English 207 Main
Instructor: Ann Warren
Office: NEA 297
Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-9:30 am, and by appointment
Phone: 310-233-4250
E-Mail: annw708@gmail.com
Course Schedule: Week 1
Course Schedule: Weeks 2-5
Course Schedule: Weeks 6-9
Course Schedule: Weeks 10-15
Course Schedule: Final Exam


Week 1 Feb. 5-11 INTRODUCTION
Themes and issues in American Literature
Writing About Literature
Go to Lecture 1
No Discussion Questions due this week

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Week 2 Feb. 12-18
American Indian Literature
Go to Lecture 2
Go to Discussion Questions 1
Reading: Read any 5 tales from the Native American section of the Internet Sacred Text Archive. Look in the center section of the page, labelled "Native American Religions." Click on any of the links there. You may also use tales from the resources listed under "General," directly below that section. There are dozens of tales. Browse through them and choose the ones that interest you.
Week 3 Feb. 19-25
The Explorers and the Colonists
Go to Lecture 3
Go to Discussion Questions 2
Reading: Extracts from the Diario of Christopher Columbus
The Settlement of Jamestown by Captain John Smith
The Narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson
Week 4 Feb. 26-Mar. 4
The Puritans
Go to Lecture 4
Go to Discussion Questions 3
Reading: From History of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
A Model of Christian Charity by John Winthrop
Week 5 Mar. 5-11
The Influence of The Puritans
Go to Lecture 5
Go to Discussion Questions 4
Reading: The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin
Week 6 Mar. 12-18
Go to Lecture 6
No Discussion Questions due this week

paper Paper 1 due
Reading: Interactive Salem Witch Hunt
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
Week 7 Mar. 19-25
The Democratic Revolution
Go to Lecture 7
Go to Discussion Questions 5
Reading: The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson
Notes on the State of Virginia: Religion by Thomas Jefferson
Notes on the State of Virginia: Manners by Thomas Jefferson
Week 8 Mar. 26-28
Go to Lecture 8
No Discussion Questions due this week
Reading: Choose any one of the following three narratives to read; read the entire work:
***************HOLIDAYS/SPRING BREAK MAR. 29-APR. 6****************
Week 9 Apr. 9-15
The American Gothic
Go to Lecture 9
Go to Discussion Questions 6
Reading: "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe
Week 10 Apr. 16-22
Go to Lecture 10
No Discussion Questions due this week
paper Paper 2 due
Reading: "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Resistance to Civil Government" by Henry David Thoreau
Week 11 Apr. 23-29
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Go to Lecture 11
Go to Discussion Questions 7
Reading: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Week 12 Apr. 30-May 6
Herman Melville
Go to Lecture 12
Go to Discussion Questions 8
Reading: Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Week 13 May 7-13
Walt Whitman
Go to Lecture 13
No Discussion Questions due this week
paper Paper 3 due
Reading: "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
Week 14 May 14-20
Whitman in the 21st Century
Go to Lecture 14
Go to Discussion Questions 9
Reading: Specimen Days, by Michael Cunningham
Week 15 May 21-27 CATCH YOUR BREATH WEEK No reading assignment for this week

paper Final Exam due
The final exam is due on or before Tuesday, May 29, by midnight.

No late exams will be accepted, as I must turn in grades immediately.

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