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. Occasional offering.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course
Course Rotation for Day Program:
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 Learning Outcomes
Analyze the work of one to three major authors.
Describe the concerns of the major author(s), as those concerns appear in selected works.
Identify historical and cultural contexts of the works of the major author(s).
Describe the critical reception of the major author(s).
Write argumentatively about the work of a major author.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
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 responsibility 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 comprise less than this minimum only if the instructor is accounting for a significant amount of assigned poetry.
Department policy requires a minimum of 4000 words (about 16 pages) of graded student writing, including an argumentative research essay that incorporates scholarly secondary criticism. Multiple essays should be assigned, and the research essay should account for no more than half of the total assigned page-count for the course.
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 exam that asks questions about the historical, cultural, and authorial contexts of the work of up to three major authors, and which asks students to analyze the work of those authors using disciplinary terminologies, some of which relate to literary genres. Work from all students in the course should be assessed.
Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
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.