American Literature
ENGL 2130 C02
TR 9:30-10:50
Clement 122

Course Requirements

Fall 2014


Instructor:                              Mrs. Victoria Gay

Office and Phone:                  Clement 102 (540-2859)
Division Office:                       Clement 102 (540-2780)


Web Address             

Office Hours:                

DAY                                                                TIME



7:45-11:00; 12:00-4:15



 7:45-9:30; 12:00-4:15



7:45-11:00; 12:00-4:15



 7:45-9:30; 12:00-4:15



7:45-11:00; 12:00-4:15

Course Description: Selected readings in American literature with attention to plot, characters, setting, theme, tone, style, and other aspects of literary genres, including short fiction, the novel, poetry, and drama; critical analyses of representative works. (Prerequisite: ENGL 1020) Credits: (3).

Course Requirements:

The final grade for this course will be assessed as follows:

·         Three examinations: 300 points (100 points each)

·         Three out-of-class papers: 300 points (100 points each)

·         Quizzes on daily assignments: (200 points)

·         Oral Presentation: (100 points)

·         Class attendance and participation: 100 points


A=1000-9000    B=899-800    C=799-700     D=699-600     F=600 or below

Assignment requirements:


Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as using another’s work, writing, or research and presenting it as your own.  Any plagiarized assignment, turned in to the instructor will receive the grade of zero.  In addition, the student who plagiarizes is subject to dismissal from the course.



The American Tradition in Literature. Concise Twelfth Edition. Eds. Perkins and Perkins. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2009.


Class attendance is mandatory, and monitoring of class attendance is continuous.  You will earn a grade based on your attendance and participation in class. Participation is defined as contributing regularly to in-class discussion of the works we read. This grade will constitute 10% of your total grade. One tardy will constitute half an absence.  Likewise, one early departure will constitute half an absence.

The schedule is as follows:

      0 absences = a grade of 100

      1 absence = a grade of 95

      2 absences = a grade of 90

      3 absences = a grade of 80

      4 absences = a grade of 70

      5 absences = a grade of 60

      6 absences = a grade of 50

      7 or more absences = 0

·         Out-of-class essays are due at the beginning of class on the dates indicated. 


·         Exams taken late are penalized a letter grade per school day, unless prior arrangements have been made. 


·         Your decision to remain in this class indicates that you accept these policies.

·         The last day to drop this class without receiving a failing grade is November 5, 2014.

Please turn off all cell phones before entering class.  Do not use class time to send text messages or make telephone calls.    Anyone wishing to use a laptop in class may do so as long as he/she sits at the back of the class and no distraction is created.



Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the Counseling and Disability Services office for possible assistance with accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability. Students requesting special accommodation are encouraged to contact Counseling and Disability Services (931-540-2572) at the beginning of the semester. 

We Care About Your Success!

 I will be using C-STAR to help you succeed in this course. I may set alerts, flags, referrals, or kudos to let you know about your course grades or academic performance. You will need to go to ChargerNet and select the C-Star icon to access your C-Star account. Also, you may receive emails from C-Star regarding your course grades or academic performance. Please pay attention to these emails, flags, and alerts and consider taking the recommended actions. They are sent to help you be successful!

In addition, I may: (1) request that you schedule an appointment by going to C-Star, or (2) recommend that you contact a specific campus resource, such as tutoring or counseling. You may also be contacted directly by one of these services.  


Emergency Procedure:

In case of emergency, students should be familiar with the classroom escape plan.  The plan for this classroom is located next to the door.  Students should also be familiar with the Emergency Guidelines information in the green booklet located near the room exit.  Should an emergency arise, students are to follow the directives of the professor.


Instructional Recording:

Recording of learning activities is allowed only with faculty permission and is to be used for educational purposes by individual students. When recording is permitted, all students should be aware that voices/images may be captured during the process. No portion of instructional recordings may be reproduced or published by students.

Student ID:


Columbia State students are expected to be able to produce a valid student ID upon request by faculty/staff/employees.

Inclement weather:

In the event of inclement weather, please refer to the Columbia State web site and inclement weather line 931-540-2515. Late openings may impact the class. Students are individually responsible for decisions regarding travel safety, and reasonable arrangements will be available regarding makeup assignments/work for students who notify me in advance of an expected absence due to inclement weather.

Instructor Absence:
In the event of anticipated or unexpected instructor absence, I will make every effort to email you via your Columbia State email account.


