Prof: Dr. Richard Cunningham
Office: BAC 431
Office Hours: Monday, 3:00 - 5:30,
Wed. 2:00 - 4:00, or by appointment
TA: Kelli Gunn
Office: BAC 425
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00 - 1:00
and Friday 12:20 - 1:20
To print a copy of this syllabus, click here.
This course introduces students to novels, plays, and poems from the twentieth century and earlier. This course will develop creative and analytical skills and will provide students with strategies for writing clearly and persuasively.
In Section B0 of 1406 students will be encouraged to develop their thinking on what is good, how to decide something's good, and what role authority plays when one makes such judgements. Class members will read and engage with poetry, drama, and novels that either address the question of value directly or indirectly, or that have been adjudged good by others.
During the year we will develop an understanding of the vocabulary specific to literary study -- e.g. metaphor, image, allusion, reference, irony, etc. -- so that we can articulate our judgements in a register appropriate to the discourse community of literary scholarship.
The grade on a paper submitted within one week of when it is due will be reduced by one letter.
Any paper submitted more than a week late will not be graded.
Students with disabilities that affect learning:
If you are a student with a documented disability who anticipates needing supports or accommodations, please contact Dr. Abu Kamara, Coordinator, Accessible Learning Services at 902-585-1291, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy O’Rourke, Disability Resource Facilitator at 902-585-1823, email@example.com. Accessible Learning Services is located in the Fountain Commons, Lower Level.
The Writing Centre offers free help to all students wishing to improve their writing skills. You can sign up online today:
· To book a one-to-one appointment with a writing tutor, click here:
· To see which helpful presentations and workshops you can attend this year, click here:
Broadview Introduction to Literature, Concise Edition. Eds. Chalykoff, Lisa, Neta Gordon, and Paul Lumsden. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2015. Print.
Broadview Guide to Writing. Doug Babbington, Don LePan, and Maureen Okun. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2015. Print.
Findley, Tim. Not Wanted on the Voyage. Toronto: Penguin, 1984. 2006 edition.
Fallada, Hans. Every Man Dies Alone. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2010.
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The Concise Edition of the Broadview Introduction to Literature will be referred to as BIL in the following table.
The Broadview Guide to Writing will be referred to as GW.
Hence, "Read pp. 99 - 129, GW" should be interpreted to mean "read pages 99 to 129 (inclusive) of The Broadview Guide to Writing.
|2: Introductions||4: Introductions|
|9: Ethos||11: Intro to metaphor:
G. Herbert's "The Collar"
|14: The Wanderer and The Seafarer
The Wanderer Resource Page
|16: The Dream of the Rood||18: Sentence and paragraph structure.
Read pp. 95 - 138, GW
|21: Introduction to the Library,
|23: Chaucer, The Miller's
Prologue and Tale
|25: The Miller's Prologue and Tale|
|28: Paraphrasing||30: Read "Poetry," pp. 461 - 84, BIL.
|2: Poetry Notes
|5: Marlowe and Ralegh's companion
poems. Pp. 489, 488, BIL.
|7: Before submitting a paper.
Pp. 17 - 78, esp. 74 - 78, GW.
|9: Shakespeare sonnets,
pp. 491 - 3, BIL.
First (response) paper due
|12: Thanksgiving: no class||14: Fall Break||16: Fall Break|
|19: There will be an open book test
on Henry IV, part 1 today.
First paper returned.
|21: Go over mistakes made on the first papers.||23: Grammar Quizzes|
|26: Henry IV, part 1||28: Henry IV, part 1||30: Henry IV, part 1|
|2: Finish Henry IV, pt. 1
Donne's "The Flea," pp. 494-5, BIL
|4: Donne's sonnets 10
and 14, pp. 495, 496, BIL
|6: Joyce's "Araby," pp. 53 - 8, BIL|
|9: Library research.
|11: Remembrance Day, no class||13: Chopin's "Story of an
Hour," pp. 25 - 27, BIL
|16: Oedipus Rex, BIL||18: Oedipus Rex, BIL, Oedipus
will extend to Friday's class if necessary
|20: Oedipus Rex|
|23: Herbert's "The Altar," and
"Easter Wings," pp. 503 & 504
Herrick's "To the Virgins," p. 501, BIL
|25: Gilman's "Yellow Wallpaper,"
pp. 28 - 42, BIL
|27: Thinking about longer
works of fiction.
|30: Second Paper due
Not Wanted on The Voyage
|2: Not Wanted on The Voyage||4: First term review|
|11: Exam Review||13: Enemy||15: Enemy|
|18: Commentary on Enemy||20: Literary analysis||22: Literary analysisNot Wanted on The Voyage|
|25: Literary analysis||27: Literary analysis||29: Not Wanted on The Voyage
|1: Every Man Dies Alone||3: Not Wanted on The Voyage
|5: Every Man Dies Alone
Theses from discussion
|8: Every Man Dies Alone
Evidence from discussion
|10: Every Man Dies Alone
Questions and discussion
Third (literary analysis) paper due
|15: No class||17: Reading Week||19: No class|
|22: Ibsen's "A Doll's House," BIL||24: Ibsen's "A Doll's House," BIL||26: Ibsen's "A Doll's House," BIL|
|29: Not Wanted on the Voyage review
for fourth paper.
|2: Coleridge, "Rime of the
Ancient Mariner," BIL
|4: Shelley, "Ozymandias." (550-1)
Keats, all, BIL (555-63)
|7: Tennyson, "Lady of Shalott," BIL||9: Browning, "My Last Duchess," BIL||11: Mary Wroth, both, BIL|
|14: Bradstreet's "The Author . . ." BIL||16: Wheatley's "On Being brought from Africa," BIL||18: Barrett Browning, all, BIL|
|21: Dickinson, all, BIL
Fourth (revised & expanded
research) paper due.
|23: Rossetti, "Goblin Market," BIL||25: Good Friday, no class|
|28: Moore, "Poetry" (both), BIL||30: Wordsworth, "Lines . . Abbey" BIL|
|1: Yeats, "Easter 1916" and
"The Second Coming," BIL
|4: Williams' "Red Wheelbarrow,"
and Pound's "In a Station of the Metro," BIL
|6: Citizenfour. Also, read:
Eliot, The Wasteland
|8: Citizenfour. Also, read:
Eliot, "Prufrock," BIL
|11: Exam Review|
Some help with commonly encountered and frequently confused words.
Jack Lynch's Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms
Examples of Iambs, Trochees, Spondees, Dactyls, and Anapests
Elements of Drama This document has been saved as in Rich Text Format so that you can open it in almost any word processor for the sake of adding your own notes to it. It should be useful for each of the three dramas we will read this year.