American Literature II


  2. A. Course Title: American Literature II
    B. Course Number: EN 223C - 10466
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Hulsey, Dallas
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 111
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2833
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:30:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Office hours are open to live and distance students. If my office hours do not meet your needs, please call or email to schedule an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): En 113 (Composition and Rhetoric) and En 123 (Composition and Literature)
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course examines the development of American literature from the Civil War to the present. It is designed to offer a broad cultural awareness of American literature and culture. Emphasis is placed on enriching the students’ critical appreciation of literature. Readings, reports, and writings are required. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: EN 123


    The study of literature empowers students by introducing them to people, places, customs, and ideas that they might not otherwise personally experience. Studying American Literature reveals that which is uniquely American and that which we have taken from our parent cultures. Understanding this literature (and acquiring the skills to communicate this understanding) enhances the ability of students to make connections between themselves and others, creating a deeper comprehension of American culture and their role in it. Critical thinking and analytical skills learned from studying literature are valuable skills for life and any scholastic endeavor, and learning to appreciate the entertainment value of literature provides students with outlets for recreation and relaxation that will last a lifetime.

    American Literature II builds on the verbal, perceptual, analytical, and research skills acquired through the freshman sequence of composition courses. It emphasizes the techniques of close reading that are fundamental to understanding any discourse, focusing on critical reading and analysis of selected works originating in America, from the mid-1860's and the end of the American Civil War to the present. This course presents literature not as a body of work isolated from life, work, or experience, but as an integral part of the intricate weave that is the tapestry of human existence. It presumes that comprehension and understanding cannot be achieved without first mastering the analytical and interpretive skills that are the natural consequences of thorough reading, thoughtful discourse, and competent writing.

    This course fulfills NMJC’s general education requirement for a sophomore-level English class or as a humanities elective. It articulates (transfers) to most colleges and universities that require a sophomore literature component or humanities electives.



    Cain, William, editor. American Literature Volume II. 2nd ed. Pearson, 2014. ISBN: 978-0134053363

    This course requires the use of Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor for all three major exams. Respondus Monitor costs $10 per class. It also requires an internet speed of at least 5Mbps, a webcam, speakers, and a microphone. Click here for more information.



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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grade Distribution
    Exam I: 10%
    Essay: 10%
    Exam II: 10%
    Research Paper: 30%
    Final Exam: 15%
    Discussions & Annotations: 15%
    Minor Assignments: 10%

    1. All assignments must be computer generated with a word processor and submitted in MLA format to Canvas. Grammar, punctuation, spelling and manuscript appearance always count. Proofread all work before handing it in.

    2. Late work on daily assignments worth less than fifty points is not accepted. However, students can repeat SoftChalk lessons infinitely; repeat each lesson until you get a perfect score.

    3. Late work on major assignments worth more than fifty points is accepted for three days (72 hours) after an assignment is due with a 10% late penalty. To arrange a late exam, you must contact Professor Hulsey within 48 hours after the exam closes. Under special circumstances, such as prolonged jury duty and military service, late work may be accepted without penalty at the professor's discretion. Contact Professor Hulsey as early as possible if you feel your situation qualifies as a special circumstance, and we will discuss the situation. Note that Canvas may not prevent you from submitting a late assignment, but it will mark the submission late. Late assignment submission is no guarantee that the assignment will receive a grade; the late policy will be enforced regardless of whether Canvas accepts the late submission or not.

    4. Professor Hulsey grades daily assignments within twenty-four hours and major assignments within seventy-two hours. If there is a delay in returning graded work, Professor Hulsey will post an announcement in Canvas.

    5. Students are responsible for submitting the correct files in the correct format with the correct file name. Resubmissions for mistakes with files is not allowed after I have graded the assignment. Be sure you are submitting the correct file!

    6. All dates and times for this course refer to the Mountain Standard Time Zone. If you change your time zone settings in Canvas, this can alter due dates, resulting in late work.

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    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
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    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's English and Languages Department uses the Core Competencies
    established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the
    semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine
    art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical
    periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious,
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods
    and/or cultural perspectives.
    • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following:
    contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Demonstrate continued proficiency in EN 123 course objectives.
    • Analyze literary works for elements, such as theme, character, plot, setting, symbolism, tone,
    and imagery.
    • Recognize, interpret, analyze, discuss, criticize, and evaluate works of literature created during
    the period.
    • Identify, distinguish, and evaluate authors of the period.
    • Interpret, organize, and evaluate knowledge of the period and its relationship to the authors and
    their works.
    • Recognize and use the relevant vocabulary of literary criticism and analysis.


    Student Requirements
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    Canvas Assistance

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    Class Policies:
    1. The student is responsible for reading assignments, quizzes, tests, or any other assignments. Students should keep close track of all announcements and the course calendar. Quizzes, tests, and other assignments have specific due dates. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with all assignments.

    2. Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, or plagiarism will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the semester. Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism is theft and a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism includes submitting assignments you did not write or taking portions of your assignment from a source without giving credit. Plagiarism also occurs when altering wording while retaining the ideas of an uncredited source (paraphrasing). Submitting an assignment or part of an assignment done for another course without the permission of both instructors is a violation of academic honesty. If you wish to submit work originally created for another course, you must receive written permission from both professors. To avoid plagiarism, use quotation marks to enclose phrases and sentences from sources. Use MLA parenthetical citations and works cited entries for all paraphrases and quotations. For additional information about plagiarism and citing sources in MLA format, refer to chapters eleven and twelve of Harbrace Essentials. Your papers are analyzed for plagiarism by and added to the database when you submit them. Students who wish to appeal a professor’s decision regarding this policy should use the Academic Dishonesty Process published in the New Mexico Junior College Student Handbook.

    3. College level courses include readings and discussions that may include “adult” topics and language.

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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

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    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    The following outline is intended to provide you with an overview of major assignments and a general idea of
    the reading load for the semester. It does not include daily assignments like quizzes, discussion posts, and the
    like. You will receive detailed instructions on these smaller assignments in each section of “Weekly Lectures
    and Assignments,” which appears on the “Course Content” page. Also, keep in mind that this is an eight week
    course, so the pace will be quicker than a full semester course that runs for sixteen weeks. When you have
    questions about this outline, please contact me.

    Week 1
    Syllabus, introductory assignments, “Chickamauga” and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”

    Week 2
    Selections from Uncle Remus, "The Storm," “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” “Under the Lion's Paw," Exam I

    Week 3
    Analytic Essay (Institutional Outcome Communication Assessment), "to Build a Fire," "the bride Comes to Yellow Sky," Poetry Lecture & Selections from the Poetry of Robert Frost.

    Week 4
    "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Babylon Revisited," "The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber," and "That Evening Sun."

    Week 5
    Thesis Prospectus, "The Emperor Jones," Exam II

    Week 6
    Poems from Langston Hughes, "Battle Royal," and "Revelation."

    Week 7
    "The Lesson," "Where are you Going, Where have you Been?," "The Things They Carried," "Everyday Use."

    Week 8
    Exam III: research Paper Due Final