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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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Understanding literature

Understanding Literature

Course Overview


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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