ENC 1102: Writing About Literature

Instructor: Cathlena Martin
Email: cathlena@ufl.edu
Section: 4424
Office: 5th floor Rolfs (or check the image lab)
Office Hours: Thursday, period 6
Mailbox: 4301 Turlington
Classroom: Turlington 2305 MTWRF period 7
URL: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/cmartin

ENC 1102 Course Objective:
Building on the study and practice of expository and argumentative writing in ENC 1101, ENC 1102 teaches students how to analyze and appreciate literary texts, write critical arguments about literary texts, and employ literary devices in their own writing. While individual sections of the course may involve different literary texts and modes of analysis, all will provide opportunities to work with a variety of literary genres, including but not limited to short stories, novels, poetry, drama, essays, and multimedia texts. The course’s main focus is on the process of producing well-supported, polished, and persuasive writing about texts.

Section 4424 Objective:
This particular section of ENC 1102 focuses on the literature of children, particularly fairy tales. Our texts range from traditional books and fairy tales to film and comic books. We will learn to write about the texts that we critically analyze as well as learn skills to let our own voice show in the writing. To help develop personal voice and facilitate group interaction, class time centers largely on discussion, which means you are expected to do two things: complete the reading assignments and respect your classmates opinions

Departmental Policies
Plagiarism and Collusion:
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged borrowing of someone else’s work and is a serious offense with serious consequences. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the paper in question and can possibly result in a failure for the course. Please consult the University of Florida’s Honor Code for a thorough description (www.dso.ufl.edu/stg/code_of_conduct.html).
Academic honesty requires that all work presented in this class be the student’s own work. Evidence of collusion (working with another student or tutor) or plagiarism (use of another’s ideas, data and statement without acknowledgment and/or extensive use of another’s ideas, data and statements with only minimal acknowledgment) will lead to the procedures set up by the university for academic dishonesty. There is a clear distinction between learning new ideas and presenting them as facts or as answers, and presenting them as one’s own idea
Departmental Procedures for Complaints about Grades:
Complaints about separate assignments should be discussed with the instructor. Complaints about the final grade can be expressed on a form in the English office, 4008 Turlington Hall. The form must be accompanied with copies of every assignment and the instructor’s instructions. The form and accompanying course material will be given to the Director of Freshmen English for further action. Please note that the Department does not review a complaint about a separate assignment, nor will it review a complaint about final grades unless all assignments are submitted along with the instructor's instructions for the assignments. The review committee may decide the grade should remain as is or raised or lowered; its decision is final.

The Gordon Rule:

This course meets the Gordon Rule requirement of 6000 words written work that will receive feedback and a grade. All work must be completed to satisfy the Gordon Rule.

UF Computer and Software Requirement

The following is the official UF policy on the student computer requirement:
Access to and on-going use of a computer will be required for all students to complete their degree programs successfully. Effective with the Summer B 1998 term, the University of Florida expects each student entering the junior year, as well as each student new to the university, to acquire computer hardware and software appropriate to his or her degree program. Competency in the basic use of a computer is a requirement for graduation. Class assignments may require use of a computer, academic advising and registration can be done by computer, and official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail.
While the university offers limited access to computers through its computer labs, most students will be expected to purchase or lease a computer that is capable of dial-up or network connection to the Internet, graphical access to the World Wide Web, and productivity functions such as word processing and spreadsheet calculation.
Refer to the UF Computer and Software Requirement page for any questions (http://www.circa.ufl.edu/computers/)

Absence policy:
Absence from class is highly discouraged because of the discussion base of this course. Your opinion will be missed when you are not present. You are responsible for making up missed work, whether it is an excused or unexcused absence. You will be counted tardy if you come into class after we have already begun. This is rude and disrespectful. Three tardies count as one absence. After three absences one letter grade will drop your final grade for every day after three that you miss. There is also a large participation grade in this class, which means the more classes you are absent from, the lower your participation grade will be because you were not in class to participate.

Required Texts and Materials:
Most required texts are available at the Florida Bookstore Volume Two on 34th. A Classic Fairy Tale can be purchased at Volume One or your local bookseller. We will begin with CFT, so be sure and purchase it first.

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Fables by Bill Willingham
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition edited by Maria Tatar

An MLA handbook is highly recommended.
You will also need a pocket folder in which to turn papers in.

Helpful materials available on-line:
Hans Christian Andersen (has most of his stories on-line): http://hca.gilead.org.il/
The Brothers Grimm: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm.html
SurLaLane fairy tale pages: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/
Snow White (includes hypertext that compares 36 versions of Snow White): http://scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/snowwhite.html
Southern Mississippi has three blossoming Internet projects: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk:
Good Bibliography for finding criticism: http://www.luc.edu/faculty/osmith/anbib.html
Research help page from Santa Monica College Library specifically for fairy tale research: http://library.smc.edu/research/topics/fairy_tales.htm
Library research guide for German fairy tales from Cornell: http://www.library.cornell.edu/okuref/gerst109a.html

You will be given more detailed instructions and expectations of each assignment as we come to it. For this class, there are three short essays, one long essay, a creative comic assignment, and weekly movie reviews. Because of the compact summer schedule, there will be a paper plus a movie review due every week. Even though this is a summer class, we must still fulfill the Gordon Rule writing requirements.

