INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
Instructor: Kitty Elton
GMH 301: Mon., Wed., Fri., 1:30-2:20 p.m.
English Department Office: 452-0614
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study and
appreciation of literary texts in a wide variety of styles, genres,
and historical periods. The focus will be on the development of critical
thinking in response to literature and on the critical reading and writing
skills necessary to organize and articulate those responses. In order
to gain the maximum benefit from this course, students are expected
to come to class prepared to participate in discussions of the assigned
Exam (2 hours)
Exam (3 hours)
Wednesday, December 7th, 2pm
Wednesday, April 12th, 2pm
Jerome Beaty, The Norton Introduction to Literature: Shorter 8th
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Oxford University Press
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient, Knopf Publishing
Form and Format: A Guide to the Presentation of Essays and Reports,
Regular attendance is required; students with more than four unexcused
absences (per term) will receive 0 for their participation marks (10%
of total mark); more than five unexcused absences (in either term) will
result in a failing mark for the course.
The Christmas and final exams will be closed-book; however, students
will be allowed to bring a dictionary and one 8 ½ x 11 sheet
of notes. Exam formats will be discussed prior to each exam.
Each student will submit a notebook on a weekly basis with various writing
assignments and journal submissions.
During the second term, each student will give one ten-minute presentation
related to one of their essays.
Essays are due by 5pm on the assigned due date. On-time essays will
be returned to students as quickly as possible with the instructor's
comments. Students have a one-week grace period after assigned due dates.
During that week, essays may be submitted for credit, but they will
be returned without comments and at the instructor's convenience. Any
essay received after 5pm on the last day of the grace period will r