English 1000, Section 3

Introduction to Literature



MWF 9:35 - 10:25  
James Dunn 101


Instructor: David McNeil, 3193 McCain Building, 494-3508       dmcneil@dal.ca

Office Hours:  Wed. 3:30-4:30; Thur. 4:00-5:00 (special Wimba sessions may be set up on BLS, see below) or by appointment

Teaching Assistant:    TBA



Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing.  Second Canadian Edition.  Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell, Candice Fertile.  Thomson Nelson.

The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook.  1st Canadian Ed.   Glenn et al.

The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill

- The first two items are bundled together and available in the bookstore.


Recommended:  Gage Canadian Dictionary or The Oxford Canadian Dictionary           



Method of Evaluation:

2 In-Class Essays 10% each


3 Essays   10% each


1 Research Essay

20% (Mandatory Turnitin.com submission)

Other Writing Assignments


Final Exam (April 13-27)




Format (and BLS):

The class is designed as lecture/discussion.  Students are expected to be ready to discuss the assigned reading (usually with specified topics) every class.   (If there is enough interest, study groups will be formed and these may change during the year).  We will also make use of BLS (Blackboard Learning System) for facilitating communication between all members of the class.

BANNER will automatically add you to the classlist.  Follow the instructions for logging in to BLS at the Integrated Learning Online (ILO) site: http://ucis.dal.ca/services/ILO/index.html.



Students are required to maintain a journal/diary of writing.  The instructor will periodically request to see a random selection of these journals.  Students are encouraged to write on whatever subjects they wish (yes, all manner of personal likes and dislikes if you wish).  However, it is suggested that students record their responses to the various texts we will be studying, to group discussions that will occur, or to anything else relevant to the class.  The journal need not be written in any particular form (written, digital, blogs--especially class blogs--are acceptable) , but students should strive to be analytical, provocative, and creative.



In-class essays are hand-written during class time.  You are not permitted to use any books or dictionaries.  All other essays (including the research paper) must be submitted electronically as WORD documents.   See the yellow handout, “English Essays: Format & Documentation.”  Hardcopies of drafts must be brought to class on the days when peer-editing is scheduled (see Schedule).  There will be a one-mark penalty (e.g., B to B-) for each day overdue (cutoff is 11:59 pm), unless an extension has been approved by the instructor prior to the due date.



All students in this class are to read and understand the Dalhousie Academic Integrity policy, and the English Department Guide on Plagiarism and Its Consequences.  Ignorance of such policies is no excuse for violations.


Students in this class will be required to submit the final electronic copy of their essays to  Turnitin.com, a computer based service which checks for originality in submitted papers.  Instructions on how to do this will come in a BLS posting.  Copies of student papers checked by this process will be retained by Turnitin.com.  (Memo from Vice-President and Provost, August 7, 2002.)



Objectives :

From the Calendar: “All instructors of ENGL 1000 have these two broad objectives in common: (a) to involve students in the serious study of literature; (b) to involve them in the discipline of words so that they will be more critical and responsive readers and more exact and imaginative writers.”


The specific objectives of Section 03 are to develop a greater appreciation for literature as an art form and as a means of broadening perspectives, to develop analytical thinking and effective writing techniques, and to prepare students for further literary study.


Tentative Outline (check BLS for Updates):

Note: The following dates will be updated for 2011-12

Sept.    9        Introduction

                        Lit        Understanding Literature, 3-38


           12        Lit        Reading and Writing About Fiction, 40-44

                        Lit        Thien, “Simple Recipes,” 44-53

           14        Handbook        Essays: Planning Drafting / Revising & Editing, Chap. 2 & 3

                        Lit        Reading and Writing About Fiction, 52-71

            16        Lit        Plot, 72-76

                                    Mistry, “Swimming Lessons,” 488-504


Sept.    19        Lit        Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily,” 89-98   

            21        Lit        Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily,” 89-98

                        Lit        Findley, “Stones,” 134-50

            23        Handbook        Sentence Essentials / Writing Under Pressure, Chap 16 & 9     


           26        In-Class Essay

           28        Lit        Character, 118-22

                        Lit        Gallant, “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street,” 98-117

           30       Handbook        Reading and Writing Critically/ Arguments, Chap. 1 & 4

                        Essay #2 Assigned


Oct.     3         Setting, 168-72

                        Lit        MacLeod, “The Boat,” 447-60

           5          Lit        Joyce, “Eveline,” 437-40; “Araby,” 266-72

                        Handbook        Sources & Plagiarism, Chap 12e & 13

           7          Essay #2 Draft Due / Peer-Editing


            10        THANKSGIVING, no class

           12        Handbook        Academic Discourse / Interpretation Chap. 5 & 6

                        Lit        O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” 279-93     

           14        TBA

                        Essay #2 Final Copy Due


           17        Lit        Point of View, 211-17

                                    King, “Borders,” 218-27


           19        Lit        Symbol and Allegory, 302-307;

Jackson, “The Lottery,” 318-26

          21        Handbook        Fragments, Splices, Fused, Chap. 18 & 19


Oct.     24        Lit        Walker, “Everyday Use,” 326-35

         26        Lit        Defining/ Reading Poetry / Kinds,  559-60, 564-67;    

                                    Giovanni, “Poetry,” 556-57

                        Essay #3 Assigned

          28        Lit        Shakespeare, “That Time of Year ...,” 561

                                    Sonnet, 762-63


          31 Lit        Brand, “Blues Spiritual for Mammy Prater,” 572-73;

Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays,” 573;

Active Reading , 599-601

Nov.    2      Lit        Owen, “Dulce et Decorum Est,” 695-96;

