English 109 Syllabus - Spring 2007
Survey of Western World Literature: Modern
ENG 109, CRN #22353, 4 credits
Mon & Wed 8:15 - 9:55 a.m., Deschutes 1

Instructor:  Cora Agatucci, Ph.D.
Professor of English & Chair, Humanities Department,
Central Oregon Community College

How to Contact Cora:
Office Location on Bend Campus: MODOC 224
Office Hours:
See current Schedule; also by appointment
URL: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/schedule.htm
Office Phone & Voicemail: (541) 383-7522
Mailbox (Humanities Dept. Bend campus): Modoc 226 
Electronic mail:
Fax (Humanities Dept.): (541) 330-4396 [Attention: Cora Agatucci]
Cora's Home Page: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/index.html
ENG 109 Course Web Home Page:

Required Course Text

Davis, Paul, and others, eds.  Western Literature in a World Context. Vol. 2:
            The Enlightenment through the Present.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
(Available for purchase from COCC Bookstore.)

Additional handout/online readings will also be required, as well as some in-class film viewings.

"However, I am cheered by a vital awareness of WORLD LITERATURE
as of a single huge heart, beating out the cares and troubles of our world,
albeit presented and perceived differently in each of its corners."
--Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn, 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature Lecture
URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1970/solzhenitsyn-lecture.html

Solzhenitsyn (U.S.S.R., b. 1918) was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature
"for the ethical force with which he has pursued
the indispensable traditions of Russian literature"

URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1970/index.html
Learn more about the Nobel Prize in Literature (2007):
URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/
Nobel Prize Home Page
URL: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/

Welcome to ENGLISH 109!

ENG 109 - Western World Literature: Modern
Surveys representative texts, authors, and genres from the late 18th century to the present, explores Modern Western world literary movements and their historical-intellectual contexts, from romanticism and realism to post-colonialism and contemporary global trends. Need not be taken in sequence.
[ENG 109 is an introductory college-level course, so previous coursework in literature is NOT required and students do NOT need to have completed ENG 107 and/or ENG 108 before taking ENG 109 -  although such background is, of course, helpful.]
Credits: 4    Lecture: 4

Recommended preparation: Students are best prepared to succeed in ENG 109 if they have college entry-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Lower-Division Transfer & Program Credits: Successful completion (with grade of "C" or better) of  ENG 109 counts toward satisfying current humanities general education distribution requirements for the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree, Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) certificate, A.S. Direct Transfer OSU-Cascades, and various professional-technical programs.   Lower-division transfer requirements for English majors may also include Western World Literature coursework. 

Course Learning Outcomes: What will you learn in English 109? 

A. Knowledge of Western World Literature

1.  Identify the timeframes, significant intellectual trends and cultural values, and favored literary genres of major Western literary-historical periods of the late 18th to the early 21st centuries
(for example, late Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism, Aestheticism, Modernism, Absurdist and Existential literature, Magical Realism, Post-Modernism, Feminism, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, and/or contemporary global trends).
2.  Identify major writers and their works representative of Modern Western literary-historical periods.
3. Explain and illustrate how these writers and works embody significant characteristics of these literary-historical periods.
4. Trace major developments in Western literature over time, by identifying significant elements of continuity and change in representative works from different Western literary-historical periods.

B. Literary Analysis and Interpretation

5.  Develop persuasive individual interpretations of literature from literary-historical periods of Modern Western literature based on close reading, using pertinent evidence from the literary texts.
6.  Apply knowledge of Modern Western literary history, cultures, genres, and authors, as well as different literary critical approaches, to individual and comparative analysis of literary texts.
7.  Use effective oral and written communication to express literary analyses and interpretations, developed both independently and collaboratively.
8.  Avoid plagiarism by citing course and any outside primary and secondary sources using an acceptable academic documentation style [i.e. MLA].

Approved by HUM/LIT Committee 11-6-03

Course Grading & Late Policies

60 %

At least 6 Informal Seminars will be assigned this term.  Seminar points will be awarded for (a) submission of complete written preparation notes and (b) for participation in In-class Seminars, supported by Group Seminar Reports.
Late/Make-Up Policy: A maximum of two "late" Seminar Prep. Notes and/or "make-up" Seminar Participation activities may be accepted with the instructor's permission.  Please see Cora to discuss.
20 % Midterm Paper (short essays on topics derived from Seminars) must be word processed and submitted in both paper (hard) copy and electronic form, on which Turnitin Originality Reports will be run to test for plagiarism. 
Revision Option will be extended IF Midterm is turned in on time and IF  Revision is accompanied by the original graded Midterm Paper (with Cora's evaluation). 
Late Policy: Late Midterm Papers will be penalized at least 1/2 letter grade. 
20 % Final Paper must be word processed and submitted in both paper (hard) copy and electronic form, on which a Turnitin Originality Report will be run to test for plagiarism.
The Final Paper will be due at our ENG 109 scheduled FINAL exam meeting; therefore, no late Final Papers will normally be accepted for grading without very good reason.

