ENGL 5320

Tim Morris

Early American Literature Summer 2010

1300-1700 Monday/Wednesday 100 Preston Hall

office hours: 203 Carlisle Hall by appointment

tmorris at uta dot edu

office phone: 817.272.2739

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

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prerequisites: ENGL 5300

required texts: Cabeza de Vaca, Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca (Nebraska); Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life (Norton); Franklin, Autobiography (Penguin), Rowson, Reuben & Rachel (Broadview); The Bedford Anthology of American Literature (vol. 1), various "handouts"

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/5320su10/5320main.html

course description: This course introduces graduate students to the field of study of early American literature, with critical attention to the terms "early," "American," and "literature."

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will be able to identify the current institutions of knowledge about early American literature, use those institutions to assess knowledge about the field, and begin to create new knowledge by entering the scholarly conversation.

grading: Each student must successfully guide the class through one text and a surrounding set of scholarly information and issues, in the form of being a seminar leader for one class session. Each student must complete a substantial professional paper (in the range of 15-25 pages), suitable for revision as a conference presentation or article submission. Each student will give a brief (15-minute) seminar presentation on that professional paper. The final grade will be based on a holistic assessment of those three assignments.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

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.

schedule of assignments and readings:

7 June: Syllabus, introductions, historical review, contexts

9 June: Wiget (handout); "Literature to 1750: Introduction," "Native American Origin and Creation Stories," Momaday, "Explorations and Early Encounters," "Columbus" (in Bedford, 1-74)

14 June: Cabeza de Vaca, Narrative; Warner (handout)

16 June: Heimert & Delbanco (handout); Hall (handout); Bradford, Bradstreet, Rowlandson, Edwards (Bedford 124-147, 167-187, 190-229, 290-303)

21 June: Franklin, Autobiography; "Writing Colonial Lives," Twain (Bedford 335-340, 373-375)


28 June: Equiano, Narrative; Gilroy (handout)

30 June: "Who Reads," Freneau, Wheatley, Irving, "Rip Van Winkle" (Bedford 476-517, 530-543)

5 July: Rowson, Reuben & Rachel

7 July: Seminar Presentations

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