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5. CLASS SCHEDULE


All readings are found in the Norton text or the classroom resources.
In the event of circumstances requiring a schedule change, such as snow,
announcements will be posted on Canvas.
Date
Topic
Assignments and Readings
1/15/19
Week 1: Course
Introduction
Syllabus Quiz. Readings: “Captain My
Captain” (See course resources)
“The Gilded Age” pg. 1-17
1/18/19
The Gilded Age, Whitman,
Types of poetry (rhymed,
blank, free) metaphor,
imagery, and
personification
Readings: Whitman Bio pg. 21-24, “When
Lilacs last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” pg. 7682, “The Noiseless Patient Spider” (in
online resources), the anatomy of a story in
course resources
Quiz 1
1/22/19
Readings: Dickenson Bio pg. 82-86,
Week 2: Regionalism 1865
Dickenson readings, #202 “Faith” pg.87,
to 1914
#260 “I’m A Nobody” pg. 88, #340 “I felt a
Dickenson, Freytag’s
funeral in my brains” pg.90-91, #359 “A
pyramid
bird came down the walk” pg 92, #479
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” pg.
94-95
1/25/19
Bierce, Jewett, Chesnutt,
plot
Readings: Bierce Bio pg 326-27, “An
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” pg. 327333, Jewett bio pg. 342-434, “A White
Heron” pg. 434-441, Chesnutt bio pg.479481, “The Goophered Grapevine” pg. 481488
Quiz 2
1/29/19
Week 3: 1865 to 1914:
Readings: The Adventures of Huckleberry
Realism and discontent,
Finn Chapters 1, 6, 7 and 31, pages 108Twain, Formalist criticism,
111,123-131,239-244
the protagonist
“The War Prayer” in classroom resources
Formalist Criticism in classroom resources
2/1/19
Readings: Hopkins bio pg. 497-498, “Talma
Realism- War and the
Gordon” pg. 498-509, Howell bio pg. 314African American’s
316, “Editha” 316-326, “The Wife of His
position, Hopkins, Howell,
Youth” pgs. 488-496, Washington bio
Washington
pg.469-471, “Atlanta Address” pg. 471-479
Quiz 3,
2/5/19
2/8/19
Week 4: 1865 to 1914:
Readings: Chopin bio pg. 441-442, “The
Realism and the Women’s
Storm” pg. 455-459
condition, Chopin
“The Story of an Hour” pg. 446-448
Gilman and Feminist
Criticism
Readings: Gilman bio pgs. 509-511, “The
Yellow Wallpaper” pg. 511-523, Feminist
criticism (in classroom resources)
Essay 1 Due (10%)
2/12/19
Week 5: 1865 to 1914:
Naturalism and AntiNaturalism, Crane and
London
Quiz 4
Readings: Crane bio pg. 611-613, “The
Open Boat” pg. 614-630
London bio pg. 639-640, “To Build a Fire”
pg. 641-652
2/15/19
Readings: Lazarus bio pgs. 429-430, “1491”
pgs. 431-432, “The New Colossus” pg. 432.
Lazarus, Norris, Robinson,
Norris The Octopus excerpt (in classroom
Introduce Group Dramatic
resources) Marxist Criticism, Robinson bio
Projects
pg. 688, “Richard Cory” pg. 689, “Miniver
Cheevy” pg. 689-690
Quiz 5
2/19/19
Week 6: 1914 to 1945,
Introduction, Frost,
Cummings, Sandberg
Readings: Introduction pgs. 667-685, Frost
bio pg 735-736, “The Road Not Taken” pg.
744, “Fire and Ice” pg. 746-747, “Nothing
Gold Can Stay” pg. 747, “Stopping by the
Woods on a Snowy Evening” pg. 747, E. E.
Cummings bio pg. 961-962, “In Just” pg.
962-963, Sandberg bio pg. 772-773, “Fog”
pg. 774
2/22/19
Eliot and Hemmingway
Readings: Eliot bio pg 827-830, T.S. Eliot,
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” pg.
830-834, Hemmingway bio pgs. 1030-1032,
“Hills like White Elephants” pgs. 10321035
Quiz 6
2/26/19
3/1/19
Week 7: 1914 to 1945: The
World at Change: African
American Rights, Dunbar,
Cullen
Week 8: The Harlem
Renaissance: Hughes,
McKay
Readings: Dunbar bio pg. 633-634, Dunbar
readings, “An AnteBellum Sermon” pg.
