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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~ About the Instructor ~

Stacy Tartar Esch
Adjunct English Instructor

For all my hard work in college, I now hold an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Literature, and, somewhere along the line, I earned credit for a Concentration in Creative Writing--all from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I graduated with summa cum laude honors in the long ago and far away year of 1987.


My teaching career began even before I graduated from college. I taught remedial writing while I was still in graduate school and I never stopped. Besides teaching at West Chester University, I've taught at Drexel University, the Community College of Philadelphia, and Delaware County Community College. From 1993-1997, I spent some extremely rewarding years teaching a variety of English classes at St. Louis Community College as a full time member of their English Department. Since returning east, I've been teaching as an adjunct here at West Chester University. It seems I've come around full circle, like the seasons.


Wherever they happen to have been, fifteen years of experience in college classrooms has taught me that my work as your writing and/or reading teacher will be difficult, to say the least. I've been at this too long not to realize the extent to which a lot of students despise writing, or fear it, or are bored to tears by it. Sometimes it's just plain hard, even when you're interested. You don't have to tell me--I already know that quite a few of you loathe reading and hate writing. Feel free to hide it, if it's true. (If it's not true, bless you!) The point is, I am going to try my absolute best to teach you necessary skills in the face of that overwhelming negativity. More than that. I'm going to try to show you what's great and positive about this writing challenge. My hope is that my own bigtime enthusiasm for reading and writing come across to you this semester. I'd love it if some of that enthusiasm rubbed off on you. If nothing else, you'll be exposed to someone who still, in this age of digital media, still loves the slowness and the imaginative power of words, still loves the solitary, private act of reading, still loves the expressiveness of writing--and wants you to love them, too.


I'm a teacher, and by profession I can be long-winded. I could say a lot more here, but I'm holding back. If you have any questions or comments, just contact me. Use the link below. And have a great semester.








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