Introduction to Literature 1006J
MWF 2:30 – 3:20
GMH 304
Andrew Titus

Course Outline
In The Gossip Game, one person whispers something in their neighbour's ear, the message – as heard – is then passed along around the room until it reaches the last person who says aloud what they have heard. The joke is that it is never what was originally said; however, this certainly does not make it untrue, but moreso just a new variation, a new interpretation, of the original utterance. This class will introduce students to various genres and periods of English Literature with a focus on narrative as story and the underlying truth-claims of those stories. Individuals in the class will be exposed to a variety of mediums (text, film, performance, and image) and will explore a number of different kinds of reading and writing in the broadest sense. Particular attention will be paid to critical approaches to reading and how culture is affected/ infected by the narratives we live with.

Texts
Term 1
Photocopies provided
Selections from:
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Don McKay, Apparatus
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
(supplemental – Jim Jarmusch, Dead Man)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
(supplemental -- Iron Maiden, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
(supplemental – Bruce MacDonald, Hard Core Logo)

To be purchased
Michael Turner, Hard Core Logo

Term 2
To be purchased
George Elliott Clarke, George and Rue
William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus

Assignments
Term 1
Students will be required to submit 5 short (200 word) papers and 1larger (750 word) paper throughout the term.

Term 2
Students will be required to submit 2 long (750 word) papers and one term paper (1500 word) critical essay.

*NOTE: If students wish to submit alternative projects (ex: films, creative writing, performance, visual interpretation etc), consideration will most definitely be given for one assignment per term.

Exams
There will be a three hour Christmas exam, and another at year's end in April. Each exam will consist of one long essay and several short answer questions.

Class mark
Class mark (worth 10% of final grade each term) will be based on how much students participate in class discussions and their attendance. No unexcused absences will be accepted, with each causing a decrease in the final mark. Five unexcused absences will result in the awarding of a Golden "F".