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Understanding Literature. Course Overview. Instructor Information. Dr. Roxanne Kent-Drury Department of English Northern Kentucky University LA 527 (859)572-6636 [email protected] Overview of Course. Through reading and writing, we will try to answer the following questions:

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instructor information
Instructor Information
  • Dr. Roxanne Kent-Drury
  • Department of English
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • LA 527
  • (859)572-6636
  • [email protected]
overview of course
Overview of Course
  • Through reading and writing, we will try to answer the following questions:
    • What is literature?
    • Why do we study literature?
    • Why and how does literature change over time?
    • What purpose does literature serve in society, and how does it both reflect and express the cultures in which it arises?
course organization
Course Organization
  • Roughly chronological, according to development
    • Poetry—a component of every culture
    • Drama—arose largely in conjunction with religious ceremony, diverged from poetry
    • Fiction—relative to the others, fiction developed fairly recently, beginning ~1600 and 1800.
  • We will look at each in turn
grading conventions
Grading & Conventions
  • Timing
    • Each week is assumed to run Monday-Sunday
  • Short Practice Writing
    • Not graded, but feedback will be given!
    • Open 12:01 am Saturday through 11:59 pm Sunday of the week due
    • Listed by week in Blackboard under “Assignments”
    • IMPORTANT! Avoid causing your or other students’ assignments to be overwritten!!!!
      • Save your file using the following conventions:
        • Naming
          • Your last name-practice-number (example: Smith-practice-1)
        • File type
          • I can only open *.rtf, *.doc, or *.docx file types
    • Email your file to [email protected] as an attachment
  • Quizzes
    • Open from 12:01 am Monday through 11:59 pm Friday of the week due for flexibility—but don’t fall behind or try to do them all on the same day!
    • May be taken up to 3 times; best grade is recorded
    • Listed by week in Blackboard under “Assignments”
grading papers cont
Grading: Papers (cont.)
  • Open 12:01 am Saturday through 11:59 pm Sunday of the week due
  • Listed by week in Blackboard under “Assignments”
  • Save with the following naming convention:
    • Your last name-*.rtf, *.doc, or *.docxfile
  • IMPORTANT!! Avoid having your or other students’ files overwritten!!!
    • Save your file using the following conventions:
      • Naming
        • Your last name-paper-number (example: Smith-paper-1)
      • File type
        • I can only open *.rtf, *.doc, or *.docx file types
    • Email your file to [email protected] as an attachment
grading cont
Grading (cont.)
  • Exams
    • One midterm covering poetry
    • One final covering drama, fiction
  • Exams can only be taken once
  • Exams will be available from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm on the scheduled day
  • Once you open the exam, you will have 2 hours to complete it.
first assignment questionnaire
First Assignment: Questionnaire
  • Complete the questionnaire linked to the schedule for the course
  • Click submit—your first assignment is on its way!!
  • Questions? Email me at [email protected] I will always do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible, but always within 36 hours.
  • Good luck! I look forward to working with you!
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