English Literature Survey 1

Course Details

Course Number
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Fall 2017
Prothro-Yeager Hall
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Days & Times

MWF 2:00-2:50 PM

Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)


Tolkien's Beowulf
Ed. Christopher Tolkien 2015
Le Morte Darthur: Selections
Ed. Maureen Okun. Broadview: 2015
Milton's Paradise Lost
Norton, 2005
The Showings of Julian of Norwich
Norton 2005

Course Objectives

A survey of English Literature from its seventh century beginnings through the neoclassical era. Emphasis is on the works of principal authors as they reflect literary and historical backgrounds.

Required Books

Christopher Tolkien, editor. J. R. R. Tolkien’s Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary. Together with Sellic Spell. Boston and New York: Mariner/Houghton Mifflin, 2015. 978-0-544-57030-6

Malory, Thomas. Le Morte Darthur: Selections. Edited by Maureen Okun. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview, 2015. 978-1-55481-159-5

Gordon Teskey, editor. Paradise Lost. New York: Norton, 2005. 978-0-393-92428-2.

Baker, Denise N., editor. The Showings of Julian of Norwich. New York and London: Norton, 2005. 9-780-393-97915-6

English Department Goals

Objective 1.1:  Student engages in an increasingly sophisticated discourse and demonstrates aesthetic and critical discernment through close textual analysis.

Objective 1.2:  Student evaluates secondary sources and applies skills in information gathering and management, and document design, using traditional sources and emerging technologies.

Objective 2.1:  Student understands the usage and structure of the English language.

Objective 2.2:  Student recognizes the stylistic techniques that distinguish key literary texts relevant to subject and genre.

Objective 2.3:  Student is familiar with the legacy of important ideas and contexts associated with literary periods.

Objective 2.4:  Student is introduced to academic and professional publications in the field.

Objective 3.1:  Student reflects on his or her arguments over multiple stages of development.

Objective 3.2:  Using traditional resources and emerging technologies, the student references and formats primary and secondary sources in MLA style.

Objective 4.1:  Student is aware of a cultural context for his or her own values and those of his or her sources

Course Expectations

Journal Responses (60 percent of semester grade): Students need to write a one paragraph (about 300 words) response where indicated in the daily schedule. These are TYPED, double-spaced. No Works Cited. Students will write 20 responses.

MOVIE Response: ONE of the 20 journal responses will be to the film The Witch (2016) which will be shown Wednesday and Friday during class time at Moffett Library, RM 212 (in Media), while Dr. Fields is at Rocky Mountain MLA in October.

The Witch (directed by Robert Eggers) is disturbing. Students may choose to avoid the movie and instead write a journal response for one of these two films on KANOPY (Moffett database): A Matter of Conscience: Henry VIII and Thomas More or The Puritan Revolution: Cromwell and the Rise Parliamentary Democracy (each is 30 minutes or so).

TWO PARAGRAPH ESSAYS. The prompts for the TWO PARAGRAPH essays will provide examples of proper format for citing a long quote and shorter quotes from the primary text as well as examples of proper in-body citing of secondary sources as found in our critical edition. A sample Works Cited (bibliography) will also be provided.

  • The first TWO PARAGRAPH ESSAY (20 percent) will be typed, double-spaced and prepared at home for submission on the required due date (about 600 words).
  • The second TWO PARAGRAPH ESSAY (20 percent) will be our FINAL EXAM: an in-class Blue Book, open book, and outline and notes allowed in the Blue Book covers. This Blue Book is hand-written and cannot be written before-hand (about 600 words).

Final Exam

12/13/2017 5:45 -7:45 PM

Submission Format Policy

 Format for the JOURNAL RESPONSES and the first TWO PARAGRAPH ESSAY.

  • Must be 12 point Times New Roman or Garamond and double-spaced.
  • For header and page number in the .5 default position: click on “insert,” then “page number,” “top of page,” and “plain number 3.” The cursor will show to the immediate left of the page number. Simply type your last name, and it will magically appear. Space once between name and number.
  • ONE INCH margins all around.
  • NOT A HEADER: On the first page of an essay, the student name, instructor name, course, and date should be in the upper left, double-spaced. These items do not appear on subsequent pages.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

An assignment is late if submitted after the class period it is due. If late by one period or more, the assignment will be penalized 10 points. All work must be submitted in person (not by e-mail or surrogate), unless prior arrangements are made. All late work must be submitted IN PERSON.

If students are too ill to submit their work personally, they should submit it when they return to class. They may avoid penalty for late submission by obtaining documentation from a relevant professional in a timely fashion (e.g., a doctor or the Dean of Students’ office). Students may also bring the due document to class and then be excused due to illness—no penalty

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are allowed THREE unexcused absences. As of the fourth absence, students must have documentation and the instructor will warn the student by email about the risk of a WF. After TWO warnings, the student will be withdrawn with a WF. Students who want to avoid this eventuality should work out a plan with the instructor.  Always email the instructor about absence and keep him in the loop.

Other Policies

Plagiarism and Proper Documentation

Any use of a non-documented source as if it were a student’s original work is considered plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Plagiarism can be of ideas; it can be of exact phrasing. In either or both cases, if the student has failed to acknowledge the source in the body of the essay and to document it in the Works Cited, the grade will be a “0” (no points) for the assignment even if the rest of the assignment is original and use of other sources properly documented. Upon being informed of the plagiarism, the student is no longer welcome in the class. The student may withdraw from the course with a penalty-free “W” if available; if not, the student must cease attending and the grade will be whatever points the student has accumulated minus the plagiarized document and any other tests or assignment as yet not completed (which are forfeit).  If the student continues to attend, the instructor will contact the Dean of Students or Student Conduct office and withdraw the student with a WF.

Phrasing that is too close to the student’s own documented sources.

Students who reproduce the phrasing of their documented source(s) as if it were their own phrasing will be penalized for language that is too close to source. Students can use terminology they find in their documented sources, but four words in a row are too much without quoting. Verbatim use of a documented source must be confined to QUOTES set off with quotation marks or ten extra spaces on the left if the verbatim passage works out to be five or more lines of student typing or handwriting. All such quoting requires parenthetical page numbers if provided in the source. Even if page numbers are not provided, the language must be clearly attributed to the author and set off by quotation marks or an extra ten inches on the left.

 Classroom Policies (sustained violations would mean a warning and then removal from the course with WF)

  • Students should stay off their personal electronics.
  • Students must have the instructor’s permission to leave class.
  • Students should follow along in their own copies of their book, highlighting passages, and taking notes.

 Writing Proficiency Requirement (as of 60 earned credit hours)

All students seeking a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they have successfully completed the Communication core requirements and earned 60 hours.  If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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