English 2600 Fall
Instructor: Dr. Rick McDonald
Office Phone: 863-8365
Office: CB 41OG Office
Hours: 1:00- 2:15 M &W and by appointment.
Course: ENGL 2600-003 Time: M/W 4:00-
5:15 Room: LA 226
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Pages:
TEXTS: Beginning Theory (3rd Ed) by Peter
The Awakening (2nd Ed) edited by Nancy A. Walker. Bedford
Etexts from Canvas “files”
In the course of this semester successful students should:
o Read and practice a
variety of types of Literary Criticism;
o Learn to recognize and define
critical terms, and theoretical positions from numerous
schools of criticism;
o Realize that texts can take on
meaning from a number of different perspectives;
o Develop multiple different
interpretations for a single test;
o Develop independent readings of
texts from a perspective they identify and choose;
o Practice the skills of literary
o Research and write analytically
about texts using MLA format.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
ENGL 2600 (Critical Introduction to Literature) is designed to
help students begin to develop methods for analyzing literature
from a variety of perspectives. In this course you should
be exposed to the major ideas and techniques used by practicing
critics and scholars. We will look particularly at New
Historicism, Feminism, Deconstruction, New Criticism,
Psychoanalytic, Gender Studies, Marxism, Ecocriticism, and
Reader Response criticisms. As an English major you will
increasingly be expected to have a thorough understanding of
these critical positions as you advance through the major.
We will read 30-50 pages per class on average. You will be
expected to have made a valiant attempt to read, and understand
the texts for each day. We will review and discuss the concepts
of the chapter during class in large and small group work.
DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENTS
Over the 14+ weeks of this class I will expect you to submit 21
journal entries. The journals should discuss what you
think is an interesting/useful part of the reading for that
day. I will often have study questions to help you select
an appropriate journal topic. Before class, I will want
you to write what you think you know so far—knowing that you are
new to this process. Responses will be 100+ words long and
will be graded relatively leniently.
Summary and Treatment Papers:
Each student will write three out of four Summary and Treatment
Papers (for which you receive an informative handout). I
want you to summarize the main ideas in one of the critical
theory chapters—entirely in your own words. I would expect this
formally-written summary to be 500+ words. At the end of
each summary, I would like you to speculate about a possible
interpretation of a text you might attempt using the summarized
theory (maybe 50 to 100 words and relatively informal.)
In Groups of 3-5 students will present an interpretation of The
Awakening to exemplify one of the types of literary theory we
have studied for the class. Presentations should last 15 +
minutes and involve all group members.
You will write one six-to-nine page paper for this class.
It may be on any text you wish. Whatever text you choose
to write about, you should identify and use some of the
interpretive skills you are learning this semester to discuss
We will have a final exam that asks students to define a number
of schools of critical thought and apply criticism to texts of
The Exam for this class will be Monday December 11th from
LATE WORK and REWRITES
Unless an extension is prearranged by me, any late work will
receive a 5 point deduction for every day it is late.
Anyone who has their long paper in on time will be allowed the
opportunity to rewrite, if necessary. A student may also rewrite
one of the Summary/Treatment papers. A rewrite will
require the student make substantial changes in either style or
content—beyond changing the few items I mark. Speak to me
before you begin rewriting; I will assign you a deadline for the
I think coming to class is very important (so important that
it’s part of your grade). I will have a sign-in sheet
everyday. Make sure you sign in each day—it is your
responsibility—ask if you can’t find the sign-in sheet.
Anyone who misses more than three classes (NO EXCUSED ABSENCES),
will find their grade affected. If you want to explain
your absence, do so by talking to me or emailing me outside of
class. You get three absences—do not use them except in an
emergency—and don’t have more than three emergencies.
Your journals will be graded on a +, , - scale. Your
journals will be graded on a 1-5 scale. (I will not accept
late journal entries.) Journals will account for 20% of your
grade. Your 6-9 page paper will be worth 30% and your 3
Summaries and Treatments will be worth 25%. Group
presentations will be worth 10% of your grade and your final
will be worth 15%.
PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING
Below you will find an excerpt from the UVU Student Rights
and Responsibilities Code concerning Plagiarism and Cheating.
Either activity can result in a Failing grade in this
class. Each student is expected to maintain academic
ethics and honesty in all its forms, including but not limited
to, cheating and plagiarism as defined hereafter:
o Cheating is the act of
using or attempting to use or providing others with
unauthorized information, materials or study aids in
academic work. Cheating includes, but is not limited to
passing examination answers to or taking examinations for
someone else, or preparing or copying other's academic work.
o Plagiarism is the act of
appropriating any other person's or group's ideas or work
(written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof
and passing them off as the product of one's own work in any
academic exercise or activity.
ATTENTION STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Students who need accommodations because of a disability may
contact the UVU Accessibility Services Department (ASD), located
on the Orem Campus in LC 312. To schedule an appointment or to
speak with a counselor, call the ASD office at 801-863-8747.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals, email
email@example.com or text 385-208-2677.
CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS
During class your cellphones should be off and put away.
Taking calls or texting during class is unacceptable. If
you believe you need your cell phone on for some emergency it
must be in silent mode and you should leave the room to answer
it. This should happen only in emergencies. As you
will be possibly taking notes you may use a laptop to do so, but
while you are in class it should only be used for classwork in
this course; doing otherwise will undoubtedly annoy your peers
Literary Criticism can be very difficult to do and understand. I
am interested in seeing everyone pass my class. If you
have a problem, alert me to it early in the semester. I
can help you with whatever difficulties the texts create for
you, but I cannot resolve them for you.