English 4341: Spring 2017 19th-Century American Short Stories

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English 4341: Spring 2017

19th-Century American Short Stories
Dr. Ann Beebe Office Hours:

BUS 250 MWF 8:00-9:00am

and by Appointment

Office: 903-565-5827 Email: abeebe@uttyler.edu

Home: I will give you my home & cell numbers on the 1st day of class.
Welcome to English 4341 (Genres – 19th-Century American Short Stories). Thank you for taking a chance and signing up for this class. I am looking forward to studying these short stories over the next fourteen weeks with you.
I work hard to put together my classes, and I expect a great deal from my students. I expect you to be in class every day and on time. I expect all reading to be completed by the assigned date. I expect your reading to be active. Mark up your book and take notes as you read. I expect everyone to participate substantially in class and Blackboard discussions and listen respectfully to classmates. And lastly, if you have any questions about class policies, assignments, or readings, I expect you to ask them. You may always ask questions in class, call or email me, or drop by my office.
In return there are certain things you can expect from me. I will attend class and be on time. I will keep my office hours and make appointments with students who cannot meet during my hours. I will complete all the readings and plan lessons by the assigned date. I will give all assignments in writing and sufficiently in advance. I will grade and return all assignments in a timely manner. I will answer questions about assignments in class or in my office. If I cannot answer a question when you ask it, I will have the answer by the next class period.
Required Texts: Please use these editions. You will need their notes.

  1. Washington Irving: History, Tales, and Sketches (Library of America, ed. James Tuttleton) ISBN: 978-0-9405014-1

  2. Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales (Library of America, ed. Patrick Quinn) ISBN: 978-0-94045018-9

  3. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales and Sketches (Library of America, ed. Roy Harvey Pearce) ISBN: 978-0-94045003-5

  4. Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories (Library of America, ed. Sandra Gilbert) ISBN: 978-1-39108221-1

  5. Sarah Orne Jewett: Novels and Stories (Library of America, ed. Michael Bell) ISBN: 978-0-94045074-5

Questions to ask of every author: (Possible BB posts & class discussion)
1. Identify 10+ characteristics of the author’s writing style.

2. How did this author influence the other authors on the syllabus? How was this author influenced by the

authors on the syllabus or other authors (US, UK, World)? Make connections.

3. How does this author address the role of women in the house and in the United States?

4. How does this author (re)define American masculinity?

5. What is this author’s view on education? Consider the education of boys and girls.

6. How does this author address the tension between the individual and the community?

7. How does this author address the legal reality of slavery? How does this author address the separate

issue of racism?

8. How does this author (re)define motherhood / fatherhood?

9. How does this author address class / economic divisions?

10. What images or symbols are central to this author’s work?

11. How does this author address issues related to religion (faith, doubt, death, etc.)?

12. How does this author fit into the tradition of the short story in American literature? Go beyond writing style and think about the theory of short story writing.

Daily Schedule:

[This schedule includes all major readings and assignments. Small additions or changes

may be made. I will make any such changes in writing.]
Week One:

January 18 – W Introduction to class, syllabus, expectations, Blackboard, texts

NOTE: The notes in the Library of America editions are in the back of each book by page number. [There are no note numbers in the text.] Please review the Chronology and the Note on Texts at the back of each L of A book as well.

January 20 – F Washington Irving: “Preface to the Revised Edition” 737, “Author’s Account”

743, “The Voyage” 746, “Rip Van Winkle” 767

Turn in Student Information Sheets

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Two:

January 23 – M Irving: “English Writers” 786, “The Art of Book Making” 808, “The Mutability of Literature” 854”

January 25 – W Irving: Christmas section (5 stories) 911

January 27 – F Irving: “The Inn Kitchen” 877, “The Spectre Bridegroom” 879, “Little Britain” 969, “John Bull” 1029

Quiz #1 [All readings including today’s assignment. The quizzes will take place in the last 25 minutes of class. Each quiz will consist of four short answer questions. They will be closed book / notes quizzes.]

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Three:

January 30 – M Irving: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” 1058 and “L’Envoy” 1089

February 1 – W Edgar Allan Poe: “Preface” 129, “MS. Found in a Bottle” 189

NOTE: I believe most of you have read & studied some of the most popular Poe stories in other classes: “Ligeia,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado.” All of these stories can be found in your L of A edition if you have missed any of them.

