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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

William J Scheick

Professor Emeritus Ph.D., 1969, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

J.R. Millikan Centennial Professor Emeritus
William J Scheick

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Biography

William J. Scheick specializes in colonial British-American studies, nineteenth- century American culture and turn-of-the-century British and American literature. His ten authored books include Design in Puritan American Literature, Authority and Female Authorship in Colonial America, Fictional Structure and Ethics: The Turn-of-the-Century English Novel, and The Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the Century. His seven edited books include Critical Essays on Jonathan Edwards, Two Mather Biographies, and Contemporary American Women Writers: Narrative Strategies. He has published over 200 professional articles and edited three special journal issues on structures of belief, contemporary women writers and Patrick White. He has been appointed to many academic, editorial and advisory boards; served for 17 years as editor of Texas Studies in Literature and Language; and received a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book, a Pushcart Prize for creative writing, and also the Center for Humanities Research Prize for Literary and Cultural Studies.

Interests

American literature and culture, especially colonial and nineteenth through early twentieth century; turn-of-the-century British; narrative and poetic morphology.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American

34010-34045 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 800am-900am FAC 21
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Course Description: Literature and Social Constructions -- This course presents selective works ranging from the colonial period (1600s) to the Cold War (1950s). It aims at an overview of various philosophical, cultural, and artistic changes during these four centuries with special attention devoted to appreciating how the chief concerns of a time or an artist are represented in art. Our main topics include the representations of nature, humanity, and gender. It also aims at enhancing each student's ability to read and write, especially through discussion sessions and essay exams. 

Texts: Course Packet.

Grading: Three in-class quizzes and three in-class writing exercises based on the material covered in the course. There is a strict attendance policy.

 Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.  

E 349S • Whitman And Frost-Honors

34690 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 210
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Restricted to students admitted to the English Honors Program.

Course Description: Walt Whitman and Robert Frost are ‘nature’ poets, but with considerable differences. Whereas Frost learned and valued many of Whitman’s technical tricks and maneuvers, his modernist sensibility could not validate the beliefs empowering the older poet’s powerful and formative poetic performance. In various ways, Frost engaged in an uncomfortable and unsettling career-long dialogue with Whitman.

Texts: The Collected Poems of Walt Whitman; The Collected Poems of Robert Frost.

Grading: Each student will write and the instructor will critique and assign a grade to three 3-page papers during the first 2/3s of the semester and then submit a 12- to 15-page paper near the end of the semester. This longer paper will combine the revised earlier papers as they are collectively advanced toward a more complete reading of each student’s adopted poem, and will also engage pertinent current critical commentary on the poet's writings. Students will also revise the short papers for class distribution prior to the student teaching his or her adopted poem to the class during the last third of the class. Final grades (75% writing; 25% exams) will include plus and minus designations.

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American

34115-34160 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 800-930 WCH 1.120
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E 316K Masterworks of American Literature: Social Constructions

Professor William Scheick, PAR 108; scheduled appointments only.

Unique #s: 

  34120   34135   34150  
  34125   34140   34155  
  34130   34145   34160  

¤ TAs:

Ashley Miller (34115,34120)
Brianna Hyslop (34125,34135)
Elizabeth DeMott (34130,341440)
Jennifer Harger (34145,34160)
Abigail Bristol (34150,34155)

¤ Prerequisites

UT prerequisite for this class: “completion of at least 30 semester hours of coursework, including E 603A; rhetoric and writing 306, 306Q; or tutorial course 603A; and a passing score on the reading section of the TX higher education test (THEA).”

¤ Text:

One inexpensive booklet.

¤ Grading

Final grades, only rarely assigned with + or -, are based on attendance, 3 quizzes & 3 in-class essays. No final exam.

Students with disabilities: see Div. of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

The subject of each class meeting may be determined from the assigned reading for the day (see following), though the instructor retains the right to vary the syllabus for this class.

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

E 338 • Amer Lit: From 1865 To Present

34790 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 PAR 203
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E 338 American Literature: After the Civil War       

Professor William Scheick, PAR 108; scheduled appointments only.

¤ Prerequisite

UT prerequisite for this class: “9 semester-hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.”

¤ Text

One inexpensive booklet.

¤ Grading

Final grades, assigned with plus or minus, are based on attendance and the average of 3 in-class exercise scores. No final exam.

Students with disabilities: see Div. of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

The subject of each class meeting may be determined from the assigned reading for the day (see following), though the instructor retains the right to vary the syllabus for this class.

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American

34415-34460 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 800-930 FAC 21
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Unique #s: 34415, 34420, 34425, 34430, 34435, 34445, 34455, 34460

E 337 • Amer Lit: From Begin To 1865

35080 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 PAR 1
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