Engl 3040 Literary Nonfiction, Fall 2017


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last update: August 10, 2017 

 

Course Time and Place

English 3040 Literary Nonfiction; Tuesdays, 4-6:50pm, Burleson Hall, room 304

 

Instructor Contact Information

Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, Professor of English, Department of Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University

http://faculty.etsu.edu/odonnell/; odonnell@etsu.edu; 423 439-6679
Office:  Burleson Hall 313

Fall 2017 Office Hours:  Tuesdays, 2:30-3:50pm; Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm

 

Course Texts

- Truman Capote. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. Vintage, 1994 (1965). ISBN: 0679745580 $14.00 

- Joan Didion.  Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 (1968).  ISBN: 0374531382  $15.00

- Jonathan Franzen, editor.  The Best American Essays 2016. Mariner Books, 2016. ISBN: 0544812107  $14.95 

- Scott McClanahan.  Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.  Two Dollar Radio, 2013.  ISBN: 1937512037  $16.00 

- Art Spiegelman.  Maus, Book 1: My Father Bleeds History. Pantheon, 1986. ISBN: 0394747232.  $15.95  0

- Cheryl Strayed. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Vintage, 2013 (2012).  ISBN: 0307476073  $15.95

- David Foster Wallace. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments. Back Bay Books, 1998 (1997).  ISBN: 0316925284  $14.99 

- Some additional readings are posted on the internet.  See calendar for reading assignments. 

 

Assignments / Final Grade Breakdown

- 3 book review essays, which you will write about books that we read for class (750-1,250-words) -- 60%, total (20% each)

- 1 essay, in the literary-nonfiction mode of your choice (1,000-2,000 words) -- 25% 

- 1 take-home final exam, turned in during the final exam period, in which you discuss the highlights of what you've learned from the  course -- 10%

- Attendance and participation -- 5%