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  LIT 165 Syllabus
  LIT 165 Announcements and Assignments
  WRT 120 Syllabus
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Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Spring 2008)
  A Reading of THE TEMPEST

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Rites of Passage (Spring 2006)
  Goals of the Course
  Fundamental Questions about Literature
  Valuing Literature
  Critical Thinking and Reading Literature
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Literature as ART
  Ambiguity
  Approaching the Art of Fiction
  Defining the Short Story
  Evaluating Short Fiction
  Craft of Fiction: PLOT
  Craft of Fiction: CHARACTER
  Small Group Exercise
  ARABY by James Joyce
  WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Joyce Carol Oates
  Our RITES OF PASSAGE Theme
  A note about GIRL
  POE and the art of STORY OF A HOUR
  THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
  YOUNG MAN ON SIXTH AVENUE
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #1
  Fiction and Ambiguity - Your Questions
  Writing Workshop - Short Fiction
  Poetry Journal Project Assignment Sheet
  LITERARY SYNTHESIS PROJECT
  Defining Poetry
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry
  Drama and Tragedy
  Study Questions: DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Notebook for Effective Writing I (Spring 2006)
  Paper #4 Assignment Sheet
  Critical Thinking and Commentary
  Casebook: Evaluating Sources Worksheet
  Selecting Information
  Evaluating Arguments
  CASEBOOK PROJECT Assignment Sheet
  Approaching Persuasive Writing
  Topic Development - Profile Essay
  Generating Ideas for the Profile Essay
  Paper #2 Assignment Sheet
  Profile Exercise
  Analyzing THE FIVE BEDROOM, SIX FIGURE ROOTLESS LIFE
  Objective Writing: Selected Readings
  Writing Workshop: Paper #1
  Expressive Writing in the NYTimes
  Writing Effective Introductions and Conclusions
  Paper #1: IDENTITY
  Expressive Writing
  Open Letter Exercise and Examples
  EMERSON on Individuality vs. Conformity
  Literature related to IDENTITY
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'

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

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Fall 2005)
  One Last Look at Imaginary Worlds
  Franz Kafka's BEFORE THE LAW
  Analyzing WAITING FOR GODOT
  Approaching WAITING FOR GODOT
  Paper #3: Assignment Sheet
  Paper #4: Independent Project
  The Problem of Stability in BRAVE NEW WORLD
  UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA Links
  Analyzing Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD
  Defining Utopia
  Embarking on Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD
  A Reading of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST
  From today's news (11/3/05)
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #2
  Goodbye to Dante's Imaginary World
  Stepping Through Dante's Inferno: Cantos 10-34
  Stepping Through Dante's Inferno: Cantos 1-10
  INFERNO: Questions/Analysis: Cantos 32-34
  INFERNO: Questions/Analysis: Cantos 18-31
  INFERNO: Questions for Analysis: Cantos 12-17
  INFERNO: Structure
  INFERNO: Questions for Analysis: Cantos 1-5
  INFERNO: Analyzing Canto 1
  Relating to Dante's Inferno
  Approaching Dante's DIVINE COMEDY
  A Little Help with Dante's INFERNO
  Assignment Sheet for Paper #1
  Notes on LEAF BY NIGGLE
  Responses to LEAF BY NIGGLE
  ON FAIRY STORIES: An Essay by Tolkien
  Notes on Axolotl
  Reading Ovid's Tales
  From Myth to Literature: Approaching Ovid's Tales
  Notes on THE EYE OF THE GIANT
  Functions of the Genesis Tales
  Analyzing Mythic Tales
  Defining Mythology
  Filtering the Introduction to FANTASTIC WORLDS
  Commentary on LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI by Keats
  Commentary on DARKNESS by Byron
  Handout: Imagination Poems Set
  What is Imagination?
  Our Course Theme: Imaginary Worlds
  LIT 165 Assignments: Fall 2005
  LIT 165 Announcements: Fall 2005
  Imaginary Worlds: Course Syllabus

