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Twentieth-Century English Literature

Course Details

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Spring 2018
Bea Wood Hall
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TR 3:30 - 4:50 PM

Dr. Robert Johnson III (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Norton Anth. of English Literature Ed. 9, Vol F.
Howards End
Sons and Lovers
Course Objectives

This class will examine some founding voices of British literature in the twentieth century.  Writers chosen are thought to have had wide influence or to have spoken for particular ranges of significant issues.  The last writer (Winterson) offers a transition into the following century.

Course Expectations

Grades will be created from the following sources:


1) Members will be expected to come to class prepared and willing to participate.  Thus, everyone in class will be asked to keep a Participation Log (copy of sample page attached) listing one’s daily engagements with the discussions at hand.  The Log will be collected on 3 May and be worth 5 % of one’s grade.  To receive full credit, the log will list fifteen responses (fifteen for five points, fourteen for four . . .).


2)  In addition, we will write three exams, as indicated on the class calendar.  Each will cover the unit of work we just have finished.  That is, EXAM THREE will not be a comprehensive final.  Each exam will have two parts: one written in class (short answers, fill-in blanks, multiple-choice); one typed outside of class (an essay of four-to-five pages responding to questions available about a week before the exam date).  The exam-grade average will create 70 % of the final mark.  Sample questions will be handed out before the first exam.


3)  Finally, each member working for graduate credit will submit a Graduate Essay that will count for 25% of the final mark.      



Grading Standards

In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.

Final Exam 05/08/2018 3:30 PM
Submission Format Policy

Final and intermediate drafts of written work completed out of class must be typed.   Each assignment will indicate precise formatting and composing requirements.  All typed essays will be submitted in MLA form.

By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

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

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

Unless specific arrangements have been made, the instructor cannot accept late work.

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

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

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

Regular class attendance will be expected.  Roll will be taken at every class.  Anyone who accumulates over six cuts will receive an F in the class.  Two late arrivals equal one cut.  A late arrival will be defined as an arrival after the instructor has taken roll.  Anyone who arrives while the instructor is taking roll, or after, must make sure the instructor knows s/he is present.  "Authorized Absences" (see Catalog) will not be counted in the cuts total.  Such absences, though, DO NOT excuse students from turning in required work on time.  Students should be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (see Catalog).  Thus, students should keep track of attendance.  Any student asked twice in the same class to turn off electronic equipment (e.g., a cell phone) will be counted absent for that day.

Other Policies

Please seecourse handout and the sheet called “Being Old-Fashioned,” available first class day.

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.

Calendar Attachment

4883-5883 Spg 2018 Calendar-20180116-163935.docx

Campus Carry

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