Thursday, February 25, 2010

Call for electronic copies

Scholars, several of you have not yet sent me an electronic copy of your fiction unit essay. Don't let your work go to waste; remember that you must give me an electronic copy to receive a grade on your essay. If you haven't given me an electronic copy yet, you would do well to send me one now.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Note on "Piano" paraphrases

We didn't go over your "Piano" paraphrases in class on Tuesday, so please have them ready to discuss and turn in on Thursday.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Assignments for Tuesday, February 23, 2010

  • Be ready to turn in answers to questions on p. 437
  • Write a 1-3 paragraph paraphrase of "Piano," p. 428
  • Read pp. 558-68
  • Be prepared for a quiz over all poems we've read so far

Unable to access email

Well, I'm still unable to access my email from the Motlow computers, but I'll see if I can't do better from my laptop.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Assignments for Thursday, February 18, 2010

  • Turn in fiction essay
  • Read pp. 419-37 in Literature: An Introduction
  • Answer items 1 & 3 on p. 437 in writing, but limit your answer to #3 to less than one page

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Notes on fiction unit test

The test will cover the following material:

Lectures on Western literary canon
Lectures & textbook assignments on character, irony, plot, point of view setting, symbol, theme, tone & style
All stories we’ve read from all the various angles we’ve discussed (character, irony, plot, etc.)
Head notes for all stories
All assigned vocabulary words
The test will be a mixture of multiple-choice, true-false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions.

And here, as a bonus, is a copy of my own (unedited) notes that I'll be using to compile the objective portion of the test:

“The Appointment in Samarra”
“The North Wind and the Sun”
“The Camel and His Friends”
“Godfather Death”
“A Rose for Emily”
“The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”
“Miss Brill”
“Greasy Lake”
“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
“Barn Burning”
“Dead Men’s Path”
“The Parable of the Prodigal Son”
“Harrison Bergeron”
“The Lottery”
“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
“The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”
“Young Goodman Brown”
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

Differences in fable, parable, tale, legend, myth

Character: epiphany, stock character, flat & round, static or dynamic
Irony: Verbal, dramatic, cosmic
Plot: protagonist, antagonist, conflict, foreshadowing, climax, flashback, coming-of-age or story of initiation
Point of View: all-knowing or omniscient, limited omniscient, reliable or unreliable narrator
Setting: Setting as metaphor or symbol
Symbol: symbol & allegory, symbolic act
Theme: nihilism, "moral of the story"
Tone & Style: be able to compare & describe differences in different stories

Western canon: two main streams of influences; examples of works from each; didactic & belletristic stories, lessons from each stream, early relationships of religion & art

Please don't assume that if you don't see a term written here, then you definitely won't see it on the test. Remember: anything we've read or discussed is fair game. But if you are thoroughly familiar with the works and words listed here, you should do well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Email offline

For some reason I haven't been able to access my Motlow email account this week.

Update: I'm up and running again, at least on my home computer.

Reading assignments for Thursday, 2/11/10

For quiz & discussion
  • “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” 377-89
  • “Young Goodman Brown” 341-51
  • “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the Word” 329-33
For helping you with your paper
  • Look over 1471-1501
  • Read over LBH 626-35

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Online resources for writing about literature

Adapted from Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, p. 1474

This site is often a good starting point. Wikipedia may be helpful for understanding a particular work of literature and for finding other reference sites. Bear in mind, however, that because literally anyone can edit Wikipedia, it is generally not a reliable source for a reference in your own paper.

Library of Congress’s literary criticism list
These sites have been more or less pre-screened by the Library of Congress.

Internet Public Library
This site is provided by the University of Michigan.

Library Spot
This site is a portal to thousands of libraries around the world.

Voice of the Shuttle
You can find lots of good stuff here.