English 104, Spring 2001
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Monday, 2:30-4:00, and by appointment (appointments
Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:30 p.m.!).
(the best way to reach me).
Listserv: lynch104 @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole
- Written Assignments: There will be four papers of
1,500 words each; three of them will be due on fixed dates,
indicated on the syllabus. You'll distribute the fourth to the
class by E-mail for in-class discussion on an arranged date, once
in a first draft, and then, in the following class meeting, in a
thoroughly revised version. In most class meetings, therefore,
forty minutes will be set aside to discuss the first draft
of a new paper, and the revised draft of something we've
seen before. A completely polished version of this in-class paper
is due at the end of the semester. There are also several shorter
writing assignments and four short OED Exercises.
- Attendance: Almost any excuse, given in advance
(in person, by phone, or by E-mail), will receive my blessing.
Absences not excused in advance will be frowned upon, and your
final grade will be lowered by half a grade for each unexcused
absence after the second. The same policy applies to late papers:
I'll grant extensions, but only if you talk to me before
the due date.
- Class Participation: Regular and active class
participation (including doing the readings) is essential, and
counts for a large part of your grade.
- Computing: Some essential information will be
available only electronically. All students therefore
must have an E-mail account by the end of the first
week of classes, and must be able to use the World
Wide Web. Participation in the mailing list
(lynch104 @ andromeda.rutgers.edu) will count toward the class
participation grade. I'll provide any computing help you need.
- Plagiary: It should go without saying, but
all work in this class must be your own. Handing in
someone else's work as your own will result in an F for the
course with no second chance, and may result in disciplinary
action. I encourage you to use outside sources, but you
have to cite anything you didn't write yourself. If you have even
an inkling of a doubt about what's legitimate or how to cite
something, see me before handing in the paper.
- Readings: Three books The Declaration of
Independence & Other Great Documents of American History
(abbreviated DI); Henry David Thoreau, Walden; and
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein are available from New
Jersey Books. Other readings will be available on-line or in a
packet of photocopies from Print Media Services at 160 University
Ave. (across from New Jersey Books).
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Wed., 17 Jan.:
- Mon., 22 Jan.:
- Library Session One: Internet Research (meet in the
Electronic Classroom, 021A, in Dana Library).
- Wed., 24 Jan.:
- The Declaration of Independence (DI, pp.
- Mon., 29 Jan.:
- The Declaration of Independence (continued).
- Wed., 31 Jan.:
- The Declaration of Independence (continued). OED Exercise
- Mon., 5 Feb.:
- Patrick Henry, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" (DI,
pp. 1-4); James Madison, Federalist 10 (DI, pp.
- Wed., 7 Feb.:
- William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator (DI, pp.
69-71); Abraham Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation
(DI, pp. 89-91), The Gettysburg Address (DI, pp.
92-93), Second Inaugural Address (DI, pp. 94-96).
Research Evaluation Exercise Due.
- Mon., 12 Feb.:
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, pp. 1-72.
- Wed., 14 Feb.:
- Thoreau, Walden, pp. 72-144. OED Exercise
- Mon., 19 Feb.:
- Thoreau, Walden, pp. 144-216.
- Wed., 21 Feb.:
- Library Session Two: Getting around the Rutgers Library
System (meet in the Electronic Classroom in Dana Library).
Paper One Due.
- Mon., 26 Feb.:
- Frederick Jackson Turner, "The
Significance of the Frontier in American History"
- Wed., 28 Feb.:
- Benjamin F. Wright, Jr., "Political Institutions and the
Frontier"; Louis M. Hacker, "Sections Or Classes?"
- Mon., 5 March:
- George Wilson Pierson, "The Frontier and American
Institutions: A Criticism of the Turner Theory" (photocopy
- Wed., 7 March:
- Carlton J. H. Hayes, "The American Frontier Frontier
of What?" (photocopy packet). OED Exercise Due.
- Mon., 12 March:
- No Class: Spring Break.
- Wed., 14 March:
- No Class: Spring Break.
- Mon., 19 March:
- Burton M. Leiser, selection from Liberty, Justice, and
Morals: Contemporary Value Conflicts; Jeffrey Weeks, "Against
Nature" (photocopy packet).
- Wed., 21 March:
- "Summary Report of the Military Working Group on Recommended
Department of Defense Homosexual Policy" (photocopy packet).
Paper Two Due.
- Mon., 26 March:
- "Small Comfort for Gay Soldiers"; R. D. Adair and Joseph
C. Myers, "Admission of Gays to the Military: A Singularly
Intolerant Act" (photocopy packet); George Orwell, "Politics
and the English Language" (on-line).
- Wed., 28 March:
- In-Class Debate (topic to be announced).
- Mon., 2 April:
- Library Session Three: Using the Reference Department
(meet in the Electronic Classroom in Dana Library). Research
Evaluation Exercise Due.
- Wed., 4 April:
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 1.
- Mon., 9 April:
- Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 2.
- Wed., 11 April:
- Shelley, Frankenstein, vol. 3. Paper Three
- Mon., 16 April:
- Frankenstein (continued). OED Exercise
- Wed., 18 April:
- No Class: I'll be galivanting in New
- Mon., 23 April:
- Frankenstein (continued).
- Wed., 25 April:
- Frankenstein (continued).
- Mon., 30 April:
- Conclusion. Final Paper (Revision of Your In-Class Paper)