Plagiarism on any course assignment may result in a grade of "F" / O points.
See Plagiarism Policy below.

IF unanticipated problems or  calamities impede your progress or performance
in ENG 109 at any time this term, please contact Cora ASAP to discuss!!
Together we may be able to work out a solution
that will enable you to complete ENG 109 successfully.

Plagiarism Policy & Manuscript Form Requirements

Plagiarism Policy:  Plagiarism—intended or not—is a serious violation of academic honesty and U.S. Copyright laws protecting intellectual property rights. Proper In-Text Citations and Works Cited documentation of all course and outside sources that you quote, paraphrase, and summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and/or ideas of others.  NOTE WELL that even putting others’ ideas into your own words still means you are borrowing and that you need to give credit where credit is due.

To avoid plagiarism, source(s) must be cited and documented, both:

(a) at the point in your written assignments where the borrowing occurs, using in-text (parenthetical) citations;
(b) in complete bibliographical entries for all sources cited in the assignment, given in an alphabetized list at the end of written assignments and formal papers.

Plagiarism in any writing assignment is grounds for an "F" on that assignment.  Note that formal graded assignments (i.e. Midterm and Final) must be submitted in electronic format (via email to Cora), on which Turnitin Original Reports will be run to test for plagiarism (see Course Grading above).  Repeated plagiarism is grounds for an "F" in the course and notation in your permanent academic record. 

BUT DON'T PANIC!  To help you understand and avoid plagiarism, as well as satisfy ENG 109 Course Learning Outcome #8 (see above), quick and acceptable ways of citing your sources, following MLA style, in written assignments will be explained in class and/or in assignment direction handouts.  You should have no problems with plagiarism IF you attend class regularly, heed assignment directions, participate in in-class learning activities, and ask Cora for help ASAP when you are in doubt about what must be cited and how to cite your sources. 

Manuscript Form:

1.  ALL written assignments, formal and informal, should be fully identified using MLA-style Headings on the first page.  If the assignment is more than one-page long, then MLA-style Running Page Headers should be placed on second and any subsequent pages.

MLA-style Heading should be placed on the first page in the upper left-hand corner (please do not prepare a separate title page) - Example:

Juanita Mikulski (your name)
English 109, Prof. C. Agatucci
(identify course & instructor)
Seminar #1 Written Prep.
(identify assignment)
9 April 2007
(identify date assignment is due)

Centered Content-Based Title

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MLA-style Running Page Headers should be placed on the second and
subsequent pages in the upper right-hand corner  -

Mikulski  2
(your last name and the page number)

2. Final Drafts of formal letter-graded writing assignments--i.e. Midterm and Final--must:


be word processed using a standard readable font & point size:
e.g. 12-point Times New Roman or 11-point Arial;


be double spaced;


be printed on only one side of standard-sized (8 1/2" X 11") white paper;


have one-inch margins top, bottom, and sides of each printed page;


avoid plagiarism & cite sources (see above);


be carefully proofread and edited before submission for grading;


be properly identified with standard MLA-style Heading and Running-Page Headers (see above).

Students with SPECIAL NEEDS

Students with special needs who  . . .

bullethave documented disabilities requiring special accommodations,
bullethave any emergency medical information that the instructor should know of, and/or
bulletrequire special arrangements in the event of an evacuation,

. . . should meet to discuss special needs as early as possible in first week/s of the term, with:

bulletCora, the instructor of this course, and
bulletCOCC Disability Services Office, Boyle Education Center [BEC], 2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97701; Contact Anne Walker: telephone (541) 383-7583 [or ext. 7583];
COCC Disability Services
: http://web.cocc.edu/disability/

Guide for Students with Disabilities: http://web.cocc.edu/disability/guide_toc.htm

COCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

"If in my life I have developed any ability to understand
those who are other to me,
other in race or gender or culture or sexual preference,
a good deal of my training in empathy must have come from the practice
 fiction and poetry have given me in taking on other selves, other lives."

--David H. Richter, Falling into Theory, 1994

I look forward to working with and learning from you all this term! ~ Cora

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