Semester: Fall & Spring Hours/credits 2 The courses objectives

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Course Name:

Intro. to English Literature

Type of course: lecture and workshop

Year of Studies: 2013-2014 Semester: Fall & Spring Hours/credits 2
The courses objectives:

To learn academic literary interpretation, analysis of a variety of texts and styles of writing, and to write academic analysis papers

Course Description:

This course is a reading and writing workshop that is designed to build and improve the writing and analytical skills. It focuses on learning how to write critical essays about literary texts through much reading, writing, reviewing, and revising.

Work and grades are based on the process as well as the result, which means that notes and preliminary drafts on the way to the final essays are part of the evaluation, which will reward participation, effort, and progress as well as success. For the same reason, attendance is absolutely mandatory. University policy states that after four absences you lose your place in a course; two lates will count as one absence.

All assigned texts must be brought to class. We will review each other’s work, and the the process of evaluating and correcting your own work and that of others. This will entail learning to write constructive criticism as well as praise, as well as learning to accept critique. We will spend much of our time on the technical and structural techniques for writing a successful essay, as well as on learning to express our own original and creative ideas in a sophisticated and smooth matter. Your individual thoughts are very important, and the main purpose of this course is to enable you to express them in the proper form and to teach students to the academic skills to be literary critics.

The Process of the Course:



Group work,



Academic literary analysis

Writing of academic essays.

Detailed Lesson plan:


Required Reading

Topic of the Lesson

Number of Lesson

In-class writing

Willam Deresiewicz, “Faux friendship”

Introduction, Elements of academic literary essay


Notes for thesis on “Araby”,

Thesis paragraph and terms, essay

James Joyce, “Araby”

Developing an argument; thesis sentence, thesis terms; Themes in “Araby”; from thesis sentence to thesis paragraph to essay


Draft essay, final essay

Washington Irving, “Adventures of the German Student”

Gothic literature, Writing about setting, from paragraph to essay, group work


Draft essay, final essay

William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”

Writing about character


Draft essay, final essay

Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path”

Reading, summarizing and evaluating literary criticism


Draft essay, final essay

Ernest Hemingway, “Indian Camp”

Coming of age literature, gender roles


Draft essay, final essay

Jack London, “To Build A Fire”

Determinism, naturalism


Draft essay, final essay

William Wordsworth, “The world is too much with us”


Draft essay, final essay

William Shakespeare, Sonnets 18, 130

Metaphor and figurative language; Love poetry


Draft essay, final essay

Emily Dickinson, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”; Thomas Hardy, “The man he killed”

Comparative views on death


Course requirements


English reading comprehension and writing skills at beginning college level

Requirements/ Assignment/Tasks

Numerous academic essays on literary selections

Grade Components (Number grade or pass/fail)

Number grade on essays, attendance, participation

Bibliography: (Required/ Elective)

Literature above and select literary criticism

Required textbooks, other textbooks

Literature links provide by on-line links and hard copy to photocopy, additional help from books in English library at BIU

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