634-636, “We Wear the Mask” pg. 636,
“Sympathy” pg. 636-637, Cullen bio pg.
1053, “Incident”, “Yet Do I Marvel” pg.
1054
Readings: Langston Hughes bio pg. 10361037, “The Negro Artist and the Racial
Mountain” pgs. 816-818, “The Negro
Speaks of Rivers” pg. 1037, “Mother to Son”
pg. 1037-1038, “I, Too” pg. 1038, “Theme
for English B” pg. 1043-1044, McKay bio
934-935, “If We Must Die” pg. 937,
“America” pg. 938
3/5/19
MIDTERM EXAM
Essay 2 due (15%)
3/8/19
3/19/19
Conferences
Week 9: Glaspell
Meet with your Dramatic Presentation
Group
Group One Dramatic Presentation
(5%) Readings: Glaspell bio pg. 750751, Trifles pg. 751-761
3/22/19
After the War 1945 to
1965, Jarrell, Roethke,
Williams
Readings: Introduction pgs. 1069-1086,
William Carlos Williams bio 786-788, “The
Red Wheelbarrow” pg. 793, Roethke bio
pg. 1091-1092, “My Papa’s Waltz” pg 1093,
“Dolor” pg. 1093, Jarrell bio pg. 1199-1200,
“The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” pg.
1201
Quiz 7
3/26/19
Week 10: 1945 to 1960:
Williams
Hayden, Brooks
3/29/19
Group Two Dramatic Presentation
(5%) Readings: Williams bio pgs. 11161118, A Streetcar Named Desire pgs. 1119-1181
Readings: Hayden bio 1191-1192, “Middle
Passage” pg. 1193-1197, “Those Winter
Sundays” pg. 1198 Gwendolyn Brooks pg.
1300-1301, “We Real Cool” pg 1303
Quiz 8
4/2/19
Week 11: 1945 to
1960: Miller
Group Three Dramatic Presentation
(5%) Readings: Miller bio pgs. 1221-1223,
Death of a Salesman pgs. 1223-1288
4/5/19
O’Connor and Roth
Readings: Flannery O’Connor bio 13661367, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” pg.
1381-1392, Philip Roth bio 1460-1461,
“Defender of the Faith” pg. 1462-1483
4/9/19
Week 12: Presentations
Oral Presentations
Essay 3 due (20%) Quiz 9
4/12/19
1960 to present, Silko,
Walker
Readings: Leslie Marmon Silko bio pg.
1579-1580, “Lullaby” pg. 1580-1586, Alice
Walker bio pg. 1567-1568, “Everyday Use”
1568-1574
4/16/19
Week 13: Plath, Bishop,
and Sexton
Readings: Sylvia Plath bio 1442-1443,
“Daddy” pg. 1447, “Lady Lazarus” pg. 14441446, Elizabeth Bishop bio 1106-1107, “The
Fish” pg1108-1109, Anne Sexton bio 14081409, “The Starry Night” pgs. 1409-1410,
“Sylvia’s Death” pgs. 1410-1412.
Quiz 10
4/26/19
Readings: Yusef Komunyakaa bio 1574Week 14: 1960 to present, 1576, “Facing It” pg. 1576 Ginsberg bio
Komunyakaa, Ginsburg,
1392-1394, “A Supermarket in California”
Kerouac, Thompson
pgs. 1402-1403, Jack Kerouac bio pgs. 13161318, from On the Road pgs. 1318-1326
Thompson bio pg. 1651, rom Fear and
Loathing in Los Vegas pg. 1652 Creative Writing
Project due (5%)
4/30/19
1960 to present, Alexie,
Collins, Trethewey,
Kincaid, Kingston, Harjo
Readings: Sherman Alexie bio 1677-1678,
“Pawn Shop” pg. 1678, Billy Collins bio
1553-1554 “The Names” (in course
resources), “Forgetfulness” pg. 15541555; Natasha Trethewey bio pgs16611663, “Native Guard” pgs. 1665-1669,
Kincaid bio 1649-1650, “Girl” 1650-1651,
Kingston bio pgs. 1543-1544, “No Name
Warrior” pgs. 1544-1553, Harjo bio pgs.
1605-1606, “Call it Fear” pgs. 1606-1607
5/3/19
Week 15: American
literature in the future
Essay 4 Due (10%)
5/10/19
FINAL EXAM
12:00 to 2:30 pm Rowley G206
6. REQUIRED TEXT : The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Ninth Edition,
1865 to Present. ISBN 9780393264531

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