West Chester University

Fall 2002

West Chester University

Spring 2002

Fall 2001





Course Information
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Effective Writing I
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Writing Descriptively
  What Makes a Good Story?
  Building a Thesis
  Notes on 'Purpose'
  Strategies for Writing Introductions
  Strategies for Writing Conclusions
  Assignment #5: Argument
  Understanding Rational Argument

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Fundamental Questions About Literature
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
  Notes on Four Short Stories
  The Genesis of the Short Story
  Defining the Short Story
  The Art of the Short Story
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  A Guided Reading of 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Bartleby--Questions for Analysis
  A Cultural Context for 'Bartleby the Scrivener'
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Billy Collins - 'Introduction to Poetry'
  A Catalogue of Poems for Study
  Approaching a Definition of Poetry?
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry: Imagery
  Readings from 'The United States of Poetry'
  The Craft of Poetry: Sound
  The Craft of Poetry: Structure
  Lines of Continuity
  Study Guide for Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  On Tragic Character
  Stepping Through 'Oedipus the King'
  Analyzing 'Oedipus the King'
  The Relevance 'Oedipus'Today
  Study Guide for the Drama Exam

Announcements and Assignments
  WRT 120 Announcements
  WRT 120 Assignments
  LIT 165 Announcements
  Lit 165 Assignments


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  Weblog for LIT 165
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~ About the Instructor ~

Stacy Tartar Esch
Adjunct English Instructor

For all my hard work in college, I now hold an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Literature, and, somewhere along the line, I earned credit for a Concentration in Creative Writing--all from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I graduated with summa cum laude honors in the long ago and far away year of 1987.


My teaching career began even before I graduated from college. I taught remedial writing while I was still in graduate school and I never stopped. Besides teaching at West Chester University, I've taught at Drexel University, the Community College of Philadelphia, and Delaware County Community College. From 1993-1997, I spent some extremely rewarding years teaching a variety of English classes at St. Louis Community College as a full time member of their English Department. Since returning east, I've been teaching as an adjunct here at West Chester University. It seems I've come around full circle, like the seasons.


Wherever they happen to have been, fifteen years of experience in college classrooms has taught me that my work as your writing and/or reading teacher will be difficult, to say the least. I've been at this too long not to realize the extent to which a lot of students despise writing, or fear it, or are bored to tears by it. Sometimes it's just plain hard, even when you're interested. You don't have to tell me--I already know that quite a few of you loathe reading and hate writing. Feel free to hide it, if it's true. (If it's not true, bless you!) The point is, I am going to try my absolute best to teach you necessary skills in the face of that overwhelming negativity. More than that. I'm going to try to show you what's great and positive about this writing challenge. My hope is that my own bigtime enthusiasm for reading and writing come across to you this semester. I'd love it if some of that enthusiasm rubbed off on you. If nothing else, you'll be exposed to someone who still, in this age of digital media, still loves the slowness and the imaginative power of words, still loves the solitary, private act of reading, still loves the expressiveness of writing--and wants you to love them, too.


I'm a teacher, and by profession I can be long-winded. I could say a lot more here, but I'm holding back. If you have any questions or comments, just contact me. Use the link below. And have a great semester.








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