West Chester University

Fall 2004and
Spring 2005

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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


Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds
Paper #1


La Belle Dame Sans Merci (handout)
The Zebra Storyteller (handout)
Introduction (Fantastic Worlds)
Sources of the Fantastic (Fantastic Worlds)
Genesis (Fantastic Worlds)
Blackfoot Genesis (Fantastic Worlds)
The Eye of the Giant (Fantastic Worlds)
How I Brought Death Into the World
The Myth of Actaeon (Fantastic Worlds)
The Myth of Narcissus (Fantastic Worlds)
The Myth of Philomela (Fantastic Worlds)
Leaf By Niggle (Fantastic Worlds)
The Birthmark (Fantastic Worlds)

Optional: "On Fairy Stories" by J.R.R. Tolkien (online)

Directions: Develop your own specific topic based on either an expressive, objective, or persuasive approach to the readings. Your paper should engage several of the assigned readings in some depth. Research to supplement your own commentary is strictly optional, but if you do include researched material from a source other than our textbook, you are responsible for documenting it correctly using MLA style parenthetical documentation. Another option: you can work with texts not on the reading list as long as you include at least one text from the reading list.

Requirements: Three - five pages; typed; double-spaced.
Topics Due: Tuesday 2/8 or Wednesday 2/9
Workshop: Thursday 2/10 or Friday 2/11
Final Paper: Due Monday 2/14 or Tuesday 2/15.

Topic Approaches
These notes are meant to be suggestive, not exclusive.

Develop a paper that explores your own understanding of the relevance of several works on the reading list. Discuss your personal opinions, responses, and feelings about some of the broad themes you identify in the readings. Test the work's value by exploring how it relates to your own life experiences.

Develop a paper that analyzes or interprets the meaning of one or more of the works on the reading list.
· Write a comparative analysis.
· Trace the development of a common theme through more than one work.
· Analyze one or more of the mythic stories to see how they illustrate Joseph Campbell's "four functions of myth."
· Present an interpretation of one or more of the works we studied.
· Write a critique: Establish and apply evaluative criteria to one or more of the works we studied.

Identify the ambiguity in at least one of the works on the reading list and then argue for a particular interpretation. Acknowledge other interpretations but prove, by your close analysis of details in the text, that your interpretation is a strong one. Argue for a particular reading of one or more of the works we studied.

Write a short story, a long poem, or 10 short poems about creation, imagination, fantasy, or beauty.






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