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American Realism and Naturalism
ENGL-341

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the major writers of American Realism and Naturalism (1865-1930): Twain, James, Chopin, Crane, Dreiser and others. Research paper required.

Requisites

Prerequisites

ENGL 101 and (ENGL 102 or MUSC 200) and (ENGL 201 or ENGL 202 or ENGL 215 or ENGL 216 or ENGL 221 or ENGL 222)

Rationale

The study of American literature from the end of the American Civil War to the conclusion of World War I helps the student to understand and appreciate the cultural, social, economic, philosophical, religious, and literary heritage of the United States from 1865-1930.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine, in their entirety, the assigned literature selections from the American Realistic (1865-1900) and Naturalistic (1900-1930) periods.
  2. Describe the historical and literary background of the Realistic and Naturalistic periods.
  3. Compare and contrast the Realistic and Naturalistic periods.
  4. Describe the specific talents and diversity of the authors and works studied.
  5. Evaluate the merits of literary works on the basis of style, content, and absence or presence of biblical truth.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resources, he or she may purchase them through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie.

James, Henry. Portrait of a Lady.

Perkins, George and Barbara Perkins. The American Tradition in Literature. 12th ed. McGraw Hill, 2018.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the literature regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread must be 250–400 words in length and demonstrate course related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be 250–400 words in length. The student is required to cite sources using current MLA formatting.

Essays (2)

Essay topics must be selected from the provided list. Essay 1 must be 4–6 pages in length and must have 1 primary source with at least 2 secondary sources. Essay 2 must be 8–10 pages in length and must cite at least 2 primary sources with at least 4 secondary sources. Current MLA formatting is required.

Reading Quizzes (14)

Each quiz will correspond to the reading assignments, be open-book/open-notes, contain 5-10 multiple-choice or true/false questions, have a time limit of 5-10 minutes, and allow 2 attempts. The attempt with the highest score will be graded.

Exams (2)

The exams will cover material from the Reading & Study folders. Each exam will contain multiple-choice and/or essay questions. The exams are open-book/open-notes with time limits of 1 hour and 30 minutes each.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Threads (1 at 60 pts, 2 at 60 pts ea)

180

Discussion Board Replies (2 at 40 pts ea)

80

Essays (2 at 200 pts ea)

400

Reading Quizzes (14 at 10 pts ea)

140

Exam 1

(Modules 1–4)

100

Exam 2

(Modules 5–8)

100

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

ENGL 341

Textbooks: Dreiser, Sister Carrie.

James, Portrait of a Lady.

Perkins & Perkins, The American Tradition in Literature (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Mark Twain Headnote, Huck Finn, chs. 1–31

2 presentations

1 lecture note

Course Requirements Checklist

Introduction Discussion Board

DB Forum 1

Reading Quiz 1

10

0

60

10

2

Huck Finn, chs. 32–43; Twain, “The Notorious Jumping Frog…” From “Roughing It;” Whitman Headnote and “Song of Myself”, 1–15, 43–52; Website: Dickinson Introduction and poems

2 presentations

1 lecture note

DB Forum 2 Thread

Reading Quiz 2

60

10

3

Henry James Headnote and

Portrait of a Lady, chs. 1–37

1 presentation

1 lecture note

DB Forum 2 Reply

Reading Quiz 3

40

10

4

Portrait, chs. 38–55

James, “The Art of Fiction;”

Howells Headnote, “Editha,” and From “Criticism and Fiction;” Harris Headnote and “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story;” Harte Headnote and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”

2 presentations

1 lecture note

Reading Quiz 4

Reading Quiz 5

Exam 1

10

10

100

5

Crane Headnote, “A Man Said to the Universe,” “Maggie,” “The Open Boat,” ch. 1–7

2 presentations

1 lecture note

Essay 1

Reading Quiz 6

Reading Quiz 7

200

10

10

6

Chopin Headnote and The Awakening, chs. 1–39; Gilman Headnote, “The Yellow Wallpaper;” Chesnutt Headnote and “The Passing of Grandison;” Dunbar Headnote and poems

1 presentation

1 lecture note

DB Forum 3 Thread

Reading Quiz 8

Reading Quiz 9

 

60

10

10

 

7

Dreiser Headnote

Sister Carrie, chs. 1–12

London Headnote and “To Build a Fire;” Robinson Headnote and “Richard Cory” and “Miniver Cheevy”

2 presentations

1 lecture note

DB Forum 3 Reply

Reading Quiz 10

Reading Quiz 11

Reading Quiz 12

 

40

10

10

10

 

8

Sister Carrie, chs. 13–47

2 presentations

O’Neill Headnote

Website: O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms

1 lecture note

Essay 2

Reading Quiz 13

Reading Quiz 14

Exam 2

200

10

10

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.