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Course Information
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Ambiguity
  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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~ A Weblog for Introduction to Literature ~    
 

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, 5th ed.
by Michael Myers
This is the new companion Web site that accompanies your textbook, The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, Fifth Edition. Check this out for some useful online resources, like a glossary of literary terms, visual images, audio poetry clips, and further materials for the authors treated by your text in depth. When you explore the online resources, you'll find they're practically limitless! Defintely recommended.

 

  An Intrepid Lit Instructor's Page
Notes and links of interest to students in English Literature and Communications Studies, compiled by Professor John Lyle, Brock University. Last updated 1997, but still very useful.

  The Lady of Shallot
First enjoy the poem by Tennyson—then click around the rest of this site to study the gorgeous pre-Raphaelite paintings inspired by it.
 

Modern American Poetry Site (MAPS)
From the site:

"
MAPS is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern American poetry. Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001 by the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This site, and all information herein, is intended for non-profit, educational use only."


 

Hawthorne's Women

Scholarly consideration of Hawthorne's treatment of women. Does this essay shed light on Georgiana's character in "The Birthmark"? Find out

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Notes on James Joyce

Notes on James Joyce courtesy of The Open Campus at Durham Tech.

 

Learner.org
What makes a good short story? Have fun stepping through Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" and find out. (Or rediscover what you already knew but forgot.)

From the site:
"Literature gives order to human experience.

Literature explores cultural values.
Literature demands an emotional response from the reader.
Like a great journey, literature can show you things you have never seen before and will never forget.
Join our journey through a classic short story, "A Jury of Her Peers," by Susan Glaspell. Along the way, you'll solve the mystery of whether Minnie Wright killed her husband and explore the story's literary elements. You will also encounter rest stops where you can read more about the structure of story and take part in activities related to "A Jury of Her Peers."

 

 

Classic Short Stories

Another no-nonsense collection of links to on-line versions of classic short stories. It's truly an amazing collection--bookmark it for a rainy day. You never know when you'll want a searchable version of one of these classic short stories, or just something substantive to read once in a while besides email.

 

 

  The Multnoma County Library

Excellent compendium of literature related sites on the Internet. Although compiled for high school students in the Portland, Oregon area, this site is useful to anyone studying literature in college as well. For instance, I found the Author Links page, listed below, right here.


 

 

Bartleby's Blank Wall

An excellent web resource to supplement you're reading of "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville. The team who put together this site did a great job, including two text versions of the story, one hyperlinked including explanatory notes, one the original as it appeared in Putnam's Monthly Magazine in 1853. Also included are scores of interesting images relating to references in the story, and plenty of bibliographic and textual references for serious researchers. Fun browsing, and maybe instructive too.

Other Bartleby sites of interest:

Bartleby the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street: An Interactive Version

Paul Ford's presentation of the story on Ftrain.com



  Author Links

Nothing fancy here, just a bunch of no-nonsense links to over a hundred author pages apparently compiled courtesy of Wessex Books and Records. I checked out a few links, including a great one for J.D. Salinger, to test the site and was amazed at the wealth of information gathered there. A not to be missed resource.

 

The United States of Poetry

The official website to accompany the television series. A great resource containing brief author bios and full text of the poems heard on the video. Excellent for supplementing your viewing of the video because it gives you a chance to study the poems you like best more closely.


 

Greek Mythology Link

IN THE SITE'S OWN WORDS: "The Greek Mythology Link is a new collection of the Greek myths written and published on line by Carlos Parada, author of the book Genealogical Guide to Greek Mythology, published in 1993.
The Greek Mythology Link contains texts, images, tables and maps. The mythical accounts are based exclusively on classical sources.

Oedipus the King - Lectures
A Series of lectures from a distance learning program designed around the Great Books.

The Shakespeare Classroom
From the site:
"This series of pages was originally intended for students who wish to study the works of William Shakespeare at the late high school or introductory college level. My email, however, suggests that others have been using these pages for a wide variety of purposes and at a wide range of levels--graduate students preparing to teach the Bard for the first time, home-school groups looking for more information, and elementary school students and teachers looking for quick summaries of major issues in the plays, to name a few. So feel free to browse around this site, whatever your level, and see what you can use. "
-JM Massi, Ph.D., Psy.D.

 
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