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  LIT 165 Syllabus
  LIT 165 Announcements
  LIT 165 Assignments
  WRT 120 Syllabus
  WRT 120 Announcements
  WRT 120 Assigmments

Notebook for Topics in Literature: Rites of Passage (Spring 2006)

Notebook for Effective Writing I (Spring 2006)
  Understanding the 'Rhetorical Situation'

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
  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

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'

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 Assignments ~~

DATE DUE
ASSIGNMENT


WEEK 14
We'll discuss and then view Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
11/29 We'll begin discussing Waiting for Godot in class; we may also try to cover Franz Kafka's "Before the Law."
WEEK 13
We'll finish screening the film Gattaca.  No class on Thursday--happy Thanksgiving!!
11/22 Gattaca, part 2.
WEEK 12
We'll finish studying Brave New World and begin screening the film Gattaca.
11/17 Finish reading Brave New World.  For class on Tuesday 11/16, prepare to discuss the debate between John ("the Savage") and Mustapha Mond in chapters 16 and 17.  Do you think there's a winner or loser in this debate?  Which argument do you personally find more compelling?
11/15 Finish reading Brave New World.  For class on Tuesday 11/16, prepare to discuss the debate between John ("the Savage") and Mustapha Mond in chapters 16 and 17.  Do you think there's a winner or loser in this debate?  Which argument do you personally find more compelling?  [12:30 class--sorry we missed our class discussion because I had to cancel class--here are the notes I would have distributed, "The Problem of Stability in Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD."]
WEEK 11
Paper #2 is due on Tuesday, 11/8.  Finish reading Brave New World by Thursday (11/10)
11/10 Study through chapter 6 in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.  For class on Thursday 11/10, do some informal internet research on the terms "dehumanization" and "transhumanism." Wikipedia.com is an excellent online encyclopedia.
11/8 Paper #2 is due today.  We'll begin discussing Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
WEEK 10
We will finish discussing Dante's Inferno this weekTopics for Paper #2 are due on Thursday, 11/3.
11/3 Read Dante's Inferno through to the end, Canto XXXIV (34) for class today.  Also, I'll ask you to submit your topic for Paper #2.
11/1 Read Dante's Inferno through Canto XXV (25) for class today.
WEEK 9
We are continuing work on Dante's Inferno.
10/27 We'll discuss Dante's Inferno through Canto XII (12) in class today.  (Tuesday's in-class writing assignment is available here.)
10/25 Study Dante's Inferno through Canto XII (12).  (Today's in-class writing assignment is available here.)
WEEK 8
We are beginning work on Dante's Inferno.
10/20 Prepare to work with Cantos 1-5 in class (discussion/classwork).  Here's the handout we used in class: "Questions for Analyzing Cantos 1-5"
10/18 Paper #1 is due on Tuesday, 10/18.  Study the first 8 Cantos of the Inferno this week.
WEEK 7
This is a short week because of Fall Break.  You shoud be drafting your essay and reading the Inferno.  Remember the writing workshop is on 10/13, and the goal is for you to finish reading the Inferno by Tuesday 10/18 when you hand in your final draft of Paper #1. 
10/11 and 10/13
No class on 10/11 (Fall Break).  Writing workshop on 10/13: bring a complete draft of your essay to class for peer review.
10/4 and 10/6
See the conference schedule if you forgot your time.  I'll post it shortly and you can find it from here.  Read ahead into Dante's Inferno while you are away from class.  Try to finish the book by 10/18, when you hand in Paper #1.  Check the Notebook section for links to web sites that might assist your reading.
WEEK 6
No class this week.  I am holding individual conferences this week to discuss topic development for Paper #1.
9/29
Read "Leaf by Niggle" by J.R.R. Tolkien in Fantastic Worlds (Optional: Read "On Fairy Stories" by J.R.R. Tolkien, available online).
9/27
Read "Axolotl" by Julio Cortazar in Fantastic Worlds (p. 424).
WEEK 5
We're studying two short stories: "Axolotl" by Julio Cortazar and "Leaf by Niggle" by J.R.R. Tolkien.
9/22
Continued work on the Ovid tales.
9/20
Read the notes on Ovid in the NOTES section of this website:  Reading Ovid's Tales; and From Myth to Literature: Approaching Ovid's Tales.
WEEK 4
We're  continuing work on  analyzing Mythic Tales. We're studying the "The Eye of the Giant" and the Ovid tales: The Myth of Acteon, The Myth of Narcissus, and The Myth of Philomela.
9/15
Continue to study "Genesis" (p. 41) and "Blackfoot Genesis" (p. 47); write an analysis of the similarities and differences between the two stories and bring that to class.
9/13
Read the Introduction (pp. 3-39) in Fantastic Worlds; also reread "Genesis" (p. 41) and "Blackfoot Genesis" (p. 47); read "The Eye of the Giant" (p. 53)
WEEK 3
We're  continuing work on  analyzing Mythic Tales.
9/8 Today in class students completed an informal writing assignment (10 points).  If you missed class, you can access that assignment here.
9/6
 Writing Assignment: Informal. Discuss your own ideas about the function, purpose, or use of imagination in light of the readings we've discussed in class.  You can refer to the readings or pursue your own ideas independent of the readings.  Then disucss what role imagination plays in your own life (positive? negative? both?) Assigned in class; due on 9/8.
Reading Assignment: "Genesis" (p. 41) and "Blackfoot Genesis" (p. 47).
WEEK 2
In Fantastic Worlds, read "Genesis" (p. 41) and "Blackfoot Genesis" (p. 47)." 
9/2
Writing Assignment: Write a 1-2 page response to one of the readings that least engaged your interest.  Be creative.  Explore why you felt disinterested and what might have made you more interested.  Raise questions or offer a critique.   (DID NOT ASSIGN IN CLASS; if you worked on this, you can submit it for extra credit.)
8/30
Writing Assignment: Informal 1-2 pgs. The readings explore several aspects of the imagination.  Which one grabs your attention the most? What role does imagination play in your own life?  What's your relationship to your imagination?  How do you use it in your everyday life?  What do you avoid?  What do you pursue? (DID NOT ASSIGN IN CLASS; if you worked on this, you can submit it for extra credit.)
WEEK 1
Carefully read the syllabus as well as the handout: "Imagination Poems."  You'll be asked to respond to the readings in class and in writing.


 

 

 

 

 

     

 


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