darkness your
“spark from the sacred fire,” and to witness your “magnificent recession of farewell”
(Owen, “I saw his round mouth’s crimson” 3).

      Along the way, we will become more fully acquainted with various critical
theories, with academic writing, with MLA format, and with oral presentation skills.

         Here, basically, is how the course will run: First, we will read and discuss the
background materials re: Conrad (3-17, 97-136), then the text of Heart of Darkness, and
then the critical approaches discussions with example essays. We will then read Owen’s
war poetry and discuss it in relation to those critical approaches. I figure this will take
about half the term – we’ll see – and during this time you will, of course, be mulling over
what theses you will pursue for your term paper and oral presentation (see below). Then
you will go into research mode, and you will share your research discoveries with the rest
of the class via abstracts of book sections and articles and class discussion. Along the
way, we will work with folks from the Library re: assisting you in your research (likely
Drs. Rebecca Ziegler and Fred Smith, and possibly Dr. Robert Fernekes), and, if we can
arrange it, some helpful tips on public speaking by Dr. Chris Geyerman of
Communication Arts (he has told me he will be happy to do this if we don’t conflict with
his tee times or his attendance at Tupperware parties). We will also discuss formal
academic writing. And while you are writing, you and I will go over your drafts, during
which process you will learn the definition of “martinet,” which I will be re: correct
language and format. By the end of this class, I hope to have turned you into a dedicated
anal retentive requiring years of therapy to stop you from waking in the night screaming
“The comma goes inside the quotation marks!” or “Conjunctive adverbs are not
coordinating conjunctions!” and similar gibbers.

400 points:    20+ page research paper (that’s 20 pages of text; notes and works cited are
               in addition to these)

400 points:    15 minute oral presentation (@ 8 double-spaced 12 point type pages)

100 points:    Class participation, such as sharing of research, engagement in class
               discussion, diligence re: drafting, etc.

100 points:    Final exam (we’ll think of something . . .)

900 points (90%) = A; 800 points = B; 700 points = C; 600 points = D; Below 600 = F

ATTENDANCE: You can miss two classes without direct penalty; thereafter, it’s 25
points off per absence. If you and I schedule an appointment outside my regular office
hours and you fail to show up, that will cost you 50 points. Any variance from this policy
will require a very good reason and likely very good documentation. I will be the judge
of what constitutes “very good,” but here are some examples: emergency hospitalization,
military call-up, a sudden death of an immediate family member (i.e. things over which
you have no control). Not good excuses include ongoing car or roommate trouble, “being
there” for a bereaved friend, hangovers. Oh, and let me note that “senioritis” is not now
nor has it ever been anything you should ever mention to a professor, especially if you do
so with a winning grin.

Events over the course of the term might require changes to these policies and/or the

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