English 106: Writing about Literature

Tanya Pollard

MR 11:30-12:45 Student Center 209, MR 1-2:15 Student Center 207

English department web page: http://english.montclair.edu

my web page: http://chss.montclair.edu/~pollardt/

e-mail: pollardt@mail.montclair.edu

Office: 352 Dickson

Office hours: MR 10:30-11:30, 3:45-4:15, and by appointment

Office phone: 655-5141

Week Date Reading Assignment
1 1-20 Introduction
2 1-24 Davies, "The Hull Case"
1-27 Davies, "Brave Girl"
3 1-31 Davies,"The Next Life," "Frogmen,"
2-3 Davies, "Sales," Everything You Can Remember"
4 2-7 Davies, "Terraces," "Cakes of Baby"
2-10 Davies, "Today is Sunday"
5 2-14 Lahiri, "Temporary Matter"
2-17 Lahiri, "Mr. Pirzada" first paper, proposal due
6 2-21 Lahiri, "Interpreter of Maladies"
2-24 revision workshop first paper, draft due
7 2-28 Lahiri, "Mrs. Sen's"
3-3 Lahiri, "This Blessed House" first paper due
8 3-7 Lahiri, "Bibi Haldar"
3-10 Lahiri, "Third and Final Continent"
spring break
9 3-21 Kincaid, A Small Place
3-24 Kincaid, A Small Place
10 3-27 Kincaid, A Small Place second paper, draft due
3-31 Wilde, Earnest
11 4-4 Wilde, Earnest second paper due
4-7 Wilde, Earnest
12 4-11 library resources session
4-14 Wilde, Earnest, film
13 4-18 Wilde, Earnest, film
4-21 poetry selections
14 4-25 poetry selections third paper, draft due
4-28 poetry selections
15 5-2 overview third paper due
Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Arriving late to class will count as one-third of an absence, and may count for more depending on the amount of time missed.


Because this class is based on close reading of literary works, it is very important that everyone has a copy of the reading and brings it to class. If you come to class without a copy of the reading, you may be asked to leave class, and marked as absent for that day.


Learning is a collaborative process, and it is crucial that each of you engage fully with the texts and with each other. To this end, you will be expected to participate actively in class discussions, and you will be required to provide and introduce topics for class discussion on a rotating basis. Your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semester's grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others' learning will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc, may result in your being asked to leave class


Written work should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analysis of the text. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides. Late papers will be marked down one-third of a grade per day (that is, from B+ to B, B to B-, etc). Any use of others' ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; speak to me if you are unsure about what this means. Plagiarism is extremely serious, and will result in failing the class and being reported to the Dean's Office.

Coursework and grading:
Participation in class discussion and peer-editing, and comments on peer essays 30%
first paper 15%
second paper 20%
third paper 25%

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