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Mourning and Memory in Women’s Writing ENG 153-001 MW 12:40-2:30 113 Ernst Bessey Hall Ms. Erin Beard firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 107 Morrill Hall Office Hours: T 1-2, W 3-4 or by appointment Course Description As an introductory English course, ENG 153 aims to begin to teach students techniques of literary study within the context of literature by women. Students will develop skills essential for literary study through intensive reading and writing practices including close reading and analytic writing. In this course, we will approach literature with the understanding that thoughtful writing begins as a careful reading practice and that reading and writing are inseparable activities. As such, we will concentrate on intensive reading practices along with note taking, developing questions for literary study, and the process of analytic writing. Additionally, we will read Anglophone literature by women ranging from the seventeenth century to the present day. We will consider the question “What is women’s literature?” throughout the semester while also considering how the experiences of women in various contexts affects the literature that they write, particularly in the context of mourning and memory. Within this context we will think about the following questions: How do women experience mourning? How do women represent mourning and memory in their writing? How is mourning a kind of memory practice or vice versa? Is there such a thing as “women’s mourning?” How does mourning represent different kinds of familial, gendered, love, and spatial/material relationships? It is possible to represent mourning or memory? What can women’s writing tell us about human subjectivity? How does the experience of loss or attachment influence identity formation? In addition to these questions, students will work collaboratively to develop other questions within the context of each text, eventually developing those questions into a final analytic, argumentative paper. Required Texts You must buy the exact edition listed. ISBNs are listed next to the MLA citation for the book to facilitate online purchases. You must bring the text to class on the day it is assigned. Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. New York: Mariner, 2007. Print.  Kindle edition acceptable. Carson, Anne. Nox. New York: New Directions, 2010. Print.  Cather, Willa. My Ántonia. Ed. Janet Sharistanian. New York: Oxford UP, 2006. Print. . Any Oxford edition is permitted. Johnstone, Edith. A Sunless Heart. Ed. Constance Harsh. Orchard Park, NY: Broadview, 2008. Print.  Maso, Carole. The Art Lover. New York: New Directions, 1995. Print. 
Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Vintage, 2004. Print.  All other texts will be posted as PDFs on Angel. On the assignment schedule, they are indicated with an “[A]”. You need to print these out and bring them to class or have them available on your Kindle. I would prefer that you not read them from your computer. Major Assignments Collaborative Writing Midterm Final Paper Participation 35% 15% 15% 20% 15%
Collaborative Writing Project: For this project, you will be split into groups of 4 during the first week of class. As we get to know each other during that week, you will have the opportunity to choose your group. You will work with this group throughout the entire semester to produce a document that covers each assigned text. You are expected to contribute to this document twice a week, before each class. This document will be mostly informal writing, including text summaries, discussion questions, and preliminary group discussion. You should aim to produce a document with two goals in mind: 1), preparation for discussion for each class and; 2), a treasury of summaries/ideas about each text that will record your group’s hard work throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, you will each have a document that you can keep. I will grade you based on your individual contributions and the final product. Feel free to add to anything in the document at any time, but you should always have something up about the text at hand before class begins. I will have access to each document throughout the semester, and the other groups in the class will be able to see what you have written but will not be able to edit or contribute. You may also use these documents in class to facilitate discussion. I expect that you will bring up your ideas in the document during class discussion! Think about your collaborative writing project as a living document that will change and breathe based on your group’s collaboration, class discussion, and the readings. Make connections between all of these! The final grade for this project will be calculated holistically and will include each entry in the group document as well as two individual reflection papers, which you will hand in as hard copies. Midterm and Final Exams: The final exam is not cumulative; it will only cover material from after Spring break. Each exam will not draw from the collaborative writing project, but they will draw from the material that is covered during class, either from lectures or class discussion. Exams will include objective questions (multiple choice and short answer) as well as essay questions. You must supply your own bluebook. Paper: Your paper will be 5-6 pages long and will focus on one of the texts on the syllabus. You are welcome to read ahead if you would like to write about a text that is scheduled after the draft or the final paper due date. If you have an idea for a thesis that includes more than one text, you should clear your paper topic with me first. The paper should be mostly close reading, but you are welcome to include research that you have done using scholarly sources. I will not provide prompts for the paper, but you should develop a thesis around the course theme and the questions that we will work through during the semester. You are welcome to draw from your collaborative writing project. If you decide to write about another person’s idea, you should chat with her/him about it and then cite that person’s idea in your paper. After Spring Break, I will begin meeting with each
