English 1006N
Introduction to Literature
WF 9:00-10:30

Dr. Elizabeth McKim
322 Edmund Casey Hall
(506) 452-0448
Mailbox: EC302
Office Hours: T-Th 4:00-5:00
Other times by appointment or by chance.

Course Description

One of the questions that has always absorbed humanity is "Who am I?" From the beginning of time, people have explored their place in the world, and from the beginning of literature, have written about their questions, their doubts, and their journey to self-discovery. In this course, we'll read poems, prose, and drama by and about people on the journey. While doing so, we'll explore some of the different genres of literature in which they chose to write, and some of the different ways in which we can read and talk about their writings.

Required Text

Frank Madden, ed. Exploring Literature, 2nd ed. (Pearson/Longman).

Course Requirements

Essay 1 10%
Essay 2 10%
Essay 3 10%
Essay 4 10%
Weekly Writing 20%
Participation 10%
Christmas Examination 10%
Final Examination 20%

Essays: There will be two essays each semester; each should be approximately 500 words long (2 typed pages). Topics and detailed instructions will be provided well in advance.

Weekly Writing: Most weeks, you'll be asked to do a page of informal writing (typed, please) about your response to one of the texts we're studying. To help you focus your feelings and thoughts, you'll be provided with questions or a topic in advance. Because it's informal, you don't have to worry about spelling or grammar; you do, however, need to demonstrate that you've read the text and thought about it! You ‘ll receive full credit simply for handing in an acceptable assignment; you'll see a checkmark on it when I hand it back. If I think you haven't spent enough effort on the assignment, I'll put an X on it to let you know it hasn't been accepted, and I'll indicate why. Sometimes, we'll use the assignments as the basis of group discussions on the day they are due.

Assignments must be submitted in class on the day they are due. Late weekly writings defeat the purpose, so will not be accepted unless you have been absent on the day the discussion took place. A late essay will be accepted only after prior consultation and the setting of a new due date; I reserve the right not to accept a late essay.

Attendance and participation: Attendance is required. A sign-up sheet will circulate daily, and it is your responsibility to sign it. Students who miss more than two classes will lose the 10% participation grade. Students who miss more than four classes will receive an F for the course. You are responsible for keeping track of your absences. Missing fewer than two classes does not guarantee that you will receive the full 10%: participation also involves playing an active role in group discussions and providing regular evidence that you have kept up with your reading and thinking.

You are expected to arrive at class on time;
frequent lateness will be reflected in your participation grade.

Examinations: The Christmas exam will be based on all first-semester readings; the final exam will be based on all second-semester readings. Each exam will take place in the formal examination period, and will be three hours long. In the past, my exams have consisted of a combination of short-answer (i.e. a paragraph) and essay questions.

Fall Semester Schedule

Topic or Reading
Writing Due
September 9 Introduction & Organization  
September 14 Making Literature Matter
Exploring Literature, Ch. 1 (3-20)
Weekly Writing #1

September 16
September 21 John Updike, "A&P" (Exploring Literature, 266-76) Weekly Writing #2
September 23    
September 28 James Joyce, "Araby" (Exploring Literature, 490-94) Weekly Writing #3
September 30    
October 5 Amy Tan, "Two Kinds" (Exploring Literature, 672-81) Weekly Writing #4
October 7  
October 12 Responding to Literature
Exploring Literature, Ch. 2 (21-51)
Weekly Writing #5
October 14  
October 19 Exploring Literature, Ch. 2 (21-51), cont'd Essay #1
October 21 No class  
October 26 Analysing Fiction
Exploring Literature, Ch. 3 (55-71)
Weekly Writing #6
October 28  
November 2 Writing a Critical Essay
(Exploring Literature, Ch. 4, 146-71)
Weekly Writing #7
November 4  
November 9 (Exploring Literature, Ch. 4, 146-71), cont'd Weekly Writing #8
November 11 Remembrance Day: no classes  
November 16 William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily"
(Exploring Literature, 467-73)
Weekly Writing #9
November 18  
November 23 William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily"
(Exploring Literature, 467-73)
Weekly Writing #10
November 25 Essay Workshop  
November 30 Essay Workshop  
December 2 Exam Preview Essay #2
December 12
9 am
Christmas Exam  
Winter Semester Schedule
Topic or Reading
Assignment Due
January 4 Analysing Drama
Exploring Literature, Ch. 3 (89-96, 102-103)
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (710-24)
January 6  
January 11 Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (724-35); (735-44);(744-52) Weekly Writing #11
January 13  
January 18 Exploring Literature, Ch. 3 (96-100, 102-103)
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1 (782-810)

Weekly Writing #12
January 20  
January 25 Shakespeare, Hamlet , Act 2 (810-31) Weekly Writing #13
January 27  
February 1 Shakespeare, Hamlet , Act 3 (831-60) Weekly Writing #14
February 3 Chancellor's Day: no classes  
February 8 Shakespeare, Hamlet , Act 3 (831-60), cont'd
Shakespeare, Hamlet , Act 4 (861-80)
Weekly Writing #15
February 10  
February 15 Shakespeare, Hamlet , Act 4 (861-80), cont'd
Shakespeare, Hamlet , Act 5 (880-901)
February 17 Essay #3
February 22 Analysing Poetry
Exploring Literature, Ch. 3 (71-89)
Weekly Writing #16
February 24  
March 1 Poems (508-27) Weekly Writing #17
March 3    
March 15 Poems (693-709) Weekly Writing #18
March 17  
March 22 Poems (965-77) Weekly Writing #19
March 24  
March 29 Poems (1133-64) Weekly Writing #20
March 31  
April 3 Exam Preview Essay # 4
April 18
7:00 pm
Final Exam  

English 1006 Introduction to Literature
English 2006 Study of Literature
English 3806 Literary Theory

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