Course Schedule

Due to the fact that we meet only once a week, please be aware that there will be a considerable amount of readings to cover each class period. You are still responsible for any readings not discussed in class, and any such readings may still feature on the midterm or final exam. The numbers in parentheses are to the starting page number in our anthology.

In addition to the links to the handouts that are listed below for any of the days when a handout was provided in class, a complete list of links to all such handouts is also provided at the bottom of this page. However, any readings that are provided via a handout will be found instead by logging into the class Elearning site.

Week 1: 9/9
Introduction: Literature and the Construction of Identity
Walt Whitman, “One’s Self I Sing” (Handout: Elearning); “I Hear America Singing” (Handout: Elearning); “Eidólons” (Handout: Elearning).

Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (Excerpts) (Handout: Elearning).

Week 2: 9/16
Foundations I: Whitman & Dickinson
Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (25)

Emily Dickinson, #320 [There’s a certain Slant of light] (90); #340
[I felt a Funeral, in my Brain] (90); #479 [Because I could not stop for Death—] (94); #591 [I heard a fly buzz—when I died—] (96)

Week 3: 9/23
Foundations II: Mark Twain
Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (108)

Week 4: 9/30
Booker T. Washington, “Up from Slavery” (471)
Charles W. Chesnutt, “The Goophered Grapevine” (481)
W. E. B. Du Bois, “The Souls of Black Folk” (561)
Zora Neal Hurston, “Sweat” (950)
–“How It Feels to be Colored Me” (958)
Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (816)
–“I Too” (1038)
–“The Weary Blues” (1039)

Week 5: 10/7
The Woman Question
Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (446)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wall-paper” (511); “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper?’” (523)
Edith Wharton, “Roman Fever” (540)
Susan Glaspell, Trifles (751)
Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Thursday” (handout: Elearning); “Daphne” (handout: Elearning)

Week 6: 10/14
Sarah Orne Jewett, “A White Heron” (432)
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, “A New England Nun” (460)
Willa Cather, “The Sculptor’s Funeral” (714)
Robert Frost, “The Death of the Hired Man” (738); “After Apple-Picking” (742); “Out, Out—“ (746); “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (747)
Sandburg – “Chicago” (773);
Week 7: 10/21
Midterm Exam
  The midterm is scheduled during our normal class period
Due at 11:59 pm on Friday, October 25th: Close Reading Essay
Week 8: 10/28
Realism & Naturalism
William Dean Howells, “Editor’s Study” (580); “Editha” (316)
Henry James, “The Art of Fiction” (584); “The Real Thing” (382)
Frank Norris, “A Plea for Romantic Fiction” (587)
Theodore Dreiser Sister Carrie, Chapters I & 3 (597)
Stephen Crane, “War is Kind” (631)
Jack London, “To Build a Fire” (641)In addition read this blog post.
Week 9: 11/4
Modernism Part I: Imagism
Amy Lowell, “The Captured Goddess” (726)
Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (782)
William Carlos Williams, “Spring and All) (790); “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” (795)
Ezra Pound, “A Pact” (799); “In a Station of the Metro” (799); “Liu Ch’e” (handout)
H. D., “Oread” (820)
Marianne Moore, “To a Snail” (825)
Elizabeth Bishop, “The Fish” (1108)

Week 10: 11/11
Modernism Part II: High Modernism
T. S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” (834)
E. E. Cummings, “next to of course god America I” (964)
Jean Toomer, Cane (968)
Week 12: 11/18
Modernism Part III: Trauma and Change
F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Babylon Revisited” (991)
William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” (1009)
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time (Excerpts) (Elearning).
Richard Wright, “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” (1059)
Flannery O’Connor, “Good Country People” (1367)
Week 13: 11/25
The Beats and Their Influence
Jack Kerouac, On the Road (Part 1, Chapter 1; Part 5) (1318)
Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (1394); “Footnote to Howl” (1402); “A Supermarket in California” (1402)
William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (Excerpt) (Elearning)
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1651)
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1653)
Week 14: 12/2
Postmodernism & Contemporary
Robert Creely, “Credo” (Elearning)
Sylvia Plath, “Daddy” (1447)
Denise Levertov, “Goodbye Tolerance” (Elearning)
Jackson Mac Lowe, “Words nd Ends from Ez IX. From Drafts & Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII” (Elearning)
Lucille Clifton, “wishes for sons” (1497)
Billy Collins, “I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of ‘Three Blind Mice’” (1555)
Natasha Trethewey, “Photograph: Ice Storm, 1971” (1685)
Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X (Excerpt) (Elearning)

Due: Reflection Essay; Reading Journals
Final Exam Week
Final Exam Period: December 9, 7:15-9:15 pm.
Due at 11:59 pm on Friday, December 13th: Seminar Paper

Optional reading: Literature as a Past, Present, and Future Activity


The main page for this class is here: Engl 3210–Fall 2019

This calendar will be updated with new readings, assignments, and other information throughout the semester. Students will need to revisit this page often.

Readings that will be handed out in class can be found in our class’s Elearning site.


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