ENGL 5310 Introduction to Critical Theory Spring 2024

Tim Morris

1800-2100 Tuesdays, 21 Trimble Hall


office hours: 8-9am weekdays, 420 Carlisle Hall

Required texts:
No textbook to buy. All materials are available on Canvas. Always read/review a week's material before class.

Attendance and grading:
Your final grade is based on 12 weekly papers (due on Canvas by 5:59pm on the given class day each week, 3-page target). Your material for this paper will be the weekly reading itself, seen in relation to your Central Text. For this purpose, you must choose a single Central Text before the semester begins, and ensure that you know that Central Text very, very well by 16 January.

Each paper will receive a standard letter grade: A, B, C, or F. No paper will be accepted late. Missing papers will receive F. Two or more Fs will mean failure for the semester.

If you have a majority of a given grade, that grade will be your course grade. If no single grade is the majority, but you have a majority of Bs + Cs, your course grade will be B or C depending on which you have more of. Ties round up, so (e.g.) 6 As, 6 Bs is an A.

Tues 16 Jan: introductions

Tues 23 Jan: Tim Morris: what do we do when we read? read: Bayard (1)

Tues 30 Jan: Desirée Henderson: genre studies; read Bawarshi, Henderson (2)

Tues 6 Feb: Neill Matheson: environmental theory; read Nixon, Dawson (3)

Tues 13 Feb: Tim Morris: children's literature; read Rose (4)

Tues 20 Feb: Amy Hodges: technical writing theory; read Hayhoe & Brewer, Jones & Williams, and any selection of your choice from Technical Communication Book of Knowledge (5)

Tues 27 Feb: Tim Richardson: psychoanalytic theory; read Loveless C2, Loveless C3, Manon, Vanheule (6)

Tues 5 Mar: Tim Morris: unoriginality: Stokes, from Old Style (7)


Tues 19 Mar: Desirée Henderson: feminist literary criticism; read Noble, Rich (8)

week of 26 Mar: NO CLASS (I will be at the national PCA/ACA Conference)

Tues 2 Apr: Erin Murrah-Mandril: Saussure (9)

Tues 9 Apr: Jackie Fay: posthumanism (10)

Tues 16 Apr: Lonny Harrison: weaponization of language; read Bolshevik Weaponization, Nechaev, To Siberia, Radishchev's Journey, "Doctor Zhivago as Reponse" (11)

Tues 23 Apr: Jim Warren: the Rhetoric; read Aristotle (12)

Tues 30 Apr: ICE DAY. Save this date. If we miss a class due to weather earlier in the semester, we will meet on 4/30 to catch up

syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at https://tmorris.utasites.cloud/courses/5310sp24/5310mainsp24.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.

student learning outcomes: Students will demonstrate basic applications of critical theory to cultural artifacts. Success will be demonstrated by attaining a grade of 6 (B) or better on daily papers devoted to demonstrating skills, exploring issues, and analyzing culture in the light of critical theory.

attendance: At The University of Texas at Arlington, taking attendance is not required but attendance is a critical indicator in student success. Faculty member is free to develop their own methods of evaluating students' academic performance, which include establishing course-specific policies on attendance. As the instructor of this section, I require regular attendance and participation. Absence will severely lower your grade. University-excused absences will not count against your grade. The U.S. Department of Education requires that the University have a mechanism in place to mark when Federal Student Aid recipients "begin attendance in a course." UT Arlington instructors will report when students begin attendance in a course as part of the final grading process. Specifically, when assigning a student a grade of F, faculty report the last date a student attended their class based on evidence such as a test, participation in a class project or presentation, or an engagement online via Blackboard. This date is reported to the Department of Education for federal financial aid recipients.

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 (http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/fao/).

disability accommodations: UT Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of all federal equal opportunity legislation, including The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. All instructors at UT Arlington are required by law to provide "reasonable accommodations" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of disability. Students are responsible for providing the instructor with official notification in the form of a letter certified by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Only those students who have officially documented a need for an accommodation will have their request honored. Students experiencing a range of conditions (Physical, Learning, Chronic Health, Mental Health, and Sensory) that may cause diminished academic performance or other barriers to learning may seek services and/or accommodations by contacting: The Office for Students with Disabilities, (OSD) http://www.uta.edu/disability/ or calling 817-272-3364. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at www.uta.edu/disability.

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Academic Integrity: Students enrolled all UT Arlington courses 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 in their courses by 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, ยง2.2, 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. Additional information is available at https://www.uta.edu/conduct/. Faculty are encouraged to discuss plagiarism and share the following library tutorials http://libguides.uta.edu/copyright/plagiarism and http://library.uta.edu/plagiarism/

Electronic Communication: UT Arlington has adopted MavMail as its official means to communicate with students about important deadlines and events, as well as to transact university-related business regarding financial aid, tuition, grades, graduation, etc. All students are assigned a MavMail account and are responsible for checking the inbox regularly. There is no additional charge to students for using this account, which remains active even after graduation. Information about activating and using MavMail is available at http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/email/mavmail.php.

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Final Review Week: for semester-long courses, a period of five class days prior to the first day of final examinations in the long sessions shall be designated as Final Review Week. The purpose of this week is to allow students sufficient time to prepare for final examinations. During this week, there shall be no scheduled activities such as required field trips or performances; and no instructor shall assign any themes, research problems or exercises of similar scope that have a completion date during or following this week unless specified in the class syllabus. During Final Review Week, an instructor shall not give any examinations constituting 10% or more of the final grade, except makeup tests and laboratory examinations. In addition, no instructor shall give any portion of the final examination during Final Review Week. During this week, classes are held as scheduled. In addition, instructors are not required to limit content to topics that have been previously covered; they may introduce new concepts as appropriate.

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 exit, which is located outside the classroom door. 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 individuals with disabilities.

Student Support Services: UT Arlington provides a variety of resources and programs designed to help students develop academic skills, deal with personal situations, and better understand concepts and information related to their courses. Resources include tutoring, major-based learning centers, developmental education, advising and mentoring, personal counseling, and federally funded programs. For individualized referrals, students may visit the reception desk at University College (Ransom Hall), call the Maverick Resource Hotline at 817-272-6107, send a message to resources@uta.edu, or view the information at http://www.uta.edu/studentsuccess/success-programs/programs/resource-hotline.php