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ENG 202: Survey of Literature

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of genres and styles of literature. Students will read short fiction, a novel, poetry and stage plays in order to enjoy a full, deep understanding of literary elements (plot, setting, point of view, etc.). Students will appreciate how these elements translate across genres.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how POV, setting and character development affect the reader's experience of literature.
  2. Articulate how imagery and symbolism are used as tools to guide the reader's experience.
  3. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the hero's journey storytelling framework and how it persists in our modern works.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how word choice, imagery, symbolism, rhyme and meter affect the reader's experience.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how storytelling crosses all genres of writing.
  6. Demonstrate, through analysis, how heroes and villains are portrayed.
  7. Articulate how the written word (fiction) would compare to works performed.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of how characterization, setting and imagery work in a dramatic stage scenario as compared to that of a fiction work.
  9. Demonstrate critical thinking when analyzing literature.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8) 20 points each

160

16%

Response Paper (Week 1) 40 points

40

4%

Critical Thinking Activity (Weeks 2, 3, 5 & 7) 50 points each

200

20%

Portfolios (Weeks 4, 6 & 8) 200 points each

600

60%

Total

1000

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Booth, Allison., Mays, Kelly J. The Norton Introduction to Literature. 12th ed., W.W. Norton & Co., 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-393-93891-3
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt., 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0547928227

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1,9

Topics: Introductions, Why We Read, The Human Condition

  • Read assigned material
  • View videos
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Response Paper
  • Start planning Portfolio

2

1,2,4,9

Topics: Short Fiction - The Effects of Literary Elements on Story

  • Readings:
    • "Why Read Literature"
    • "Why Study Literature" Theme
    • "The Cask of Amontillado"
    • "Hills Like White Elephants"
    • "The Thing in the Forest"
    • "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
  • Videos:
  • Read assigned material
  • View videos
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Critical Thinking Activity

3

1,3,9

Topics: Longer Fiction - The Hero’s Journey in The Hobbit (the Novel)

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Setting, Symbolism and Figurative Language
    • The Hobbit - Chapters I-III
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Critical Thinking Activity
  • Continue to revise and edit response paper (Week 1) and draft of first Fiction Portfolio essay #1 (Week 2 Discussion response) in preparation for Fiction Portfolio (due end of Week 4)

4

1,4,9

Topic: Longer Fiction - Character, Narration and Point of View

  • Read assigned material
  • View videos
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Fiction Portfolio

5

1,5,9

Topics: Short Poetry - Family, Persona and Free Form

  • Read assigned material
  • View video
  • Listen to audio file
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Critical Thinking Activity
  • Prepare for Poetry Portfolio due Week 6

6

1,6,7,9

Topics: Longer Poetry - Heroism, Consequences of Actions and Fixed Form

  • Read assigned material
  • View videos
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Poetry Portfolio

7

1,8,9

Topics: Drama - Children and Parents, Loyalty to Family/Crown

  • Read assigned material
  • View video
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Critical Thinking Activity
  • Prepare for Poetry Portfolio due Week 8

8

1,9

Topics: Drama - Expectations, Society, Perspectives (Historical, Psychoanalytic & Feminist)

  • Readings:
    • Textbook - Drama: Reading, Responding,Writing
    • Trifles - Susan Glaspell
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Drama Portfolio

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