English 204       Performance Reading Strategies


1. Figurative Language: William Blake
            2. Structuralism: Signifiers/Signifieds and paradigms

3. Dickinson: Interpretation: intentionalist and formalist

4. Intertextuality: Dickinson and Bruce Springsteen

5. Rhetoric: determinacy and indeterminacy

6. Intertextuality: Petrarch and Bob Dylan

7. Langston Hughes

8. Ethnicity and Culture

9. Natasha Tretheway: Native Guard

            10. Metaphor and symbol                         

            11.  Windows After Matisse

            12.  Intertextuality and Interdisciplinarity:  Painting/Music/Poetry             

            13. Jazz and “The Chastized Clown”

            14. Marianne Ross, Terry Everett: Painting/Poetry/Music
            15. Baudelaire “Invitation au voyage” and Matisse’s “Luxe, calme et volupté

            16. Introduction to Theater: The mysteries of theater

            17. Delta State Play

            18. Oedipus the King
            19. The Unconscious and Jacques Lacan

            20. Antigone: Agon in theater

            21. Sophocles and Anouilh: Antigone in our times

            22. Hamlet: neoclassical tragedy

            23. Mallarmé’s theory of drama

            24. Interpretations of Hamlet

            25. Beckett: Krapp’s Last Tape

            26. Existentialism and the absurd       Theory of minimalization

            27. Delta State Play  or  paper presentation (this could come earlier in the semester)

            28. Do the Right Thing: Classical tragedy in Spike Lee’s Brooklyn

            29  The Departed: Hamlet, Purgatory and Theater

            30. Project Reports on Interdisciplinarity and your Major

            31. Conclusions and exam preparation

Literature: an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, Kennedy and Gioia (10th or 11 ed.)

Windows After Matisse, Everett, Ross and Tomek


 Depending on the live performances at DSU, the Shakespeare play is subject to change.

The films may be changed also.





In the introductory literature courses, students will have the opportunity to learn reading and writing skills through the study of literature and its related arts and sciences. Eng 203 will focus more on narrative strategies, while Eng 204 will deal with performance type texts. Students will acquire reading skills in 3 areas of literature:
1. Literature as writing, where students will learn to identify the terms of representation, structure, writing, discourse, figurative language, narrative, performance, and author;
2. Literature as interpretation, where students will study concepts of interpretation, intention, unconscious, determinacy\indeterminacy, value\evaluation, influence and rhetoric;
3. Literature as culture where students will explore notions of culture, diversity, canonicity, gender, race, ethnicity, politics, ideology, historicity, existentialism, theology, structuralism, deconstruction, modernism and post-modernism.  

All these areas will be covered throughout the year in the 2 introductory courses. Some areas will receive more attention. Reading is the most important skill to ameliorate in order to live a fuller life and function better in society. Reading skills are consubstantial with writing, speaking, listening, and doing research in any field.


STUDENT ACTIVITIES     Students will write 3 papers (200-250 words). They will maintain a file of literary, narrative, and reading terms. There will be 4 short exams and a final examination where students will demonstrate comprehension of the reading material and literary terms discussed in class. In class, after each assigned reading students will write a short response. Students will do research in the library and will start a short annotated bibliography in their major field, or “possible” major field. They will find 5 articles and cite all 5 as in a term paper. Below each entry, they will supply a short description/summary of the article. They will choose one article and describe it more fully, discussing what possible minor fields would complement the “major” discipline. They will also explain what specific reading skills in this class will be of help. GRADING
Class work, daily readings, oral, written responses...........20% *
4 quizzes ......................................................................20%
3 papers.......................................................................10%
Library paper...............................................................10%
Final exam...................................................................40%**
Attendance is essential for successful work in this course. In addition to the University policy (p.51 DSU Bulletin – missing 25% of classes results in an F grade [12 cuts in a MWF class and 8 cuts in a Tues. Thurs. class]), unexcused absences will lower the class work grade (1 absence/1 letter grade, 2-5 absences/2 letter grades, 6 or more/no credit). The grades will be calculated according to the 4.0 system:  A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0. (below 1.0 is failing)
 *The class work grade is somewhat subjective, but based on real criteria.  (1) I expect students to read all the material, (2) to come to class with the text, (3) to follow the discussions attentively (look interested), and (4) to respond to questions in class or pose questions about the texts. I will let students know how well they are doing in class at least three times throughout the semester. If students come to class prepared, they should have little trouble obtaining a good mark for this part of the grading. Please take this part of the overall grade very seriously.

