Dr. Tom Shields

GCB 1031 
(252) 328-6715
ShieldsE@mail.ecu.edu

Class Hours:

 

 

Office Hours:

Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 p.m.

(Bate 2019)

 

Tu/Th 10:00-10:45 a.m. 
Tu-Th 2:30-3:15 p.m. 
W 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Others by appointment 

 

ENGL 1000 (sect. 004)
Appreciating Literature
Fall 2003

 

In this course, students will examine a variety of literary works in order to gain an appreciation of how texts can be read for a mixture of purposes and in a number of different manners.

 

The course is presently being put onto ECU’s Blackboard system. (The Blackboard Gateway <http://ecu.blackboard.com/> is also available through the Quicklinks dropdown list on the ECU homepage <http://www.ecu.edu>.)  Until then, updates to the syllabus can be found at the class web site, < http://core.ecu.edu/engl/shieldse/engl1000/home.htm>.

 

TEXTS:

The following are the required texts for the course:

 

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. 1959. New York: Anchor Books-Random House, 1994.

Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. New York: Harper Perennial, 1994.

Cather, Willa. O Pioneers! 1913.  New York: Dover 1993.

Chase, Mary. Harvey. 1944. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1971.

Hudson, Marjorie. Searching for Virginia Dare: A Fool’s Errand. Wilmington, NC: Coastal Carolina P, 2002.

Pound, Ezra, and Marcella Spann, eds. Confucius to Cummings: An Anthology of Poetry. New York: New Directions, 1964.

Sedaris, David. Me Talk Pretty One Day. Boston: Little, Brown, 2000.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:

 

Date

 

Assignment

August

28

Introduction

 

 

 

September

2

Pound and Spann, Confucius to Cummings

Lyric Poems: “Adam Lay Yboundin,” 107-08; “Western Wind,” 126; Elizabeth I, “When I Was Fair and Young,” 130; Christopher Smart, “For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry,” 179-82.

 

4

Pound and Spann, Confucius to Cummings

Narrative Poems: Ovid, “Dedalus,” 43-45; John Greenleaf Whittier, “Barbara Frietchie,” 218-20; Francis Bret Harte, “Plain Language from Truthful James,” 274-76.

 

 

 

 

9

Pound and Spann, Confucius to Cummings

War Poems: “Sans Equity and Sans Poise,” 6-7; Bertrans de Born, “War Song,” 80-81; Walt Whitman, “The Centenarian's Story,” 265-70; Ford Madox Ford, “What the Orderly Dog Saw,” 303-04.

 

11

Pound and Spann, Confucius to Cummings

Class Selected Poems: Come with a suggested poem from Pound and Spann, Confucius to Cummings, that is not on the syllabus and that we might read in class.

 

 

 

 

16

Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Chapters 1-6, 1-51.

 

18

HURRICANE ISABEL—Class Cancelled

 

 

 

 

23

Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Chapters 7-11, 52-109.

 

25

Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Chapters 12-17, 110-53.

 

 

 

 

30

Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Chapters 18-25, 154-209.

October

2

EXAM #1

 

 

 

 

7

Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

“Every Little Hurricane,” 1-11; “Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play the Star Spangled Banner,” 24-36; “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore,” 43-53.

 

9

Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

“This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” 59-75; “The Fun House,” 76-82; “The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire,” 93-103; “Jesus Christ’s Half-Brother Is Alive and Well on the Spokane Indian Reservation,” 110-29; “A Good Story,” 139-144.

 

 

 

 

14

FALL BREAK (No Class)

 

16

Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

“Imagining the Reservation,” 149-53; “The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor,” 154-70; “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” 181-90; “Somebody Kept Saying Powwow,” 199-210; “Witness, Secret and Not,” 211-23.

 

 

 

 

21

Cather, O Pioneers!, “The Wild Land,”  1-28.

 

23

Cather, O Pioneers!, “Neighboring Fields,” 29-71.

 

 

 

 

28

Cather, O Pioneers!, “Winter Memories” and “The White Mulberry Tree,” 73-107.

 

30

Cather, O Pioneers!, “Alexandra,” 109-22.

 

 

 

November

4

Chase, Harvey, Act I, 1-33.

 

6

Chase, Harvey, Act II, 34-56.

 

 

 

 

11

Chase, Harvey, Act III, 57-71.

 

13

EXAM #2

 

 

 

 

18

Hudson, Searching for Virginia Dare, Chapters 1-3, 1-49.

 

20

Hudson, Searching for Virginia Dare, Chapters 4-7, 51-113.

 

 

 

 

25

Hudson, Searching for Virginia Dare, Chapters 8-Epilogue, 115-73.

 

27

THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

 

 

December

2

Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day, “Go Carolina,” 3-15; “You Can’t Kill the Rooster,” 60-68; “The Youth in Asia,” 69-82; “A Shiner Like A Diamond,” 132-141.

 

4

Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day, “See You Again Yesterday,” 153-65; “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” 166-73; “Jesus Shaves,” 174-80; “Picka Pocketoni,” 219-27.

 

 

 

 

9

Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day, “Remembering My Childhood on the Continent of Africa,” 192-200; “I Almost Saw this Girl Get Killed,” 228-38.

 

 

 

 

18

FINAL EXAM (2:00-4:30 pm)

 

 

GRADES:
Grades will be determined by three examinations and several in-class writings/quizzes. The breakdown of the final grade is as follows:

 

 

Examination #1

25%

 

Examination #2

25%

 

Final Exam

35%

 

In-Class Writings/Quizzes

  15%

 

 

100%


Final grades are averaged using a 4.0 scale (A=4.0, A-=3.66, B+=3.33, B=3.0, and so on). Students with excused absences (preferably given before the missed class) will not be penalized for missing an in-class writing.


IN-CLASS WRITINGS/QUIZZES:
At various times throughout the semester, the professor will ask students to write short (no more than one-paragraph) responses based on the assigned reading for the day. In addition, there may be other in-class exercises that students will be asked to turn in.


EXAMINATIONS:
The three examinations will consist of several short response questions that will take from one sentence to one paragraph to answer in addition to one longer (2-3 paragraph) essay.

The final examination will have an additional essay treating several works from throughout the semester that will be assigned in advance. EXAMINATION DATES: September 30; November 11; December 18.