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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
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  Approaching the Art of Fiction
  Defining the Short Story
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  ARABY by James Joyce
  WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Joyce Carol Oates
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  THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
  YOUNG MAN ON SIXTH AVENUE
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  Writing Workshop - Short Fiction
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  LITERARY SYNTHESIS PROJECT
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  Study Questions: DEATH OF A SALESMAN

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

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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)
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  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
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  Reading Ovid's Tales
  From Myth to Literature: Approaching Ovid's Tales
  Notes on THE EYE OF THE GIANT
  Functions of the Genesis Tales
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  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
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  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
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  WRT 120 Course Syllabus for Fall 2005

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Topics in Literature: Imaginary Worlds
Paper #2

PRINTER FRIENDLY ASSIGNMENT SHEET

Readings
Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Trans. Robert Pinsky (2000)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

Optional Readings
"Dante and the Medieval Invention of the Self" by Gary Gutchess (online)
"Brave New World: A Defense of Paradise Engineering?" by David Pearce (online)


Directions: Develop your own specific topic based on either an expressive, objective, or persuasive approach to the Inferno and Brave New World. Your paper should engage both of the assigned readings in some 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.

Topic Approaches

EXPRESSIVE
Develop a paper that explores your own understanding of the relevance of each of these works. Discuss your personal opinions, responses, and feelings about the themes, characters or situations you encounter in the readings. Explore ways in which these works resonate with your understanding of contemporary American culture.

OBJECTIVE
Develop a paper that analyzes or interprets the meaning of one or both of the works assigned (Inferno and Brave New World).

  • Write a comparative analysis.
  • Trace the development of a common theme through both works.
  • Present an objective interpretation of one or both works.
  • Write a thematic analysis of one or both works.
  • Write a critique of one or both works.

PERSUASIVE
Identify the ambiguity in at least one of the works on the reading list and then argue for a particular interpretation. Acknowledge other interpretations but prove, by your close analysis of details in the text, that your interpretation is a strong one. Argue for a particular reading of one or more of the works we studied.

CREATIVE

  • Create and describe an alternatively structured Inferno. The Hell you envision and describe may be very different from Dante's but it should, like Dante's, include your vision of a comprehensive system of "punishment."
  • Create and describe an alternative utopia or dystopia to the one Huxley describes.

Suggested Topics: Paper 2
(These are meant to be suggestive, not exclusive.)

Expressive

  • What seems eerily familiar to you about the Brave New World? What connections can you make between the world Huxley invents and our own present society?
  • Does the moral order Dante establishes in the Inferno satisfy your own moral consciousness? How might you personally rearrange the hierarchy of "sins" to be punished, or change the punishments themselves to better suit our modern world?
  • You can respond expressively to the criticism that the Inferno and Brave New World "justify torture."
  • You can establish expressively whether Brave New World represents a vision of "utopia," "dystopia," or some combination of the two.

Objective

  • Compare/contrast the theme of individuality, free will, or rebellion in Brave New World and the Inferno.
  • Compare Dante's friendship with Virgil in the Inferno with Bernard Marx's friendship with Helmholtz Watson in Brave New World.
  • Trace the theme of "dehumanization" in the Inferno or in Brave New World, or compare/contrast how the theme is developed in each work.
  • Compare/contrast Beatrice in the Inferno and Lenina Crowne in Brave New World.
  • Interpret the social role that science plays in Brave New World, then compare/contrast its role in the novel with its role in our own society.
  • Interpret the meaning of "progress" in Brave New World. Relate the notion of "progress" you find to the modern concept of "transhumanism."

Persuasive

  • Argue that Dante's Inferno may still be relevant for modern readers who may reject its Christian theology and medieval cosmology.
  • Argue that the system of "punishments" described in the Inferno does or does not represent a form of "perfect justice."
  • Argue that Brave New World is a "utopia," a "dystopia," or both.
  • Argue for or against "happiness" and "stability" as the basis for a utopian society.
  • Argue that the seed of Huxley's Brave New World is planted right here in our own modern world.

 

 

 

     

 


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