SELDEN, NEW YORK


                                                              COURSE OUTLINE


Catalog Number:  EG 72 (ENG 216)                                          Course Title:  American Literature II


Instructor: Dr. Donald Gilzinger Jr                                                                         Semester: Spring 2007


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

Phone:  451.4460 or the English Dept. 451.4159                                              Other hours by appointment

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1.  Demonstrate familiarity with the works of [major] American writers from the end of the Civil War to the

2.  Identify the [primary] literary movements of this era and understand how they reflected and influenced
their age.

3.  Evaluate the literature of the period in the context of the historical, political, cultural, and philosophical
setting in which it was written.

4.  Consider this literature as a reflection of industrialization, urbanization, and other relevant twentieth and
twenty-first century trends.

5.  Demonstrate an ability to write critical analyses that reflect an understanding of the literature, are logically
organized, and are written in clear, concise prose.

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


7.  Interact with writers who have reflected the deepest dreams and anxieties, hopes and fears of the
developing American nation

8.  Grasp how particular American writers represented challenges to, participation in, or hostility toward
"mainstream" American progress


Procedures for accomplishing objectives:

1.  Brief lectures to provide introductory material and to establish a framework for class discussions.

2.  Group discussions to discover, identify, and analyze the attributes of the texts and the style, materials, and
 assumptions of the authors.

3.  Written assignments designed to evoke a critical response to the texts, the authors, the ideologies, the
relationship between language and geography, etc.

4.  Small group discussions, projects, or presentations.


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.  Maintain a passing average on exams, quizzes, and essays.

    4.  Write analytical essays, or other directed writing assignments, and submit them when due. All

    essays must be typed double-spaced in MLA format. LATE PAPERS WILL RECEIVE LOWER GRADES.
I   If you cannot be in class on the day a paper is due, it is your responsibility to have the paper placed in my
    mailbox that day.          

    5.  Participate actively in class or group discussions, projects, or presentations.

6.  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 and your grades on the quizzes, examinations, and essays.


Attendance and courtesy:

Attendance is mandatory. You may be absent three (3) times. I will drop you from the course
after four (4) absences (regardless of excuses) and give you a grade of W or F according to my discretion.
There are no exceptions, so please plan accordingly.

            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.

Turn off all electronics before class begins.

it is your responsibility to acquire class notes and assignments when you miss a class.



Lauter, et. al.  The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Vols. D & E. 5/e.

            Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Norton Critical Edition. 3/e.

            Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. Scribner.

            O’Brien. The Things They Carried. Broadway.


Readings:  (Subject to change as needed)

1-2.      Introduction

3.         Twain. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 1-15 (13-116)

4.         Huck Chapters 16-28 (117-206)

5.         Huck Chapters 29-Last (207-296)

6.         Frost. Poems: 1060-1064

7.         Frost. Poems: 1064-1071

8.         Eliot. “The Waste Land” 1291-1306

9.         Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby Chapters 1-5 (1-96)

10.        The Great Gatsby Chapters 6-9 (97-180)

11.        The Great Gatsby Themes

12.        Hemingway. “Hills Like White Elephants” 1422-1425

13.        Faulkner. “Barn Burning” 1464-1476

14.        Hughes. Poems: 1521-1528; Hursten. “Sweat” 1578-1586

15.        Steinbeck. from Grapes of Wrath 1800-1807; DiDonato. “Christ in Concrete” 1857-1865


17.        Malamud. “The Magic Barrel” 2018-2029

18.        Okada. from No-No Boy 2183-2193

19.        Baldwin. “Sonny’s Blues” 2194-2215

20.        Malcolm X. from The Autobiography 2274-2279; ML King Jr. “I Have a Dream” 2341-2344

21.        Kingston. “No Name Woman” 2704-2712

22.        Silko. “Lullaby” 2830-2836

23.        Harjo. “Deer Dancer” 2957+; Dove. “Daystar” 2972+; Soto. “Mexicans Begin Jogging” 2987+

24.        Alexie. “Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who …” 3081-3086

25.        Herr. from Dispatches 2383-2390; Komunyakaa. “Tu Do Street” 2420+, “Facing It” 2423+

26.        O’Brien. The Things They Carried (1-85)

27.        The Things They Carried (86-161)

28.        The Things They Carried (162-246)

29.        Oates. “Where Are You Going …” 2622-2633; Carver. “A Small, Good Thing” 2586-2601