American realism and Naturalism

Course Details

Course Number: 5633  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 205

Days & Times:

TR 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Course Attachments

  English 5633 - Sping 2013-20130128-141845.pdf


The Mysterious Stranger & Other Stories by Mark TwDaisy Miller by Henry James (Penguin Classic)Maggie: A Girl of the Streets & Other Short FictioSister Carrie by Theodore DreiserThe Call of the Wild, White Fang & Other Stories bWinesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Tom Hoffman   
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Course Objectives

This course will examine representative works of American Realism and Naturalism written during the period of 1865 to 1930. Since this course is predominantly a study of a given time period, some special emphasis will be given to historical, sociolgical, psychological, religious and humanisitc cause of the times as well as an analysis of the themes and technigques of the writers.

Grading Standards

Two major exams and possible reading quizzes as well as one formal paper with scholarly documentation and five to ten typewritten pages in length.  (A non-graded exercise in writing either a "Realistic"or "Naturalistic" short story is also a requirement of this course. Three to five pages in length." Graduate students must present a 20 to 25 minute in-class presentation on an author of their choice. A 50 item annotated bibliography is also required.

Final Exam5/9/2013  1:00 to 3:00 pm

Submission Format Policy

Computer generated in MLA format paper.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late papers will be penalized one letter grade unless extenuating circumstances are explained.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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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 the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is required. Students with excessive absences (more than three) will be dropped from the course with a grade of "F".

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.