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member of the class for paper conferences. The schedule will be up from the beginning of the semester on Angel, and you can sign up at any time. At the conference, I expect that you will have a tentative, but developed, thesis and will have done research or prewriting. On the day the draft is due, you will turn in a four-to-five-page draft. I will then return that draft to you with comments within a week, and you will be expected to make changes to your final paper based on my comments. I will not grade the draft, but your final grade will be based upon how well you executed the suggested revisions. I will not accept late drafts. If you do not turn in a draft, I will deduct a full point from the final paper grade. You must paper clip the draft to the final paper. Participation: Participation goes beyond your presence in the class: you should make meaningful, consistent contributions to class discussion and to your group work throughout the semester. First of all, you need to be on time, which means that you are seated and ready to go at 12:40. Being late to class is extremely disruptive; I will take note and deduct participation points. Further, you must always bring the text with you and have it out on your desk. You should be ready to contribute to class discussion by taking notes when you are reading and having your discussion questions ready to go. If you feel anxiety about speaking in class, use your notes and your work from the Collaborative Writing Project. Any in-class writing, quizzes, etc. that you complete during class will become part of your participation grade. *More thorough descriptions of class assignments can be found on ANGEL. Grading Scale This course uses MSU’s 4.0 grading scale. The final grade will be calculated with a weighted average formula and then rounded to the nearest half point. I expect that you will keep a record of your own grades; I cannot give you an estimate of your final grade until you complete all major assignments. I will not give extra credit. Resources for Literary Study Note: See videos posted on Angel for instruction on how to find these resources. MLA Handbook: While this handbook is not required for this class, I highly recommend that you buy it and sign up for the online resources that come with the book at the website listed below. Preparing a Works Cited page using a citation generator is not recommended. You’ll use this book until you graduate, and all of your English professors will expect you to be familiar with the guidelines it outlines. www.mlahandbook.org Literary Glossaries: These are like dictionaries for English majors. There are printed and online copies available in several places. For a printed version, I recommend the second or third edition of The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. For online versions, Bedford’s can be found at bedfordstmartins.com/rewritinglit and the Oxford Glossary can be found through the library website by typing “Oxford dictionary of literary terms” into the search box in E-Resources.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED): This is one of the best and most thorough English dictionaries available. It goes beyond more basic dictionaries like Webster’s by including the etymology of every word. It is a very useful resource for close reading. It can be found on the library website under E-Resources. Style Guides: There are hundreds of good style guides to choose from. One of the best is Joseph Williams’s (as listed under recommended books) but there are also many more resources online at bedfordstmartins.com/rewritinglit or owl.english.purdue.edu. These are important resources for learning how to write with clarity, how to do research, etc. Course Policies A Note on the Workload: Since this is a four-credit English course, you will be doing a lot of reading and writing. Expect to read at least 100 pages a week and to contribute to your group’s collaborative writing before each class. Each assignment is designed to prepare you for class discussion, for exams, and for your final writing project. You should come to class prepared to make a meaningful contribution to your peers’ ideas and to the assigned text. That means you read everything assigned at least once, took notes, have at least two passages marked that you really want to talk about/feel invested in, contributed to your group’s collaborative writing project, and are seated and ready to go by the class’s start time. I do not expect that you completely understand everything you have read, but I do expect that you have tried and that you are ready to work through what you do/do not understand. Attendance: In order to succeed in this class, you will need to be on time and ready to contribute to the class in a meaningful way. This course also heavily relies on in-class participation and collaboration. Attendance is not mandatory, but I will randomly take attendance at the beginning of class, and I will take that into consideration when I assign your participation grade and when I calculate your final grade. I will also assign in-class writing, give pop quizzes, and assign group work. You will not be able to make up any missed assignments or participation points if you are absent. Also, material on the midterm and final exam is drawn from my lectures and our class discussions. I will post PowerPoint presentations on Angel, but they will not be detailed enough for you to succeed on the exams. You are personally responsible for getting missed notes or information from another classmate. Do not ask me what you missed. Paper Formatting: Your paper is required to meet MLA formatting standards. The final version of your paper should have 1” margins (Word defaults to 1.25”, so you’ll need to change this manually) and be double spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font. Additionally, the heading should be in the left-hand corner and your last name and page number should be in the top right-hand corner as a heading. Your paper must also include a works cited page, even if you are only citing the primary text. Turning in Assignments: You will turn in each assignment (except for the CWP) two ways: as a hard copy and in the designated Angel drop box. You must save each file that you turn in the following way: LASTNAME_Assignment Name. The specifics of each file name can be found with its corresponding drop box. I will not grade the paper until you have turned in your paper both ways.
