West Chester University

Spring 2003

West Chester University

Fall 2002

Spring 2002

Fall 2001





Course Information
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

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
  Defining the Short Story
  The Genesis of the Short Story
  The Art of the Short Story
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  A Guided Reading of 'Bartleby'
  'Bartleby--Questions for Analysis
  A Cultural Context for 'Bartleby'
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Young Man on Sixth Avenue
  A Study Guide for the Fiction Exam
  Defining Poetry
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry: Imagery
  Supplemental Poems
  The Craft of Poetry: Sound
  The Craft of Poetry: Structure
  Lines of Continuity
  Study Guide for the Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Greek Tragedy
  Stepping Through OEDIUPS THE KING
  Aristotle's 'Tragic Hero'
  Questions for Studying OEDIUPS
  The Relevance of OEDIPUS Today
  Study Guide for the Drama Exam

Notes for Effective Writing I
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'

  John Gardner

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


Go Exploring
  Weblog for WRT 120
  Weblog for LIT 165
  Writing Assistance on the Web

Join an Online Forum
  WRT 120 Composition Forum
  LIT 165 Introduction to Literature Forum


~~ H O M E ~~

Welcome, or welcome back, to West Chester University, Fall 2003.


Wondering what to do here? You can get around this site simply by following the links to the left. They'll stay put there as you navigate around, through, under, above, and beyond the information presented on these pages (unless you go exploring). If you check back here regularly during the semester, you'll notice new pages added as class notes, handouts, assignment sheets, announcements and various other materials begin to appear under the headings you see over there. Some materials are already in place (like the course syllabus), and you can try clicking on them to get a feel for how the site works.


This site is maintained by the founder of Brainstorm Services, West Chester University Adjunct English Instructor, Stacy Tartar Esch. Its purpose is to give students in my classes an additional way to get in touch with me as well as an additional way get connected to information crucial to thier success in their respective courses. On this site, students will find the course syllabus, my own lecture notes, visual aids, class handouts, exercises or suggested exercises, suggested reading, announcements, and supplemental links for the further exploration of topics we discuss in class. All of the materials published here have only one aim: to help you get your head around our course material more completely, or more conveniently. Think of this site as your virtual notebook.

New for Fall 2003

This academic year (Fall 2003 - Spring 2004) I am on hiatus from the classroom. So while I'm away from home, I'm working on launching a new feature for the "virtual notebook" (preserved from last semester to the left). Although I already provide a weblog, I've decided to work on an expanded version of it, something more detailed and instructive that will provide my students and the wider Internet audience with more focused units of study (for lack of a better, more engaging term!)... Periodically, a kind of cyber-centrifugal curiosity spins me out into the web or deep into the reaches of a library to hunt for knowledge, or to absorb an author, and I love to read. These journeys are joyous. But eventually a heavy kind of gravity, a nagging need to step back and think about it all, to distill and synthesize and bring it back to earth where it can be shared with other people overtakes me (teachers are a special breed, no doubt about it!). A weblog just doesn't cut it. Thus, the pages found under "Journeys" (see the menus to the left), updated as often as I'm able.







Questions? Contact me.

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