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English 111 - WOMEN IN LITERATURE - Groper


English 111: Women in Literature (Section 1448)

Fall 2016

TTh 9:10-10:35 AD 114

Dr. Jessica Groper

Office: AD 245, Phone: x 5626


Office Hours: Monday 1:30-3:30, Wednesday 1:30-2:30, Thursday 10:45-11:45

Learning Center (AD 232) Office Hour: Tuesday 1:30-2:30 (Note: Tutoring in the Learning Center is not reserved for my students only; I will help any student who has scheduled an appointment.  If you wish to work with me during this time, you must schedule an appointment.  I cannot give priority to my students.)

If you cannot attend my office hours, you may schedule an appointment with me.  This must be done via e-mail or Facebook message at least one week prior to the appointment.


Required Texts:        Brontë, Jane Eyre

                                    Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God


Required Materials: A notebook to be used to take notes inside and outside of class

                                    A binder to keep your notes and handouts for the course


GCC Catalog Description of English 111:

            English 111 is a comparative study of the roles assigned to women in literature by both male and female authors.  The course critically examines the literary and cultural stereotypes of women in the short story, novel, poetry, and drama.


Student Learning Outcomes:

            Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

1. understand the development of literary images of women, from earliest Sumerian texts through 21st century representations.  Trace the production of literary texts from the collective authors of myth, through the predominantly male author, to the late 18th century emergence of the female authors.  Examine the 19th century phenomenon of the thriving female novelists. Recognize the social and cultural developments which have influenced women’s roles and their representation.

2. read critically in order to analyze and interpret archetypal and stereotypical images of women in literature, along with striking exceptions to those.

3. write analytical, thesis-centered essays identifying female archetypes, historical and political influences upon women’s social and political realms of power, the causal links between literary texts and behavioral expectations in women, along with reactive texts written in response to these dicta.


Course Overview/Workload:

            ~ 1 Drafted Essay                                             15% of total grade

            ~ 2 In Class Writing Assignments                     15%

            ~ 1 Research Paper                                          20%

            ~ Homework Assignments                                15%

            ~ Reading Quizzes                                            10%

~ Final Exam                                                   15%

            ~ Participation                                                 10%

You must receive a grade of C or above to successfully complete this class.

Please do not rely on for an accurate grade report!  Your grade is percentage-based, not point-based.

If you have any questions or concerns about your grade, please do not hesitate to discuss them with me.  Grades are confidential; I will not discuss them with roommates, parents, or friends.



         Class attendance is required and expected.  Because important course work is done during each class, presence on a daily basis is absolutely essential to passing this course.  If you are absent, you are responsible for obtaining handouts, assignments, etc.  There is no difference between an excused absence (illness, unavoidable conflict) or unexcused absence (lazy, hungover) from my class.  You are adults, and I respect your ability to make intelligent decisions about your attendance.  You are allowed four absences in this class, which will not impact your final grade (although missed assignments, quizzes, or activities may).      After four absences you will lose one letter grade for each additional absence.  Four tardies (you arrive after role is taken) will equal one absence.  Two excessive tardies (15 minutes or more after role is taken) or two early exits (15 minutes or more before class’ scheduled end time) will equal one absence.

         If you miss more than two classes in a row you will be dropped from or will fail this class.  Don’t schedule doctor’s appointments, work, agree to take anyone to the airport, or any other commitments such as these to occur during class time.  If you arrive after attendance is taken, you are tardy, and it is your responsibility to inform me so that I don’t mark you absent.  It is also your responsibility to keep track of your absences; I will not give you a warning when your grade is being negatively impacted.

         Take a moment now to introduce yourself to someone from our class and get their contact information so you can contact them if you need to miss class.

Quizzes and in-class work cannot be made up.  If you know you will be absent, make arrangements to turn in any homework or take any quizzes or exams early. 


Being Dropped From this Course or Not Passing This Course:

         You will be dropped from this course or will not pass this course for the following reasons:

1) You miss any day during the first two weeks of our course.

2) You have more than two absences in a row.

3) You do not complete and submit for a grade your Research Paper.



Attendance does not equal participation.  There is a huge difference between sitting in your seat for the class duration, and being part of the class discussion and activities.  Participation counts for 10% of your final grade.  Perfect attendance will, at best, get you a C.  If you are sleeping, talking out of turn, staring out the window, checking texts, or any other activity that is unrelated to or distracting from the class, your grade will be lowered.  If you ask or answer questions, take notes, and are generally involved in the class, your grade will improve.  You need to be prepared for class by having completed the readings and formulated your own opinions on the topics so that you can actively participate in discussions.  I need to hear your voice – not just my own!


Use of Computers or Tablets in the Classroom:

            Both of the novels we will be reading are available (often for free!) as ebooks if you prefer that option to paper books. If you choose to, you may use a tablet or eReader in class, but please be prepared to have it with you in class every day, and keep in mind that the GCC wifi signal isn’t always reliable.  You will be expected to mark significant passages for reference in class discussions and essays, as well as be able to find passages being referenced by other members of the class.  If you cannot easily navigate through the ebook, you might prefer a paper book.  You may not use your phone or a laptop as a reading device.  Please be respectful of the trust I put in you by allowing these devices in my classroom; If I catch you checking your texts, e-mail, instagram, or other unrelated websites during class time you will receive an F for participation for the day and will be marked absent.


