Introduction to Literature 170/57

Time: 09:30-10:45 am Classroom # 4089





Off. Hours: M/W 12:20-01:15 or by Appointment


Course Description


 Required Texts: 

1. Meyer, Michael. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. NY: Bedford, 2016. 
12th Ed.  [packet to be collected in class or from my office, K.D 3]

Optional Reference books:

- Harmon, William. A Handbook to Literature. NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000.                               


- M.H. Abrams. A Glossary of Literary Terms. Boston, MA: Thomson, 2005 .

- Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. NY: Bedford / St. Martin's, 2004. (latest edition, no need to buy it if you have the MLA Guidelines for Research.)

Course Description: 

This course should serve as a general introduction to literary genres through the study of short stories or essays, poems, and plays with the aim of developing understanding, critical thinking and appreciation for such creative works. This intro is supposed to prepare you for further advanced courses in literature, as well as develop your writing and speech skills through dramatic readings and poetry appreciation. Yet, the utmost goal of this course is to allow you to appreciate literary texts in their various forms and to enjoy them. 

Course Objectives: 

1. Critically read literary works including fiction, poetry, non-fiction (for example, literary criticism), drama 
2. Analyze literary works 
3. Evaluate literary works 
4. Write critically about literature 

Grading Policy & Course Requirements: 

1. Participation: %5

Roll call taken promptly at beginning of class. Every student is expected to attend on time every lecture. Absence and tardiness cannot be made up. No exceptions. Attendance and participation are inseparable, which means if you have many unexcused absences, the logical consequence would be losing 5% of your total grade. I need each one of you to do the reading assignment on time and to participate in class discussion. You'll be graded for your effort in joining the discussion and will not be criticized for your views.

2. Quizzes & Homework: 20% 

Pop quizzes, meaning unannounced, will be given throughout the semester to ensure that you are doing the required reading and preparation required on the syllabus.  Also, showing up for class ready for participation and discussion with proper material and information will be evaluated.

5. Exams: 35% Midterm , 40% Final Exam 

A revision session will be held before the Midterm and the final exams. These sessions will allow you to pose any question you have in mind, providing that you have already revised the covered material. Both Midterm and Final exams will be divided into two parts. The first will include comprehension questions and excerpts from the assigned material. The second section will be in the form of essay. You should be able to organize your ideas clearly in a coherently organized essay. 


Important dates:



 Mon. April, 2nd., 2020

Mid-Term Exam (Part I)


 Wed.  April 4th., 2020

Mid-Term Exam (Part II)


  Thu.  April 30th., 2020

 Classes End


 Mon. May 11th., 2020

 Final Exam 09:00-11:00 a.m. (Good luck Description: )