The Modern Western

Ashley Robinson's Composition II


ENGL 1023: The Modern Western


**Note: this syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion**


Unit 1: The Classic Western

Tuesday, January 13th: Course Introduction

Homework: Read excerpt from Frontiers: A Short History of the American West on BlackBoard


Thursday, January 15th: The History of the Frontier

Homework:  Read excerpt fromJoseph Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces on BlackBoard


Tuesday, January 20th: The Western Genre and the Epic Hero

Homework:  Read “Deadwood Dick’s Doom” on BlackBoard
Thursday, January 22nd:  The Classic Western and the Dime Novel.  Assign Paper 1.


Tuesday, January 27th:  Writing about Literature

Homework:  Read True Grit Chapters 1 and 2


Thursday, January 29th: Characterization

Homework:  Read True Grit Chapters 3, 4, and 5


Tuesday, February 3rd:  Western Plot

Homework:  Finish True Grit


Thursday, February 5th: Themes, Major Ideas, and Structuring a Paper

Homework: Read excerpt from The American Myth on BlackBoard


Tuesday, February 10th:  The American Myth

Homework: Rough draft.


Thursday, February 12th:  Rough draft due.  How to Read a Film.

Homework:  Finish Paper 1.


Tuesday, February 17th:  Paper 1 due by midnight on SafeAssign. True Grit/No Country for Old Men


Unit 2: The Neo-Western

Thursday, February 19th:  True Grit/No Country for Old Men


Tuesday, February 24th: True Grit/No Country for Old Men Film Analysis

Homework: Read Jonah Hex: Face Full of Vengeance through issue #3; read article on anti-heroes on BlackBoard


Thursday, February 26th:  Jonah Hex and the Anti-Hero

Homework: Finish Jonah Hex: Face Full of Vengeance; read excerpt from Regeneration through Violence on BlackBoard


Tuesday, March 3rd:  The Anti-Hero, Continued



Unit 3:  The Children’s Western

Thursday, March 5th:  The Children’s Western and Finding Nemo


Tuesday, March 10thFinding Nemo.  Blog due by midnight on SafeAssign.


Thursday, March 12th:  Toy Story


Tuesday, March 17th: Toy Story

                  Homework: Rough draft due.


Thursday, March 19thRough draft due.  Introduction to the Space Western

Homework: Read “Night of the Cooters” on BlackBoard and watch Guardians of the Galaxy


Tuesday, March 24thSPRING BREAK.  NO CLASS!


Thursday, March 26thSPRING BREAK.  NO CLASS!



Unit 4: The Space Western

Tuesday, March 31st:  Paper 2 due by midnight on SafeAssign.  NO CLASS.  Watch Guardians of the Galaxy.  


Thursday, April 2nd:  NO CLASS.  Watch Guardians of the Galaxy.


Tuesday, April 7th:  Discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy and “Night of the Cooters.”  Blog due by midnight on SafeAssign.


Thursday, April 9thStar Trek


Tuesday, April 14th:  Star Trek


Thursday, April 16th:  Star Trek



Unit 5: The Post-Apocalyptic Western

Tuesday, April 21st: Book of Eli


Thursday, April 23rdBook of Eli.  Blog due by midnight on SafeAssign. 


Tuesday, April 28th:  Book of Eli

                  Homework: Rough draft.


Thursday, April 30th:  Rough Draft Due.  Course Wrap-Up.


Friday, May 1stDEAD DAY


Monday, May 4thPaper 3 due by midnight on SafeAssign.