Twentieth-Century English Literature

Course Details

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Summer II 2012
Bea Wood Hall
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MTWR  10:10 A -12:10 P

Dr. Robert Johnson III (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Same as for ENGL 4883

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 (McEwan) 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 2 August 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 . . .).


Note: Class members who feel bashful about speaking can earn their participation points by keeping a journal.  Please use standard 8.5” by 11” computer paper.  Three to four days each week, type out at least one page (c. 300 words) of brainstorming and commentary regarding the class lessons of that week.  All entries must be dated, typed, and apply to actual lessons, identified by date.  Points will be awarded according to the same system indicated on the log sheet: fifteen pages earn five points; fourteen, four points . . .    Journal will be due on 2 August.  A combination of journal and log entries may be turned in, as well.


2)  In addition, we will write three exams.  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.


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


The GE will be a critical essay that analyzes the significance of any one twentieth-century British literary work we will not be studying.  In the essay please briefly (a paragraph or two) summarize the writer's career; next, place the examined work in the career; then offer an overview of a range of typical critical opinions (a “critical history,” early to late) of the piece in question; finally analyze the themes most often associated with the work by critics—what seem to be the key two or three concerns of the work in question?  In the conclusion, argue how the work is representative of the writer's vision. 


Please offer a “Works Cited” list that contains at least eight entries, at least four of which have been annotated to indicate good basic sources for researching the author chosen.  Note: We might well use compilations like Contemporary Authors to locate critical sources, but we will cite the original critical work.


Length: About ten typed, double-spaced body pages—MLA style for citations and format.


Due: 31 July, in my hand by 2:30 PM.





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

08/02/2012 10:10 AM

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.

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Attendance Requirements

Regular class attendance will be expected.  Roll will be taken at every class.  After the first cut, each additional two can lower the final grade one letter mark.  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.

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

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