ENGL 1006-INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
Dr. Dennis Desroches, EC 116, Phone: 460-0364, Office: T/Th, 2:00-3:45

COURSE OUTLINE AND OBJECTIVES
This course explores the poetry, drama, novel, and short story of the twentieth-century. Our key concern is to come to an understanding of the manner in which these varied textual genres produce meaning about the world for their readers. We shall be particularly concerned to unpack and unravel the manner in which language, culture, and narrative are imbricated not only in the production of a literary work, but perhaps even more importantly, in the production of the very world we see before us. If literature can be said to be shaped by the world in which we live, to what degree might the world, in turn, be shaped by the literature we read? This, and related questions, will be the focus of this course

Required Texts
The Hudson Book of Poetry. McGraw-Hill; Ibsen-Ghosts (Dover); Beckett-Waiting for Godot (Grove); Pinter-The Caretaker and the Dumbwaiter (Grove); Joyce-The Dubliners (Penguin); Stevick-Anti-Story (Simon and Shuster/The Free Press); Kafka-The Trial (Schocken); Pynchon-The Crying of Lot 49 (Vintage); MacLeod-As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (M&S)

Attendance and Punctuality
ENGL 1006 is your first introduction to university level literary and critical analysis, so it should come as no surprise that attendance is mandatory-you should make class attendance a very high priority for all of your classes, of course. In my course, you are permitted 8 absences for the year, no questions asked. Subsequent absences, explicable or not, will produce a 0 for your participation grade. Furthermore, upon reaching a total of 10 absences for the course, you will forfeit the pleasure of writing the final exam. Punctuality is also a necessity for my course-if you think that you may have a hard time making it to class on time, please talk to me in advance. Being late for class by more than 2 minutes will count as an absence, so be punctual!

Lateness Policy
The equivalent of 3 percentage points per day will be deducted from any late assignments, for up to a total of seven days (weekends count!). After seven days, I will not accept the assignment. Talk to me concerning medical, compassionate, or other exceptions to this policy. Essays will take a minimum of three weeks to be returned.

Plagiarism
Should you undertake to plagiarize an essay, your punishment will be most dire. For the many and varied ways in which you will be disciplined, please consult the STU 2004-2005 Calendar, pages 244-246. Please do not hesitate to talk to me if you have any questions regarding plagiarism, or the various forms of punishment attendant thereupon.

Mark Distribution:
In-class Essay #1: 5%
Essay #1: 15% (500 words)
In-class Essay #2: 10%
Essay #2: 25% (750 words)
Final Exam: 35%
Participation: 10%

ENGL 1006-Introduction to Literature
Provisional Reading Schedule-Term 1

September

13. Introduction
15. Whitman-When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer; A Noiseless Patient Spider
20. Hopkins-God's Grandeur
22. Yeats-The Second Coming; Sailing to Byzantium
27. Discuss Poetry Explication; Williams-The Red WheelBarrow
29. IN-CLASS ESSAY #1

October

4.Ibsen-Ghosts
6. Ibsen--Ghosts
11. NO CLASS
13. Beckett-Waiting For Godot
18. Beckett-Waiting For Godot
20. Pinter-The Caretaker
25. Pinter-The Caretaker
27. Pinter-The Dumbwaiter

November

1. ESSAY WRITING
3. Joyce-The Dubliners
8. Joyce-The Dubliners; ESSAY #1 DUE
10. Marianne Moore-Poetry; Archibald Macleish-Ars Poetica
15. Ashbery-Paradoxes and Oxymorons; Shakespeare, Sonnet 130
17. Millay-What Lips My Lips. . .; Berryman-Dream Song.
22. T.S. Eliot-The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ; Berryman-Dream Song.
24. Roethke-My Papa's Waltz; Plath--Daddy
29. Seamus Heany-Digging.

December
1. Review


Provisional Reading Schedule-Term 2

January

3. Poetry TBA
5. Poetry TBA
10. Poetry TBA
12. Stevick-Anti-Story
17. Stevick-Anti-Story
19. Stevick-Anti-Story
24. LIBRARY PRESENTATION
26. Landing Place
31. IN-CLASS ESSAY #2

February

2. Kafka-The Trial
7. Kafka-The Trial
9. Kafka-The Trial
14. Kafka-The Trial
16. Pynchon-The Crying of Lot 49
21. Pynchon-The Crying of Lot 49
23. Pynchon-The Crying of Lot 49
28. Pynchon-The Crying of Lot 49

March

2. Landing Place
7&9. READING WEEK-NO CLASS
14. MacLeod-As Birds Bring Forth the Sun; ESSAY #2 DUE
16. MacLeod-As Birds Bring Forth the Sun
21. MacLeod-As Birds Bring Forth the Sun
23. MacLeod-As Birds Bring Forth the Sun
28. NO CLASS
30. Thomas--Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

April

4. Overflow
6. Review
13-20-Final Exam (Date and Time TBA)