POLITICAL SCIENCE 650: AMERICAN POLITICAL NOVELS
Office: Zulauf 404
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-2:30, other times by appointment
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans (Oxford World's Classics, 1998)
Mark Twain, Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn (
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men (Harcourt/Harvest, 1974)
Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow (Counterpoint, 2000)
The final grade will be based on the grades for the journal writing (30% for journal entries #1-7 and journal responses #1-6, 30% for journal entries #6-14 and journal responses #7-13), class participation (15% for the first half of the semester and 15% for the second half), and a final paper (10%). Grades for the first half of the semester will be handed out in class on March 24.
For the journal writing, you will be put into a journal group with two other students. (The journal group assignments will be changed at the middle of the semester.) You must bring to class three copies of your journal entries and journal responses—one for the professor and two for the other two members of your group.
The journal entry should be at least two double-spaced typed pages on the reading for the week. The point of the journal entry is for you to set down your thoughts about anything in the reading. This will be your attempt to struggle with any issue that comes up in the reading. Usually it is best to take up one issue that you can develop a little in two pages.
You will write journal responses for each of the two journal entries you have received. Each journal response should be at least one double-spaced typed page. The point of the journal response is for you to respond in some fruitful way to the thoughts of your journal group members.
The final paper should be at least ten double-spaced typed pages. The point of the final paper is for you to elaborate your thinking about some topic related to the readings and discussions in the course. You might build upon something that has come up in your journal writing. The final paper will be due at the last class meeting on May 5th.
Jan 14: Introduction
Jan 21: No class (MLK birthday)
Jan 28: Cooper, chaps. 1-18, pp. 1-215
Feb 4: Cooper, chaps. 19-33, pp. 216-394
Feb 11: Twain, chaps. 1-18, pp. 1-155
Feb 18: Twain, chaps. 19-31, pp. 156-275
Feb 25: Twain, chaps. 32-43, pp. 276-362