English 571 is a graduate course offered by Western Carolina Univesity at the UNCA campus.



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Mary Adams, Instructor

Class Meets Wednesday from 6 PM to 8:50 in Karpen Hall 206
Office hours 5:30 PM or other times by appointment

Ext. 3270 Email: madams@wcu.edu

Class Web Page: http://www.maryadams.net/classpages/571/index.html

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Texts :
  • Purchase: Ramazani et al. Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, 3rd edition. 2 vols. 978-0-393-97978-7.
  • On Reserve (copies here and in Cullowhee):
    • Perkins, David. A History of Modern Poetry. 2 vols. Camridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1987.
    • Rosenthal, ML and Sally Gall. The Modern Poetic Sequence: The Genius of Modern Poetry. New York: Oxford UP 1983.
    • Everdell, William R. The First Moderns. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1997.

Course Objectives

Students will learn:

  1. To read, discuss, and understand twentieth century American poetry
  2. To understand the literary techniques used to compose it and the styles used to define it
  3. To recognize characteristics of various movements and schools in modern American poetry, and to distinguish between them
  4. To produce thoughtful written work demonstrating the abilities learned in 1-3 above
  • Presentation 20%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Final Exam     30%
  • Computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices
  • Hand in Assignments in PC Format (MS Word or RTF preferred). Send poems as attachments; do not copy them into the text of the email.
  • Academic honesty: Turning in work not your own will result in failure for the paper without the opportunity to revise and may also result in failure for the course. I will also place a letter in your files and make a formal report to the Head of the English Department and the Dean of Student Affairs. Below is WCU's most recent academic honest policy:

    Western Carolina University, a community of scholarship, is also a community of honor. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students work together to achieve the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense at WCU because it threatens the quality of scholarship and defrauds those who depend on knowledge and integrity. Academic dishonesty includes the following:

    1. Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
    2. Fabrication. Falsification or invention of information or citation in an academic exercise.
    3. Plagiarism. Representing the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own in an academic exercise.
    4. Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty. Helping or attempting to help someone else to commit an act of academic dishonesty, such as allowing another to copy information during an examination or other academic exercise.

    The procedures for cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty are:
    1. Instructors have the right to determine the appropriate sanction or sanctions for academic dishonesty within their courses up to and including a final grade of “F” in the course. Within 5 calendar days of the event, the instructor will inform his or her department head in writing of the academic dishonesty charge and sanction.
    2. The department head will meet with the student to inform them orally and in writing of the charge and the sanction imposed by the instructor within 10 calendar days of written notice from the instructor. Prior to this meeting, the department head will contact the Office of Student Judicial Affairs to establish if the student has any record of a prior academic dishonesty offense. If there is a record of a prior academic dishonesty offense, the matter must be referred directly to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. In instances where a program does not have a department head, the Dean or Associate Dean of the college will assume the duties of department head for cases of academic dishonesty.
    3. If the case is a first offense, the student can choose to accept the charge and sanction from the instructor by signing a Mutual Agreement with the department head or can choose to have a hearing with the Academic Integrity Board. Within 10 calendar days of the meeting with the student, the department head will 1) report the student’s choice of action in writing to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, 2) file a copy of the Mutual Agreement (when applicable) with the Office of Judicial Affairs, and 3) inform the student of the sanction or sanctions to be imposed under the Mutual Agreement or inform the student of the procedure for requesting a hearing with the Academic Integrity Board if the Mutual Agreement is not accepted. Mutual Agreements are final agreements not subject to further review or appeal.
    4. In instances of second offenses, or when the student chooses a hearing, the Office of Student Judicial Affairs will meet with the student to provide an orientation to the hearing process and to schedule a date no less than 10 and no more than 15 calendar days from the meeting for the hearing. The student can waive minimum notice of a hearing; however, extensions are at the sole discretion of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. Should the student choose not to attend the orientation meeting, a hearing date will be assigned to the student.
    5. The hearing procedures will follow the same format as stated in the Code of Student Conduct (Article V.A.5). The hearing body (Academic Integrity Board) will consist of 2 students from the Student Judicial Affairs Student Hearing Board and 3 faculty members. The faculty fellow for academic integrity will be one of the faculty members and will serve as the chair. The other two faculty members will be chosen by the Director of Student Judicial Affairs from a pool of eight faculty hearing officers. Each academic year, each college dean will appoint two faculty members from their college to comprise the pool of eight faculty hearing officers. When a student fails to attend the hearing for any reason, the hearing will be held in a student’s absence . The hearing body may impose any sanctions as outlined in Article V.B. in the Code of Student Conduct. Students given a sanction of probation for academic dishonesty will remain on probation at Western Carolina University until graduation.
    6. Following a decision from the Academic Integrity Board, the Office of Judicial Affairs will inform the student of the sanction or sanctions to be imposed upon the student and of the student’s right to file an appeal with the University Academic Problems Committee. The appeal is limited to those rules and procedures expressly mentioned in the Code of Student Conduct (Article V.D.2) and is limited to the existing record. If the student does not file an appeal with the University Academic Problems Committee within 5 calendar days, the sanction or sanctions from the Academic Integrity Board will be imposed. The decision of the Academic Problems Committee may be appealed to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Any decision of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may be appealed to the Chancellor.
    7. Upon final resolution of a case involving suspension or expulsion, the Director of Student Judicial Affairs will inform the appropriate dean, department head, and the administrator in the One Stop Office who is responsible for University Withdrawals of the sanction.
    An Act of academic dishonesty, including a first offense, may place the student in jeopardy of suspension from the university. A repeated violation or more serious first offense may result in expulsion. Disciplinary records for any act of academic dishonesty are retained by the Department of Student Judicial Affairs for at least five years from the date of final adjudication. These records are available to prospective employers and other educational institutions in accordance with federal regulations.
    Note: Resolution of academic honesty complaints will be handled according to the provisions of the Academic Honesty Policy. Records of academic dishonesty cases are maintained in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.
    For specific information on procedures for cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty, see relevant sections in the Student Handbook.

  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

    Western Carolina University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities.  Students who require reasonable accommodations must identify themselves as having a disability and provide current diagnostic documentation to Disability Services.  All information is confidential.  Please contact Disability Services for more information at (828) 227-2716 or 144 Killian Annex.  You can also visit the office's website:  http://www.wcu.edu/12789.asp.

  • Attendance: After ONE absence, your final grade will be dropped one letter for each additional absence. It doesn't matter if your absences are excused or not, so please budget carefully. Extreme or extensive tardiness could count as an absence. PS: Attendance is counted in participation grade, too. 

madams (at) wcu.edu