Nathan P. Gilmour
Department of English, University of Georgia
Goals: If you finish EN235, you ought to be able better to converse and write about written art, in particular art written in or near America between 1492 and 1865. Course readings should bring to light the character of art itself and written art’s place in the larger historical moment. Given the position of this course within a liberal arts curriculum, students finishing EN235 should, by the end, exhibit to a greater extent those characteristics and habits of mind fitting a free person. Because of Emmanuel’s dedication to writing across the curriculum, your written work should demonstrate an adherence to the conventions of standard written English and to the documentation standards of the MLA.
Expectations: This should go without saying, but I do expect you to attend all class sessions. Moreover, you should read carefully all of the texts assigned for each class period and have on hand the texts discussed.
Your grade will be based on a 100-point scale, and these items will be your chances to earn this many points:
Class Participation 15
The presentation and the two longer papers will come to light as assignment sheets come out. The final will be explained in good time.
Absences: As per Emmanuel College’s official attendance policy, a student missing one quarter of the semester’s classes will not receive credit for the class.
Honor Code: Students are expected to meet rigid academic standards for ethical conduct related to all work done for credit and grading. The following statement must appear in writing along with a student’s signature on all exams: “Upon my honor, I have neither given nor received any unacknowledged aid on this test.” (signature)
For each written or presented assignment, I will distribute an assignment sheet at minimum one week before its due date.
Other photocopies and materials to be distributed by instructor
Web readings as assigned by instructor
I will conduct all official out-of-class communications on Emmanuel College’s email system. If you need to see me outside of class or immediately after class, do not hesitate to talk to me or email me and set up an appointment. I do not have an office on campus, but I am willing to work with you.
Jan. 4 (T)
Jan. 11 (T)
Read: “A Divine and Supernatural Light”
Jan. 13 (R)
Read: “The Way to Wealth” (A 523)
Jan. 18 (T)
Read: “Rip Van Winkle” (B 980)
Jan. 20 (R)
Read: “The American Scholar” (B 1135)
Jan. 25 (T)
Read: “Self-Reliance” (B 1160)
Jan. 27 (R)
Feb. 8 (T)
ENG 235: Survey of American Literature
Instructor of Record Spring 2005, Associate’s Degree Intensive Schedule
All majors, Adult Associate’s Degree progam 5 students
Classroom instruction Emmanuel College
This class I taught in the conference room of an automotive parts manufacturing plant to third-shift line workers. Our curriculum focused on the Calvinist and humanist traditions in American intellectual life, beginning on one end with Jonathan Edwards and finishing on the other with Abraham Lincoln. In between we close-read the Declaration of Independence, pondered over some extant Iroquois creation stories, and tackled the writers of the American Renaissance, namely Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Dickinson, and Whitman.
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