Thursday, December 15, 2011

Goodbye to English 210

All the grades (except class participation) have now been posted to Angel, and you should have received your paper either in the Dropbox or via email. Final grades have been submitted to the registrar.

Because of FERPA regulations, no grades can be transmitted or discussed via email, so if you have a question, you'll need to make an appointment when spring semester begins on January 8

Have a great winter break!

Dr. Campbell

Friday, December 9, 2011

Checking your grades in Angel

Here's a video to help you if you are not sure how to check your actual grades in Angel:

You have to run a report to see the actual grades; the percentage chart that sometimes appears is not always accurate.

The percentage chart for grades is at the bottom of the syllabus: 
Exams (2 exams, 15% each) 30 percent
Short papers (2 at 15% each) 30 percent
Longer Paper or Project (20%) plus presentation (5%) 25 percent
Quizzes, class participation, group presentations, and in-class writings 15 percent

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Final Exam Wednesday, December 14, 10:10-12:10

According to the Final Exam Schedule, the Final Exam for this course will be on Wednesday, December 14, from 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in our regular classroom.

The final exam study guide is available here:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Web genres and final presentations

Please be sure that your web genres page is linked from the main page and that it has your comments on it. The wiki is here:

The final presentations schedule is here: Please check the date so that you know when your presentation is scheduled.

If you are planning to use PowerPoint (you don't have to), you can upload it to a site such as or bring your own computer. If you want to send it to me 24 hours in advance by email, I can load it onto my computer.

Time your presentation carefully: no more than 5 minutes.

Also, if you haven't yet signed up, please email me as soon as possible for one of the available slots. You must sign up for a slot in order to be able to present your final project, and the presentation is 5% of that project grade.

Except for the first day (11/29), you will NOT be able to just come to class and present on one of the days, since the presentations are scheduled so tightly. You must sign up for a time. If you don't sign up, you can't present and will receive a 0 for that part of your grade.

Optional Paper 3 is due by 9 p.m. this evening in Angel.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Change to office hours for 11/15 and 11/17

My office hours tomorrow (11/15) will be from 1-2 rather than 12:30 to 2 because of a meeting; on Thursday, they will be from 1:30-2:30 for the same reason. However, I'll be on campus most of the day on Wednesday if you would like to meet with me then.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Web genres assignment

The Web Genres assignment for next week is now available here: You should also have received an invitation to join our wiki: feel free to log in over there and add a message.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Not required reading but of interest: Northwest Writers (Alexie, Walter, Ferch) in Basketball Game at U of I on 11/15
[Update: Today's paper says that WSU's own Buddy Levy will be participating.]
Some of you may be interested in this event at U of I. You'd get to see Northwest writers Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, and Shann Ferch, although they won't be reading but playing basketball (along with some basketball stars).
But Spokane is home to a different literary type: the basketball-playing writer. You’ve heard of authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter – the region’s literary laureates who are also longtime basketball friends and friendly basketball rivals. Spokane is also home to Shann Ray Ferch, an excellent short-story writer and poet, Gonzaga professor and former college basketball star, and someone who’s played a lot of ball with Alexie and Walter.

Now, the region’s lit-hoops vortex is swirling together in a most interesting way. Kim Barnes, an author and professor of creative writing at the University of Idaho, has organized HooPalousa, a basketball game involving some of the region’s most celebrated authors, in Moscow on Tuesday night. The game is intended, in part, to create some fundraising momentum for an endowment to establish a scholarship in creative writing for American Indian students. Barnes calls it “an affirmation of that magical place where writing stories, playing basketball and Native American culture converge.”

“I think it’ll be fun – and there’s so much goodness around it,” said Ferch, whose collection of short stories, “American Masculine,” won the Bakeless Prize.

The game is billed as a contest between the Spokane Dirty Realists and the Moscow SuperSonnets, and though the rosters are heavy on writers, there are a few ringers.

“I think the key to an event like this is getting REAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS to fill in the gaps … otherwise it’s like coming out to watch dentists do ballet,” Walter wrote in an email.

