I will not be on campus Friday, June 14
Final Study Guide
The final is scheduled for Monday, June 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in our regular classroom. The final study guide is attached. Whatever will end up on the final itself will come directly from the study guide. There will be no changes except to clarify or correct what is there already. When it comes to the test itself, you will not be allowed to use your books or notes. You will work entirely from memory. With regard to the two essay prompts, the best way to prepare for those is to write draft essays. Be sure to bring something to write on and write with. I made a correction to the final directions for the passage identification and explanation part.
- Revisions are due at the time of our final exam, which is noted above. This is also the last time that late submissions will be accepted.
- I'll be happy to answer any questions regarding comments you can't read because of my handwriting at any time, but substantive questions will not be accepted until after noon, Friday, June 14.
- Any literature review receiving less than a C/2.0, that is a C-/1.7/71, C-/D+/1.5/69 or a D+/1.3/64 MUST be revised. If the literature review received a C/2.0/74 then revision is optional, but both encouraged and advised.
- Literature review revisions must be submitted with the annotated secondary source and the commented upon graded draft
- All revisions must be highlighted on the new draft. Merely correction grammar, punctuation, spelling and the like does not constitute a revision, and the essay will be not accepted as such. The grade will not change if that happens.
English 248(W): Introduction to American Literature before 1860
Phone: Office 533-3572s
Student Drop-in Hours: 1:00-3:00 MWF afternoons by appointment; otherwise, check my office door schedule for available times. You are encouraged to email me with question
Wait to buy one of the following:
- Sheppard Lee: Written by Himself by Robert Montgomery Bird
- The Journals of Lewis and Clark
- The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts
- The Hidden Hand, or, Capitola the Madcap by E.D.E.N Southworth
Official Course Description: This survey course examines major writers of the period including Taylor, Edwards, Franklin, Irving, Cooper, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman and Dickinson. Prerequisite: recommended English 101 readiness in reading and writing.
Unofficial course description: IIn this class we will read, discuss, and write about American literature and culture from the earliest explorers, colonizers and settlers until the Civil War, roughly 1492 to 1865. We’ll examine notions of Puritanism, the Reformation, Revolution, Romanticism and much more as we look at the role of literature in the shaping of our nation. In doing so, we’ll look at poetry, fiction both short and long, letters and essays to develop some understanding of America’s heritage. We will be exploring a variety of questions, including, but not limited to:
- What is Literature?
- What makes Literature American?
- How is America reflected in her Literature?
- Who are these writers of American Literature?
- Why read (Early American) Literature? What is the point of all this?
I hope to help you enjoy and understand literature, provide you will some tools for increased understanding of the literature you read (or at least an idea of where to find material that will help you increase your understanding), and help you to formulate and express your thoughts--written and spoken--concerning Literature and why it matters in the world at large. Keep in mind I am not some oracle of Literature. I prefer to explain what people do not understand and to provide background and context for what we will read and let you puzzle things out as much as possible. Don't expect me to lecture on and explain what writings "mean." I don't have all the answers to what we will read (assuming such answers exist). This does not mean that a piece of literature means whatever you want it to mean; interpretations need to be based on specific elements and their contexts within the text. However, I have considerable experience reading, studying, interpreting, and criticizing literature. This I will share with you.
GradingLet’s just say I hate grading, period. Grading takes a bunch of the fun out of a class such as this one. When I grade, my approach is to be as friendly a reader/grader as possible and give you the best grade that is reasonable given the work submitted. I also like to keep things simple, but it doesn't quite pan out that way.
PointsLiterature Review 1: 100 pts
Literature Review 2: 100 pts
Reaction Charts: 50 pts
Journals: 50 pts
Final Exam: 50 pts
Book Club Project: 50 pts
Seminars: 50 pts
The final grade were be determined by the percentage of points earned out of the 450 possible. You will earn the bulk of your grade in the latter stages of the class, when you should know more and be able to earn better grades.
Naturalism is the application of the principles of scientific determinism to literature. This can be seen in characters who, as animals in nature, respond to environmental forces and internal stresses and drives, none of which they can control or understand. While realism focuses on the commonplace, naturalism focuses on the representative and arranges details so as to reveal certain patterns of ideas that form the author's view of life. Naturalistic works will often emphasize either a biological or socio-economic determinism, one that is inescapable for those involved.
The most basic definition of Realism is "fidelity to actuality in representation," which is evidenced by literary method and subject matter. With subject matter, it's about the common actions and minor catastrophes of middle class society. With regard to method, the tone was often expected to be somewhat light, rarely grim or somber. Realists believe that since life lacks symmetry, so too should literature. In this respect, works of realism seek to mimic, to provide a one-to-one relationship between the representation and the subject.
I'm home sick today. See you tomorrow.
Jacob is taking classes at SFCC for a Running Start at achieving his goal of becoming an engineer. Jacob is clearly quite ambitious, but he still finds time to enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as Mexican food. Jacob loves Mexican food so much, he is learning Spanish here at The Falls. Despite his interest in this foreign culture, Jacob is a true American at heart. He has always lived in Spokane, and has no desire to live elsewhere. Even though he has not traveled past California. And like a true American, Jacob loves country music.
Sarah Fisher is currently a junior in the running start program here at Spokane Falls and seventeen years old. Sarah grew up and lives in Rosalia, a town about thirty miles south of Spokane and commutes to SFCC everyday for school. The farthest she has ever traveled from home is Colorado. She has four siblings: three sisters and one brother. Her father is originally from Northern California and her mother grew up in Billings, Montana. Sarah does not have a job at this point as she is focusing on school and living with her parents, being only a junior in high school.
Now that you are here, the first thing to do is sign in. After that, click on the "create content" link to your left and then click on "blog entry." After that, type in a subject and then type in your introduction. Be sure that you are making a point about the classmate you are introducing, as opposed to just listing a collection of potentially random facts about them. When you are done, hit the "save" button at the bottom of your screen, below this dialogue box, and you're done!
After you've posted your introduction, respond to at least two other introductions in a way that fosters further dialogue. Additionally, respond to at least one response to your introduction.
The final revision of essay two is due no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Feel free (please, please, please do contact me!) with any questions you have as you are revising, via email (probably best) or by dropping by my office (best to check that I'll be there).
Otherwise, enjoy your break!