February 3 – F Poe: “The Assignation” 200 and “Berenice” 225

Turn in 3 Research Questions (Set 1) – Typed

Attendance Notices given to class

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Four:

February 6 – M Poe: “The Spectacles” 618 and “The Man That Was Used Up” 307

February 8 – W Poe: “William Wilson” 337 and “The Man of the Crowd” 388

February 10 – F Poe: “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 397, “The Mystery of Marie Roget” 506, “The Purloined Letter” 680

Quiz #2

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Five:

February 13 – M Poe: “The Oblong Box” 648 and “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” 787

Exam 1 Study Guide given to class

February 15 – W Poe: “Some Words with a Mummy” 805 and “The Imp of the Perverse” 826

February 17 – F Poe: “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” 833

Turn in 3 Research Questions (Set 2) – Typed

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Six:

February 20 – M Exam 1 Review Session [Bring large size bluebook]

Pick up Take Home Essay Question [Take Home Exam will be posted on BB after class.]

February 22 – W In-Class Portion of Essay 1 [Upload a 2nd copy to Safe Assign on


Turn in Take-Home Essay at the start of class

February 24 – F Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Prefaces” 1123, 1150, 1154

NOTE: I believe most of you have read & studied some of the most popular Hawthorne stories in other classes: “The May-Pole of Merry Mount,” “Young Goodman Brown,” “My Kinsman, Major Molineux,” “The Prophetic Pictures,” “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” “Endicott and the Red Cross,” “The Birthmark,” and “The Artist of the Beautiful.” All of these stories can be found in your L of A edition if you have missed any of them.

Attendance Notices given to class

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Seven:

February 27 – M Hawthorne: “Roger Malvin’s Burial” 88 and “Mr. Higginbotham’s Catastrophe”


Recommendation: Start brainstorming your paper topic

March 1 – W Hawthorne: “Alice Doane’s Appeal” 205 and “Wakefield” 290

March 3 – F Hawthorne: “The Minister’s Black Veil” 371 and “The Great Carbuncle” 435

Quiz #3

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Eight:

March 6 – M Hawthorne: “Peter Goldthwaite’s Treasure” 522

March 8 – W Hawthorne: “Egoism: or, the Bosom-Serpent” 781 and “The Intelligence Office”


March 10 – F Hawthorne: “The Celestial Rail-road” 808 and “Rappaccini’s Daughter” 975

Turn in 3 Research Questions (Set 3) – Typed

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

March 13-18 Spring Break

Week Nine:

March 20 – M Sarah Orne Jewett: “The Queen’s Twin” 493 and “A Dunnet Shepherdess” 512

Recommendation: Start drafting your paper topic proposal (title, thesis,


March 22 – W Jewett: “The Foreigner” 530 and “William’s Wedding” 556

March 24 – F Jewett: “Miss Debby’s Neighbors” 626 and “The Dulham Ladies” 637

Quiz #4

Attendance Notices given to class

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Ten:

March 27 – M Jewett: “A White Heron” 669 and “The White Rose Road” 710

Paper Topics due – Formal FULL paragraph with working title, working thesis

(not topic), case for relevancy. Email me your polished paper topics BEFORE class.

March 29 – W Jewett: “The Town Poor” 722 and “A Native of Winby” 734

Exam 2 Study Guide given to class

March 31 – F Jewett: “Decoration Day” 773 and “The Hiltons’ Holiday” 809

Turn in 3 Research Questions (Set 4) – Typed [TURN PAGE]

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Eleven:

April 3 – M Jewett: “The Guests of Mrs. Timms” 840 and “Aunt Cynthy Dallett” 856

April 5 – W Exam 2 Review Session [Bring large size bluebook]

Pick up Take Home Essay Question [Take Home Exam will be posted on BB after class.]

April 7 – F In-Class Portion of Essay 2

Turn in Take-Home Essay at the start of class [Upload a 2nd copy to Safe

Assign on Blackboard.]

