West Chester University

Fall 2004and
Spring 2005

West Chester University

Spring 2003

Fall 2002

Spring 2002

Fall 2001






Course Information
  LIT 165 Syllabus
  LIT 165 Announcements
  LIT 165 Assignments
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  WRT 120 Announcements
  WRT 120 Assigmments

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Spring 2005)
  Adieu to Imaginary Worlds
  One Last Look at Imaginary Worlds
  Notes on 'Before the Law'
  Samuel Beckett Links
  Notes on 'Waiting for Godot'
  Approaching 'Waiting for Godot'
  Notes on 'Axolotl' by Julio Cortazar
  Notes on 'EPICAC' by Kurt Vonnegut
  DIRECTIONS: Independent Project
  Suggested Readings: Independent Project
  Utopia/Dystopia Links
  Character Analysis: Brave New World
  Analyzing the Brave New World
  Defining Utopia
  Embarking on the Brave New World
  A Critique of BRAVE NEW WORLD
  Dante Links
  Inferno: Final Destinations, Cantos XXXII-XXXIV
  Inferno: Malebolge, Cantos XVIII-XXXI
  Inferno: Questions/Analysis, Cantos XII - XVII
  Structure in the Inferno: Analysis, Cantos V - XI
  Inferno: Questions for Analysis, Cantos I - V
  Introducing Canto I
  Approaching the Divine Comedy
  Relating to Dante's Inferno
  Our Goals for Studying the Inferno
  Assignment Sheet: PAPER #1
  The Birthmark
  Leaf By Niggle
  Responses to Leaf By Niggle
  'On Fairy Stories' by J.R.R. Tolkien
  Notes on Ovid and 'Metamorphoses'
  Analyzing the Mythic Tales
  The Four Functions of Myth
  Myth and Metaphor
  Myth - Links
  Filtering the Introduction to 'Fantastic Worlds'
  'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and 'The Zebra Storyteller
  Introducing the 'Imaginary Worlds' Theme
  Alice In Wonderland
  The Metamorphosis

Notebook for Effective Writing I (Spring 2004)
  Conference Schedule: 4/21 and 4/26
  Commentary: Following Up Your Response
  Critical Thinking and Commentary
  Casebook: Evaluating Sources
  What is Argument?
  Parts of an Argument
  Casebook Assignment Sheet
  Rubric for Evaluation of Writing
  Assignment Sheet: Essay#1
  Expressive Writing
  Short Stories About Identity
  Thoughts on Stories About Identity
  Poems About Identity
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Mind-map: Identity

ENG Q20: Basic Writing (Fall 2004)
  ENG Q20 Syllabus
  Frederick Douglass Excerpt
  Propaganda Analysis
  How to Detect Propaganda
  George Orwell's Politics and the English Language
  Propaganda Analysis Exercise

Go Exploring
  Weblog for WRT 120
  Writing Assistance on the Web
  Blackboard at WCU
  WCU Homepage
  WCU's Francis Harvey Green Library


~~ Suggested Readings for the Independent Project ~~

Hieronymus Bosch


Mythic Tale(s) (any culture)
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The Odyssey, Book XI by Homer
The Aeneid, Book VI by Virgil
Purgatorio or Paradiso by Dante
Beowulf (Anonymous)
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Grendel by John Gardener
Book VI, The Aeneid by Virgil
The Vision of Paul the Apostle (Gnostic Gospel)
Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Watership Down by Richard Adams
1984 by George Orwell
The Time Machine or War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Lady of Shallot by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Paradise by Toni Morrison
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter Miller
A Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
Our Town by Thorton Wilder
Any novel by Phillip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, or Robert A. Heinlein
The Wild Ass's Skin by Honore de Balzac
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Einstein's Dream by Alan Lightman
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Anthem by Ann Rynd
The Giver by Lois Lowry
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Mirra Ginsburg
334: A Novel by Thomas Disch
At Swim Two Birds by Flann O'Brien
Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift
A Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
The Double by Fydor Dostoyevsky
The Baron in the Trees OR Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.: J. Henry Waugh, Prop. by Robert Coover
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
Goethe's Faust, by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

[and more]

Suggested Films

2001: A Space Odyssey
The Matrix
Star Wars
The Lord of the Rings
The Truman Story
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I [HEART] Huckabees
The Omega Man
Planet of the Apes
Waking Life
Donnie Darko
Logan's Run
Fahrenheit 451
The Lord of the Flies
Being John Malkovitch
The Butterfly Effect
The Village
Sky Captain of the World of Tomorrow
The Fight Club
Jurassic Park
The Island of Dr. Moreau
A Clockwork Orange

[and more]






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