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


~~ LIT 165 Announcements ~~

Portfolios with graded papers due. See assignments page for specific directions.
4/25 - 4/27
Wrapping up the course. Concluding comments, course evaluations. Hand in Paper #3 on the last day of class.
4/18 - 4/22
Class discussion on Waiting for Godot and on Franz Kafka's "Before the Law," which will be distributed in class.
4/11 - 4/15

We're beginning work on Waiting for Godot. We'll view a performance of the play on video this week. Complete your reading by of the text by the end of the screening (Wed., 4/13 or Thurs., 4/14). The homework assignment for this week is posted on the assignments page.

4/4 - 4/8

We're continuing with assigned readings. Some will be in Fantastic Worlds and some will be either distributed in class or assigned online (you print your own copy). The first reading assignment following paper #2 is "EPICAC" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Fantastic Worlds, p. 372). The next one is "Cockroaches" (Fantastic Worlds, p. 411) and "Axolotl" (Fantastic Worlds, p. 424). [T/R 12:30 class: please note the writing assignment that's due on Thursday 4/7 in lieu of class.]

M/W/F 2:00: There was an in-class writing assignment on 4/6/05 on "Cockroaches" and "Axolotl." If you missed class on Wed. 4/6/05, you can access the in-class writing assignment here.

3/28 - 4/1

Both sections are screening the film, 1984. To follow up on some of the themes introduced in 1984, read Emily Dickinson's poem, "Much Madness is Divinest Sense."

Paper 2 is due Thursday, March 31 or Friday, April 1. The M/W/F 2:00 class: we'll screen Gattaca on Wed/Fri this week.

3/21 - 3/25

We're finishing our discussion of Brave New World. The assignment sheet for Paper 2 has been distributed in class and is avaliable online. The due date for Paper 2 is Thursday, March 31 or Friday, April 1. For the M/W/F 2:00 class: an informal writing assignment is due this week; see the assignments page. For the T/R 12:30 class: an informal classwork assignment is due this week. The assignment sheet is available here.

Time permitting, we'll screen the film of George Orwell's novel, 1984.

Please note that an Extra Credit Opportunity has been added to the "Assignments" page.

3/14 - 3/18

We're discussing Brave New World. The assignment sheet for the Independent Reading Project, due during Finals week, was distributed in class. You can access it online as well.

3/7 - 3/11

ENJOY! Please read Brave New World over the break.
2/28 - 3/4

We are FINISHING the Inferno. For a specific reading schedule, see the assignments page.

2/21 - 2/25

We are continuing work on the Inferno. Please read as far ahead as you can. For specific reading instructions, see the assignments page. We are planning to finish reading the Inferno by Wed. 3/2 (next week).

2/14 - 2/18

Your first formal paper is due this week. We'll begin working on the Inferno. See the assignment page for specific reading assignments related to the Inferno. I encourage you to make use of some of the web resources I've linked to.

2/7 - 2/11

T/R 12:30 class: bring a complete draft of your first paper to class on Thursday. Final draft is due on Tuesday 2/15.
M/W/F 2:00 class: bring a complete draft of your first paper to class on Monday 2/14. Final draft is due on Wednesday 2/16.

We've finished working on "The Birthmark" by Hawthorne. You can refer to notes on the story in the Notebook section.

Informal writing (homework) and follow-up in class writing were assigned. If you missed one of these or both, check the assignments page (week 4 + 5) to make it up.

The assignment sheet for the first formal paper was distributed on 2/4. I'll ask you to report your chosen topic in class on Tuesday 2/8 or Wed. 2/9. The paper will be due Tues. 2/15 or Wed. 2/16.

At the end of the week, we'll arrange study groups for work on "The Inferno."

1/31 - 2/4

We are moving on to "Fairy Tale." We'll study one work, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "Leaf By Niggle" and then move on to "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Note the writing homework for Friday 2/4 or Tuesday 2/8 on the assignments page.

Tolkien has written an essay called "On Fairy Stories," which you can read online if you are interested.

1/24 - 1/28

To begin the week we'll continue to work on "Mythic Tales." The readings are in the anthology, Fantastic Worlds. Please note that an Extra Credit Opportunity has been added to the "Assignments" page.

1/18 - 1/21

Enjoy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! (To celebrate, maybe you'd like to read, "Letter From Birmingham Jail," or listen to the famous "I Have a Dream Speech.")

The rest of this week, we'll be working on "Mythic Tales." The readings are in the anthology, Fantastic Worlds.

1/10 - 1/14

Welcome to Topics in Literature. This week we're exploring the meaning of our theme, Imaginary Worlds.

To my 2:00 class—so sorry I forgot to collect your responses on Wed at the end of class. Please bring them on Friday!









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