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Each session will feature several student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the authors you want, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, etc.), I may not be able to schedule you for those authors.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the

Questions Page. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. At least three days before you give each of your in-class presentations on the authors and question/s specified next to your name, email me as complete a draft as you can. Soon after, I will email you comments that will either suggest how the presentation might be further developed or affirm that what you've written sounds fine as-is. If the latter is the case, I will post your draft to the E301 STUDENTS' BLOG (no longer available after course). I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest; insightful responses are better than "answers." Please include a copy of the question at the beginning of your response, and at least in the copy you send me, avoid elaborate formatting (bulleted lists, indentation, and so forth). This "advance draft" part of the presentations requirement is 20% of your grade for each presentation.

4. On the scheduled day and when we reach the appropriate point in our discussion, I will ask you to come to the front of the class and give the most up-to-date version of your presentation. Your presentation should take about three to five minutes. Some students prefer to read their comments lecture-style, while others prefer to depart from the full written version and speak from a separate outline. If you read from prepared remarks, how long should they be? I'll use my own pace as an example: I speak at an average rate of 130 words per minute when I read conference papers. So a 3-5 minute presentation would run 400-650 words. Tips: Read the question first, address the entire class, and remind us of page numbers when you quote. Speak firmly and slowly enough so that everyone can follow. It's best to avoid bringing technology such as Powerpoint into play given the presentations' brevity. But I am open to creative ideas. I will not grade your in-class performance -- it's easy to do well, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70%-80% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Within several days after you have presented in class, if my return comments on your initial draft suggested revision or further development (or if you decide to revise on your own), email me a final version, again making sure to include a copy of the question. I will then post the final version for you to the E301 STUDENTS' BLOG (No longer available), replacing the earlier version. You can check the schedule below on this page to make sure I've credited you with your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presented/Posted to Blog). This "revised post-presentation draft" part, if suggested in my comments on your initial draft, is 10% of your grade for the presentation in question.


I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) email me a reasonably full written draft several days before presenting so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as an "answer" to a question set in stone? 3) ensure that within one week I have received a final version (if revision was suggested) with which to replace the earlier version I may already have posted? Students who do those two things -- or three things if a revised version is appropriate -- will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. (100% = A, 90% = B+, 80% = B, 70% = C.) I am not going to grade presentations so much on "in-class" factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will indicate whether students have completed the requirements as follows: (Presented/Posted to Blog); (Presented/Blog Entry Pending); (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog); (No Presentation); (rescheduled).


If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a reasonably complete and timely advance draft of your remarks (I print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the "in-class" portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a sufficiently complete and coherent advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.


Below is a list containing four things for each session: the authors/texts we will discuss, the number of each study question I've chosen for discussion, the presenters' names, and the status of the presentation. The author hyperlinks below will take you to the relevant study questions pages -- they are the same pages from which you choose questions for your journal sets. *Please note that I may specify two questions rather than one (as in "12-13 combined") if I find that two short questions go together well.


Th. 02/19. Aristotle's Poetics (86-117 Leitch).

Aristotle. Q. 10 and 12. Brittany Deneau. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aristotle. Q. 11. Collin Pointon. (Rescheduled)


Tu. 02/24. Horace's Ars Poetica (121-35 Leitch).

Horace. Q. 05. Katherine Gallagher. (Rescheduled)

Horace. Q. 09. Jessica Sight. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 02/26. Samuel Johnson. The Rambler, No. 4 "On Fiction" (458-66); from Rasselas (466-68); "Preface to Shakespeare" (468-80). Journal Set 1 Due by Email by Sunday, 03/01

Johnson. Q. 06. Ronald Valle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Johnson. Q. 09. Elise Portale. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/03. Immanuel Kant. From Critique of Judgment Book I: "Analytic of the Beautiful." (499-518 Leitch).

Kant. Q. 04. Ronald Valle. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kant. Q. 06. Jennifer Ahern. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kant. Q. 10. Brenda Torrie. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/05. Immanuel Kant. From Critique of Judgment Book II: "Analytic of the Sublime" (519-36 Leitch).

Kant. Q. 14. Elizabeth Hartnett. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kant. Q. 16 and 17. Tania Hoage. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kant. Q. 23. Hannah Schuller. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/10. Hegel's "Master-Slave Dialectic" from The Phenomenology of Mind (626-36 Leitch).

Hegel. Q. 01 and 02. Kristina Finch. (Rescheduled)

Hegel. Q. 03 and 04. Susan Bartolme. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Hegel. Q. 05 and 06. Collin Pointon. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/12. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. From Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (759-67 Leitch); from The German Ideology (767-69 Leitch); from Grundrisse (773-74 Leitch); from "Preface to A Contribution..." (774-76 Leitch).

Marx. Q. 02. Kyle Ormiston. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Marx. Q. 03. Jackson Truax. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Marx. Q. 05. Martin Syjuco. (Rescheduled)

Marx. Q. 08. Elyse Russell. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Marx. Q. 12. Katherine Gallagher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/17. Friedrich Nietzsche. "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense" (870-884 Leitch).