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Twelve:

April 10 – M Kate Chopin: “Desiree’s Baby” 242, “At the ‘Cadian Ball” 302, “A Night in

Acadie” 335, and “Athenaise” 353

April 12 – W Chopin: “A Sentimental Soul” 456, “At Cheniere Caminada” 475, “A Point at

Issue!” 670, and “Miss Witherwell’s Mistake” 683

Quiz #5

April 14 – F Chopin: “The Story of an Hour” 756, “A Pair of Silk Stockings” 816, “The Storm” 926, “Polly” 1030, and “The Impossible Miss Meadows” 1035

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Attendance Notices given to class

Week Thirteen:

April 17 – M Writing Workshop: Read PDF article: Ellen Weinauer (on Blackboard under Getting Started)

April 19 – W Writing Workshop: Read PDF article: Jacqueline Shea Murphy (on Blackboard under Getting Started)

April 21 – F Writing Workshop: Read PDF article: Allen Stein (on Blackboard under Getting Started)

3+ substantial Blackboard posts on readings due by midnight on Sunday

Week Fourteen:

April 24 – M Writing Day – I will be in my office for consultation, no class

April 26 – W Required Peer Review: Bring 3+ pages of your draft to class. [Missed peer

review = one letter grade deduction from paper grade.]

April 28 – F Essays due at the beginning of class – submit twice.

1. Essay folder should include: final version with WC page in MLA format (7th or 8th edition), draft from peer review, peer review comments, & copies of research.

2. You will also submit your paper over Safe Assign on Blackboard before class.
NOTE: There is no Final Exam for this section of ENGL 4341.


Quizzes 15%

Exam 1 20%

Exam 2 20%

Essay with scholarly research & multimedia component

(10-12 pages + WC page) 25%

Research Questions 10%

Daily Work: Class Participation (not attendance), Blackboard

Participation, Peer Review 10%

You should expect to spend 2 hours outside class for every 1 hour in class. Translation: You should study 6 hours a week (minimum) outside of class for each 3-credit course.

[12 credit hours + 24 hours outside of class = 36 hours per week for a full time student.]

NOTE: The withdrawal date for all Spring classes is March 27th.

Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  • Reproduce a timeline of American literature from the 1810s to the 1890s that includes key genres, styles, topics, and authors – with special influence on the short story genre

  • Articulate the themes and ideas representative of American literature from the 1810s to the 1890s

  • Recognize how historical, political, and social events shape our analysis and appreciation of literature

  • Argue independent interpretations of canonical and non-canonical texts in the American literary tradition

  • Write persuasive close readings / explications of short stories

  • Use the terms related to literary study and literary theory appropriately in discussion and in writing

  • Enter the critical interpretation of literary texts with published scholars in their own essays

  • Understand literature’s significance in creating and shaping an evolving American identity

Research Questions:

You will write four sets of research questions this semester. Look at the literature we have read since the last question set. Don’t ask yes / no, factual, or opinion questions. What larger questions does the work of literature prompt? [You may brainstorm your questions by thinking about specific aspects of literature: theme, character, symbol, imagery, style, setting, allusion or influence, etc.] Each question should be specific and detailed. Be kind to yourself. Start brainstorming possible paper topics with these research question sets. These questions will be evaluated. I will post sample question sets from a previous class and a rubric for this assignment on your Blackboard as well as some sources to help you brainstorm your research questions. I hope that you will eventually select one question you have generated for your course paper.

Quizzes and Exams:

You will have 5 reading quizzes throughout the semester. They should not be difficult. The quizzes will be geared toward plot lines and characters. If you have read the selections and taken some notes, you should pass them. Quizzes missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up. Quizzes missed due to an excused absence must be rescheduled by the student. Quizzes will take place in the last 25 minutes of class and are always closed notes and book. Cheating on a quiz in English 4341 will result in failure of the quiz. A second cheating incident will result in failure of the class.

You will have 2 exams. While they will also encompass plot lines and characters, they will go beyond memorization and ask you to do some interpretation and argumentation. If you have read the assignments, taken notes, participated in class and on BB, and paid attention to the development of themes along a series of authors, you should pass the exams. I will provide a study guide for each exam.
Research Essay:

This assignment requires you to go beyond a book review or research report. I am not checking to see if you have read the works in question. I want to understand your thoughts on the readings and have you present a well-reasoned and carefully written argument. You must make a claim (thesis), give reasons, offer evidence, show awareness of other points of view, etc. The essay should be 90% your ideas / words and 10% quotes. Do not overquote.


  • Topic choices DUE on March 27 (Topic Approval Required)

  • 10-12 pages, ds, typed, 1 inch margins, 12 New Times Roman

  • Appropriate use of 3-5 ACADEMIC SECONDARY sources (no encyclopedias, no book reviews, no cliff notes or spark notes, no Wikipedia, no non-academic websites). If you have any questions about a source, please check with me before you include a reference to it in your essay. Unless specifically approved, all sources must have been published between 1990-2017. NOTE: Your 4341 essays must be original works of scholarship. You are NOT paraphrasing or summarizing what other critics have said about the work(s).

