ENGL 3700/Summer 2022/Schedule

From Gerald R. Lucas

This schedule represents the ideal outline for our study this semester. Yet, like all best-laid plans, we may not be able to keep up with our agenda. Please be flexible and try to look and read ahead whenever possible.

We will do our best to stick by this schedule, but I will inform you verbally, via an email, and/or a literal change to the schedule below whenever there is a deviation. Getting these updates is solely your responsibility. Therefore, this schedule is tentative and subject to change contingent upon the needs of the students and the professor, and dictated by time and other constraints which may affect the course. For face-to-face classes, this schedule reflects only an overview of the assigned reading and other major course assignments. It may not indicate specific class session assignments or activities. Specific in-class assignments may not be reflected on the schedule.


All assignments are due Sunday evenings at 11:59 pm. Have the assigned novel read by Fridays at the latest, so you can post your questions and responses to Packback well ahead of the due date. Procrastination and posting at the last minute will earn you lower grades. I suggest the following work schedule for each week:

  • Monday: Begin reading the week’s novel; take notes as you read.
  • Wednesday/Thurs: Post your question to Packback.
  • Friday: Finish the novel.
  • Saturday: Participate in the discussion on Packback.
  • Sunday: Add follow-up posts to Packback.

Look ahead and plan your reading accordingly. I have chosen shorter novels, but if you are a slower reader, like I am, you may want to plan out your reading schedule so that you can meet the course deadlines.

Week Date Assignments
1 May 23–May 29
Course Begins
2 May 30–Jun 5
Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
3 Jun 6–Jun 12
Morrison, The Bluest Eye
4 Jun 13–Jun 19
Tepper, The Gate to Women’s Country
5 Jun 20–Jun 26
Midterm Exam
  • First Lit-Crit Response Due on Baldwin, Morrison, or Tepper.
  • Take exam and submit your response on D2L.
6 Jun 27–Jul 3
Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
7 Jul 4–Jul 10
Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
8 Jul 11–Jul 17
McCarthy, The Road
9 Jul 18–Jul 20
Final Exam
  • Second Lit-Crit Response Due on Ishiguro, Atwood, or McCarthy.
  • Take exam and submit your response on D2L.


  1. You should have received an invitation from Packback already, unless you just registered for the course. If you were not invited, please let me know.
  2. Be sure you post your response by May 30 @ 11:59pm, otherwise you may be dropped as a no-show.
  3. You will need to be signed in to Packback and have access to our course. See the Packback tab for instructions.
  4. You might also see “Central Themes in the American Novel of the 20th Century.”
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