English 1100, Section 110:

Literary Interpretation

Spring 2017

Focus: Tess of the d’Urbervilles


Time/Day: 10:00 am-11:40 am. M/W

Room: Sangren Hall, Room 4540

Final Exam: N/A

Instructor: Mr. Luke McCarthy

Email: lucas.j.mccarthy@wmich.edu

Website: http://lucasjmccarthy.com

Office: Sprau Tower, Room 712

Office Hours: Mondays from 1:00-2:00 pm.

More office hours are available upon request. Please do not hesitate to email me if you want to arrange a time to meet!

Course Description

An introduction to the study of literature, aimed at developing abilities to read literature and write about it with skill, sensitivity, and care. Students will read poetry, drama, and prose fiction, and through the writing of several papers will be introduced to terms and methods of formal study of literature. Course required for entry into most upper-level English courses.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: ENGL 1050 or BCM 1420 or BIS 1420 or IEE 1020; with a grade of “B” or better in any prerequisite.

Credits: 4 hours

Notes: This course satisfies General Education Area I: Fine Arts.

When Offered: Fall, Spring

This class is designed to lead you through the process of writing and revising an 8-10 page seminar paper on Tess of the D’Urbervilles due at the end of the semester. Generally, you will have reading assignments each class and a writing assignment due every Wednesday. Your final grade in the course will be calculated from the following weighted components:

  • 20%: Close Reading essays
  • 20%: Revision Process
  • 40%: Final Seminar Paper
  • 20% Class Participation

Required Course Materials:

  • Norton Introduction to Literature, Shorter Twelfth Edition
    • Editor: Kelly J. Mays
    • W. Norton & Company, Inc.
    • ISBN: 978-0-393-93892-0
  • Tess of the D’Ubervilles (Norton Critical Edition)
    • Author: Thomas Hardy
    • Editor: Scott Elledge
    • ISBN-10: 0393959031
    • ISBN-13: 9780393959031
  • $5 copy fee card, available for purchase at the bookstore.


Syllabus–ENGL 1100–Spring2016