4:00p-5:15p D (30) 3 cr.
This is a unique literature course which will focus on exciting and eclectic material (with an emphasis on prose—fiction and creative nonfiction) published in the last fifteen to twenty years. You can pretty much count on reading a book a week (most likely a novel or even a memoir, but don't rule out a book of poetry or two!), as well as some short stories and/or poems and/or creative nonfiction pieces a week. In addition, there will be a critical component to the course, involving readings and short response papers. Most likely, you should count on two hours of homework outside of class for every hour spent in class. L381 will be taught seminar-style, as opposed to straight lecture, so that each member of the class will be responsible for presenting material and leading discussions, as assigned. In general, daily attendance, thorough preparation, active participation, enthusiasm, and commitment to the class are essential. At the 300-level, it's assumed that most students are either English majors or minors, or have had experience in other literature classes, and/or are accustomed to lots of reading and writing papers at the university level (there will be the equivalent of a formal 10-page paper due in the class). In addition, there will be a midterm and a final exam (both essay). You are strongly discouraged from taking this as an over-load class. Non-English majors are absolutely welcome, but please note that the basics of paper writing will not be covered in this class, and class discussions will move along fairly swiftly. Familiarity with the study of literature is certainly advised since students will be active discussants, and generally 300-level classes are geared toward those with a background in English. You are invited to visit my home page for more general info on course policies and related material: http://php.indiana.edu/~almiller/