ENGL 6339

Tim Morris

Sport Literature Fall 2007

6-9pm Monday 304 Preston Hall

office hours: Wed 9am-noon & by appointment, 420 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

prerequisites: ENGL 5300 (or concurrently).

Reading List

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/5326f06/5326main.html

course description and student learning outcomes: Sport Literature in Fall 2007 has several objectives. One is to read several imaginative texts, canonical and contemporary, about sport. Another is to look at models for academic writing about sport texts. Yet another is to critically consider the rhetoric of nonfiction writing about sport. Yet another is to consider the boundaries between children’s sport literature and adult sport literature, and how those boundaries get crossed. And a major objective, from your point of view, will be to produce a substantial professional paper on sport literature or the rhetoric of sport.

assignments: One short paper (diagnostic grade only). One long professional paper. One seminar presentation.

The long professional paper is due by 10 December. If you do not turn the paper in by 10 December, you will get an I grade with no penalty or prejudice whatsoever. You are free to take the Spring 2008 semester to complete the paper. But if the paper does not reach me by 5 May 2008, I will change that I grade to an F, without appeal or further extension.

grading: Your grade on your long professional paper will be your grade for the course.

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.

student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

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
27 August: syllabus, introductions, stock-taking
10 September: Oriard, King Football
17 September: DeLillo, End Zone
24 September: McGimpsey, Imagining Baseball
1 October: Greenberg, The Celebrant
8 October: juvenile novel; short paper due
15 October: Blum, Breaking Trail; selections from Morris, Uncommon Waters
22 October: Lindqvist, Bench Press
29 October: Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit
5 November: Wacquant, Body & Soul
12 November: seminar meeting
19 November: seminar meeting
26 November: seminar meeting
3 December: seminar meeting
10 December: long professional papers due

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