English 101, Autumn 1998
Go directly to:
Office: (973) 353-5279x516; 516 Hill Hall. Hours: Monday and Wednesday,
11:30-12:30, and by appointment (appointments are always good).
Home: (609) 750-1263 (before 11 p.m.!).
(the best way to reach me).
English 101 involves the following responsibilities on your part:
- Written Assignments: There will be four substantial papers,
along with many smaller and less formal writing assignments (in class, via
E-mail, &c.). All writing done outside class must be typed.
- Final Exam: A final examination is administered by the
department. Note that you cannot receive credit for the course without
passing the exam. There will also be several in-class practice exams
to prepare you for the final.
- Class Participation: Regular and active class
participation (including doing the readings) is essential, and
counts for a large part of your grade. Class participation
obviously includes class attendance; if you're not there, you're
- E-Mail Participation: All students will be
required to have an E-mail account by the end of the
second week of classes; E-mail participation will count
toward the class participation grade, and some essential
information will be available only electronically. I'll
provide any computing help you need.
Two books -- The Blair Reader, 2nd ed., and The St. Martin's
Handbook -- are available from the Rutgers Newark
Bookstore in Bradley Hall. Any other required readings will be
available in photocopies or on-line.
This class has a mailing list called email@example.com;
all students are required to have an E-mail account by the send
of the second week of classes and to participate in the
discussions on the list. Although I have the greatest sympathy
for those suffering from technological nightmares, don't expect
to use computer problems as an excuse for not doing the reading
or writing. If you have a computer problem, contact me as soon as
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Wed., 2 Sept.
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- Mon., 7 Sept.
- Labor Day -- no class.
- Wed., 9 Sept.
- William A. Henry, "In Defense of Elitism," pp. 121-26.
- Mon., 14 Sept.
- Marie Winn, "The Plug-In Drug," pp. 259-65; John Leonard, "Why Blame
TV?," pp. 265-70.
- Wed., 16 Sept.
- Stephen L. Carter, "Racial Preferences? So What," pp. 127-31; Susan
Estrich, "Separate Is Better," pp. 132-35.
- Mon., 21 Sept.
- Dinesh D'Souza, "The Visigoths in Tweed," pp. 136-45; Huntly Collins,
"PC and the Press," pp. 308-15.
- Wed., 23 Sept.
- Jonathan Kozol, "Savage Inequalities"; Garrett Hardin, "Lifeboat
Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poor," pp. 756-65.
- Mon., 28 Sept.
- Michael Bronski, "Magic and AIDS: Presumed Innocent," pp. 315-24;
Amitai Etzioni, "HIV Sufferers Have a Responsibility," pp. 585-88.
- Wed., 30 Sept.
- Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration of Independence," pp. 393-96; Martin
Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream," pp. 396-99.
- Mon., 5 Oct.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience," pp. 723-40. FIRST
- Wed., 7 Oct.
- George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," pp. 231-42.
- Mon., 12 Oct.
- Richard Rodriguez, "Aria," pp. 169-75; Barbara Mellix, "From Outside,
In," pp. 175-79.
- Wed., 14 Oct.
- Eva Hoffman, "Lost in Translation," pp. 193-97; Amy Tan, "Mother
Tongue," pp. 197-203.
- Mon., 19 Oct.
- Alleen Pace Nilsen, "Sexism in English: A 1990s Update," pp. 220-31.
- Wed., 21 Oct.
- Jonathan Kozol, "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society," pp.
203-11; James Fallows, "The New Immigrants," pp. 211-20.
- Mon., 26 Oct.
- Nicholson Baker, "Clip Art" (photocopy). SECOND PAPER
- Wed., 28 Oct.
- Stephen Jay Gould, "Women's Brains," pp. 356-61; Deborah Tannen,
"Marked Women," pp. 362-67.
- Mon., 2 Nov.
- Lars Eighner, "On Dumpster Diving," pp. 521-31.
- Wed., 4 Nov.
- Barbara Tuchman, "The Black Death," pp. 616-25.
- Mon., 9 Nov.
- Pico Iyer, "The Global Village Finally Arrives," pp. 488-92.
- Wed., 11 Nov.
- Stanley Milgram, "The Perils of Obedience," pp. 765-78.
- Mon., 16 Nov.
- Louie Crew, "Thriving as an Outsider, Even as an Outcast, in Smalltown
America," pp. 424-31. THIRD PAPER DUE.
- Wed., 18 Nov.
- Frederick Douglass, "Learning to Read and Write," pp. 180-84;
Richard Wright, "The Library Card," pp. 406-13.
- Mon., 23 Nov.
- Shelby Steele, "On Being Black and Middle Class," pp. 501-11.
- Wed., 25 Nov.
- No class (Friday schedule).
- Mon., 30 Nov.
- Bob Summer, "Oak Ridge, Tennessee," pp. 31-40.
- Wed., 2 Dec.
- George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant," pp. 716-22.
- Mon., 7 Dec.
- Maxine Hong Kingston, "No Name Woman," pp. 46-56.
- Wed., 9 Dec.
- Conclusion. FOURTH PAPER DUE.