Class Consciousness

Stephen W. Potts

UCSD Spring 2017: LTWL 116 Syllabus

LTWL 116: Adolescent Literature

Coming of Age

Instructor: Stephen Potts
Email: swpotts@ucsd.edu
Website: classconsciousness.wordpress.com
Office: Warren Lit 147
Hours: T 12:30-1:30, W 11-12, Th 12:30-1:30 and by appointment
Phone: (858) 822-4674

Books: See Below. Available at the Price Center or through these links to Amazon.com.

Requirements: Attend class and keep up with the reading assigned below. There will be three take-home tests based on class content. The course also requires two short critical papers (1200-1300 words each) — the first due fifth week, the second at quarter’s end. For students with the appropriate background, a single long project will be permitted with instructor approval, due during tenth week. Paper details will be distributed in a couple of weeks. The tests count for 50% of your course grade, each paper 25%, although extra credit will be given to final papers that show improvement.

Grading standards: A = 100-95%, A- = 94-90%, B+ = 89-85%, B = 84-80%, etc. Recent experience shows that there will be far more final grades in the range from B+ to B- than A’s or A-minuses. I am always striving to increase the number of A’s, but I need your cooperation. If you consider yourself a weak writer or don’t think you can keep up with the reading, consider the P/NP option.

Calendar:

Week Date Topic/Assignment
One 4/4 Introduction: Coming of Age in Modern American Literature
4/6 The First Modern Generation. F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise: “Amory, Son of Beatrice,” “Spires and Gargoyles”
Two 4/11 This Side of Paradise: continue through “The Debutante”
4/13 Finish This Side of Paradise
Three 4/18 Rebel Without a Cause. J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye: Ch. 1-16
4/20 Finish Catcher in the Rye
FIRST TEST HANDED OUT
Four 4/25 FIRST TEST DUE
Girl Interrupted. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar: Ch. 1-11
4/27 Finish The Bell Jar
Five 5/2 MIDTERM PAPER DUE: ANY DAY THIS WEEK
Flights of Passage. Text: Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon: Ch. 1-3
5/4 Song of Solomon: Ch. 4-6
Six 5/9 Song of Solomon: Ch. 7-10
5/11 Finish Song of Solomon
SECOND TEST HANDED OUT
Seven 5/16 SECOND TEST DUE
Eastern Mothers, Western Daughters. Amy Tan, Joy Luck Club: “FEATHERS FROM A THOUSAND LI AWAY,” “Rules of the Game,” “The Voice in the Wall”
5/18 Joy Luck Club: continue through “Four Directions”
Eight 5/23 Finish Joy Luck Club
5/25 A Different American Dream. Junot Diaz, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: One-Two
Nine 5/30 Oscar Wao: Three
6/1 Oscar Wao: Four-Five
Ten 6/6 Finish The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
THIRD TEST HANDED OUT
LONG PAPER DUE: ANY DAY THIS WEEK
6/8 Conclusions. THIRD TEST DUE
FINAL PAPER DUE: TUESDAY, JUNE 13
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