West Chester University

Fall 2001

Spring 2002

West Chester University

Fall 2002



Course Information
  Lit 165 Syllabus
  ENG 020 Syllabus
  About the Instructor

Notes for Introduction to Literature
  Approaching Literature
  Notes on the Art of Fiction: Early Forms
  The Short Story
  Graduate Students Define the Art of Fiction
  Bartleby the Scrivener - Questions for Analysis
  Notes on Melville
  Critical Approaches to Literature
  A Vocabulary for Short Fiction and Beyond
  Study Guide for Fiction Exam
  Reading Poetry
  The Craft of Poetry
  A Catalogue of Poems
  Notes on Langston Hughes
  Lines of Continuity
  Poetry Take Home Exam
  The Birth of Drama
  A Doll House
  Study Guide for the Final Exam
  A Glossary of Literary Terms

Notes for Basic Writing (ENG 020)
  The Rhetorical Situation
  Essay #1 Assignment Sheet
  Workshop Assignment for Essay#1
  How to Write Descriptively
  Building a Thesis
  Overcoming Reader's Block
  Analysis and the Culture of Advertising
  Essay #2 Assignment Sheet
  Writing Effective Introductions
  Writing Effective Conclusions
  Propaganda Analysis
  Politics and the English Language
  Propaganda: A Sample Analysis
  Midterm Exam: Tips for Writing on the Spot
  Notes on Rational Argument
  Mapping the Parts of an Arugment

General Announcements
  Announcements for LIT 165
  Assignments for LIT 165
  Announcements for ENG 020
  Assignments for ENG 020


Go Exploring
  A Weblog for LIT 165
  A Weblog for ENG 020

Join the Conversation
  LIT 165 Discussion List
  ENG 020 Discussion List


~ 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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