So the Dirty Realists will have former Gonzaga standout David Pendergraft. The Moscow team is bringing Jonathan Takes Enemy, a Montana legend whom Alexie calls the “Michael Jordan of Indian basketball.” Two tribal chairmen – Chief Allan of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Brooklyn Baptiste of the Nez Perce – will also play.

“It’s not just a basketball-writer thing,” Alexie said. “It’s a Northwest all-Indian basketball thing.”

Full article at

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Schedule page for final presentations.

The link to the schedule page for the presentations on Paper Four is here:

As part of your Paper 4 assignment, you'll be presenting your original research to the class during the presentation days at the end of the semester.

Length: About 5 minutes for the presentation. (No additional written work must be turned in for a grade.) Time slots are 7 minutes long to allow for setup, transitions between people and groups, and so forth. You do not have to take the whole time for your presentation.

Your purpose is to inform the class about what you learned in writing your paper or web project. If you've done the "texts in context" paper, for example, you may want to discuss what you've discovered about the periodical or author you focused on for the paper. If you've completed a web project, you may want to show that project on the screen and discuss it with the class. If you've worked with someone else on the project, you can present your research together.

Directions: Sign up for the day you would prefer by leaving a comment at the bottom of this message or emailing me at
  • Remember, some of you may be presenting before actually turning in your final project on December 1.
  • If your presentation requires a computer, you can either bring your own or send any information (links, PowerPoint) to me ahead of time so that you can project the materials using my computer.
  • If you are working in a group, each person in the group will sign up for a separate slot, which will allow you to combine your times. You need not take the whole time, however. For example, if you have 4 people in your group (technically 20 minutes for the presentation or 28 minutes in terms of slots), you might take only 10-15 minutes to present.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Science fiction genres

Add your suggestions for other science fiction (or other contemporary) genres of fiction in the comments below.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Page numbers for tomorrow's assignment

On your syllabus, the pages for Microserf are listed as 179-196; the first page is actually page 173.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two more poems for tomorrow: "New Orleans" by Joy Harjo and "Alabanza" by Espada

If you have a chance, please read Joy Harjo's "New Orleans" (p. 1483) for tomorrow in addition to the readings by Alexie and Espada; read Espada's "Alabanza" as well. We will read and discuss them tomorrow in class.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sample paper

The sample paper (the good one) that we discussed in class today is now in Angel, for those who are interested in seeing it. It will be removed on 10.29.11.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Class Handouts: Works Cited Information

UPDATE: The updated list is below, and the updated version of "Winter Dreams" is on Angel. 

Here's the citation information for the .pdf works in Angel.  I still need to upload a better version of "Winter Dreams" and to give you citation information for "A Rose For Emily." I will do that tomorrow.

I've uploaded new versions of the other .pdf files; each of them has a little yellow pop-up box with the citation information included.

You can find information about how to create a Works Cited page on the sidebar and here:

Single Works

Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. Shorter 7th ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008. 2218-2224. Print.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. “Winter Dreams.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. Shorter 7th ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008. 2186-2201. Print.

Hemingway, Ernest. “Hills Like White Elephants.” The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. 1938. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1966. 273-78. Print.

Parker, Dorothy. “New York to Detroit.” The Portable Dorothy Parker. Ed. and introd. Marion Meade. 2nd. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 2006. 291-94. Print.

Parker, Dorothy. “You Were Perfectly Fine.” The Portable Dorothy Parker. Ed. and introd. Marion Meade. 2nd. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 2006. 151-54. Print.

Thurber, James.  “University Days.” The Thurber Carnival. 1945. New York: HarperPerennial, 1999. 261-69. Print.

Thurber, James. “Sex Ex Machina.” The Thurber Carnival. 1945. New York: HarperPerennial, 1999. 94-100. Print.

Several Works from the Same Collection

Cite the collection as follows:

Parker, Dorothy. The Portable Dorothy Parker. Ed. and introd. Marion Meade. 2nd. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 2006. Print.

Cite the individual works as follows. Use --- if you’re citing more than one work by the author.

Parker, Dorothy.  “New York to Detroit.” Parker 291-94.

