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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

 

~~ LIT 165 Announcements ~~

DATE
ANNOUNCEMENT
FINAL EXAM
schedule

Class will meet during the final exam period.  You will complete an in-class reflection exercise and turn in your final portfolio. The final exam schedule is available here.

TR 11:00 am meets on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 am in MAIN 300.
TR 12:30 pm meets on Thursday Dec. 15 at 10:30 am in MAIN 302.



WEEK 14
11/29 - 12/1

We'll begin discussing Franz Kafka's "Before the Law" and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot on Tuesday, 11/29 and we'll begin viewing it on Thursday, 12/1.

WEEK 13
11/22

We'll finish screening the film Gattaca on Tuesday, 11/22.  No class on Thursday--Happy Thanksgiving!!!

WEEK 12
11/16 - 11/18

We'll finish discussing the novel Brave New World on Tuesday and begin screening the film Gattaca on Thursday.

WEEK 11
11/8 - 11/10

Paper #2 is  due on Tuesday, 11/8.  We'll begin working on the novel Brave New World.  Finish reading this novel by Thursday, 11/11.  See the course notes posted on Brave New World for this week.

WEEK 10
11/1 - 11/3

We'll finish discussing Dante's Inferno.  Topics for Paper #2 on the Inferno are due on Thursday, 11/3.  The paper will be due on Tuesday, 11/8.  We'll begin working on the novel Brave New World next week.  Read ahead!

WEEK 9
10/25 - 10/27

We're continuing work on Dante's Inferno.  An amendment to the course syllabus was distributed in class today; the distribution for the final course grade has been changed to account for the lack of objective quizzes.  You can see the changes on the online syllabus, or pick up a paper copy in class.

EEK 8
10/18 - 10/20

Paper #1 is due on Tues. 10/18. Prepare to begin discussing Dante's Inferno on Thursday, 10/20.

WEEK 7
10/11 - 10/13

Fall Break, Tues. 10/11. For Thursday, 10/13, bring a complete draft of Paper #1 to class for a writing workshop.  You'll share your drafts with classmates to give and receive constructive feedback.  Remember the due date for the final draft is Tuesday, 10/18.

EEK 6
10/4 - 10/6

There is no class this week. During class time I'll be holding individual conferences in my office (Main Hall, 312) to discuss your topic development for Paper #1.  If you were absent on Thursday 9/29, please email me to schedule a conference time on either Tuesday 10/4 or Thursday 10/6.  Bring your topic ideas to the conference.  While you are working on your paper read Dante's Inferno. Make it your goal to finish the book (read Cantos 1 - 34) by the time you are ready to hand in the final draft of your paper on Tuesday 10/18. 

WEEK 5
9/27 - 9/29

We'll begin analyzing a few short stories: "Axolotl" and "Leaf by Niggle," both in Fantastic Worlds.  See the assignments page for specific reading assignments.

WEEK 4
9/20 - 9/22

We'll continue analyzing mythic stories: "The Eye of the Giant" and the three tales by Ovid.  Specific reading assignments in Fantastic Worlds are listed on the assignments page.  In addition to reading the material in Fantastic Worlds, look for files on this website: "Notes on The Eye of the Giant"; "Reading Ovid's Tales"; "From Myth to Literature: Approaching Ovid's Tales."

WEEK 3
9/13 - 9/15

We'll continue analyzing mythic stories.  Specific reading assignments in Fantastic Worlds are listed on the assignments page.  In addition to reading the material in Fantastic Worlds, look for files on this website: Filtering the Introduction to Fantastic Worlds; Analyzing Mythic Tales; and others as they appear this week. 

WEEK 2
9/6 - 9/8

We are continuing to consider the Imagination Poems set, as well as the story in Fantastic Worlds, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (p. 202).  On Thursday, we'll move into the mythic stories, "Imagining Creation," beginning with two Genesis tales in Fantastic Worlds, "King James Bible's Genesis" and "Blackfoot Genesis."  In addition to the reading, there's an informal writing assignment due in clas on 9/8 (see assignments page).  An in-class informal writing exercise was completed in in class on Thursday 9/8.  If you were absent, you can access that assignment here.

WEEK 1
8/30 - 9/1

Welcome to Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds. This week we're exploring the meaning of our course theme, Imaginary Worlds, and discussing the readings in the handout "Imagination Poems."



 

 

 

 

 

     

 


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