Instructor: Kitty Elton

GMH 301: Mon., Wed., Fri., 1:30-2:20 p.m

Instructor: Kitty Elton
English Department Office: 452-0614

Course Description
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 readings.


Essays (4) 40%
Notebook 10%
Class presentation 5%
Participation 10%
Christmas Exam (2 hours) 15%
Final Exam (3 hours) 20%

Assignments and Deadlines

Essay 1 500 words October 7
Essay 2 800-1000 words November 9
Essay 3 1000 words January 27
Essay 4 1000 words March 3

Wednesday, December 7th, 2pm
Wednesday, April 12th, 2pm

Required Texts
Jerome Beaty, The Norton Introduction to Literature: Shorter 8th Edition
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Oxford University Press
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient, Knopf Publishing

Recommended Supplementary Text
Form and Format: A Guide to the Presentation of Essays and Reports, UNB

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.

Late 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