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English 104

Spring 2018

English 104, Introduction to Literary Studies
3 credit hours,
MWF 12-12:50 p.m.
Belk 219

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Phone 828-545-3293


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A course in literary studies, including the writing of formal literary research papers and an introduction to literary genres.  Strongly recommended for students intending to major in either the literature or the creative writing track of the English major, and for other students who desire intense literary exposure.

COURSE RATIONALE:  Reading, thinking, discussing, analyzing, and writing about literature are integral to a liberal arts education.  For students majoring in English or those interested in literary studies, this course will provide a forum for these activities and will introduce the important literary terms and concepts that will be explored more fully in upper level literature courses.  In addition, guided assistance in developing and writing formal literary analyses will prepare students for writing in upper level literature courses.


The Norton Introduction to Literature, Shorter 10th edition. Eds. Jerome Beaty and J. Paul Hunter
Measure for Measure. William Shakespeare
A Handbook to Literature, 10the edition. Eds. William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman
Crime and Punishment, 3rd.  edition. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Norton Critical Edition 
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition. Ed. Joseph Gibaldi

Also, see Oxford Reference Online www.oxfordreference.com for some basic reference assistance.  It contains desktop access to 100 key Oxford dictionaries and reference works. The Core Collection brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.  Also, see the Oxford English Dictionary, the grandfather of all dictionaries at http://dictionary.oed.com 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The central objectives of this course are 1) to introduce you to the literary genres of drama, lyric poetry, and fiction, 2) to familiarize you with important literary terminology, and 3) to give you practice in writing literary analyses. Additionally, there are several questions we will consider as we work through the course, including, but not limited to:

1. What is language?  What is its source?

2. What is literature?  How can it be defined?

3. What is the relationship between language and literature?

4. Does literature have intrinsic value?  If so, what is it?

5. What is the relationship between the human condition and literature?

6. What makes a literary work transcend its own time and culture?

7. What does a literary work have to say to us about ourselves?  About others?  About the natural creation?  About God?

8. What is the relationship between an author and his or her work?

9. In what sense, if any, can truth be communicate through a literary work?

10. What is the importance of analyzing and writing about a literary work?


1. That you read a selection of important plays, lyric poems, and prose fiction, and that you understand the literary characteristics of each.

2. That you become familiar with and understand a core of important literary terms and concepts.

3. That you learn how to read and analyze literature, including writing in class essays about literature.

4. That you write three out of class literary analyses, requiring outside critical research.

5. That you learn how to perform effective and efficient library research.


Jan. 10                  Course introduction (on your own view the 1998 film

                              Shakespeare in Love) 

Jan. 11-26             Intro. to Drama; Measure for Measure

Writing about literature; in class essay

Jan. 29- Feb 109   Hamlet; in class essay

Feb. 12-25            Research and writing for first literary analysis 

                              Intro. to Lyric poetry and selected poems;

Feb. 26                 First out of class literary analysis due           

Feb. 26-Mar. 30   Poetry and research for second literary analysis;

                              in class essay         

April 1              Second literary analysis due

April 2-May 4       Intro. to the Novel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Crime

                              & Punishment; in class essay; research and writing for
 third literary analysis

May 9                 Third literary analysis due May 10, 2:00 p.m.                


1. The in class essays will count 25% of your final grade.  

2. The out of class literary analyses will count 50% of your final grade.

3. The remaining 25% will come from your class participation, quizzes, journals, discussion, regular attendance, homework, reserve and supplemental reading, group work, various short writing assignments, and Web site searches.

4. Attendance policy: You may miss class for any reason up to six times; each additional missed class will result in a reduction of 25 points from your final grade.

5. There are a total of 1000 pts possible in the course. Final grades will be compiled using the following guidelines:

1000-900    A to A-
899-800      B+ to B-
799-700      C+ to C-
699-600      D+ to D-
599-0          F

LIBRARY:    All students are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources available from the library.  You can search the online catalog and the library’s databases by going to http://www.montreat.edu/library/

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Of much interest to you will be the multiple resources available via electronic databases, especially JSTOR.  In addition,  many of the following books are on three-day reserve in the library and may be helpful when you work on your out of class literary analyses:

On Drama:

Belsey, Catherine. Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden 
Bentley, Gerald Eades. Shakespeare: A Biographical Handbook. 
Brown, Richard.
A Shakespeare Reader.
Bryant, J. A. Jr. Shakespeare and the Uses of Comedy.
Carter, Thomas. Shakespeare and Holy Scripture.
Chambers, E. K. William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems
Charlton, H. B. Shakespearean Comedy.

