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English 2320: Introduction to Literature


Ed Tober, Assistant Professor
Department of English and Languages

Office: OAG 335           Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30-10:30
Phone: 254.968.9285   

Fall 2017: Section 050 @ 3:05 TR, OAG 103

Course Description

Professor Tober's ENGLISH 2320 will introduce students to and rehearse them in literary critical strategies for interpreting Shakespeare's The Tempest through textual analyses of performance and print, contextual analyses of historical allusions, and intertextual analyses of literary allusions.

Course Requirements


Daily assignments must be concluded on time and IN CLASS for full credit--period, so attendance is imperative. Grades on daily assignments are, for the most part, quantitative; that is, a grade of  means that all aspects of the assignment were completed with a reasonable level of relevance and detail. A grade other than  reflects a relative level of incompleteness, and a zero means you were not present for that day's classwork. Your daily average will be computed using the following rubric: 

From the 100 at which your daily average begins,
each 0 subtracts 7 points,
each ½ subtracts 4 points,
- subtracts 2 points,
√ subtracts 0 points, and
each + adds 2 points (so your Daily Grade could exceed 100).

THREE MAJOR ESSAYS (2 Formal Essays + FINAL EXAM): 60% (20% EACH)
A late paper will be penalized ten points per day, beginning at the time due, but will not be accepted more than three calendar days late. If you do not submit one by that time, you will receive a zero, irrespective of circumstances.  

In Fall 2015, Tarleton began differentiating between a failed grade in a class because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending or stopped regularly submitting assignments at some point in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course (F) but attended and submitted assignments the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the official transcript. Stopping or never attending class or submitting assignments can result in the student having to return aid monies received.  For more information see the Tarleton Financial Aid website.

Students are expected to be familiar with Tarleton's Academic Integrity and Academic Conduct policies on the Judicial Affairswebsite and should be aware that academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and will be punished severely. If I suspect that academic misconduct has occurred (plagiarism, copying from an unauthorized source, copying with another student, etc.), I reserve the right to examine a student on the content or any other facet of submitted work. Moreover, since there are no collaborative assignments in this course, I expect all submitted work to be done independently.

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at, in the University Catalog, or at Students are instructed to deliver their letters of accommodation during office hours or by appointment, not before or after class, to allow time for a conversation about the request.

The following breaches of academic decorum will not be tolerated: sleeping in class, rudeness to another student, private conversations, leaving class without notice (unless physically ill, of course), playing with/listening to electronic devices (cell phones must be out of sight), etc. Frankly, these are "common sense" conventions for classroom courtesy, and failure to comply will result in a zero for that day's class exercise.

Tarleton State University provides an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, scholarship, and service. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is rich in history and tradition while being committed to student success and diversity. Tarleton strives to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.

ASSIGNED BOOKS (to purchase).
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare). Sparknotes, 2003. 

Atwood, Margaret. Hag-seed. Hogarth Shakespeare, 2016. 

Guide to MLA Documentation
Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide."


08/29 Hand out and Discuss Syllabus
08/31 Hand out Starkey excerpt and KISO re James I; Hand out Notes for Performance Version; Begin The Tempest (Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, 2014)--In Class
09/05 Continue The Tempest (Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, 2014); Discuss production values--In Class
09/07 Finish The Tempest (SRCTC, 2014); Hand out Reading Previews for The Tempest; Documentary Notes: The Stuarts: Part 1 (BBC, 2014, Films on Demand)--In Class
09/12 Starkey KISO Due; Documentary Notes: "The Gunpwder Plot" (BBC Timewatch, 2005, YouTube)--In Class
09/14 The Tempest Reading Preview, ACT I, Due; Hand out "Answers"
09/19 Finish The Tempest Reading Preview, ACT I--In Class
09/21 The Tempest Reading Preview, ACT II, Due; Hand out "Answers"; Hand out Appelbaum excerpt
09/26 The Tempest Reading Preview, ACT III, Due; Hand out "Answers"; Hand out Major Essay 1 Prompt/Rhetorical Guide
09/28 The Tempest Reading Preview, ACT IV, Due; Hand out "Answers"
10/03 The Tempest Reading Preview, ACT V, Due; Hand out "Answers"; Hand out Hag-seed Reading Previews 1 & 2 (3-35, 36-64)
10/05 Wrap-up The Tempest discussion; Major Essay 1 Q & A
10/10 Hag-seed Reading Preview 1 (3-35) Due; Hand out Hag-seed Reading Previews 3 & 4 (67-100, 101-125)
10/12 Hag-seed Reading Preview 2 (36-64) Due
10/17 MAJOR ESSAY 1 DUE; Hand out Hag-seed Reading Previews 5 & 6 (129-164, 165-185)
10/19 Hag-seed Reading Preview 3 (67-100) Due; Hand out Hag-seed Reading Previews 7 & 8 (189-218, 219-246)
10/24 Hag-seed Reading Preview 4 (101-125) Due; Hand out Hag-seed Reading Previews 9 & 10 (249-275, 276-292)
10/26 Hag-seed Reading Preview 5 (129-164) Due
10/31 Hag-seed Reading Preview 6 (165-185) Due
11/02 Hag-seed Reading Preview 7 (189-218) Due
11/07 Hag-seed Reading Preview 8 (219-246) Due; Hand out Major Essay 2 Prompt/Rhetorical Guide
11/09 Hag-seed Reading Preview 9 (249-275) Due; Hand out Text of Langford, "As Strange a Maze as E'er Men Trod"
11/14 Hag-seed Reading Preview 10 (276-292) Due; Hand out Text of Aldiss, "Else the Isle with Calibans" 
11/16 Reading of Langford, "As Strange a Maze as E'er Men Trod" Due
11/21 NO CLASS--Unused BWD
11/28 MAJOR ESSAY 2 DUE; Hand out Major Essay 3/Final Exam Prompt/Rhetorical Guide; Miranda's Letter Video
11/30 Reading of Aldiss, "Else the Isle with Calibans" Due
12/05 Final (Essay) Exam (ME 3) Logistics; Daily Grades Computed
12/09 FINAL EXAM, 11:30-2:00 (Yes, this is a Saturday.)