** The final examination is a summary of all the points covered during the semester. Under no circumstances will a final grade be two letter grades higher than the final examination grade. A failure in this exam (unless there are unusual circumstances) will  result in a failing mark for the course.




James Tomek    <jtomek@deltastate.edu>       Ke 233           62-846-4077

Office hrs:  MWF  11-1   TuTh   11:45-12:15    M  2:30-3:30           




English 204 Introduction to Literature


COURSE TEXT  (recommended)

Literature    Kennedy/Gioia     11 ed.



ENG 204. INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE. Poetry and drama. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and 102, or 103. 3



    General education is the foundation that supports success at Delta State University and prepares the student for professional careers and lifelong learning and service. Development of breadth and depth of knowledge, thinking and communication skills, and diverse approaches to understanding will promote a useful, happy, and productive life.  Introduction to Literature 204 is included in general education curriculum requirements to foster in students a greater appreciation and understanding of aesthetic uses of languages in poetry and drama as these genres relate to cultural codes and conventions, analytical and logical coherency, self-awareness, moral and social values, and diverse cultural contexts.



At the completion of this course, students will be able to

1.      Read with greater understanding and awareness of aesthetic and cultural codes and conventions,

2.      Write with stronger analytical and logical coherency,

3.   Understand the relationship between aesthetic uses of language and self-awareness,

4.   Understand the relationship between aesthetic uses of languages and moral and social values, and

5.   Understand the relationship between aesthetic uses of language and diverse cultural contexts

       (contemporary and historical).


GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCIES (refer to DSU Bulletin 2010-11, p. 10 for a complete description)

In this course, students will demonstrate competency in

GE 1.     Critical and Creative Thinking - sound analytical and reasoning skills and the ability to use them to think critically, solve problems, analyze logically and quantitatively, and effectively respond to change

GE 2.     Communication – skills to communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, and listening

GE 4.  Inquiry and Technology - skills for the search, discovery, evaluation, and application of information, including an understanding of the nature and limits of appropriate technologies

GE 5. Self - a fundamental understanding of the intricate nature of humans and the knowledge, interests, and skills to promote well-being and health

GE 7. Cultural Awareness - understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures that form the global community

GE 8. Perspectives - knowledge and appreciation of human endeavors in all aspects of life-including artistic, scientific, historic, economic, psychological, and social

GE 9. Cross-disciplinary Appreciation - understanding of the concepts of various disciplines and their interdependence

GE 10.Values - understanding search for moral, social, and ethical values and their roles in making decisions and assuming personal responsibilities



SLO1. Students will demonstrate the ability to practice close reading and critically analyze works of major writers in the genres of poetry and drama.

SLO 2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing literary analysis of works of poetry and drama, with consideration of thesis, purpose, audience, and organization.

SLO 3. Students will demonstrate familiarity with research procedures relating to literary criticism and analysis as well as the various strategies that inform critical approaches to literary criticism in the discipline (including, but not limited to, formalist, psychological, historical, and gender based strategies).

SLO 4.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the accepted conventions and documentation procedures appropriate to the discipline.



