Monday, February 27, 2012

Looking ahead to poetry

After we discuss Jack London this week, we'll be moving on to poetry--the "heirs of Emily Dickinson" (or are they?) portion of the course. I've added Stephen Crane's poetry to that of Frost and Stevens, and I will be giving you a handout with all three sets of poems. Be sure to bring your books, though, since one of the things we'll be doing is referring to Dickinson's poems when we read these other poets.

The poems are also available from our readings page:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Paper 1 assignment

Corrected versions of Paper 1 have been uploaded to Angel. Please read the comments carefully and consult the “Key to Comments” page at if you are not sure what the abbreviations mean.

This is the first of three short paper assignments. Since the third assignment is optional, if you complete all 3 of these papers, only the top 2 grades will be counted and the lowest grade will be dropped.

Exam 1 has been graded and will be returned on Tuesday.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Reports on 2/28

The following reports are scheduled for 2/28:
The Western novel (The Virginian, etc.) Amanda Renslow
Jack London in the marketplace Taylor Armstrong
Frost's contemporaries (Edwin Arlington Robinson, etc.) Ryan Carli
Oscar Micheaux (African American filmmaker and writer) Bushra Zaman

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meet in the MASC today

Don't forget--we're meeting in the MASC today for class. Go down the stairs in the library and you'll see it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Study Guide for Exam 1 and Assignment Pages for Papers 2 & 3

The Study Guide for Exam 1, Assignment Page for Paper 2, and Assignment Page for Paper 3 (optional paper) are now available. You can find links for all of them by clicking on Assignments in the sidebar.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Send questions on Chesnutt

Some of you have already sent your questions on Chesnutt's stories; if you haven't, please do so as soon as possible so that I can get them copied for tomorrow's class.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Change to Syllabus for 3/27/12 and 3/29/12

I'll announce this in class, too, but please note these changes to your syllabus:

3/27: Read ALL of Edith Wharton's Summer instead of just part of it.

3/29: No class. Paper 3 will still be due on this date, but you will need to upload it to Angel instead of turning in a paper copy. If you really want to turn in a paper copy, please do so on Tuesday, 3/27.

Laptop Day Tuesday, 2/14

Because the wireless wasn't working on our last Laptop Day, we will have another one on Tuesday, February 14, when we discuss the other Charles W. Chesnutt stories. We'll work on the MLA bibliography exercise from the other day and will also look for contextual sources for Chesnutt.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Questions from last Thursday's class

Here are the questions on "Old Woman Magoun," "The Long Arm," and "The Revolt of 'Mother.'"
Thanks to Kelsey for reminding me to post them!

Resources for writing papers

You can find the MLA Bibliography link on the sidebar, and the other resources are linked under Assignments.

Here's the document on thesis statements and topic sentences that I mentioned in class: