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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 350
Course Title: Major Literary Figures
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Study of the works of one to three major writers (e.g., Chaucer, Donne, Milton, Whitman, Dickinson, Mark Twain, Woolf, Faulkner, Morrison). Prerequisites: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course.

 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional Offering.

 
Text(s):

Text selections will be based on designated writer(s) to be studied. Use critical editions where possible.

If more than one author is chosen, those authors' works must bear a significant historical, thematic, and /or generic correspondence (e.g., Joyce and Woolf; Whitman and Dickinson; Faulkner and Morrison).    



 
Course Objectives
  • To understand the literary, cultural and historical significance of designated major author(s) through an intensive course of reading, discussion, and writing.
  • To explain the current critical evaluation of the designated major author(s).
  • To reinforce principals and methods of contemporary literary criticism.
 
Measurable Learning
Outcomes:
  • Describe the literary and historical significance of the author(s) studied.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the central works of the major author(s).
  • Demonstrate familiarity with current critical reception of the major author(s).
  • Describe the historical reception of the major author(s).
  • Describe the controversy over “canon” in the contemporary literary criticism and the role of canonical literature in the literary period relevant to the major author(s) studied.
  • Analyze works of the author(s) in accord with basic principles of literary interpretation and contemporary critical methodologies.
 
Topical Outline:
  • If more than one author is chosen, those authors' works must bear a significant historical, thematic, and/or generic correspondence (e.g. Joyce and Woolf; Whitman and Dickinson; Faulkner and Morrison). In discussions, exams, and/or essays, students should be required to productively compare and contrast selected authors.
  • Because this course represents an upper-level English elective, it bears a distinctive responsibilitiy for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. Students must read and write intensively, and they must engage in serious literary study that includes the use of peer-reviewed scholarship. This course must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (such as midterms, finals, group reports, quizzes, research papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pages, and may compirse less than this minimum only if the instructor is accounting for a significant amount of assigned poetry.
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 4500 words (about 18 pages) of graded student writing, including an argumentative research essay that incorporates scholarly secondary criticism.
  • Department policy requires that assignments include at least one common reading of a secondary, peer-reviewed article or chapter.
  • Class discussion of the selected works
  • Terminology essential to the study of literary figures
  • In class exams, including a final
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: May 5, 2007
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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