Keith O'Neill

Professor of English and Humanities
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

American Literature Texts

Unit One
William Bradford, from Of Plymouth Plantation
John Winthrop, "A Model of Christian Charity"
Anne Bradstreet, selected poems
Marry Rowlandson, Narrative of The Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography (Part One) (Part Two) 
Thomas Jefferson, from The Autobiography 
The Federalist No. 1 and No. 10
Unit Two
Washington Irving, "Rip Van Winkle"
Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart"
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Purloined Letter"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Maypole of Merry Mount"
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government"
Unit Three
Harriet Jacobs, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Herman Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener"
Herman Melville, Benito Cereno
Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"
Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”
Walt Whitman,“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”  
Emily Dickinson, selected poems



Purdue University's MLA Page - A great resource for formatting questions.

Here are some pointers for college essays.

Some advice on writing your body paragraphs

A reader's guide to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

Derrida, The Supplement, and Alice


Please review policies for my courses:

Attendance - There is no official policy for attendance, since it is of course your choice to attend class regularly. No one will be dropped for not showing up to class. That said, I will not give a participation grade to students who are not in class very often. For Eng 102, this means losing 10% or a full letter grade. For Eng 203, Eng 209 and Eng 216, participation is worth even more.

Plagiarism - I have a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism, the intentional (or unintentional) use of someone else's work as your own. This is cheating, plain and simple, and it's a waste of the  money you spent on tuition. If you are caught plagiarizing, I will give you a zero for the assignment, and you may be reported to the Dean's office.