---. “News Item.” Parker 109.
---. “Unfortunate Coincidence.” Parker 96.
---. “One Perfect Rose.” Parker 104-105.
---. “Penelope.”  Parker 222.
---. “Résumé.”  Parker 99.
---. “General Review of the Sex Situation.” Parker 115.
---. “Interview.”  Parker 117.
---. “Fable.”  Parker 219.

You can find all the original page numbers in the newly uploaded version of the Parker handout.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today's brainstormed list on poetry; class on Thursday

On Thursday, we'll have the workshop for paper 2; bring a typed draft of your paper.  I will be posting a list of bibliographic citations for the short stories and poems we read that were not in your book.

We'll begin by hearing from the groups that didn't get a chance to present today:
  • "The Snowman" (Elizabeth's group)
  • "Desert Places" (Jonathan's group)
  • "The Gift Outright" (Stephen's group)
The lecture material from today is in Angel; you can also click on Poetry Terms (sidebar) to see the terms we discussed. Here is the list of items to consider in reading poetry that you created in class today:

  1. Rhyme scheme, if there is one.  If not, why not? What is the form of the poem?
  2. Comparisons.  What’s being compared to what else?  What’s the effect? Metaphors? Similes?
  3. Meter, if there is any.  What’s the effect?
  4. Sound devices: alliteration, assonance. What’s the effect?
  5. Tone.  How word use affects the tone or atmosphere of the poem as you read it.  
  6. Punctuation and spacing. Is there a pattern? Is this free verse?  Choices?
  7. Allusions or references to other works. 
  8. Title and its significance.
  9. Figurative language. Imagery.  What are the images? What do they evoke? What do they mean?
  10. Characters.  Who is the speaker?  To whom is he or she speaking?  What’s the situation?
  11. Point of view.  From what perspective is this poem being narrated?
  12. Narrative, if it has one.  Is there a story being told? Is the story an old one?
  13. Parallelism and repetition.  What is repeated or parallel??  What is the effect

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Change in syllabus: Workshop for Paper 2 instead of Laptop Day

In class today, you all voted to have a workshop for Paper 2 in place of the Laptop Day on October 27.  Paper 2 will be due on November 1 instead of October 27.

On October 27, you'll need to bring a typed draft of Paper 2 to class with you for the workshop.

You can find the updated dates on the syllabus and on the assignment page for Paper 2 (on sidebar). 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paper 2 Assignment available

The assignment page for Paper 2 is now available from the link on the sidebar and from this link: 

The assignment pages for Papers 3 and 4 are also available now. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Option to use your laptop tomorrow in class for readings

I've had a request that students be allowed to use laptops tomorrow instead of printing materials, since there are several items to print, so if you would like to bring your laptop with the readings, that is all right for tomorrow.

Please be sure to mark up the .pdf versions (comments, etc.) as you would a regular text.  If you have a Mac, you can do this in Preview; if you have a Windows laptop, Adobe Reader X will let you make comments in a .pdf file. See the FAQ for details and to download this version:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Groups 7 and 8; Midterm grades for first-year students

Don't forget: we have presentations from Groups 7 and 8 tomorrow.

Those of your who are first-year students will be receiving midterm grades for this course.  The grade is weighted and is based on the quizzes (with the lowest one dropped), Paper 1, and Exam 1.

I will be handing back Exam 1 at the end of class tomorrow.

"Winter Dreams" complete

I've uploaded a version of Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" that is complete.  If you've already printed it and would just like the missing portion, I've included that as a separate file so that you can print it. 

You can find both files in Angel.

Paper 1 in Angel

The graded version of Paper 1 is now in Angel. You can find it in the Dropbox where you originally uploaded it.  Please let me know if you have any problem in opening it.

