ENGLISH 325: Advanced Literary Study

Spring 2006

IAV -- 7:00 - 9:45 p.m.  Selected Tuesdays (See course calendar)

WebCT – all other weeks (See course calendar)


Instructor: Dr. Linda Uhlenkott

Office: McMullen Hall #119

Phone: 753-2346; Fax 753-2131


Office Hours: M – 1:30 – 2:30; T 4:00 – 5:00 p.m; W 10:00 a.m. - noon; TH 11:00 - noonOther hours by appointment.


Texts and Materials:  Guerin, Wilfred L., et. al. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, 5th ed. ISBN: 0-19-516017-7. Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ISBN: 0-486-28061-6. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. ISBN: 0-486-27278-8.  Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Course-pack from bookstore; available online in WebCT (See Frankenstein link on homepage.)


Catalog Description:

Designed for students who are familiar with basic elements of literature and have some experience with literary interpretation. Students will examine the major critical approaches to literature and learn to apply these approaches. Students will read and analyze works of fiction, poetry, and drama; write several essays and one longer paper.  Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102 and a 200-level literature course or instructor’s approval.


Course Description:

English 325 is a further study of literature with particular emphasis on understanding and applying a variety of approaches to literary criticism. Students will read about and discuss these approaches, then demonstrate their understanding by applying several approaches to a literary work.


Student Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will demonstrate the following in the areas of writing, reading and interpretation.






Assignments and Expectations:

English 325 is an advanced literary studies course in which you will be expected to read more widely and write about your reading in a more critical manner than in other literature courses you may have taken.



Regular attendance is critical to success in this course. When you miss class, you will miss lectures and discussion that will help you in your understanding of the applications of literary theory, as well as help you as you begin to write your own critical papers about literature.

Because this is a hybrid course, you are required to logon to WebCT during the weeks when we do not meet IAV. Course discussion will be in the classroom and on WebCT. Failure to logon and participate will result in a lowering of your final grade. GBC’s attendance policy allows up to three absences in a three-credit class without penalty, but those should be used to cover emergency absences. In a 3-credit class held once a week, the absences should not add up to more than three total hours. Instructors may drop students for excessive absence. (See page 49 of GBC’s General Catalog 2005-2006 for the complete attendance policy.)



Contributing to class discussion and asking questions are key to active intellectual development. You will be required to lead a class discussion about one or more texts which will be put online during the course of the class. Please be aware that these texts will not be put up for several weeks. Your lack of participation will be detrimental to your grade.



You are expected to complete all reading assignments before class. Bulletin board discussions will be required during the week that we don’t meet in the IAV classroom.



You will be expected to write 2 short essays (3-4 pages) during the semester. You will also be expected to write one longer essay (8-10 pages) due at the end of the semester. In this longer essay, you will demonstrate your understanding of critical theory by applying at least three critical approaches that we have studied to a poem or short story. You will choose the poem or short story from a list provided by the instructor.



Mid-term consisting of definitions, identification, short essay questions



Please use MLA format and style in your writing. The MLA Handbook or any recent college writing handbook will give you the necessary information.



Essay 1  10%

Essay 2  10%

WebCT component (bulletin board discussions) 30 %

Discussion leader (5%)

Final essay (15%)

Mid-term (10%)

In-class participation (20%)


Following is the breakdown of percentages and letter grade equivalents.

100-95       A  

94-90         A-

89-86         B+

85-83         B

82-80         B-

79-76         C+

75-73         C

72-70         C-

69-66         D+

65-63         D

62-60         D-

59 and below  F




Please note that all assignments should be read by the date listed. We will be discussing them on that date.