Department of English, C-309


ENGLISH 66: FALL, 2004


Mon., Tues., Thurs. B hour (9:10 -10:10 am) D110

Office: C-219  Messages: C-309 or 368-5849 E-mail:

NOTE: The easiest way to reach me is by email.


Required Readings: (books may be purchased at the KCC Book Store)



            Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (Publ. Washington


            The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Publ. Penguin)

            The Siege by Helen Dunsmore (Publ. Grove/Atlantic)

            A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller (Publ. Penguin)       

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Publ. Plume/Penguin)

Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi (Publ. Touchstone)

            She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (Publ. Washington Square)

            Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Publ. Penguin)


Class Handouts and Readings on Course Web Site:


Course Overview


            English 66, "Literature and Human Behavior", is a course that examines the complexities of human behavior as they are presented in literature. We will analyze various literary themes and genres in the context of their behavioral implications, and will explore cross-cultural similarities and differences.


            This course will be taught in an interactive style. While I will lecture on the material, you will also be expected to take an active role in class and to share your ideas about the works read. Please note that participation, along with attendance and preparation, counts for 20% of your grade.


Method of evaluation:


            You will be evaluated on the basis of a midterm exam, a final exam, a research paper, and the quality of your class participation and preparation.  Your grade will be calculated as follows:


            Midterm exam: 20%

            Final exam: 20%

            Research paper: 20%

            Quizzes: 20%

            Attendance, Class Participation and Preparation: 20%


You are allowed a MAXIMUM of six hours of absence in this course. Please be sure that you attend all classes unless you are ill or have an emergency. If you are absent, please email me so that I can send you the day’s assignment. You will receive a failing grade if you are excessively absent from class.


The midterm and final exam will ask questions that require you to write thoughtful analyses of the books read.


Class Participation and Preparation is key to your success in the course.  To be prepared you must finish reading each of the books by the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK in which we discuss them. You will be required to produce an in-class written response to the book on that day.  This response will be graded as a QUIZ.


Course outline: Timeframes and dates proposed are estimates and will be adjusted as necessary. Dates listed in boldface type are quiz dates.


                        September 9, 13, 14: Introduction to literature and human behavior: Viktor Frankl and Carol Gilligan; psychological theories-Stanley Milgram. Website on Gilligan versus Kohlberg. QUIZ ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 14.


                        September 20, 21, 23: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Gilligan/Frankl) QUIZ ON MONDAY, SEPT. 20.


September 27, 28, 30: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Gilligan/Frankl)  QUIZ ON MONDAY, SEPT. 27.


October 4, 5, 7: She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (Gilligan/Frankl) QUIZ ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 4.


October 12: Discuss Term Paper Format/Requirements


Week 6: Midterm exam and review

                        Review: October 14; Midterm Exam: October 18 and 19


October 21, 25, 26: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath


October 28, November 1, 2: The Siege by Helen Dunsmore (Frankl, Milgram) QUIZ ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28.


November 4, 8, 11: Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi (Frankl, Gilligan) QUIZ ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4.


                        November 15, 16, 18: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Frankl, Gilligan, Milgram) QUIZ ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15.


 November 22, 23, 29: A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller (Frankl, Milgram) QUIZ ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22.


November 30, December 6, 7, 8, 9: Overall review of themes and issues




Finals Week: Final exam