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Course Syllabi and Announcements
  LIT 165 Syllabus
  LIT 165 Announcements and Assignments
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  WRT 120 Announcements and Assignments

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'

Go Exploring
  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

 

~~ Suggested Readings for the Independent Project ~~


Hieronymus Bosch

PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT

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


[and more]


 

 

 

     

 


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