At the completion of the course students will be able to

1.      Identify the elements of poetry and drama and understand their aesthetic and

       persuasive functions in both oral and written communication, (GE 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10; SLO 1,2,3,4)

2.      Define the basic terms and concepts related to the analysis of these genres and apply them critically, (GE 1,2,4; SLO 1,2,3,4)

3.      Analyze and interpret given works individually and in relationship to other works, communicating both in oral and written form (GE1, 2, 4, 7, 8. 9; SLO 1, 2, 3, 4), and

4.      Communicate a critical understanding both in oral and written form. (GE 1, 2 ; SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)





See the “specific” syllabus



Assessment and Weight:   A 100 point scale is used for each graded assignment.  Grades will be averaged by category, and then weighted based on the following percentages:

Class discussion/participation                         20%                

            4  short analytical papers                                 20%

            1 library project                                               10

            4 short tests                                                     10%

            Final exam                                                       40%

Grading Scale:



Attendance and Make-Up Work Policy: 

The University’s attendance policy states that a student may miss no more than 25% of class meetings to receive credit for the course (whether or not the absences are excused). A full discussion of this official policy can be read in the 2010-11 DSU Bulletin posted online, on pages 51-52.

Students are expected to be in class and on time for each of our meetings.  Late work will be accepted only if your absence is excused by the instructor. Students are expected to be on time for class and stay the full class period.   Students may turn in assignments that are due via e-mail by the due date if they must be absent, and the work will be considered on time.  Excused late assignments must be turned in immediately upon the student’s return to class. 



Lecture/ visual PowerPoint presentations                   25%

Small Group interaction and presentations                 30%

In class writing in response to specific prompts         10%

In–class discussion                                                      25%

Audio/Visual presentations                                        10%


ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY (see pp. 56-58 in the DSU Bulletin 2010-11 for complete description)

 Delta State University expects all students to adhere to the highest moral academic standards. Unethical and dishonest behavior will not be tolerated and could invoke severe penalties.


Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating: taking credit for work which has been completed by another person, or assisting others in the misrepresentation of their academic work.

Plagiarism: the appropriation of ideas, facts, phrases, or additional materials (such as maps, charts, artwork, or computer programs) from any source without giving proper credit or offering appropriate documentation. Any material in a paper, report, artwork, or computer program which is not acknowledged is understood to be the original work of the author, unless the material is considered general knowledge. Students who are unsure whether they have used and documented source material correctly should consult with their instructor prior to submission of the assignment.

Penalties for dishonesty: If it is believed that an academic honesty violation has occurred, the instructor will schedule a conference with the student to present the violation and evidence. If, following the consultation, the instructor still believes the student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor will assign a grade of zero on the test, examination, or paper in question.  The catalog further states, “The faculty member shall inform the student of the recommended sanction. The faculty member then shall submit a written report of the matter (including Cheating/Plagiarism Document) to the department/division chair, the dean of the school/college in which the course was offered, and, if different, the student's academic dean, and the Provost, with a copy to the student. This notification will remain confidential in compliance with policies protecting student privacy.” 

Student appeal of recommended sanction: The student may appeal the sanction recommended by a faculty member by following the appeal process already in place in the Delta State University Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins.



The University will attempt to accommodate students with disabilities.  For assistance and to make arrangements for accommodation please contact Dr. Richard Houston, at the Reily Health Center, 846-4690. It is the responsibility of students who have professionally diagnosed disabilities to notify the instructor and present documentation in a timely manner so that necessary and/or appropriate modifications can be made to meet any special learning needs.




Classroom decorum and expectations of the individual teacher will be listed here, including but not limited to cell phone rules, food and drink policies, and submission requirements to www.turnitin.com.


Classroom Etiquette:

Please silence cell phones and pagers upon entering the classroom.  No food or drinks are to be consumed in Kethley Hall classrooms.


Writing Help:  The Division of Languages and Literature staffs a Writing Center housed in Kethley Hall 201.  Counseling is available for global revision of papers, grammar, style, organization, unity, and coherence issues.  (The staff will not proofread papers for you.) To schedule an appointment with a writing consultant, the campus phone number is 846-4088. In addition, there is an English assistant available in the Academic Support Lab on third floor of the H. L. Nowell Union, room 311 for tutoring.  To schedule an appointment, their phone number is 846-4654. 


E-mail communication:  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns you may have about the class assignments.  Please check your okramail.deltastate.edu mailbox regularly for communication from me.  Your okramail account is the university’s official mode of communicating with you.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE  A schedule that would inform students in what sequence material would be covered, due dates for assignments, etc. Detailed schedule will be posted on Blackboard with all due dates.

See the beginning