Engl 4040 Modernism and Postmodernism, Fall 2017, O'Donnell, ETSU

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last update: August 13, 2017


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Course Time and Place

English 4040 Modernism and Postmodernism; Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:40 to 3pm, in Burleson Hall room 301


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


Note that some of the novels listed here are available in various editions.  Any print edition you can find will be OK for this class.  However, I do prefer that you use "hard copies"--in other words, traditional bound paper texts, rather than "e-texts"--for a number of reasons that we'll discuss in class.  Nevertheless, if you do feel strongly that you prefer e-texts, talk to me in person, and I'll listen to your case. 


- Don Delillo. White Noise: A Novel.  Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.  Penguin, 2009 (1984).  ISBN: 9780143105985.  $17.00 

- Toni Morrison.  Beloved: A Novel.  Vintage Reprint edition, 2004 (1987).  ISBN: 1400033411.  $16.00 

- Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young, editors. The Poetry Anthology: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine.  Ivan R. Dee, publisher, 2004. ISBN: 1566636043. $19.95
- Gary Shteyngart.  Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel.  Random House, 2011.  ISBN: 0812977866.  $16.00 

- Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance With Death. Dell, 1991 (1969). ISBN: 0440180295. $7.99. 
- David Foster Wallace.  Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.  Back Bay Books, 2000 (1999). ISBN: 0316925195.  $16.00

- Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway: A Novel [Annotated]. Harvest Books, 2005 (1921). ISBN: 0156030357. $13.00


Final Grade Breakdown
- 2 exams (short essay and identification):  25% each -- 50% total
- Review essay (you will review a novel of your choice; approx 1500 words):  25%
- In-class presentation (you will "teach" a class on one of the assigned works):  10%

- Miscellaneous, ungraded writing activities, in and out of class:  10%
- Participation:  5%



The Department of Lit and Language policy: more than 6 absences and you fail the course. In addition, I've set the following policies: 1) You may miss 2 classes free, no questions asked. 2) No absences will be excused, so use your two freebies wisely! 3) If you miss between 3 and 5 classes, your final grade may be lowered by up to a full letter grade.  In general, I will strive to make the class meetings worthwhile, so try not to miss. If an unavoidable conflict comes up, please communicate with me about it, and I will make reasonable accomodations. 


Due Dates
I do not accept late work. If you must miss class on a day when an essay is due, email your work before class time, as an attachment, to odonnell@etsu.edu. Then also bring a hard copy to the following class period. If you know that you will be unable to attend during an exam day, talk to me ahead of time to arrange to take the exam at another time.  In-class reading quizzes and other impromptu writing activities cannot be made up.