MWF 11:00-11:50 DB 328
“A survey of English literature from its seventh century beginnings through the neoclassical era. Emphasis is on the works of principal authors as they reflect literary and historical backgrounds.” Our class is designed to introduce students to the birth of English literature. Of particular concern to us is the determination of how that literature is influenced by the larger social, historical, and cultural concerns of England and its writers. We will approach literature chronologically, beginning with the Medieval Era and moving forward into the Renaissance and the Restoration in order to follow the evolution of English literature.
Annotated Bibliography Project 25%
Response Papers (3) 10%
Close Reading Paper 15 %
Exams (2) 40%
Class Activities, Quizzes 10%
F: 0-59, D: 60-69, C: 70-79, B: 80-89, A: 90-100
A= Excellent; B= Above Average; C= Average; D=Below Average; F=Unacceptable
All writing for this class should be typed, double-spaced on bond paper, according to MLA referencing guidelines. I will not accept papers that do not meet these specifications. Please staple your work.
Completion of Assignments and Late Papers
You must complete all assignments in the sequence outlined on this syllabus in order to receive a passing grade in this course.
"As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."
From the Student Handbook
“Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Students office.
a. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.
b. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
c. The term “collusion” means collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit of that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.”
Safe Zones Statement
The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.
Students with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.
I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the MSU Writing Labs located in 224 Bea Wood and RC246 Moffett Library. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing.