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ENG-213-20, Contemporary American Lit (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR:  Margaret E. Mahoney, SSND, PhD

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Tuesdays/6:00 pm – 8:45 pm, 09/03/2013-10/15/2013

CONTENT:   

The introductory course examines and interprets works from contemporary authors.   Students will analyze and compare major movements such as Modernism and Postmodernism. Students will continue to develop critical thinking and writing skills. The course examines major themes and considers social, economic, and cultural issues in contemporary American fiction, poetry, and drama. Fulfills general education requirement in literature. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The students will:

-be introduced to major works and themes of contemporary American writers;

-improve their critical analysis skills, both orally and in writing, and  

-become more familiar with fiction, drama, and poetic terminology

METHODS:

Lecture

Class discussions

Quizzes and tests; written assignments

Leadership of discussions by students

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Preparation for, presence at, and active participation in each class - 40%

Quizzes and tests - 30%

Written assignments - 20%

Leadership of discussions - 10%

If you know that you will have to miss a class, please do not sign up for this course. 

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-The American Tradition in Literature, volume 2, 12th edition, McGraw Hill Pub;  editor: G Perkins

-Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

-Funny in Farsi – Firozeeh Dumas

-The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:   

-Read in the American Tradition in Literature, vol 2:  Flannery O’Connor  “Good Country People”  James Baldwin  “Sonny’s Blues”  and Philip Roth “The Conversion of the Jews”

-There will be a quiz on these 3 stories at the first class. There is no make-up for quizzes.