ENGL 3340-001 History of American Literature Fall 2013

Tim Morris

1000-1050 MWF, 206 Preston Hall

Tim Morris office hours: 420 Carlisle Hall 1100-1150 MWF; 1400-1520 TR

tmorris at uta dot edu

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

prerequisites: ENGL 2350

required texts: Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (Random House, Trade Paper); (Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust (Random House, Trade Paper); Kirkman, The Walking Dead 1 (Image Comics, Paper); many others on-line or in course handouts

grading: There will be 15 short papers, as listed in the schedule below. There will also be one brief presentation on scholarship, one final seminar presentation, one annotated bibliography, and one final term paper. All short papers will be handwritten in class; the bibliography and the term paper will be printed DS in MLA format. All short papers will be closed-book. No makeup papers will be granted except for official UTA-excused absences.

The 15 short papers are reading summaries. Each will ask you to give a summary of a specific text or set of texts, in each case one of our assigned readings. Some of the short papers will be limited to a single side of paper and be worth three grade points; some will ask for two sides of a sheet, and be worth six points. Short-paper prompts may vary and be customized to the readings for the week; each one will attempt to ensure that you read the primary texts attentively.

The short papers will simply be graded Yes or No. A Yes grade indicates that you've done the summary adequately. To "collect" and secure the points for a given week, you must attend the next class meeting (usually a Wednesday, in one case a Friday) and pick up your paper(s). (NOTES: partial credit will sometimes be given, depending on the terms of the assignment. The first failure to collect a paper will be forgiven; after that, you will lose points for that week's paper.)

Course grades will be calculated on a percentage basis. The 15 short papers (with their 60 possible points) will constitute 60% of the final course grade. The brief scholarship presentation, the seminar presentation, and the annotated bibliography will constitute 5% of the final course grade apiece, and will be graded on the standard 0-100 scale. The final term paper will constitute 25% of the final course grade, and will also be graded 0-100.

I'll take attendance at Friday meetings and at seminar meetings. For each Friday or seminar-meeting absence, you will lose one (1) of your short-paper points.

ADDENDUM: For the November / December seminar meetings, you will continue to lose a point for each absence. But you will gain a point for each seminar meeting you attend.

weekly routine: Each Monday (and Wed. 4 Sept) is a day to write in-class summary papers. Each Wednesday (and Fri. 6 Sept) is a day to collect those papers, and to initiate discussion of the texts that those papers are about. Each Friday (excepting 6 Sept) will feature (at most) two students presenting issues from a scholarly paper that they've found between the Wednesday and the Friday of the given week: a paper that's been suggested in some ways by our wanting to find answers to questions that the Wednesday discussion has raised. (Each student will do one such scholarship presentation during the semester; this presentation is the "brief scholarship presentation" that constitutes 5% of the final course grade.) The scholarship presentations, besides being valuable in themselves to help us understand what we've read, will also serve as orientation for, and in some cases a head start on, your annotated bibliographies, seminar presentations, and final term papers.

Drop Policy: Students may drop or swap (adding and dropping a class concurrently) classes through self-service in MyMav from the beginning of the registration period through the late registration period. After the late registration period, students must see their academic advisor to drop a class or withdraw. Undeclared students must see an advisor in the University Advising Center. Drops can continue through a point two-thirds of the way through the term or session. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw if they do not plan to attend after registering. Students will not be automatically dropped for non-attendance. Repayment of certain types of financial aid administered through the University may be required as the result of dropping classes or withdrawing. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

academic integrity: Students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington's tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.
I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.
UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code as they see fit in their courses, including (but not limited to) having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, 2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University.

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112—The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act – (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

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Student Feedback Survey: At the end of each term, students enrolled in classes categorized as "lecture," "seminar," or "laboratory" shall be directed to complete an online Student Feedback Survey (SFS). Instructions on how to access the SFS for this course will be sent directly to each student through MavMail approximately 10 days before the end of the term. Each student's feedback enters the SFS database anonymously and is aggregated with that of other students enrolled in the course. UT Arlington's effort to solicit, gather, tabulate, and publish student feedback is required by state law; students are strongly urged to participate. For more information, visit http://www.uta.edu/sfs.

Emergency Exit Procedures: Should we experience an emergency event that requires us to vacate the building, students should exit the room and move toward the nearest exits, which are located at both the east and west ends of Preston Hall. When exiting the building during an emergency, one should never take an elevator but should use the stairwells. Faculty members and instructional staff will assist students in selecting the safest route for evacuation and will make arrangements to assist handicapped individuals.

schedule of assignments and readings:

23 Aug: syllabus, introductions, policies


26 Aug: short papers: Hawthorne, "Wakefield"; Poe, "The Man of the Crowd" Simple summaries: on one side of one sheet of paper apiece, summarize these stories in as much detail as possible in the time allotted.

28-30 Aug: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Hawthorne & Poe

2 Sept: NO CLASS MEETING (Labor Day)

4 Sept: short paper: Frost, selected poems ("Acquainted with the Night"; "Desert Places"; "The Wood-Pile"; "The Need of Being Versed in Country Things"; "Mowing"; "The Middleness of the Road")

6 Sept: collect/discuss: Frost

9 Sept: short paper: Thoreau, Walden (only chapters "Economy" [in several parts; click through to them all]; "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For"; "The Bean-Field"; "The Village" and "The Ponds" [in two parts!]: six points)

11-13 Sept: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Thoreau

16 Sept: short paper: selected poems of the Harlem Renaissance (Cullen, "Incident"; "Saturday's Child"; "Yet Do I Marvel"; Hughes, "Theme for English B"; "The Ballad of the Landlord"; Johnson, "Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem"; McKay, "The Tropics in New York"; "Harlem Shadows"; "America"; Bontemps, "A Black Man Talks of Reaping")


18-20 Sept: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Harlem Renaissance

23 Sept: short paper: Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust (six points)

25-27 Sept: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Faulkner


30 Sept: short papers: Hawthorne, "The Minister's Black Veil"; Hemingway,"The Killers"

2-4 Oct: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Hawthorne & Hemingway

7 Oct: short paper: Dunbar, The Sport of the Gods (six points)

9-11 Oct: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Dunbar

14 Oct: short paper: Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (six points)

16-18 Oct: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Hammett


21 Oct: short papers: Hawthorne, "The Snow-Image"; Jackson, "The Lottery"

23-25 Oct: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Hawthorne & Jackson

28 Oct: short papers: Bradbury, "The Veldt"; Yamamoto, "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara"

30 Oct-1 Nov: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Bradbury & Yamamoto

4 Nov: short paper: Kirkman, The Walking Dead 1 (six points)

6-8 Nov: collect/discuss and brief presentations: Kirkman

11-13-15 Nov: NO CLASS MEETINGS (open week to prepare for seminar)

18-20-22 Nov: seminar meetings

25 Nov: seminar meeting

27-29 Nov: NO CLASS MEETINGS (Thanksgiving)

2-4 Dec: seminar meetings

final term paper due on final exam date