Late Assignments: For every major assignment, each calendar day it is late will incur a half-point deduction off the final grade. For example, if you receive a 4.0 on the paper you turned in a day late, your final grade on the paper will be a 3.5. The clock starts ticking immediately after class. In other words, if you hand in your final paper on the evening of the day it is due, there will still be a half-point deduction. If you are turning in a late paper, you may use the Angel dropbox as a time stamp, but I will not grade the paper until I have a hard copy. If you think this is going to be a problem talk to me well ahead of the due date. Digital Correspondence: If you have questions, the best way to reach me is by e-mail or during my office hours. I typically respond pretty quickly to e-mail, but please allow 24 hours for me to respond, especially right before an assignment is due, but it may take longer for me to respond Thursday through Sunday. If you e-mail me after 7 PM, I might not respond the same night. For small questions, check the syllabus or your MLA Handbook first. Also, if you do not include your name at the end of the e-mail, I will not respond. Do not assume I know you by your NetID only. Office Hours: My office is in 107 Morrill Hall. Please use my office hours to your advantage, as this is when I am most available to you. If you have questions or concerns about this course or my expectations ask them early in the semester! Feel free to drop by my office during hours even without an appointment. Once you have made an appointment, tardiness or not showing up at all is unacceptable and will result in a lowered participation grade. Electronic Devices: Cell phones must be silenced and must remain in your bookbag. They should not be out on the desk or on your person. Egregious misuse of electronic devices, such as texting or facebooking, will result in a lowered participation grade. Academic Integrity: One of the most important principles in higher education is academic integrity. At this point, I expect that you know the mechanics of citation and what constitutes plagiarism. You are expected to use the skills you learn in this class to cite properly. I take plagiarism very seriously: if you plagiarize, you will fail the assignment or the course, depending on its severity. Michigan State University has adopted the following statement about academic integrity: 1.00 PROTECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP AND GRADES: The principles of truth and honesty are fundamental to the educational process and the academic integrity of the University; therefore, no student shall: 1.01 claim or submit the academic work of another as one’s own. 1.02 procure, provide, accept or use any materials containing questions or answers to any examination or assignment without proper authorization. 1.03 complete or attempt to complete any assignment or examination for another individual without proper authorization. 1.04 allow any examination or assignment to be completed for oneself, in part or in total, by another without proper authorization. 1.05 alter, tamper with, appropriate, destroy or otherwise interfere with the research, resources, or other academic work of another person. 1.06 fabricate or falsify data or results. Procedures for responding to cases of academic honesty and possible repercussions are outlined in Spartan Life: Student Handbook and Resource Guide. They can also be found on the web at: http://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/honestylinks.html.
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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities should contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to establish reasonable accommodations. For an appointment with a disability specialist, call 353-9642 (voice), 355-1293 (TTY), or visit myprofile.rcpd.msu.edu. University Resources for Writers: The following resources are available to you free of charge, and I urge you to make use of these frequently throughout the semester. Their websites will detail the services they offer and how to make appointments, which you should do well in advance of the time you need them. • The Writing Center http://writing.msu.edu • The Learning Resource Center http://lrc.msu.edu • The English Language Center http://elc.msu.edu
Assignment and Reading Schedule Week W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 Class M Jan 9 W Jan 11 M Jan 16 W Jan 18 M Jan 23 W Jan 25 M Jan 30 W Feb 1 M Feb 6 W Feb 8 M Feb 13 W Feb 15 M Feb 20 W Feb 22 M Feb 27 W Feb 29 W9 W10 W11 W12 W13 W14 W15 FW W Mar 28 M Apr 2 W Apr 4 M Apr 9 W Apr 11 M Apr 16 W Apr 18 M Apr 23 W Apr 25 Th May 3 M Mar 12 W Mar 14 M Mar 19 W Mar 21 M Mar 26 Reading Assignment Introduction: What is Women’s Literature? Read the Collaborative Writing Project Bring ideas for contribution to CWP Description (CWP) on Angel. Print a copy and guidelines and laptops. bring it to class. Attendance is very important today! No class, MLK Jr. Day Toni Morrison, Beloved 1-100 First CWP entry Beloved 101-138 Beloved 139-195 Beloved 199-270 Beloved 271-end Kate Chopin, “Story of an Hour”; Poetry by Emily Dickinson and Anne Bradstreet [A] Christina Rossetti, The Goblin Market, Convent Threshold [A] Elizabeth Barrett Browning, From Aurora Leigh [A] Jane Austen, Love and Freindship [A] Edith Johnstone, A Sunless Heart 29-89 A Sunless Heart 90-145 Sign up for your conference time if you haven’t already done so (on Angel) A Sunless Heart 145-end CWP Reflection Paper #1 (normal CWP entry canceled for today) Midterm (don’t forget bluebook!) Mar 5-9 Spring Break Willa Cather, My Ántonia 5-60 My Ántonia 60-79 My Ántonia 81-158 My Ántonia 159-end Jean Rhys, “Mannequin”; Elizabeth Bishop; Dorothy Parker, “The Waltz” and “Résumé”; Anaïs Nin, “Birth” [A] Virginia Woolf, From Moments of Being [A] Carole Maso, The Art Lover 5-82 The Art Lover 83-166 Draft The Art Lover 167-end Adrienne Rich, “When We Dead Awaken”, Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus, Carolyn Forché, Elegy, Gloria Anzaldua [A] Alison Bechdel, Fun Home 1-120 (chs. 1-4) Fun Home 121-end (ch. 5-end) Paper Anne Carson, Nox, all Last CWP entry Nox, con’t. CWP Reflection Paper #2 Final Exam: 10:00 AM to 12 noon, 113 Bessey
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