English 1423.A2 –Writing and Reading Critically
M,W,F 10:30 – 11:30
BAC 204

Prof: Richard Cunningham
Office: BAC 431
Office Hours: T,Th 11:30 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 2:30, W,F 11:30 – 12:30

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory:

We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Accessible Learning Services

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Course Description

This is not a correspondence course, a distance education course, or an online course. This is a course that you are required to attend every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in room 204 of the Beveridge Arts Building for the duration of the Winter term, 2020. When attendance is a requirement that means you must come to every class. If you miss more than three classes without a documented explanation you forfeit a minimum of 5% of your course grade, and this number will climb very high very quickly.

This is a course devoted to both writing and reading.
In order to do the reading, you must have a copy of the course anthology. To ensure you meet this requirement, an on-going chance to lose 10% of your course grade is built in to the grading scheme. On any given day, if you do not have the anthology open in front of you while we discuss a work you’ve had assigned to read, you risk forfeiting up to ten percent of your grade.
Writing assignments will be due on two specific dates for each of the three major assignments. The first of each of these dates will be for peer review, and on those dates you are required to bring a paper copy of your writing assignment to class. On the second of each of these dates you must submit your assignment in both electronic (through Acorn) and printed forms.

You must turn your phone off and put it away during class. This is the professor's rule. The professor assigns your grade for this course. You do not want to make an enemy of the person who assigns your grade.

Course Texts

The Broadview Introduction to Literature, Concise Edition. Edited by Lisa Chalykoff, Neta Gordon, Paul Lumsden. Broadview Press, 2015.

Fotheringham, Scott. The Rest is Silence. Goose Lane: 2012.

Potential Participation
First Paper
Second Paper
Third Paper
Final Exam


Course Outline
Date Assigned Reading In-Class Activity
6   Introductions, discussion.
8 None. “Words, words, words.” (Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2.210). And now, to paraphrase Shakespeare: “Rules, rules, rules.”

Lecture, and First assignment given
10 Writing Instruction Lecture
13 Peer Reviewing First assignment due for peer review
15 Writing Instruction
MLA citation generator
17 Writing Instruction Lecture & First assignment due for grading
20 Broadview Introduction, pp. xxi – xxxii.
(This piece is entitled "The Study of Literature" for those who have a different version of the Anthology)
Mostly lecture
22 Broadview Introduction, pp. 461 – 84. Discussion
24 “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” and “The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd” Discussion
27 John Donne’s “The Flea” Reading Poetry
29 Shakespeare’s Sonnets. All. Explication
31 Donne’s Holy Sonnets 10 & 14 Explication. Discussion.
3   No class b/c the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes.
5 Herbert’s “Easter Wings” & “The Altar” Discussion
7 Milton’s “When I consider how my light is spent” Discussion
10 Peer Reviewing Second paper due for peer review
12 Shelley’s “Ozymandias” & Keats’s “When I have fears that I may cease to be” Romanticism lecture; Discussion
14 Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shallot” & Browning’s “My Last Duchess” Second paper due for grading. Discussion
Reading Week Feb. 17 – 21
24 The Rest is Silence Discussion
26 The Rest is Silence Discussion
28 The Rest is Silence Discussion
2 The Rest is Silence With a guest
4 Oedipus Rex Discussion
6 Oedipus Rex
9 Oedipus Rex; A Doll’s House
11 A Doll’s House Discussion
13 Peer Reviewing Third paper due for peer review
16 A Doll’s House Discussion
18 Broadview Introduction, “Short Fiction,” pp. 1 – 16. Discussion
20 Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” Third paper due for grading. Discussion
23 Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” Discussion
25 Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” Discussion
27 Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” Discussion
30 Williams’ “The Read Wheelbarrow” & Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro” Discussion
1 Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” Discussion
3 Course Evaluations & Exam Preview
TBD Final Exam Location to be determined