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Notebook for Topics in Literature: Rites of Passage (Spring 2006)
Notebook for Effective Writing I (Spring 2006)
Notebook for Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds (Fall 2005)
Notebook for Effective Writing I (Fall 2005)
Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds
Imagination Poems Set (handout)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Fantastic Worlds)
Introduction/Sources of the Fantastic (Fantastic Worlds)
Genesis (Fantastic Worlds)
Blackfoot Genesis (Fantastic Worlds)
The Eye of the Giant (Fantastic Worlds)
The Myth of Actaeon (Fantastic Worlds)
The Myth of Narcissus (Fantastic Worlds)
The Myth of Philomela (Fantastic Worlds)
Axolotl (Fantastic Worlds)
Leaf By Niggle (Fantastic Worlds)
Notes on the readings at the course website: http://brainstorm-services.com/wcu-2005
The Zebra Storyteller (Fantastic Worlds)
“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 one or more of the assigned readings in 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. Also, 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 10/4 or Thursday 10/6
Workshop: Tuesday 10/13
Final Paper: Due Thursday 10/18
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.
Identify something(s) which might be considered ambiguous in at least one of the works we studied and then argue for a particular interpretation. Acknowledge other interpretations but prove, by your close analysis of the details in the text, that your interpretation is a strong (logical, rational) one. In other words, argue for a particular reading of one or more of the works we studied.
Write a creative nonfiction piece, a fictional short story, a long poem, or 10 short poems about imagination, dreaming, creation/creativity, metamorphosis/transformation/change/growth, beauty, paradise, or the afterlife.
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