Course Calendar & Presentations
How To Use The Course Calendar
Using all of this information requires a bit of organization, so follow these general
instructions. For each week, begin by reading assigned work from the two hard texts. There
will be rhetoric and source material from Barnet, et al. The works themselves, listed by
title and author, are also in Barnet. 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 chat room. Read the directions. The following calendar lists the reading assignments.
Written 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 summer semester.
- Tentative Schedule
- Week 1
- Writing About Literature, 3-11, 23-35, 48-72
- Objectivity in Analysis
- What I Expect on Out of Class Papers, 1559-60
- MLA Formatting, 1561-64
- Poetry, 599-600, 613-16, 639-40, 643
- Owen, Anthem for a Doomed Youth
- Dylan, The Times They are a Changin'
- Criticism, 1536
- Historical & Biographical Criticisms, 1544, 1546
- Purpose and Thesis: Theme I
- Rhythm & Versification
- Housman, Eight O'clock
- Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle...
- Primary Sources
- Organization and Outlines
- Taking a Timed Essay Test,1580-83
- Week 2
- Gender Criticisms, 1548
- Imagery and Symbolism, 756
- Formalist/New Criticism
- Brooks, We Real Cool
- Smith, Not Waving but Drowning
- Secondary Sources, 1565-74
- Supporting the Point: Analysis of Criticism/Evaluating Evidence
- Simile, 668, 671
- Metaphor, 672
- Plath, Metaphors
- Personification, 674
- Apostrophe, 675
- Whitman, I Saw in Louisiana...
- Komunyakaa, Facing It
- Raine, Martian Sends a Postcard Home
- Espada, Tony Went to the Bodega, But He Didn't Buy Anything
- Hughes, Dream Boogie
- Week 3
- Psychoanalytic Criticism 1547
- Reader Response Criticism
- Deconstruction Criticism, 1539
- New Historicism, 1545; Marxist, 1545: and Myth, 1543 Criticisms
- Week 4
- Week 5
- Term Paper due/Final Test Prep
- Week 6
- Finals Week: Final Exam
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Questions for Reading and Writing
Something to keep in mind in your essays for this class:
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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Last modified: March 30, 2000