You can find the abbreviations used here on the "Key to Comments" page at Please check it carefully, and if there’s something that you don’t understand, please contact me for an appointment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Materials from yesterday's class

You can find definitions of the terms we used yesterday on the Poetry Terms page (see link on sidebar). In addition to terms like "iambic pentameter," which are on the handout, we talked about these:

Shakespearean sonnet
Petrarchan sonnet

The poems or examples I mentioned were these:

Common meter or hymn measure (Emily Dickinson): iambic tetrameter alternating with iambic trimeter. Other example: "Amazing Grace" by John Newton

Anapestic tetrameter: "The Destruction of Sennacherib" by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Iambic pentameter (Petrarchan sonnet): "The World is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth

Someone asked for an example of dactylic hexameter (the meter used for classical epics but not much used in English verse):
Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Here's a sample:

This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts that beneath it
Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland the voice of the huntsman?
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers—
Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven?

Tomorrow's class

During tomorrow's class, we'll be doing the Laptop Day assignment, so, as I mentioned yesterday, we won't be discussing the stories originally assigned for that day. I will need to give you a revised syllabus. Also, I'll post the link to the Study Guide when it's available.

I'll be in the office from 12:30-2:00 today (Wednesday), but I'm discontinuing the regular Wednesday office hours since more of you seem to stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'll still be in the office on some of those days for department meetings, but you can make an appointment if you need to talk to me--or, as always, contact me any day of the week so that we can talk by Skype or Google Talk.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today's class on prosody

The "test-yourself" prosody quiz is online here: You'll recognize some of the examples from the exercises we did in class today.

You can also test yourself on punctuation, word use, and so on, using the quizzes here:   If you have a good idea for a "test yourself" quiz that you don't see listed there, let me know and I can create one.

I'll be uploading a complete version of "Winter Dreams" to Angel to replace the one with the missing pages. Also, the syllabus will be adjusted so that we can talk about Fitzgerald.

Change of Assignment for 10/6

Because of the Laptop Day assignment for 10/6, we will not get a chance to discuss the stories and poems for that day, although I recommend that you read them so that you can answer the questions in the Laptop Day assignment:

Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"
Millay, poems (710-714)
Parker, "New York to Detroit"

I am moving these to 10/13, and we will discuss them along with the readings already assigned for that day.  You will see these changes on the syllabus.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Laptop Day Assignment

English 210                                                             Laptop Day Contexts for Literature Exercise                                                                                                                       
On the next Laptop Day, we’re going to look at the publication context for some of the literature we’ll be reading. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, and others published their work in the magazines below, and your task will be to report back to the class on what you find about the magazine that the author appeared in.

Vanity Fair (from the 1920s):             AP2 .V33
The New Yorker                                     AP2 .N6763
The Saturday Evening Post                        AP2 .S2
The American Mercury                        905 Am345  (Deweys)
Hearst's International combined with Cosmopolitan. (A231; Locked Compact  Storage)
Collier’s                                                 F1 (Locked Compact Storage)
McClure’s                                                 A2366 (Locked Compact Storage)

Directions: You’ll be working in groups of 3-4 for this exercise, so get together and figure out whom you’re going to work with. Choose one author (Fitzgerald, Millay, or another one listed on the syllabus for this part of the course) and send one of your group members to the library to check out a bound volume of one of these magazines. On Laptop Day, that person will bring the volume to class, and you’ll all spend time looking at the magazine and looking up information about your author.You’ll then report those to the class

Note: The volume you choose does not HAVE to have one of these authors in it to qualify. .

Here are some questions to help guide your discussion:

1.  What can you tell about the audience for the magazine by reading through it? Was it directed at a younger or older audience? Rural or urban? The average person or the intellectual?

2.  Did you see anything by your author in it? Did you see any other authors that you recognized in the volume?

3. What kinds of pieces does the magazine publish? Does it publish stories, travel writing, opinion pieces, literary criticism, jokes, cartoons, plays, gossip, or other features? Does it have ads? If the magazine includes humorous pieces, what are they like, and what do they tell you about the audience?

4. Does the magazine have a certain outlook on life? What is it?

5.  Pick 1-2 pieces that you found interesting or unusual to mention in your presentation to the class.

6.  Does your author’s work fit into or stand out from the other pieces in this magazine?

7. How might your author have shaped his or her fiction or poetry in order to fit into this magazine?