Robert L. Giron


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Montgomery College
Gival Press

Department of English, Reading, World Languages,
and the American English Language Program
Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus

EN 190—Introduction to Literature
Summer 2007
Prof. Giron

Schedule of Activities:

Text: Literature Across Cultures

Smithsonian Institution Project:

You will be asked to visit a museum of your choice and report on an exhibit that reflect some aspect of the literature we will have discussed in class by the time you write your summary and make your oral presentation to the class.

This is a tentative schedule. Any changes will be announced. If you are absent, please check with a fellow classmate. You are expected to come to class prepared.

I will give you the date for your daily/weekly assignments which are listed below in class.

Attendance and class participation is required and part of your final grade for the course.

Do not come to class late; you may be asked to leave.
Quizzes on the readings are not announced and no make ups are allowed.

Written assignments will be announced. Date all assignments; late papers lose 5 points per day they are late.

I will give you the date for your daily/weekly assignments which are listed below in class.

—Week One May 29 & 31

Orientation to the course. /Diagnostic reading.

p. 2 The Meaning of Literature

p 3 The Function of Literature

pp. 11-35 Strategies for Reading & Writing about Literature: A Step-by-Step Guideline

pp. 66-69 “The Watch” Elie Wiesel

pp. 70-91 “The Sky Is Gray” Ernest J. Gaines

pp. 102-104 “My People” Chief Seattle

—Week Two June 5 & 7

“Dances with Wolves” (video clip)

pp. 105-108 “The Allegory of the Cave” Plato

pp. 118-119 “warm heart contains life” Evangelina Vigil-Piñón

pp. 113-115 from “Imaginary Homelands” Salman Rushdie

pp. 9520-921 “Volcanoes be in Sicily” / “The Soul selects her own society—” / “Much madness is divine—” / “Tell all the truth but tell it slant—” Emily Dickinson

pp. 338-349 “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“The Yellow Wallpaper” (video)

—Week Three June 12 & 14

First paper is due June 12th.

pp. 382-386 “Six, Lies and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard for Men and Women to Talk to Each Other Deborah Tannen

pp. 373-375 “One Man’s Kids” Daniel Meier

pp. 369-372 “Professions of Women” Virginia Woolf

pp. 399-400 “Border” Pat Mora

pp. 414-415 “To His Coy Mistress” Andrew Marvell

pp. 918 “The Writer” Richard Wilbur

pp. 417 “Bright Star” John Keats

pp. 417-419 “She Proves the Inconsistency of the Desires and Criticism of Men Who Accuse Women of What They Themselves Cause” Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

pp. 421-422 “Let me not to the marriage of true minds” William Shakespeare

—Week Four June 19 & 22

“Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Ambrose Bierce—Video

pp. 517-518 “The Man He Killed” Thomas Hardy

pp. 519 “What Were They Like?” Denise Lavertov

pp. 530 “The Dying Veteran” Walt Whitman

pp. 533-535 “The Charge of the Light Brigade” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

pp. 526-527 “Disabled” Wilfred Owen

pp. 917 “Constantly Risking Absurdity” Lawrence Ferlinghetti

—Week Five June 26 & 28

Second paper is due June 26th.

pp. 613-620 “Jasmine” Bharati Mukherjee

pp. 633-636 “How I Learned to Read & Write” Frederick Douglas

pp. 400-403 “Home Burial” Robert Frost

pp. 637-642 “Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir” Paul Monette

pp. 643-650 “A Chinaman’s Chance: Reflections on the American Dream” Eric Liu

pp. 663-665 “Latero Story” Tato Laviera

pp. 671-674 “Cross Plains, Wisconsin” “Federico’s Ghost” “Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy Anything” Martin Espada

pp. 651 “I Hear America Signing” Walt Whitman
“The First Thanksgiving, 1598” Robert L. Giron

pp. 865-871 “A Rose of Emily” William Faulkner
Surprise visual treat (American cinema)

pp. 882-884 “Dead Man’s Path” Chinua Achebe
Video: “Amistad”

—Week Six July 2-3

Third paper is due July 2nd.

pp. 872-881 “The Guest” Albert Camus
Student presentations

Final Exam—short answers on the works studied