Cell Phones:

            Cell phones are absolutely prohibited in the classroom.  They may not be used to check homework, e-mail, texts, to answer calls, or to take pictures of information written on the board.  Cell phones must be turned off and secured out of sight for the duration of class.  This written policy serves as your only warning.  If I see your cell phone – whether you are using it or not – you will be marked absent and will receive an F for participation for the day.  After three offenses, I will ask you to leave the class and will call security if necessary.

            If you are expecting a phone call that cannot be ignored until after class, you must inform me prior to the start of class, and you must have my permission to answer it.  You may keep your phone on vibrate somewhere nearby and discretely exit the classroom when necessary.  This cannot be a recurring event.


E-mail or Facebook:

            Please feel free to get in contact with me if you have questions, comments, or if I can provide you with more information.  If you cannot come to my office hours, the best way to reach me is through        e-mail or facebook.  If you do contact me please keep the following issues in mind.

  1. If you email me, you must do so using your GCC student email address.  I will not respond to correspondence that comes from personal email addresses; additionally, if I need to contact you, I will do so using your GCC student email address, so please check it regularly.
  3. Spell check all e-mails that you send to me and avoid any text messaging type slang (u for you, etc.).
  4. Clearly identify yourself (name, class, etc.).
  5. Give me approximately 24 hours to respond to your e-mail.
  6. I stop checking e-mail and facebook at 7 pm.  If you contact me after that time, I will not respond until the next day.



            All written assignments must be submitted to  Homework assignments (i.e. Sparking Questions and Response Journals) must be submitted no later than one hour before our scheduled class meeting.  Late homework is not accepted. 

Essays must be submitted by a specific time designated on the assignment sheet.  Late essays will be marked down 5 points per day.  Essays more than a week late will not be accepted. 

Plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances.  Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional appropriation of another person’s words, ideas, or theories in place of your own.  If you are caught copying, stealing, cheating, or “borrowing” someone else’s ideas you may receive an “F” for the assignment, and in some cases an “F” in the class.  (In some cases you may even be expelled).  Each assignment submitted to will generate an originality report, which will allow you to see how much intentional or unintentional plagiarism is in your paper.  An originality report of more than 25% may be considered Plagiarism, and may result in an F on the assignment.  Glendale College’s Academic Dishonesty Policy can be found at


Revisions and Make Up Policies:

You may revise any of the Essays you write for this class (on which you received a B or lower – essays that receive an A may not be revised), but you must follow a specific procedure to do so.

  1. You must meet with me during office hours within two weeks (10 school days) of receiving your grade.  During this meeting we will discuss how you can improve the assignment.  If you cannot make it to my scheduled office hours, then you must make an appointment to see me at another time within those two weeks. 
  2. You must be prepared for our meeting by having already read the comments I made on your essay and having filled out the Revision Plan Worksheet (posted on CampusGuide).  The first question I will ask you is “What do you think you need to work on to improve this essay?”  You need to be prepared with an answer.
  3. You must write a short paragraph (100-250 words) describing the changes that you have made to your essay and explaining why you think they have improved your work.  This must appear at the beginning of your revision submission.  If you do not submit this, your revision will not be graded.
  4. You must submit the revised assignment to within two weeks (14 days) of receiving your grade.

Submitting a revision does not guarantee you a higher grade.  Your grade will be based on a significant improvement in your writing.  Only essays that were submitted on time and met all of the assignment requirements (number of sources, length, etc.) may be revised.  If you do not submit an essay, then you will receive a score of zero.  If you submit an essay that is 100 words or more short of the assignment requirements, your essay grade will be penalized and you will not be allowed to submit a revision.  You may not revise the Final Exam or your Research Paper.

Quizzes and in-class work cannot be made up.  If you know you will be absent, make arrangements to turn in any homework or take any quizzes or exams early.


Extra Credit:

            I give 10 points Extra Credit (applied to your Drafted Essays grade) for attendance at a Library or Learning Center Workshop.        

Extra Credit assignments are given at the discretion of the Instructor and not in response to a student’s need for grade enhancement.  I do not offer individual opportunities for extra credit; please do not come to me asking for favors that have not been offered to the rest of the class.


Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities and their helpers may use any necessary electronic accommodating devices.  All students with disabilities requiring accommodations are responsible for making arrangements in a timely manner through the Center for Students with Disabilities


NOTE: It is your responsibility to officially withdraw from the class.  If you fail to meet the attendance requirements or simply stop attending class, you must officially drop the class through the Admissions Office or MyGCC.  If you fail to officially drop the class, you will receive an “F” in the course.


Course Policies:

  1. Bring books and supplies every single day.  If you come to class unprepared you will receive an F for participation.  If you do not bring your materials to class three times, I will mark you as absent.
  2. Come to class with something to say.  Part of being prepared means spending time thinking about how you can contribute to classroom dialogue.  Come with a list of questions about the reading material.  Bring some observations about an event related to one of the essays you’re writing.  Take an active part in your education!
  3. If you don’t understand something, take the initiative and ask questions.  The best way to ensure that you do the work correctly and succeed in this class is to eliminate any confusion you may have about assignments or instructions.
  4. Getting up and leaving (except for emergency sickness) is disruptive behavior, so please wait until the end of class to take care of business (or take care of it ahead of time – get your money’s worth out of my teaching time!)
  5. Show civility and human concern for every other person in this classroom while presenting a positive attitude and professional demeanor.  Limit private conversations, listen when others are speaking, and respond thoughtfully and respectfully.  Please refrain from making bigoted, sexist, racist, homophobic, or other hurtful remarks and keep the use of profanity to a minimum.

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