Levertov, “What Were They Like?” 591-92

           4          Lit        Jarrell, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” 708-09;

Clarke, “Casualties,” 694-95   


Nov.    7          Lit        Suknaski “The Bitter Word” 593-94

                                    Slutsky “How Did They Kill My Grandmother?” 594-93

           9        Essay #3, First Draft Due / Peer Editing

           11       Remembrance Day, no class


           14        Lit        Voice 618-20; Philip, “Blackman Dead,” 621-23;

                        Handbook        Phrases & Clauses, Chap. 17

           16        Essay #3, Final Copy Due

                        Lit        Heaney, “Digging” 574, Active Reading 601-17

           18        Lit        Collins, “ Victoria’s Secret,” 626-29

                        Handbook        Phrases, Clauses / Modifiers, Chap. 17 & 20


           21        Lit        Irony, 640-43; Sexton, “Cinderella,” 646-50               

                                    Tone, 632-34; Mirikitani, “Suicide Note,” 630-31

           23        Lit        Imagery, 683-91;

Kroetsch, “Meditation on Tom Thomson” 684-85;

Pound, “In A Station of the Metro,” 687

           25        Lit        Williams, “The Great Figure,” 689-91

                        Handbook        Writing in Business Situations, Chap 8


           28        Lit        Understanding Drama, 904, Modern Theatre, 910-14

                        Lit        Highway, The Rez Sisters, 1247-92

           30       Lit        Highway, The Rez Sisters, 1247-92

                        Handbook        Punctuation, Chap. 31-35

Dec.      2          Lit        Highway, The Rez Sisters, 1247-92

                        Lit        Kinds of Drama, 914-20


           5          Lit        Highway, The Rez Sisters, 1247-92

                                    Handbook        Pronouns, Chap 21


Dec.     9-20     Exams.  There is no Christmas Exam for Engl. 1000.


Jan.      5          Lit        Highway, The Rez Sisters, 1247-92

                                    Handbook        Pronouns, Chap 21

           7          In-Class Essay #4

                        Essay #5 Assigned


           10        Novel   The Book of Negroes, Lawrence


           12        Lit        Theme, 350-54;

                        Novel   The Book of Negroes, Lawrence

           14        Library Orientation (confirmed), Killam 2616


           17        Novel   The Book of Negroes, Lawrence

Handbook        Finding and Evaluating Sources, Chap. 10, 11, and 12

           19        Novel   The Book of Negroes, Lawrence

           21        Novel   The Book of Negroes, Lawrence


           24        Essay #5, First Draft Due / Peer Editing

           26        Handbook        Diction, Chap 28-30

                        Lit        Word Choice, Word Order, 654-77;

Gustafson, “In the Yukon” 661-62

           28        Lit        Bukowski, “Dog Fight” 673-74;

Halfe, “My Ledders,” 845-46


           31        Essay #5, Final Copy Due

                        Handbook        Verbs, Chap. 22

                        Lit        Figures of Speech, 700-706;

Piercy, “The Secretary Chant,” 709-10;

Donne, “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,” 710-12

Feb.     2          Lit        Purdy, “Lament for the Dorsets,” 715-18;

Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress,”  719-20

           4          MUNRO DAY, no class


Feb.     7          Lit        Sound, 730-39; Alliteration and Assonance 743-46;

Rhyme, 747-50;

Dickinson, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” 737;

Herrick, “Delight in Disorder,” 746                                          

           9          Lit        Nowlan, “The Bull Moose,” 811-12

                        Handbook        Sentence Unity, Chap. 23

           11        Lit        Form, 758-66 (Closed Form, Blank Verse, Stanza, Sonnet);

Keats, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer,” 765


           14        Lit        Shakespeare, “My Mistress’ Eyes Are ...,” 580-81;

Atwood, “Variations on the Word Love,” 581-82

           16        Lit        Form 767-74 (Sestina, Epigram, Haiku);

Bishop, “Sestina” 769-70;

 Coleridge, “What is an Epigram?” 773;

Basho, “Silent ...” 774

           18        Lit        Form (Open, Concrete), 775, 786-87;

Bowling, “Hamlet,” 775-77;

Cummings, “l(a,” 564


           21-25   STUDY BREAK


           28        Lit        Symbol, Allegory, Allusion, Myth, 791-811; 

Lalonde, “Speak White,”


Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts,” 815-17        

Mar.     2          Handbook        Subordination and Coordination, Chap. 24

                        Essay #6 Assigned

           4          Handbook        Parallelism, Chap. 25


           7          Lit        Elizabethan Theatre, 907-10; Kinds of  Drama, 914-20

                        Lit        Character, 1069-80

           9          Lit        Hamlet, Act 1 & 2, 1093-1134

           11        Lit        Hamlet, Act 3, 1135-58

                        Lit        Plot, 943-47


           14        Handbook        Emphasis, Chap. 26

           16        Essay #6 Draft Due / Peer Editing

           18        Lit        Hamlet, Act 4 & 5, 1158-95


           21        Handbook        Variety, Chap. 27

           23        Lit        Hamlet, 1093-1195

                        Essay #6 Final Copy Due

           25        Lit        The Importance of Being Earnest, 960-1012


           28        Handbook        Spelling & Mechanics, Chap. 36-39

           30        Lit        The Importance of Being Earnest, 960-1012

Apr.     1          Handbook        Review


           4          Lit        The Importance of Being Earnest, 960-1012

           6          Lit        The Importance of Being Earnest, 960-1012


           8          Lit        Review


           11-27   Exam Period



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