A Hypertext Resource for Literature
Friday, August 28
First day: Introductions and course outline
Monday, August 31
Also, please go to the class discussion board and write a solid paragraph or two introducing yourself to the class. Aside from the obvious introductory function of this assignment, it also ensures that we flush out any technical problems before moving farther into the term.
Bring your short story anthologies to class.
We will do an in-class assignment designed to familiarize you with the terminology of fiction writing.
Wednesday, September 2
Group 1 Response: On the basis of the first pages of the novel, discuss images that strike you as interesting or potentially important. What patterns of images, in other words, would you suggest we follow as we read more of the novel? If you want a definition of literary imagery, look here.
Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) reading or link is required, while the second (more indented) reading or link is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, the reading from Wuthering Heights is required, whereas exploring the website is optional.
Friday, September 4
Group 2 Response: Use the last set of responses as the basis for these, either by following up on someone's suggestion or by pointing out a new development that you would like to follow.
Monday, September 7
We will also discuss close reading in class.
Group 3 Response: open response.
Wednesday, September 9
Group 4 Response: open response following the method of the close reading handout. Discuss how the close reading process affected your reading and response.
Friday, September 11
In class today, we will construct a list of key issues to follow as we read criticism of the novel.Group 5 Response: open response.
Monday, September 14
No class meeting today. (I will be away at an institute.)Assignment: do the reading of the history of criticism and send me an email containing two items: first, your nomination of an addition to our topic-theory chart based on the reading for today; and second, your preliminary sense of what you might end up writing a paper about. This assignment is for reflective purposes; we will not yet meet about your topics, and they may change or develop as we do the critical readings. I just want you to go through a preliminary phase of considering topics.
Wednesday, September 16
I will still be gone today, but you will meet in the classroom at the usual time to hold a sentence compression contest among the five groups of the course. After class, each group will post its entry to the discussion board.
Friday, September 18
Group 1 Response: The response assignment will be the same for all four critical approaches. For the approach we read about each day, discuss a point in the article that you consider especially instructive or, on the contrary, to be a misreading of Wuthering Heights. You can talk about more general applications of the day's theory if you like, but every response should start by discussing a specific moment in the day's article.
Monday, September 21
We will discuss thesis development in class today as well.
Group 2 Response: See the assignment for September 18.
Wednesday, September 23
Group 3 Response: See the assignment for September 18.
Friday, September 25
Everyone: Note that the paper prospectus is due Monday.
Group 4 Response: See the assignment for September 18.
Monday, September 28
FICTION ANALYSIS PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
Group 5 Response: open response, perhaps applying one or more of the critical perspectives from Wuthering Heights to the story.
Wednesday, September 30
Group 1 Response: open response, perhaps applying one or more of the critical perspectives to the story.
Friday, October 2
Group 2 Response: open response, perhaps applying one or more of the critical perspectives to the stories.
Monday, October 5
We will do an in-class assignment designed to familiarize you with the terminology of film analysis.
Tuesday, October 6
FICTION ANALYSIS PAPER DUE
Wednesday, October 7
Group 3 response: Write a response based on any element of the film that you would not experience by reading a transcription of the film's spoken words.
Friday, October 9
We will do an in-class exercise on the film today.
Monday, October 12
No reading for today. We will do an in-class writing exercise.
Wednesday, October 14
Group 4 response: Write a response based on any element of the film that you would not experience by reading a transcription of the film's spoken words.
Friday, October 16
Group 5 response: open response.
Monday, October 26
Everyone: Note that the paper prospectus is due Wednesday.
Group 1 Response: discuss how the ideas on Chandler's "notes" might apply to an analysis of American Beauty. We will do in-class work on the film.
Wednesday, October 28
Bring a brief issue or question to class for discussion.
Friday, October 30
No class session. (I'll be away.) Use the time to review the film you're writing about and work on your paper.
Monday, November 2
SCENE ANALYSIS PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
Wednesday, November 4
Friday, November 6
Monday, November 9
SCENE ANALYSIS PAPER DUE
Wednesday, November 11
Friday, November 13
Group 2 Response: open response.
Monday, November 16
Group 3 Response: Address one specific change Coleridge makes between the 1798 and 1817 versions of the poem and what significance you see in the change.
Wednesday, November 18
Group 4 Response: We return to the response assignment for critical approaches. For the approach we read about each day, discuss a point in the article that you consider especially instructive or, on the contrary, to be a misreading of Coleridge's poem. You can talk about more general applications of the day's theory if you like, but every response should start by discussing a specific moment in the day's article.
Friday, November 20
Group 5 Response: See November 18.
Monday, November 23
Group 1 Response: See November 18.
Wednesday, November 25
Group 2 Response: See November 18.
Monday, November 30
Group 3 Response: open response using the manifesto from the first link and one of the poems.
Wednesday, December 2
Group 4 Response: open response drawing on some issue that connects or contrasts McKay and Hughes.
Friday, December 4
Group 5 Response: connect some of the commentary to the poem.
Monday, December 7
Group 1 response: open response
Wednesday, December 9
POETRY PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
Group 2 Response: open response
Friday, December 11
Thursday, December 17
FINAL PAPER DUE BY 2:00 P.M.
Note: anyone taking the extension for this paper by the normal procedure will have a deadline of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18.