English 2300-04 

Practical Criticism:Research and Methodology

Fall 2008

TR 9:30-10:45. Humanities 205

Dr. Randy Hendricks

TLC 2223



Office Hours

TR 11:00-12:152:00-3:15

Also by appointment.

Links to Assignments and Grading Criteria:

 Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour
 First Paper Assignment
 Second Paper Assignment
Third Paper Assignment
Research Paper Assignment
 Grading Criteria

Course Objectives

Relationship to Program Goals

This course directly supports learning outcomes for the B. A. in English, specifically outcomes A, D, E, F, and G as listed on page 195 of the 2002-2003 Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Texts

Bressler, Literary Criticism:An Introduction to Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition

Bronte, WutheringHeights, Case Studies in Literary Criticism.Second edition. Edited by Linda H. Peterson.(You must have this edition of the novel as we will use the secondary sources included.)

Recommended: Harmon & Holman, A Handbook to Literature: or a similar handbook

You must also have access to a writer’s handbook with information on MLA Style.

Course Requirements:

*Percentage of final grade.

Some Policies, Expectations, and Other Important Information

Expectations:  The professional relationship between an instructor and a student is not that of vendor and consumer.  One does not buy learning the way one

buys a car, a sound system, or a hamburger.  Tuition buys professional direction and assistance to your own study as well as a fair and careful assessment of
your progress.  It never buys the right not to attend class, to fail to complete assigned work, or to practice a radical individualism that distracts the instructor
and classmates with impunity.  By agreeing to teach the class, I agree to provide the direction, assistance, and assessment.  By enrolling in the class, you have
created obligations for yourself.  If you do not meet them, you will not succeed.

My basic assumption is that students are adults preparing to be professionals.  They should understand that the way they conduct business has a direct
influence on their success in the class and other tangible if longer-term results (For example, you are not only completing the requirements for the courses you
are currently taking, you are developing professional relationships with your instructors, who will in due course serve as your primary references as you seek
admission to graduate schools, employment, or other types of professional or educational opportunities).

To be more specific, I expect students to come to each class meeting on time, prepared and ready to concentrate on the tasks at hand.  I further expect
students to prepare all assignments with scrupulous attention to detail and directions by the stipulated deadlines.  And I tolerate no unprofessional distractions
such as gum chewing, sleeping in class, using beepers or cell phones (either for incoming or outgoing calls).  Students who create such distractions will leave the

Deadline for Withdrawal:  The deadline for withdrawing from any class with a grade of W is October 8.  Students may withdraw from a class after that date only
in the case of hardship.  Hardship withdrawals are determined in the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, not by instructors or department
chairs.  Students who are granted hardship withdrawals must withdraw from all their classes.

Compliance with Act regarding disabilities:
The instructor will make accommodations to meet special needs of students with documented disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the
instructor of any such need and to provide the appropriate documentation.

Department of English and Philosophy Plagiarism Policy
The Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic,
print, and verbal sources.  The Department expects that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments.  Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.

Other Policies
    * Campus e-mail (myUWG) will be the official method for all communication by e-mail
    * No extra credit will be allowed in this course
    * Work done for another course may be accepted to satisfy requirements in this course, provided both instructors agree to accept such work.  Students
should keep in mind, however, that the same work might be evaluated according to different criteria, given the different outcomes.



Reading Assignments Due and class activities

Homework, Notes and links

Aug   19
Introduction to course

Read Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”
Students should begin reading


Bressler, Chaps 1-2 

Bressler, Chap 3
& Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” (270)

Formalist interpretations of “The Story of an Hour”
Prepare written responses to the Questions for Analysis, Bressler (65) 

Sept. 2
Bressler, Chap. 4 & Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” (271).

Reader-Response interpretations of “The Story of an Hour”
Prepare written responses to the Questions for Analysis, Bressler (88-89)

Presentations in Class

First Analytical Essay Due

Bressler, Chap 5 & Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” (303)

Structuralist and Deconstructionist interpretations of “The Story of an Hour”
Prepare written responses to the Questions for Analysis, Bressler (129)
Bressler, Chap 6 & Poe’s “Ligeia” (303)
Psychoanalytic interpretations of “The Story of an Hour”
Prepare written responses to Questions for Analysis, Bressler (160)
Bressler, Chap 7 & Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” (handout)


Feminist interpretations of “The Story of an Hour”
Prepare written responses to Questions for Analysis, Bressler (184)

 Oct 2
Second analytical Essay Due
Workshop on literary Research

Fall Break
Bressler, Chap 8 & Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” (293)

Marxist interpretations of “The Story of an Hour” 
Prepare written responses to the Questions for Analysis, Bressler (205)

Bressler, Chapter 9 & Owen’sDulce et Decorum Est” 


Bressler, Chapter 10 & Kipling’s “At the End of the Passage”


Cultural and New Historicist interpretations of “The Story of an Hour”

Prepare written responses to the Questions for Analysis, Bressler (226, 260)

WutheringHeights: “A Critical History of Wuthering Heights” (333)

Psychoanalytic Criticism and Wuthering Heights” (348)

Nov.  4
 WutheringHeights: “Feminist Criticism and WutheringHeights” (451)


No Class:  Instructor away for a conference



“Marxist Criticism and WutheringHeights” (379) WutheringHeights: “Cultural Criticism and WutheringHeights” (411)


“Combining Perspectives on WutheringHeights” (478)



Third Analytical Papers Due

No class.  Work on Research Papers
Research Paper Prospectus Due
No class.  Work on Research Papers

Thanksgiving:  No Class.

Dec 2
In Class Critiques of Research Paper Drafts. 
.Research Paper Annotated Bibliography Due


Research Paper Due by p.m
Final Exam 8-10 a.m