Nietzsche. Q. 01 and 02. Tania Hoage. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Nietzsche. Q. 03. Aaron Huffman. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Nietzsche. Q. 04. Kristen Breit. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Nietzsche. Q. 06. Elyse Russell. (Rescheduled)

Nietzsche. Q. 09. Kristina Finch. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/19. Sigmund Freud. From The Interpretation of Dreams (919-29 Leitch).

Freud. Q. 01. Jackson Truax. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Freud. Q. 02. Cori Porter. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Freud. Q. 05. Kara Sargent. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Freud. Q. 06. Kristen Breit. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/24. John Crowe Ransom. "Criticism, Inc" (Sections 1, 4 and 5 only: 1108-09, 1115-18 Leitch). Cleanth Brooks. "The Heresy of Paraphrase" from The Well Wrought Urn (1353-65 Leitch).

Ransom. Q. 06. Sarah Becker. (Did Not Present/Blog Entry Pending)

Brooks. Q. 01 and 02. Kyle Ormiston. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Brooks. Q. 07 and 08. Jeremy Gilbert. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 03/26. William Empson. "'Honest' in Othello" (35-49 McDonald).

Empson. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Jennifer Gish. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Empson. Q. 03 or 05 (your choice). Patricia Victorio. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 03/31. Simone de Beauvoir. From The Second Sex (1403-14 Leitch).

Beauvoir. Q. 01. Cori Porter. (No Presentation)

Beauvoir. Q. 02. Jennifer Ahern. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Beauvoir. Q. 03 and 04. Brenda Torrie. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/02. Gayle Greene. "This that you call love": Sexual and Social Tragedy" (655-68 McDonald) and Madelon Gohlke Sprengnether. "'I wooed thee with my sword': Shakespeare's Tragic Paradigms" (591-605 McDonald). Journal Set 2 Due by Email by Sunday, 04/05

Greene. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Elizabeth Hartnett. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Greene. Q. 03 or 05 (your choice). Jennifer Gish. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Sprengnether. Q. 03 or 05 (your choice). Kristina Finch. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/07. Spring Break: no classes.

Th. 04/09. Spring Break: no classes.


Tu. 04/14. Jan Kott. "King Lear or Endgame" (174-190 McDonald).

Kott. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Hayden Dingman. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kott. Q. 03 or 05 (your choice). Patricia Victorio. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/16. William R. Keast. "The 'New Criticism' and King Lear" (63-87 McDonald).

Keast. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Aaron Huffman. (Rescheduled)

Keast. Q. 03 or 04 or 05 (your choice). Caitlin Leong. (No Presentation)


Tu. 04/21. Stanley Cavell. "The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear" (338-52 McDonald).

Cavell. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Jessica Sight. (No Presentation)

Cavell. Q. 03 or 04 or 05 (your choice). Susan Bartolme. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/23. Raymond Williams. From Marxism and Literature (1565-75 Leitch).

Williams. Q. 02. Hannah Schuller. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Williams. Q. 03. Elyse Russell. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 04/28. Michel Foucault. "What is an Author?" (1622-36 Leitch); from "Truth and Power" (1667-70 Leitch).

Foucault. Q. 01. Caitlin Leong. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Foucault. Q. 02. Kara Sargent. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Foucault. Q. 03. Aaron Huffman. (Did Not Present/Blog Entry Pending.)

Foucault. Q. 04. Chelsea Hansen. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Foucault. Q. 07. Jeremy Gilbert. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 04/30. Jonathan Dollimore. "King Lear (ca. 1605-06) and Essentialist Humanism" (535-46 McDonald). Paragraph on paper topic and argument due by Sunday, 05/03.

Dollimore. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Elise Portale. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Dollimore. Q. 03 or 04 or 05 (your choice). Collin Pointon. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 05/05. Film of The Tempest.

Th. 05/07. Edward Said. From Orientalism (1986-2012 Leitch).

Said. Q. 01. Martin Syjuco. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Said. Q. 03. Sarah Becker. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Said. Q. 05. Brittany Deneau. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Tu. 05/12. Meredith Anne Skura. "Discourse and the Individual: The Case of Colonialism in The Tempest" (817-44 McDonald).

Skura. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Hayden Dingman. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Skura. Q. 03 or 04 or 05 (your choice). Chelsea Hansen. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Th. 05/14. Francis Barker and Peter Hulme. "Nymphs and Reapers Heavily Vanish: the Discursive Con-texts of The Tempest" (781-93 McDonald).

Barker. Q. 01 or 02 (your choice). Katherine Gallagher. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Barker. Q. 03 or 04 or 05 (your choice). Martin Syjuco. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Final Exam Date: Monday, May 18 1:30-4:00. Due by Monday, May 25th: Term Paper and Journal Set 3. I must turn in grades by Sunday, May 31st. For your other courses, check the Spring 2009 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.

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