Text Box: Let your
be heard!
Text Box: Kenneth Burke writes:
Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. . . . The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress.

Course description:

The current SUU catalog describes ENGL 2600 this way:  An introductory course in the reading and application of literary theory, which provides a survey of major critical and methodological approaches.

Course texts:

Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. 3rd ed. Manchester: Manchester UP, 20099. Print.  978 0 7190 7927 6

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 1847.  Norton Critical Edition. 3rd ed. Ed. Richard J. Dunn. New York: Norton, 2001. Print.  0-393-97542-8

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel.  Adapt. by Amy Corzine. Art by John M. Burns. Lettering by Terry Wiley. Associate Editing by Joe Sutcliff Sanders. Litchborough: Classical Comics, 2008. Print.  978-1-906332-47-1

Richter, David H. The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Contexts. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2007. Print. 0-312-41520-6

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. 1966.. Norton Critical Edition.  Ed. Judith L. Raiskin. New York: Norton, 1999. Print. 0-393-96012-9.

Course requirements:

Participation, daily assignments, and reading quizzes (100 points): Attendance is required. No late work is accepted, and unless excused absences are documented, missing classes may cause you to fail. See the course policy link for details. Please note that you will lose 10 points a day for any unexcused absence BEYOND any in-class or take-home assignment due the days you miss.  If you tally more than 8 unexcused absences, you will fail the class no matter what your point total is otherwise. If you total more than 3 unexcused absences, you may become eligible for a Grade of A.

Question of the day discussion leadership and mini-paper submission: (250 points)   Class discussions will give you the opportunity to articulate your positions clearly by contributing thoughtful questions and comments orally. Once during the semester, you will be responsible for posing a thoughtful question connected with the day’s reading, for preparing a 3-4pp careful documented response to that reading, and for facilitating the class’s response to your ideas. In addition to your leadership role, you will respond to the reading of the day 20 times on our class Canvas discussion board.

Midterm Exam (125 points): The exam will assess your understanding of various terms and concepts covered through Week 7.

Short critical analysis (150 points):  You will interpret Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel or Wide Sargasso Sea, the novel, using one of the concepts covered through Week 8..

Final Exam (100 points) Will assess understanding of various terms and concepts covered during the end of the  semester)

Abstract & Annotated Bibliography (25 points) You will prepare a formal abstract & annotated bib to accompany the Critical Research Essay

Critical Research Essay * (10-12pp, excluding outline, abstract, bib.)  250 points: will compose a research-based essay, developing your analysis of the critical and theoretical readings; students will select one theoretical approach and apply it to their reading of the novel Wide Sargasso Sea and one other text read or viewed  in their class,  incorporating external sources to support their argument; essay will assess students ability to follow through rigorously with a cross-textual comparison)