Short essays (500 words each/two pages): These short essays will build to your larger comparison/contrast paper.

Writing about Structure: This essay will focus on our look at the various Little Red Riding Hood stories, poems, and films. According to Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Folktale, fairy tales have particular standardized components that combine to create what we know as the fairy tale. Little Red Riding Hood is no different. You will pick one version of "LRRH" and explain the structure using Propp's functions as a vocbulary to work from. In doing so, you will question what makes this revision a "LRRH" version and if that structure were changed would we still be able to recognize the story of "LRRH." Purpose: to examine the structure of fairy tales through the example of LRRH and dissect what makes them universally archetyped. Also, to determine why a story is can be considered a LRRH revision. STEP ONE: You will choose two LRRH texts (one can be from the selection that we read, but one needs to be a text you find on your own) and examine the structural similarities or differences. This will give you the base you need by looking at one "original" version to then branch off and solely discuss your found LRRH revision. STEP TWO: After writing your comparision between the "original" text and the revised text, you are just going to focus on the revised text. This does not mean that you completely scrap the "original" text, because you only know something is a revision by comparing it to the original. But, now that you have a better grasp on how the two texts compare, you can go more in depth and focus more on the revisionist text. In looking at that revisionist text, you will be asking yourself the following questions: How do I know that this text I found IS a revision of LRRH? What functions/characteristics are present to indicate a LRRH theme and structure? What does this particular version add to the fairy tale and why?

Writing about Character: This essay will focus on our look at the various Snow White texts. There are numerous characters in Snow White to work with, but you will need to choose one character out of one particular version. After picking a character, develop a central trait or major characteristic and explain your character’s growth or change. What is unique about this character in relation to other members in the story? You may look at central action, objects, or quotations that reveal primary characteristics. For the paper, you are to choose one character from any Snow White story that we have read or that you found on your own and do a character analysis. What this entails is making an assertion about that person's character (i.e. Snow White is a naive character that deserves to die) and then back it up with textual evidence from the story (three times she fell for the witch's trap, she didn't listen to the dwarves, she was such a weak character she had to have seven supporting actors, etc.). Reference the Gilbert and Gubar essay as an example. This paper requires one outside source not including your primary text.

Writing about Setting: This essay will focus on our look at the various Bluebeard texts and the central idea of a hidden chamber. Setting is the natural, manufactured, political, cultural, and temporal environment, including everything that characters know and own. Characters may be either helped or hurt by their surroundings, and they may fight about possessions or goals. You will pick one version and discuss how the setting interacts and affects one particular character. You may discuss setting as symbolic, realistic, used to structure the work or used to accentuate particular qualities or influence of a character. This paper requires one outside source not including your primary text.

Comparison/Contrast Paper: A comparison shows how two or more items are similar, and a contrast shows how they are different. In this situation, the compare/contrast essay must consider both the similarities and the differences found in a fairy tale of your choice. This can be achieved through either a subject-by-subject comparison or a point-by-point comparison. Your essay should be six pages (1500 words), have three outside sources not including your primary texts, and comply with standard MLA format. This paper will lead into the construction of your comic revisionist fairy tale.

Comic frames: For this creative attempt, you and a partner (or two) will create a fairy tale-esque comic in comic frame fashion. We will have studied structure, character, and setting by the time you create your comic. Each of these areas will be important to integrate into your comic. Use both Fables and Castle Waiting as good examples. Please note that this is not simply a reproduction of a fairy tale, but your own personal revision. We have read several versions or the same tale type, so your scene should not be a direct lift from a story or film. In your creation, you will utilize the archetypes that are necessary to recognize a story as "Snow White" or as "Little Red Riding Hood." For example, if you decide to recreate the scene in which Little Red first meets the wolf, you might set the scene in a club or on University Avenue in order to revise the scenario of seduction. You will not be graded on your artistic ability, but the more professional and clean it looks the better. You will present your comic to the class during the last two days. Accompanying this assignment will be a written paper (500 words/two pages) explaining the choices you made in your revisionist telling, narrative, structure, setting, and characturization.

Movie Review Journal: Each week we will watch one movie that is a revision of a fairy tale. You will be responsible for attending the screening and then writing a review of the movie. Some topics you may want to include in your journal: how did they revise the “original,” how did the movie portray or enhance character and setting, did the structure of the movie follow the structure of the “original.” Each movie review will be one page and a half pages (375 words). There will be one movie review for each week; therefore, six reviews total. They are to be turned in the Wednesday following the screening. I would advise writing them Monday night while the movie is still fresh in your mind.

Grade Policy:

Assignment Point Value
In class writing/peer critics 100
Participation 100
Structure Paper 100
Character Paper 100
Setting Paper 100
Comparison/Contrast Paper 300
Original Comic and Presentation 200
Movie Review Journal 150 (25 ea)
Total 1150

U of Florida Grade Scale
A = 100-90
B+ = 89-87
B = 86-80
C+ = 79-77
C = 76 – 70
D+ = 69-67
D = 66-63
E = 63 and below