English 201: Dr. Philip Keith

2-3:15, Tues & Thursday, CH 101

Office: Riverview 207, Office hours: 10-11 T, R, F and by appointment

Telephone: 255-3189; e-mail: pmkeith@stcloudstate.edu

Required Texts:

Barnet, Sylvan, et al. An Introduction to Literature : Fiction, Poetry, Drama, (Longman's Pub Co, 12 th ed)

Faulkner, William. Go Down Moses (Vintage Books, 1991)

Course Description: Introduces non-English majors to in-depth study of rich literary traditions of Great Britain, the United States, and/or other nations or cultures; including at least two genres and historical periods. Does not count toward the English major or minor. 3 Cr. F, S.

Course Objectives:

1. To familiarize you with traditional criteria for literary greatness.

2. To familiarize you with some major works of literary culture in English.

3. To enhance your reading skills: reading effectiveness and critical reading.

4. To enhance your critical thinking skills.

5. To enlarge your appreciation of values.

6. To enlarge your appreciation of cultural difference interrelation.

Tentative Reading assignments:


Faulkner: Was

Barnet: Poe's Cask of Amontillado

Browning's My Last Duchess


Welty's The Worn Path

Checkov's Misery

O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find

Oates, Where are you Going

Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilych?


Faulkner: Fire & Hearth 1

Barnet: Achebe's Civil Peace

Walker, Every Day Use


Faulkner: F&H 2

Barnet: Sophocles' Oedipus Rex


Faulkner: F&H 3

Barnet: Sophocles' Antigone

Test 1


Faulkner F:Pantaloon in Black

Barnet: Shakespeare's Hamlet I


Barnet: Shakespeare's Hamlet II & III

Updike's A&P


Faulkner: The Old People

Barnet: Frost poems


Faulkner: The Bear 1

Barnet: Ibsen's The Doll's House

Test 2


Faulkner: The Bear 2


Faulkner: The Bear 3

Barnet: Bishop, The Fish


Faulkner: The Bear 4

Barnet: Keats's Ode to a Grecian Urn


Faulkner: The Bear 5

Barnet: Langston Huges poems


Faulkner: Delta Autumn & Go Down Moses

Barnet: Emily Dickinson poems

Graded Activities:

15 Preclass quizzes: 2 pts. each

15 Postclass quizzes: 3 pts. each

2 Tests: 25 points each

Final Exam: 50 points

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