  • Required peer review on April 26. (You can turn in a draft to me at anytime. Give me 24 hours to make comments.)

  • 25% of your final grade

  • Turn in final text version, drafts, peer review, copies of research in a manila folder on April 28.

  • Upload your final version to Safe Assign on Blackboard by April 28.

Paper Format:

Title pages are not necessary. On the first page, top left, include the single-spaced header:

Your name

English 4341.001

My name (Dr. Ann Beebe)


Leave one space and center your title. (All essays should have original titles.) Number and staple your pages. Make sure your margins do not exceed 1 inch; your font size should be 12. Always leave time to proofread your final version and make corrections. MLA in-text citation and a Works Cited page are required for sources. Please do not put your essay in a plastic cover. You may use MLA 7 or 8.
Writing Center:

Located in BUS 202, the UT-Tyler Writing Center provides professional writing tutoring for all students in all disciplines. If you wish to use the Writing Center, you should plan for a minimum of two hour-long tutorials per assignment: the first to provide an initial consultation and drafting plan, and the second to follow up. Be prepared to take an active role in your learning--you will be expected write and/or discuss your work during your tutorial. While Writing Center tutors are happy to provide constructive criticism and teach effective writing techniques, under no circumstances will they fix your paper for you. Appointments: 903-565-5995. More information: www.uttyler.edu/writingcenter.


This is a 4000-level class. Translation: Active and scholarly participation is expected every class period. We also have a Blackboard class set up for this course. I want you to get into the habit of sharing your ideas and responses to the readings through the entire week.

Each student will be expected to contribute a minimum of three (3) substantial posts on the readings every week for a passing participation grade. If you do NOT participate in class discussion, you will be expected to make six (6) substantial posts per week for a passing participation grade. Get in the habit of putting your ideas and analysis in writing after each reading assignment.
Participation by the numbers:

14 Week Semester – WITH Class Participation

14 Week Semester – WITHOUT Class Part.

14 x 3 = 42 posts = Passing Grade (C)

14 x 6 = 84 posts = Passing Grade (C)

14 x 6 = 84 posts = Excellent Grade (A)

14 x 9 = 126 posts = Excellent Grade (A)

If you find an interesting American literature website, please post a notice to your classmates. There are several excellent websites on the authors we will be studying and on the time period. Take a minute to surf for these topics and share your findings. [A posting = a developed paragraph.]

Options for the Discussion Boards:

Comment on a reading before class.

Comment on a reading and class discussion after class.

Post your notes from class.

Respond to a classmate’s posting

Post link and commentary to relevant website (including relevant YouTube links)

Post questions about readings, quizzes, or exam.

Post thesis statements or drafts for optional peer review.

Post comments or recommendations about additional works (and relevant films).
Attendance & Tardiness:

You will be expected to attend every class and be on time. Please keep track of your absences. The attendance policy for a MWF class is:

6 excused / unexcused absences = Final letter grade drops by one

8 excused / unexcused absences = Final letter grade drops by two

9 excused / unexcused absences = Failure of course

Ten minutes after class has started, I ask that no late students enter the class. You can see me after class and get notes from a classmate. Missed work due to an unexcused absence or tardiness will not be accepted. In the case of excused absences, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for an alternative due date upon return to the class. Don’t assume your absence is unexcused. Come talk to me about why you missed class.
Late Work:

Late work will not be accepted.

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:

This definition of plagiarism comes from the 2000-2001 University of Maine at Farmington catalog:

Students plagiarize when they make use of the work of others [from publications, websites, or other students] and claim such work as their own. The phrase “make use of” refers to such actions as the following:

(a) copying words, phrases, or sentences verbatim;

(b) paraphrasing or summarizing sentences or paragraphs;

(c) appropriating ideas, facts, arguments, or concepts which are not common knowledge.

Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic integrity (305). Please make sure you understand this definition. Plagiarism on a writing assignment in 4341 will result in failure of the course.
Beepers and Cell Phones:

Please turn off the audio portion of all beepers and cell phones when you are in the classroom. No text messaging will be permitted in class.


Feel free to bring beverages (non-alcoholic) to class. If you bring food, bring enough for the entire class. No tobacco in any form will be allowed.