Notebook for Effective Writing I (Fall 2005)
  Paper #4: Independent Thinking/Reading/Writing
  Casebook Preparation Checklist
  Casebook Assignment Schedule
  Evaluating Sources for the Casebook
  Casebook Project Assignment Sheet
  Notes on Rational Argument
  Argument
  Assignment Sheet: Objective Writing
  Reviewing Elements of the Profile Essay
  Writing the Profile Essay
  Readings: Objective Writing
  Assignment Sheet: Expressive Writing
  Rubric for Evaluation of Writing
  About SKIN DEEP
  Emerson on Individuality vs. Conformity
  Mind-map: Identity
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'
  Assignments Page
  Announcements Page
  WRT 120 Course Syllabus for Fall 2005

ENG Q20: Basic Writing

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

 
Short Fiction: Ambiguity


You considered some of the ambiguous elements in the short stories you were assigned and brainstormed the following questions for each story:

 
The Flowers (handout/online)
     Do you think the young child has experienced violence from the past?
     How do you think Myop’s personality has changed permanently after she sees the dead man?
     From all the places she was able to pick flowers, why did she pick them from a dead body?

The Story of an Hour (p. 15)
     Has Mrs. Mallard had thoughts of murdering her husband to get free?
     Do you think it is right for Mrs. Mallard to feel liberation so soon after her husband died?
     Does the wife die from shock of seeing that  her husband was still alive, or did she die of disappointment?

The Sorrowful Woman (p. 38)
     Do you think the medicine made her more depressed?
     Who do you sympathize with more, the husband or the wife, and why?
     Did the husband feel freedom or did he feel as if he didn’t do enough for her?

A & P (p. 553)
     Do you think Sammy hated his job in the first place?
     What were Sammy’s true motives for quitting? Did the girls play a significant role?
     Did Sammy really quit his job for the girls or was there a deeper meaning?

Eveline (p. 432)]
     Do you think she was scared of the unknown?
     Is the relationship Eveline shares with her father a healthy one?
     What was the real reason that prevented her from getting on the boat?

Araby (handout/online)
     Do you think he blames his uncle for not letting him get to the fair on time?
     Did the realization that it wasn’t true love cause the young boy to be bitter?
     What inhibited the boy to tell the girl that he was infatuated with her?

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (online)
     What was the moral of this story?
     What was the significance of Arnold’s friend in the car?
     Should the mother be responsible for what happened to Connie, for not establishing trust or communication in their relationship?

Lust (p.282)
     What was the girl’s motive for sleeping around?
     Why does this girl feel the need to have so many meaningless relationships?
     After reflecting back on her experiences, does she view sex in a different light?

Girl (p. 517)
     What would make her mother think that the girl rebels against what’s right and society?
     How old is the character that’s being spoken to?
     When the daughter gets older will she resent her mother for how she was pressured to be?

Soldiers Home (p. 154)
     Why was the son’s relationship with his father so distant?
     What are the motives behind the soldier leaving home at the end?
     Will Harold Krebs ever learn to love again?

How to Tell a True War Story (p. 473)
     Why do you think Lemon’s sister didn’t respond to Rat’s letter and do you think that helped add to his pain?
     Is it possible to tell a true war story? Why or why not?
     When Rat shot the buffalo, did this aid in his mourning process?

Miss Brill (p. 252)
     What makes Miss Brill think she hears crying at the end?
     If the story was continued, what would be next for Miss Brill?
     Do you think next Sunday Miss Brill will go back to watching the band play?

Young Man on Sixth Avenue (online)
     Why is the young man so confident?
     Why does the author use five paragraphs to talk about now and then three paragraphs to talk about the rest of his life?
     Does he look back on his life and wish he was his 25 year-old self or does he appreciate what he has now?

 

 

 

     

 


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