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? 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Class materials on Stephen Crane

You can see the pictures from The Philistine (the little magazine we looked at in class) here: .

The PowerPoint presentation on naturalism is in Angel, but you can read the same information here:

Here's a link to "Stephen Crane's Own Story," the newspaper article that Crane wrote about the same experience described in "The Open Boat":

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Another resource

The "test-yourself" online quiz on usage I showed you yesterday is here:

There are other quizzes and crossword puzzles on literary figures and grammar here, including one on punctuation:

Remember, these results are not reported to me, and they don't count for the class. These quizzes are just to help you learn. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Resources from today's class

The "Topic Sentences and Thesis Statements" page I showed you is available here at

It's also available as a link from our course page at, as are pages on integrating quotations, formatting your paper, and citing sources.

Here's a sample citation from the Research and Documentation Online site:
One selection from anthology

The abbreviation “Ed.” means “Edited by,” so it is the same for one or multiple editors.

The links for Douglass and Emerson are here:

Monday, September 19, 2011

In-person office hours

Just a reminder: I'm officially in my office in 357 Avery for office hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternate Wednesdays (including tomorrow) from 12:30-2:00, and I can meet with you at other times, too.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Virtual office hours

Since we'll be having a workshop for Paper 1 on Tuesday, I will be online in Google chat from 8-10 Monday night for virtual office hours in case you have any questions. My Gmail address is dmcampbellwsu at gmail dot com. We can chat by instant messaging or by voice.

You'll need a Gmail account to chat in this way, but if you have another form of email and would like to chat through another service (Yahoo, AIM, Hotmail, MSN, etc.), let me know and I'll sign in to it.

English 210 Announcements Blog

This blog is for links and announcements for English 201, Readings in American Literature. If you use Google Reader or another RSS feed reader, you can subscribe to the blog. You'll notice that there are links to class materials on the side, too.

The PowerPoints and extra readings are in Angel, and you'll still need to upload your papers there, but otherwise the information will be linked here.