Faulkner University


EH 4362 Special Topics II: Studies in Hemingway
Department of English
Andrew R. Jacobs


    The purpose of this course is to provide students with a clearer and more appreciative understanding of Ernest Hemingway and his works and provide an opportunity for individual research and analysis of the texts.


    Over the course of the semester, the students will ...

    1. Identify Hemingway's contribution to literature, specifically the novel.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of his major works and their characters and themes.
    3. Identify key biographical events in Hemingway's life and their influence on his works.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the "iceberg principle" and be able to identify its mechanics in his works.
    5. Develop the ability to closely analyze and respond to his works.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to find, interpret, and incorporate literary criticism into research projects.


    This course is viewed as a didactive and cooperative learning partnership between the faculty member and the student. The success of this partnership depends on everyone involved being fully prepared for each class experience, keeping up with readings and other assignments, and conducting themselves in a professional and virtuous manner. The faculty member's role is to provide guidance, resources, and information as needed, modeling feedback, instructional activities, and assistance in integrating information. The course is grounded in constructivist learning theory. The course is designed as a learner-centered experience with the students being intimately involved in the course materials and activities. This course is an upper-level course and students will be expected to demonstrate ingenuity and expertise in completing the course assignments.


    Student will read and discuss his major works, including his novels and short stories, and proceed for the most part in order of publication. At the same time, students will follow his biography, thereby tracing key events and influences in his life to his works and appreciating the evolution of his writing style.

    1. Introduction and Overview of Course
    2. Introduction to novels
      1. The Sun Also Rises
      2. A Farewell to Arms
      3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
      4. The Old Man and the Sea
      5. A Moveable Feast
    3. Introduction to short stories
      1. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition,
      2. Students will cover a majority of Hemingway's short stories, specifically those related to Nick Adams; also, "Hills Like White Elephants," "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," and "Snows of Kilimanjaro" should not be omitted. (Instructors may use Hemingway's in our time as a foundational list.) Although listed last, the stories will be spread out over the course of the semester and in most cases will follow the order of publication.
    4. Introduction to Baker's Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story. Like the short stories, the biography will be read over the course of the semester. Its material will coincide with the publication history of Hemingway's works discussed in class.


      1. The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, A Moveable Feast
      2. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition,
      3. Baker, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, Scribner, 1969.
      1. Secondary resources available through Faulkner's Gus Nichol's Library, the online catalog and databases.

      1. Formal Examinations: Two formal examinations will be administered on the dates shown on the course calendar. Each exam will address all class material—lectures, assigned reading, and learning activities. Each exam will consist of constructed response (multiple-choice, forced choice, matching, etc.) and/or free response (essay, short answer, etc.) items. Each exam will be worth 100 points.
      2. Each student will be required to write four analytical research papers over the course of the semester on a topic specifically related to the class material. Papers will be 5 - 10 double spaced pages with a minimum of five sources each. MLA required.
        1. An optional creative project may be inserted in place of one of the four major papers. Students will write a fictional short story utilizing Hemingway's style (his iceberg principle) and major themes transposed to modern day. The fictional stories will be 5 - 10 double spaced pages in length.
      1. Students will be expected to read the assigned tests and participate in class discussions. A daily grade will be assigned based on the quality of the students' participation.
        1. Students must prepare two questions for each class period concerning a specific work being discussed that session.
      2. Students will also be assigned various short assignments at various points over the semester; these may include character analyses, reader responses, research projects, article reviews, additional "creative" assignments wherein students will emulate the Hemingway's writing style, and others.


    • Research Papers 15% each
    • Daily Grade 20%
    • Midterm 10%
    • Final exam 10%


    1. Assigned homework and papers are due on the day assigned on the syllabus. Any late work will be deducted ten points per workday (Friday and the weekend count as one day, respectively).
    2. Class participation is mandatory and will be 20% of the students' final grade. A lack of participation will result in quizzes. At the end of each semester, students will be rated on the value and extent of their participation in class. It is very important that you keep up with the reading and writing assignments so that you can understand and contribute to the in-class discussion/activities. Ideally, the classroom is a supportive environment in which students may learn through listening, observing, and interacting without distractions. Students' comments should add to the classroom experience, not distract from it. Disruptive, rude or obnoxious behavior that distracts from the learning process will not be tolerated.
    3. The class is subject to Faulkner's 25% rule. A student eclipsing 25% of the class will automatically fail the course.
    4. Two tardies count as one absence. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor at the end of the class session if he or she comes in late.
    5. All work must be typed and formatted according to the most recent MLA style book.
    6. Plagiarism Policy: The work you submit for grading must be your own. A student who plagiarizes on any work is subject to penalties as outlined in the student handbook. To avoid plagiarism: Generate your own ideas and do your own revisions; Get direction from approved sources (e.g., Writing Center tutors); Use quotation marks and cite your source whenever you quote from a text; Cite all paraphrases and summaries; List the source for any information that is not considered common knowledge.
    7. This syllabus is subject to change depending on class need. Students will be informed of any changes.


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