Dreher, Diane Elizabeth. Domination and Defiance: Fathers and Daughters in Shakespeare.
Dusinberre, Juliet.
Shakespeare and the Nature of Women.
Harbage, Alfred. A Reader's Guide to William Shakespeare.
Kasten, David Scott.
A Companion to Shakespeare.
Kermode, Frank. Shakespeare's Language.
Kirsch, Arthur. Shakespeare and the Experience of Love. 
Marx, Steven. Shakespeare and the Bible.
McCrum, Robert, et. al. The Story of English. (book and 9, one hour video recordings) 
Milward, Peter. Shakespeare's Religious Background.
Muir, Kenneth. Shakespeare's Sources.
----------. Shakespeare: The Comedies.
Orgel, Stephen. Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England

Ornstein, Robert. Shakespeare's Comedies.
Parrott, T. Marc. Shakespearean Comedy.

Stoll, E. E. Shakespeare Studies.
Tillyard. E. M. W. The Elizabethan World Picture.

See also the Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Guide

On Dostoyevsky:

Amonia, Alba. Feodor Dostoevsky.
Baker, Ernest. The History of the Novel, 11 volumes.
Berdyaev, Nicholas. Dostoyevsky.
Bloom, Harold.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Modern Critical Views.
Bottum, Joseph. The Novel as Protestant Art. https://www.booksandculture.com/articles/2015/marapr/novel-as-protestant-art.html?paging=off
Cox, Gary.  Crime and Punishment: A Mind to Murder.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor.  Diary of a Writer.  2 vols.
Frank, Joseph.  Dostoyevsky:  The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849.
Frank, Joseph.  Dostoyevsky:  The Years of Ordeal, 1850-59.
Frank, Joseph.  Dostoyevsky:  The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865.
Garrard, John.  The Russian Novel from Pushkin to Pasternak.
Holquist, Michael. Dostoyevsky and the Novel.
Jackson, Robert. Crime and Punishment: A Collection of Critical Essays.
Jones, John.  Dostoyevsky.
Jones, Malcolm and Garth Terry, eds. New Essays on Dostoyevsky.
Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel.
Wellek, Rene. Dostoyevsky: A Collection of Critical Essays.

Message from the Writing Center:

To write a successful essay, you will need to follow a process of brainstorming, planning, writing, and revising your essays.  The Writing Center tutors will work with you one-on-one on any or all stages of the writing process.  This academic service is available to assist you in becoming a confident and competent writer.  The Writing Center is not an editing service but a dynamic space for learning about writing through thoughtful conversations with peer tutors.  Sessions usually last 20 minutes, but please be aware that more than one session may be necessary in the process of writing an essay. 

The Writing Center is located in Library 105 and is open Sunday – Thursday.  Our normal hours of operation are between 6:00 and 11:00 pm.  An appointment is not necessary, but please be aware that the Writing Center is crowded when a professor assigns a Writing Center visit to a whole class, so don’t wait until the last minute.  You may contact Dr. Kimberly Angle at kangle@montreat.edu if you have questions.  We are now offering Daytime Writing Scholars to be available during limited hours in the CLCC for writing consultations.  Hours will be announced via e-mail early in the semester and posted on the library/CLCC web page as well as at the CLCC.  Daytime Writing Scholars will also have contact information posted so that you can let them know you’re coming and/or send in your essay for them to read prior to the consultation.  In addition, please know that an excellent internet resource is available to you at all times‑‑Purdue University’s OWL (On‑line Writing Lab).  This site provides an authoritative resource for composition, grammar, and citation.  The address is http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: For all individual assignments students are expected to present their own work; documentation of research for your literary analysis must follow the specific criteria as outlined in the MLA Handbook for Writer of Research Papers. Cases of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism, will result in either of failure of the assignment or of the course. 

FINAL COMMENTS:This syllabus and other details about the course, including your grades for the course, are available through the college's online platform, MoodlePlease email me at dking@montreat.edu if you need help with any aspect of the course.

I reserve the right to make minor changes to the syllabus and course requirements as we move through the semester.

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