The following University policies must appear on each course syllabus or be provided as an informational sheet (web-links to these policies may be used in the print or electronic syllabus) http://www.uttyler.edu/academicaffairs/syllabuspolicies.pdf

UT Tyler a Tobacco-Free University:

  • All forms of tobacco will not be permitted on the UT Tyler main campus, branch campuses, and any property owned by UT Tyler.  This applies to all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, University affiliates, contractors, and visitors.

  • Forms of tobacco not permitted include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), bidis, kreteks, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, and all other tobacco products.

  • There are several cessation programs available to students looking to quit smoking, including counseling, quitlines, and group support. For more information on cessation programs please visit www.uttyler.edu/tobacco-free.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

To know and understand the policies that affect your rights and responsibilities as a student at UT Tyler, please follow this link: http://www.uttyler.edu/wellness/rightsresponsibilities.php

Grade Replacement/Forgiveness and Census Date Policies

Students repeating a course for grade forgiveness (grade replacement) must file a Grade Replacement Contract with the Enrollment Services Center (ADM 230) on or before the Census Date of the semester in which the course will be repeated. Grade Replacement Contracts are available in the Enrollment Services Center or at http://www.uttyler.edu/registrar. Each semester’s Census Date can be found on the Contract itself, on the Academic Calendar, or in the information pamphlets published each semester by the Office of the Registrar.

Failure to file a Grade Replacement Contract will result in both the original and repeated grade being used to calculate your overall grade point average. Undergraduates are eligible to exercise grade replacement for only three course repeats during their career at UT Tyler; graduates are eligible for two grade replacements. Full policy details are printed on each Grade Replacement Contract.
The Census Date is the deadline for many forms and enrollment actions that students need to be aware of. These include:

 Submitting Grade Replacement Contracts, Transient Forms, requests to withhold directory information, approvals for taking courses as Audit, Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit.

 Receiving 100% refunds for partial withdrawals. (There is no refund for these after the Census Date)

 Schedule adjustments (section changes, adding a new class, dropping without a “W” grade)

 Being reinstated or re-enrolled in classes after being dropped for non-payment

 Completing the process for tuition exemptions or waivers through Financial Aid

State-Mandated Course Drop Policy

Texas law prohibits a student who began college for the first time in Fall 2007 or thereafter from dropping more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. This includes courses dropped at another 2-year or 4-year Texas public college or university. For purposes of this rule, a dropped course is any course that is dropped after the census date (See Academic Calendar for the specific date).

Exceptions to the 6-drop rule may be found in the catalog. Petitions for exemptions must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Center and must be accompanied by documentation of the extenuating circumstance. Please contact the Enrollment Services Center if you have any questions.
Disability Services

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) the University offers accommodations to students with learning, physical and/or psychiatric disabilities. If you have a disability, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, PTSD or ADHD, or you have a history of modifications or accommodations in a previous educational environment you are encouraged to contact the Student Accessibility and Resources office and schedule an interview with the Accessibility Case Manager/ADA Coordinator, Cynthia Lowery Staples. If you are unsure if the above criteria applies to you, but have questions or concerns please contact the SAR office. For more information or to set up an appointment please visit the SAR office located in the University Center, Room 3150 or call 903.566.7079. You may also send an email to cstaples@uttyler.edu .

Student Absence due to Religious Observance

Students who anticipate being absent from class due to a religious observance are requested to inform the instructor of such absences by the second class meeting of the semester.

Student Absence for University-Sponsored Events and Activities

If you intend to be absent for a university-sponsored event or activity, you (or the event sponsor) must notify the instructor at least two weeks prior to the date of the planned absence. At that time the instructor will set a date and time when make-up assignments will be completed.

Social Security and FERPA Statement:

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Tyler to protect the confidential nature of social security numbers. The University has changed its computer programming so that all students have an identification number. The electronic transmission of grades (e.g., via e-mail) risks violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; grades will not be transmitted electronically.

Emergency Exits and Evacuation:

Everyone is required to exit the building when a fire alarm goes off. Follow your instructor’s directions regarding the appropriate exit. If you require assistance during an evacuation, inform your instructor in the first week of class. Do not re-enter the building unless given permission by University Police, Fire department, or Fire Prevention Services.

The following statement should be included in all syllabi: • “We respect the right and privacy of students 21 and over who are duly licensed to carry concealed weapons in this class. License holders are expected to behave responsibly and keep a handgun secure and concealed. More information is available at http://www.uttyler.edu/about/campus-carry/index.php.” 

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