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Tunxis Community College
Course Title: ENG*298 Survey of Literary Genre
No: 3345
Semester: Fall 2019
S/C hours: 3/3
Instructor: Ersinghaus
Time: MW 1:00-2:15 PM

An introduction to major literary types, including poetry, short story, drama, and the novel. Readings may be organized around a central theme. Students develop a critical sense of literature through oral and written analysis. Prerequisite: C- or better in Composition.

Required Texts
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyers. 11th Edition. Bedford; Boston, 2017

Attendance and Session Conduct
Attendance is expected every meeting. Any missed session represents lots of missed material. If you expect to miss sessions, please speak to me and we can set up a study plan for you.

3 Papers
3 brief analyses

End of session portfolio will consist of the Drama paper and a revised prior paper.

Work must be submitted in class on the due date. No material will be accepted electronically unless I specifically ask for it. Students will receive feedback for improvement throughout the course on. The principle grade for the course will be given after submission of the Portfolio.

Grade Assignments

A=95-100 C+=77-79 D-=60-63
A-=90-94 C=74-76
B+=87-89 C-=70-73
B = 84-86 D+=67-69
B- =80-83 D= 64-66

Ability-Based Learning in the English Literature Discipline

On assignments, typically papers, students will receive feedback on the degree to which they have mastered certain abilities. When this happens, students will receive a rating of 1 (Not Satisfactory), 2 (Satisfactory), or 3 (Distinguished) and an explanation for the rating. The goal will be to let students know where they stand at a specific time and what they need to do in order to improve in these abilities. We are convinced that development of these abilities, and the general-education abilities in particular, is critical to students’ success in all aspects of life.

In addition, specific abilities have been developed to assess your ability to work with literature. Assessments (exams, papers, and quizzes, depending) are designed to provide you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have acquired these abilities. For example: If you are writing a paper about a poem and refer to it as a “story,” you have not demonstrated the ability to “identify major fiction genres.” On the other hand if you not only refer to it as a poem but as a lyric poem, you have demonstrated an above average ability (by identifying not only the major genre but the sub-genre).

Assessments of your papers will rate you on the specific abilities the assignment addressed, and the degree to which you meet the various abilities will determine your letter grade. Papers are constructed around these same abilities.

Course Abilities

1. Literary Genre – the ability to identify, define, and describe the attributes and significance of the primary genres and their subgenres.

Level 1:  Identifies major literary genres.

Level 1: Identifies and describes historical and cultural influences on the different genres.

3. Literary Aesthetics: the ability to identify traditional and developing aesthetic terminology and standards and apply them to critical readings of subject works.

Level 1: Identifies and defines aesthetic elements using terminology of the discipline.

4. Literary History: the ability to identify and describe major periods and associated styles of literature.

Level 1: Identifies periods of literary history and their associated traits.

5. Literary Analysis – the ability to construct a coherent reading of a work through a specific critical approach.

Level 1: Evaluates the significance of specific passages to the complete text using appropriate terminology.

General Education Competency:

1. Students will understand the diverse nature, meanings, and functions of creative endeavors through the study and practice of literature, music, the theatrical and visual arts, and related forms of expression.


Demonstrates:  Identifies and describes formal aspects, historical or cultural context, and aesthetic elements of the genre with clarity and appropriate vocabulary.

Does Not Demonstrate:  Unable to clearly identify and describe the formal aspects, historical context, and aesthetic elements of the genre.

The 2019 Student Handbook

This link provides the student with PDF of the Tunxis Student Handbook.

This link provides information on Academic Honesty and Student Code of Conduct by the Connecticut Board of Regents.


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