SELDEN, NEW YORK


                                                                      COURSE OUTLINE


Catalog Number:  EG13 (ENG102)                                                           Course Title:  Introduction to Literature


Instructor:   Dr Donald Gilzinger Jr                                                                                      Semester: Spring 2007

My Office: Islip 2-M                                                                                       Office Hours: M, T, Th, F 8:00-9:30

Phone:  451.4460 [leave message]                                                                                Other hours by appointment

         or Dept. Office 451.4159                                                                                                                          

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1.  recognize, distinguish, and analyze the essential characteristics of the following literary genres: biography/autobiography,
short story, the novel, drama, and poetry.

2.  demonstrate understanding of diaries/journals, short stories and novels through written and oral discussion of point of
view, plot, setting, character, tone, style, theme, use of language, and other elements.

3.  demonstrate understanding of drama through written and oral discussion of plot, setting, character, staging, use of
language, and unique aspects of tragedy, comedy, realistic drama, and classical drama.

4.  demonstrate understanding of poetry through written and oral discussion of poetic language, form, theme, diction,
denotation/connotation, imagery, simile,
metaphor, personification, symbol, allusion, rhythm and meter, and other elements.

5.  write essays of literary analysis which demonstrate the following qualities: controlling purpose, clear focus, adequate
development, logical organization, and use of textual details to support purpose.


Procedures for accomplishing objectives:

1.  Classroom lectures to provide introductory material and to establish a framework for class discussion of the readings.

2.  Directed class discussions to discover, identify, and analyze the attributes of the readings and the technique/style of

3.  Written assignments designed to evoke a critical response to the works individually and to the genres generally.

4.  Directed readings of supplementary material as needed.


Your requirements for the completion of the course:

1.  Read carefully all assigned material, including background material as required.

2.  Complete all reading assignments on time.

3.  Write analytical essays, or other directed writing assignments, and submit them when due. All essays must be word-processed
LATE. In order to pass this class, you must hand in all writing assignments.

4.  Participate actively in class discussions.

5.  Schedule conferences with me should any problems or difficulties arise. 


Procedure for grading:

Your final grade will be determined by my evaluation of your entire semester's work, with special emphasis on completion of
course objectives, including an average of your essay, quiz, and exam grades.




Regarding plagiarism:

    Plagiarism occurs when you present another person’s writing or ideas as your own. This includes the work of other
students as well as published writers, acquired in hard copy or from the Internet. You must cite any material copied word for
word by enclosing it in quotation marks and identifying the source. You must also identify the source of any paraphrase or
summary of someone else’s ideas. YOU MAY NEVER USE THE INTERNET FOR SOURCE MATERIAL.

  Keep all material, notes, and drafts that lead you to the final draft of your paper. Be aware that proof of authorship is
your responsibility. If there is ever a situation wherein I suspect plagiarism, the burden is yours to prove: that means guilty until
proven innocent. Your plagiarism will result in your automatic failing of this course and your being reported to the Dean of
Students. I will be available to you should want to discuss this issue or to discuss your work.


Regarding your attendance and courtesy:

- Attendance is mandatory. You are permitted three (3) absences, so please plan accordingly. After four (4) absences (regardless
excuses), I will drop you from the course and give you a grade of W or F according to my discretion.

- If you are late, you must assume personal responsibility to ensure that I alter the attendance record at the end of class. I will not
change the record at a later date. A pattern of lateness will result in a lower final grade.

- YOU MAY NOT LEAVE CLASS BEFORE THE END OF THE SESSION. Other disruptions such as chatting, eating, passing
notes, and sleeping are unacceptable. TURN OFF all your electronics before class begins.

- ABSENCE IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR FAILING TO COMPLETE ASSIGNED WORK; therefore, it is your responsibility to
acquire class notes and assignments if you miss class.

- A MISSED UNIT TEST CANNOT BE TAKEN AT A LATER DATE (and will count as a grade of ZERO)


Textbooks:        Schakel and Ridl. Approaching Literature in the 21st Century. Bedford, 2005.

                        Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner. Riverhead, 2003.

                        William Shakespeare. Hamlet. Yale UP, 2003.


Semester topic outline:   (subject to adjustment as needed)

1.         how to do close reading, characteristics of short fiction  

READ: Alexie (4) and Chopin (167)

2.         character; READ: Updike (386) and O’Brien (327)

3.         plot; READ: Oates (75)

4.         setting; READ: Hemingway (120)

5.         point-of-view (POV); READ: Faulkner (108)

6.         theme; READ: Baldwin (138)

7.         UNIT TEST #1

8.         Introduction to the novel; READ:  Hosseini. The Kite Runner.

9.         UNIT TEST #2

10.        Introduction to drama; Ibsen and Realism; READ; Ibsen, A Doll House (926)

11.        UNIT TEST #3

12.        Shakespearean drama; READ: Shakespeare, Hamlet. (Yale UP edition)

13.        UNIT TEST #4

14.        Introduction to poetry; reading poetry; characteristics of poetry (readings as assigned)

15.        sound and sense in poetry; voice and POV

16.        rhythm and meter; figures of speech; symbolism

17.        UNIT TEST #5