ENGL 4399/4336 American Civil War Spring 2007

Tim Morris

1900-2020 Mon / Wed 206 Preston Hall

office hours: Wed 8-11 AM & by appointment, 614 Carlisle Hall
tmorris at uta dot edu

office phone: 817-272-0466

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

required texts:

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4399s07/4399main.html

course description: 4336 is an advanced upper-division course in the literature of the American Civil War. 4399, running concurrently, is a Senior Seminar in the same subject. The main goal of both courses is to read a substantial selection of the most important and influential fiction written about the War.

student learning outcomes: Students completing either course will be able to comprehend and discuss with authority the tradition of fiction about the American Civil War. Students completing the Seminar will be able to produce a bibliography that assesses the current situation in criticism and scholarship on Civil War literature, as a model for future scholarly work.

Note on outcomes: although the listed outcomes are desirable and achievable, the long-term goals of this course, as in any liberal-arts course, include less-measurable outcomes that we must not lose sight of -- and that are quite real, though not quantifiable. Among these are the habit of reading critically, a lifelong interest in and ability to understand the written word, and the general sense that when we approach life in an intellectual way -- particularly by writing freely (literally, "liberally") about it -- we learn things that are unforeseeable and immeasurable. While I will be measuring your explicit listed outcomes by evaluating your papers, you will only know that you have learned the more important things about the course if the issues we raise are still alive for you decades from now. That life of the mind, not some immediate "learning outcome," is the benefit of a liberal education.

assignments: For 4336: preconceptions paper; two formal essays; essay midterm exam; essay final exam. For 4399: all of the above plus seminar report and participation in seminar meeting. No papers will be accepted late, and no makeup exams will be given. Out-of-class work must be prepared in MLA style, in-class exams will be handwritten and open-book.

grading: All assignments will be graded on a standard 0-100 scale where 60-69 is a D, 70-79 is a C, 80-89 is a B, and 90-100 is an A. These grades will be averaged to produce a final grade using the following scales.

For 4336, the preconceptions paper is 4%, each formal essay is 20%, and each exam is 28%.

For 4399, the preconceptions paper is 3%, each formal essay is 15%, each exam is 21%, the seminar report is 20%, and participation in the seminar meeting is 5%.

I think that a B is a very good grade for an undergraduate course, and that a C grade is quite acceptable. The grade of A indicates excellence rather than mere completion of the course.

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library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at noel@uta.edu You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp

writing center: located on the fourth floor of the Central Library, and at http://www.uta.edu/owl/ , the Writing Center provides free tutoring for UTA students. Tutors will not write your papers for you, but will help you understand and use strategies for effective writing.

schedule of assignments and readings

snow day changes from initial schedule are in red

17 January: snow day

22 January: syllabus and opening lecture on Civil War history 24 January: lecture on literary history

29 January: preconceptions paper due; opening discussion

31 January: De Forest, Miss Ravenel's Conversion

5 February: lecture

7 February: Harding Davis, Waiting for the Verdict

12 February: first formal essay due : compare (in six pages maximum) Miss Ravenel and Waiting as specifically literary treatments of the War; plus lecture

14 February: Bierce, the ten Soldiers stories in Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

19 February: lecture

21 February: The six older stories in Civil War Women: Alcott, "The Brothers," Cooke, "A Woman," Chopin, "The Locket," Woolson, "Crowder's Cove," King, "Bayou l'Ombre," Phelps Ward, "Comrades"

26 February: lecture

28 February: Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

5 March: midterm exam

7, 12, 14 March: NO CLASS MEETING

19 March: lecture

21 March: Faulkner, The Unvanquished

26 March: lecture

28 March: Walker, Jubilee

2 April: lecture

4 April: work on papers

9 April: lecture

11 April: Shaara, The Killer Angels

16 April: lecture

18 April: Frazier, Cold Mountain; second formal essay due

23 April: lecture

25 April: Gibbons, On the Occasion

30 April: "Dead Week": review for final exam; seminar report due

2 May: "Dead Week": course evaluations; seminar meeting

9 May: Final Exam, 2015-2245, regular classroom

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