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.