ENGLISH 221--POPULAR FICTION: TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LITERATURE
Instructor: Michael Meyer Office: R 230 F
Phone: 564-2537 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: 11:30-12:30 & appt.
Best American Travel
Bones of the Master, George Crane
The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes, Barbara Scot
Catfish and Mandala, Andrew Pham
A Country Year, Sue Hubbell
Demonstrate an awareness of varying points of view within travel American literature.
Identify major themes and ideas.
Recognize how style relates to content.
Apply analytical process to literary works.
Apply writing skills to analyzing literature.
Seminar Papers 50%
Two Exams (2x20) 40%
Participation & Attendance 10%
TOTAL 100 %
Scale: A =100-90; B = 89-80; C = 79-70; D = 69-60; F = 59-
For each work assigned, you will write (a) seminar paper(s). These papers must be typed (computer generated) and should be about one page long single-spaced. Papers are due the first day of story discussion. You might think of this as interacting with the text, as a dialogue between you and what is on the page. You write comments, questions, responses, arguments, etc. These papers are not overviews or summaries; they are not reading notes or outlines. Nor are they diary entries; a diary is about you, while a response paper is mainly about the text and your interaction with it--the emphasis is on the text. These papers will help prepare you for class discussions and will also be useful in preparing for exams. Late seminar papers will not be accepted. Two (one the first half of the quarter and one the second half of the quarter) seminar papers will be more formal response and will be from 2-3 pages long.
Small groups will be assigned specific book seminars and will be responsible for the activities on these class days.
The mid-term and final exams will evaluate your knowledge of the literature and your ability to analyze and synthesize. A review session prior to the exams will familiarize you with the nature of the exam.