ENGL 3487
Dramatic Monologues
September - December 2017
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General course information

Required Texts

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Course Expectations or Outputs

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. identify and define the conventions that constitute a specific poetic genre.
  2. apply theories of genre to the analysis of primary texts in both class discussion and written work.
  3. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the course topic through the analysis of primary texts in both class discussion and written work.
  4. construct and sustain analytical arguments in clear, coherent prose and proper essay format.
  5. enrich analytical arguments about primary texts through the judicious use of secondary sources.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate:

  1. a detailed knowledge of a focused topic in poetic genres.
  2. an ability to offer theoretically and historically informed interpretation of texts.
  3. an ability to compare the merits of different critical and theoretical approaches.
  4. an ability to gather, review, and assess secondary sources appropriate to the topic.
  5. an ability to communicate logical, analytical arguments in clear, correct, and persuasive prose.

Lectures and preparation

Note that the content of the lectures is meant to stimulate your own thinking: the lecturer’s thoughts about a work of literature do not represent the only way to think about that work. You should develop your own opinions and theories and learn how to express and defend them. You should prepare for the lectures by reading the assigned material (before the lecture), spending some time thinking about the material, and preparing insights and analyses that you would like to share during class time.


You are expected to participate in class in an informed manner. At the very least, you are expected to come to class regularly, having read all assigned reading. You are expected to participate in class discussions. Keep in mind that participating in class is usually a highly rewarding experience, greatly enhancing your ability to understand the course material and helping ensure your success in the course. Everyone is expected to be courteous and professional at all times in class.


Assignments are due in class, on the date indicated by the assignment. A 2% penalty will be applied to the graded assignment for every day the assignment is late. This will include weekend days and public holidays. Extensions may be granted for exceptional circumstances, especially for serious medical reasons: in such cases, you should talk to the instructor as soon as possible and be prepared to submit medical documentation about the problem (that should include a statement about the beginning and duration of the issue). All students are welcome to a seven-day extension on the term essay. No assignment will be accepted after the start of the final exam.


The Department of English Studies and Nipissing University maintain a strict policy on all forms of academic dishonesty. Each assignment must be original work produced by the student only for this course. All referencing and documentation must be complete and accurate for both direct and indirect quotations. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for essay preparation are the standard in English Studies. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be accepted as an excuse: if you are uncertain about any of this information, see your instructor immediately. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university.

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University