Procedures for Discrimination and Harassment Complaints and Investigation:


TBR GUIDELINE P-080 – Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigation Procedure: This Tennessee Board of Regents guideline provides for investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information and any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law. Any student or employee who believes s/he has been subjected to, or is aware of, discrimination or harassment, should use the procedure for reporting and resolution of discrimination or harassment complaints. Students and employees are required to be knowledgeable of policies and guidelines, report suspected violations to the Director of Human Resources, and cooperate with investigations. Employees or students found to have violated this Guideline are subject to disciplinary action including dismissal, termination, or other appropriate sanction. A link to this guideline and a complaint form is on myChargerNet (myCN).


Daily Course Schedule

Assignments need to be completed before the listed class meeting.  This schedule is subject to change according to our needs during the semester.  There is always a possibility that reading assignments may be shifted, added (rarely if ever), or deleted with only a two-day notice.  You are responsible for any such changes, including those made in your absence.



Week 1

August 26--
Discussion of syllabus 


August 28

Discussion of Introduction and Timeline

Native Literature: pages 11-15

From The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca: pages 23-24


Week 2

September 2--
“Puritanism”: pages 67-69
From A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson: pages 81-84
“Crosscurrents: Puritanism, Indians, and Witchcraft”: pages 113-117
Scenes from Salem Witch Trials


September 4--
“Reason and Revolution: 1725-1800”: pages 157-160
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”: pages 170-181


Week 3

 September 9--
“The Romantic Temper”: pages 299-304
“Ligeia”: pages 393-403
The Last of the Mohicans: Chapters 1-4

September 11--
“Rappacini’s Daughter” pages 476-494
Scenes from “Rappacini’s Daughter”
Scenes from The Scarlett Letter

Week 4

September 16--
“Transcendentalism”: pages 585-586
“Crosscurrents: Transcendentalism, Women, and Social Ideals” pages 688-690; 693-696
Scenes from Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

September 18--
“Civil Disobedience”: pages 767-782

Week 5

September 23--
Writing the Literary Analysis

September 25--
Test I

Week 6

September 30--
“The Humanitarian Sensibility and the Inevitable Conflict”: pages 783-787
“Crosscurrents: Slavery, the Slave Trade, and the Civil War”: pages 789-790
Abraham Lincoln 856

Scenes from Lincoln
“Reply to Horace Greeley” 859
“Second Inaugural Address” 861
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: pages 874-886

October 2--
Essay I
“An Age of Expansion”: pages 907-913
“Song of Myself”: pages 933-974— work on in class

Week 7

October 7--
Emily Dickinson: pages 1002-1021: poems 249, 324, 511, 657, 1052
“Realism and Naturalism”: pages 1047-1051
From Life on the Mississippi: pages 1064-1074

October 9--
“Crosscurrents: Prosperity and Social Justice at the Turn of the Century”: pages 1321-1322
“Roman Fever”: pages 1371-1379
“Literary Renaissance”: pages 1407-1410
Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

Week 8

October 14-- Fall Break

October 16--
“A Literature of Social and Cultural Change”: 1587-1593
Edna St. Vincent Millay: “[What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why]”: pages 1635-1636; “[Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat nor Drink]” page 1637
“Crosscurrents: The Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance”: pages 1649-1650
Langston Hughes: “Trumpet Player” pages 1660-1661; “Harlem”: page 1662


Week 9

October 21--
“Babylon Revisited”: pages 1665-1678
Scenes from The Last Time I Saw Paris 

October 23--

Week 10

October 28--
Eugene O’Neill: Long Day’s Journey into Night (Handout)
Scenes from
 Long Day’s Journey into Night

October 30--Film

Week 11

November 4
A Streetcar Named Desire (Handout)
Scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire

November 6
“That Evening Sun”: pages 1696-1707

“The Second World War and Its Aftermath”: pages 1749-1756

Week 12

 November 11
“Crosscurrents: The Age of Anxiety: The Beat Generation and Social Responsibilities”: pages 1806-1814; 1816-1819
Vladimir Nabokov scenes from Lolita
“The Conversion of the Jews” pages 2030-2040

November 13
“Good Country People”: pages 1990-2003

Week 13

November 18
“Battle Royal”: pages 1933-1943

Essay II

November 20
“Lost in the Funhouse”: pages 2004-2021

“A Century Ends and a New Millennium Begins: 1975-Present”: pages 2053-2058

Week 14

November 25

From Sula pages 2130-2138

 “Half and Half” pages 2203-2212

Scenes from The Joy Luck Club

Week 15

 December 2
“The Red Convertible”

December 4
“What You Pawn I Will Redeem”: 2228-2242
Scenes from Smoke Signals


Week 16

 Essay III

Final Exam: 9:30-11:20 December 11, 2014