Course Title: American Literature in the Nineteenth Century
Course Number: 2201334
Semester: Spring 2010
Time of Class: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (10-11 a.m.)
Meeting Place: Humanities 6
Instructor: Prof. Rula Quawas
Office Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (12:-1:00 p.m.)
I am available for consultation during scheduled office hours and by appointment. Do not hesitate to make an appointment. If you are having any difficulties at all, see me; don’t wait until it is too late to improve the situation. My office is located in the English Department at the Faculty of Arts.
Telephone: 5355000 (Ext. 24768)
This course gives an overview of American literature in the nineteenth century with major emphasis on the American Renaissance, realism, naturalism, and the local color movement. Key readings are associated with the major American authors of the nineteenth century, including writings of Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Chopin, Fuller, and Truth. Speeches, essays, short stories, and poems are selected to study the significant influences and movements of that period.
Students are to gain an understanding of literary, historical developmental features in the Unites States during that period, the texts’ historical context, and the characteristics of various genres. The course is to develop students’ critical and analytical capabilities and train them in writing.
A variety of methods will be used;
The class will be conducted as a seminar in which each person assumes responsibility for sustaining class discussion. It is, therefore, crucial that you come to class having read and thought about the assigned texts. Students are encouraged to initiate/guide discussion of any given text. To this end, generate a list of questions and issues for the class to focus on.
Regular and punctual attendance is valuable and desirable. Unexcused absences will automatically lower your grade.
Students will be required to read extensively on the literary texts assigned for this course, to familiarize themselves with the major studies of the American Renaissance, and to contribute to discussion every time we meet. The student’s semester grade will be the average of four grades: the Mid-Term Exam, the Final Examination, Assigned Projects, and class participation. 50% of the grade goes to the final Examination, and 50% for the mid-term exam, projects, and class participation. The final exam will require essay-type responses. On essay questions, the student will be evaluated on clarity of argument, critical thinking, use of evidence, and stylistic presentation. At the beginning of the essay, state your thesis or argument in response to the question or topic, and then structure the essay clearly to establish your points. Use topic sentences to show where the essay is going and avoid over-generalizations.
All reading assignments must be completed by the beginning of the class period on which they have been assigned. It goes without saying that the student is encouraged to read as widely as possible in the field, over and beyond the assigned material.