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


~~ Independent Project ~~


Due: Final Exam Period
Length: 5-7 pages, typed, double spaced
Documentation: MLA Parenthetical

Directions: Select any single literary work (poem, short story, novel, drama, or film) related to our "Imaginary Worlds" course theme (suggested works appear below) on which to base an original literary analysis/synthesis essay.

Specific Guidelines

1. Provide an expressive introduction: what led you to choose the work and how do you believe it relates to our "Imaginary Worlds" course theme? Do not summarize the literary work.

2. Provide a brief summary of critical opinion about the work you chose.

(FHG Library subscribes to several excellent Language and Literature databases, which should make this an easy task. From the Library's Homepage, select "Indexes and Databases," then select "Humanities," then select "Language and Literature," and choose any of the specialized databases for articles about the author and/or the work you've chosen. If you are accessing the page from off campus, you'll need to type in the 16-digit number (beginning either "601") or the 14-digit number (beginning "217") on your Ram E-card.)

3. Enhance your perspective of the work by extensively comparing/contrasting it with one or more of the works we studied OR by researching information that deepens your understanding of some aspect of the work that you find interesting.

(Here are some suggestions for research angles: (1) explore the writer's biography: find facts relating to the author's life and relate them to the work; (2) explore some detail relating to the subject matter or theme of the work in greater depth or currency; (3) explore some aspect of the surrounding social context and relate it to the work; (4) compare/contrast the work you chose with another literary work we haven't studied (i.e., a work by another author or even by the same author that explores a similar theme, form, etc.); or (5) apply a theory from another discipline (sociological or psychological analysis, Marxism, feminism, quantum physics, whatever!) to some aspect of the literary work (an interpretation of character, for example)

4. Provide an analysis of the text that examines one or more its key features (i.e., its characters, themes, motifs, symbolic or allegorical meanings, etc.)

5. Provide an expressive conclusion: what relevance does this work have for contemporary readers? For you? Why do you think readers might be interested in it?

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