West Chester University

Fall 2001

Spring 2002

West Chester University

Fall 2002





Course Information
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Your Response and Mine
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  Fundamental Questions about Literature
  Four Short Stories (Considerations)
  Genesis of the Short Story
  Responding to 'The Birthmark'
  Notes on Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Bartleby - A Guided Reading
  Bartleby - Questions for Analysis
  A Few Notes on Herman Melville
  A Vocabulary for Fiction and Beyond
  Notes on Innovative Fiction
  Five Writers Define the Short Story
  A Study Guide for the Fiction Exam
  Ars Poetica
  Poets Define the Art of Poetry
  Reading Poetry
  Supplemental Poems
  The Craft of Poetry - Imagery
  The Craft of Poetry - Sound
  The Forms of Poetry
  Revisiting Theme, Ambiguity, Irony, Symbol, and Parodox in Poetry
  Study Guide for the Poetry Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  Aristotle's Tragic Hero
  Stepping Through Oedipus the King
  The Relevance of Oedipus Today
  Oedipus the King -- Study Questions
  Ibsen's Theater / A Doll House
  A Study Guide for the Drama Exam
  Study Guide for the Final Exam

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~~ LIT 165 Assignments ~~


For Monday and Wednesday 4/22-24/02, read "A Doll House" by Henrik Ibsen (pp. 1137-1202)


If you missed any classes on Oedipus, recall these assignments. (4/15/02 - 4/19/02)

Classwork and Discussion (4/15-17/02)

Summarize these sections of the play, noting what action occurs, what characters are involved in each scene (and their personalities) and what you are reading "between the lines" in terms of theme and dramatic irony:

Prologue: pp. 988-993
Chorus: p. 993
Episode (1): pp. 995-1001
Chorus: p. 1001
Episode (2): pp. 1002-1011
Chorus: p. 1011
Episode (3): pp. 1012-1021
Chorus: p. 1021
Episode (4) - Exodus - pp. 1021-1029
Chorus (final lines) - p. 1029

See "Stepping Through Oedipus the King"

Study Questions. We discussed these in class on 4/19/02:

1. Recall that plot is driven by conflict. What is the conflict at the heart of this play?

2. In what sense is Oedipus the King a "tragedy" by Meyer's definition (p. 985). In what sense is Oedipus a "tragic hero" by Aristotle's definition? Of what value is tragedy generally, in your opinion?

3. What questions are raised by this ancient play which still seem relevant to you today?

See "Oedipus the King - Study Questions"

Remember these previous assignments:

Read "A Study of Sophocles" (981-988)

Read Oedipus the King (981-1029)

Read Aristotle's "On Tragic Character" (1030-1032) and my notes "Aristotle's Tragic Hero"

Prepare to discuss the following aspects of Sophocles' play on Monday:

  • What do you learn in the prologue about the Oedipus, his predicament, and the predicament of Thebes? What conflicts are laid out? What is revealed about Oedipus' character?
  • What do you learn from the chorus in each choral ode? What's the role of the chorus in its major appearances?
  • How does the play fit Michael Meyer's definition of tragedy and Aristotle's definition of the tragic hero?






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