Course Calendar & Presentations
How To Use The Course Calendar
Using all of this information requires a bit of organization, so follow these general
instructions. The works themselves, listed by
title and author, are primarily on the internet or handed out in class. You are then to view the Web pages for the authors
and topics for that week, listed as a link on the
English Internet Resource List section of
the Web site (not all are covered). That means all you have to do is click on the
colored (usually blue) label of the name or address of the site. Following that, read the
online presentation of the format strategy for the week (Org & Outline,
Quoting Your Sources, How To Take A Test, etc.). You are also required to read the thematic
presentation for that week in Online Presentations
(Character, Theme, Irony, etc.). Finally, read Questions for Reading and Writing.
This will allow you to follow the schedule and be topical
in the classroom. Read the directions. Assignments and due dates for papers and tests are posted on the Message Board. Most of this syllabus is self-explanatory.
The following is a plan for the semester.
- Tentative Schedule
- Week 1
- Writing About Literature,
- How to begin the writing process,
- Objectivity in Analysis
- Research Sources,
- Inferential Reasoning
- Roots: Jazz, Blues And Folk
- Robert Johnson, Crossroad Blues
- Langston Hughes, Dream Boogie
- Week 2
- Historical & Biographical Criticisms,
- Purpose and Thesis: Theme I
- Rhythm & Versification
- Primary Sources
- Organization and Outlines,
- More on Poetry--Descriptive and Figurative Language,
- Meerpol, Strange Fruit
- Dylan, The Times They are a Changin'
- Biography, Social Commentary
- Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone
- Baez, Diamonds and Rust
- Wonder, Superstition
- Garcia, et al. Truckin'
- Week 3
- Formalist Criticism,
- Writer's Voice: Diction/Style/Tone
- Secondary Sources,
- What to Cite,
- Taking a Test,
- Urban Protest
- Wonder, Livin' for the City
- Gaye, et al. What's Goin' On, Ecology (Mercy Me)
- Mayfield, Superfly
- De La Rocha, Killing in the Name of
- Week 4
- Supporting the Point: Analysis of Criticism/Evaluating Evidence
- New Historicism,
- Free Verse,
- Works Cited,
- Protest Rock
- Stills, For What it's Worth
- Townshend, My Generation, Won't Get Fooled Again
- Bono, et al. In the Name of Love, Mothers of the Disappeared
- Week 5
- Gender Criticism,
- Imagery and Symbolism,
- Internet Sources,
- The New Woman
- Hazard, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
- Gray, Money Changes Everything
- Amos, Precious Things, Me and a Gun
- Chapman, Fast Car
- Stefani, I'm Just a Girl
- Week 6
- Psychoanalytic Criticism,
- Theme II
- Music in Cinema
- Easy Rider
- Week 7
- Reader Response Criticism,
- Easy Rider (Cont.)
- Week 8
- Week 9
- Psychedelia: San Francisco
- Myth Criticisms,
- Art and Poetry (in class)
- Garcia, et al. (Grateful Dead), So Far
- Week 10
- Week 11
- Week 12
- Week 13
- Term Paper due
- Finals Week: Final Exam
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Questions for Reading and Writing
Something to keep in mind in your essays and tests for this class (These are NOT the RESPONSE prompts for message board participation):
Be able to answer these four questions somewhere in the context of your essay. Please
don't merely list the answers... make them part of your general discussion of the work.
Once you've gotten this information into your paper, then we apply the critical
approaches to discuss HOW EFFECTIVELY the message was delivered by author.
- What is the message? Clearly state it and support your response from the text itself.
There can be more than one answer.
- Who is the speaker of the message? Be as specific as you can. This is NOT necessarily
the author. Authors will create characters or "voices" to tell a story or give a
viewpoint. In lyrics, this often makes singer appear to be a different person than they
really are or hold different values than they really do. In drama, that is all you get...
all characters, no narrator.
- Who is the audience of the message? There can be more than one, often linked to the
message...or a single message may have different audiences with different expected results.
Again, be specific and use text for support.
- What methods does author use? Be specific, using terms from ENGL 101 -- irony,
symbolism, theme, conflict -- and new terms from this course.
- In poetry, the use of meter and rhyme and condensation of ideas into brief images
- In drama, the use of character, dialogue and setting are often important.
- In literature, all of these aspects may be factors.
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© T. T. Eiland, January 1998
Last modified: Aug 8, 2015