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PRESENTATIONS FOR E222 TR AMERICAN LIT, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2014 (12/12/14)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT

Most sessions will feature one or more 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 or texts on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors or texts that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the choices you have made, 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 or texts (Jane Austen, Hamlet, etc.), I may need to schedule you for something different.

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 E222 QUESTIONS PAGE. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

Insightful responses are better than "answers". I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest. The office hour (or email consultation for second and subsequent presentations, if any) and "advance final draft" requirement is 30% of your grade for the presentation.

It's easy to do well if you prepare in advance and make a good effort, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Please check the schedule below on this page to verify the current status of your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presentation completed). If you see other notations as indicated below in "How I Evaluate Presentations," please contact me by email.

HOW I EVALUATE PRESENTATIONS

I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) meet with me or email me a timely advance final draft so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? and 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as a barren "answer" to a stale question. Students who do those two things will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. 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: (Presentation completed), (Presented in Class but no written version), (Missed Presentation), (Rescheduled Presentation).

MISSED PRESENTATIONS / RESCHEDULING PRESENTATIONS

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. So long as you have provided me with a timely advance draft of your remarks (I usually 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 final advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author or text may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.

PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

Tu. 08/26. Course Introduction.

Th. 08/28. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (Vol. C 79-85). Dickinson's "320" (Vol. C 97); "340" (Vol. C 99); "448" (Vol. C 102); "479" (Vol. C 102-03); "591" (Vol. C 103-04); "598" (Vol. C 104); "620" (Vol. C 104); "764" (Vol. C 107); "1263" (Vol. C 108); "1668" (Vol. C 108).

WEEK 2

Tu. 09/02. Mark Twain. From Letters from the Earth (Vol. C 336-51).

Th. 09/04. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (Vol. C 421-59). Today we will watch part of the Peter Bogdanovich film adaptation of the novella.

WEEK 3

Tu. 09/09. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (Vol. C 421-59). Film production, continued and we will begin discussing the text today.

Th. 09/11. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (Vol. C 421-59). We will finish discussing the text.

Henry James. Any question on Part 2 or 3. YULIA SHCHERBAK. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 4

Tu. 09/16. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Vol. C Chapters 1-15, 561-597).

Kate Chopin. Any question adapted to cover a section within Chapters 1-7. JENNIFER FIERRO. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/18. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Vol. C Chapters 16-25, 597-622).

Kate Chopin. Any question adapted to cover a section within Chapters 16-20. MARIIA SHPAKOVSKA. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 5

Tu. 09/23. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Vol. C Chapters 26-39, 622-52).

Kate Chopin. Any question adapted to cover a section within Chapters 26-32. CHARLES LUBER. (Presentation Completed.)

Kate Chopin. Any question adapted to cover a section within Chapters 33-39. ROBIN SUAREZ. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/25. Jack London. From "What Life Means to Me" (Norton Vol. C 917-20). From Tales of the Pacific (Penguin edition): "The House of Mapuhi" (31-53).

Jack London. Any question on "What Life Means to Me." BILLIE JASO. (Presentation Completed.)

Jack London. Any question on "The House of Mapuhi." RAUL PLASCENCIA. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL TUESDAY 09/30; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Whitman through Chopin. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)

WEEK 6

Tu. 09/30. Jack London. From Tales of the Pacific (Penguin edition): "Koolau the Leper" (135-50); "The Bones of Kahekili" (151-73).

Jack London. Any question on "Koolau the Leper." ERIC ACHATZ. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/02. Robert Frost. "The Figure a Poem Makes" (Vol. D 250-52); "Mowing" (Vol. D 231-32); "Mending Wall" (Vol. D 232-33); "The Death of the Hired Man" (Vol. D 233-37); "The Wood-Pile" (Vol. D 241); "The Road Not Taken" (Vol. D 241-42).

Robert Frost. Any question on "The Figure a Poem Makes." MORGAN MUSICK. (Presentation Completed.)

Robert Frost. Any question on one of today's assigned poems. ALISSA KHAMPHANH. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 7

Tu. 10/07. Robert Frost. "Birches" (Vol. D 242-44); "Out, Out—" (Vol. D 244); "Fire and Ice" (Vol. D 245); "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (Vol. D 245); "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (Vol. D 245); "Desert Places" (Vol. D 246); "Design" (Vol. D 246); "The Gift Outright" (Vol. D 248).

Robert Frost. Any question on one of today's assigned poems. PANCHARA SATHEA. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/09. Carl Sandburg and William Carlos Williams. Sandburg's "Chicago" (Vol. D 279-80); "Fog" (Vol. D 280); "Cool Tombs" (Vol. D 280-81); "Grass" (Vol. D 281). From Williams' Spring and All (Vol. D 346-47); Poems: "Queen-Anne's Lace" (Vol. D 305); "Spring and All" (Vol. D 306-07); "To Elsie" (Vol. D 307-09); "The Red Wheelbarrow" (Vol. D 309); "The Dead Baby" (Vol. D 309-10); "This Is Just to Say" (Vol. D 310); "A Sort of a Song" (Vol. D 310); "Burning the Christmas Greens" (Vol. D 311-13); "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" (Vol. D 313).

Carl Sandburg. Any question on one of Sandburg's assigned poems. TAEHYEON PARK. (Presentation Completed.)

W. C. Williams. Any question on one of W.C. Williams's assigned poems. ZOEY THAN. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 8

Tu. 10/14. T. S. Eliot. "The Waste Land" (Vol. D 378-91).

T. S. Eliot. Any question on Part 1 of "The Waste Land." TAWNEY ELAYDA. (Presentation Completed.)

T. S. Eliot. Any question on Part 4 or 5 of "The Waste Land." MATTHEW MOOERS. (No Presentation.)

Th. 10/16. Wallace Stevens. "The Snow Man" (Vol. D 283-84); "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" (Vol. D 285); "Sunday Morning" (Vol. D 285-88); "Anecdote of the Jar" (Vol. D 288-89); "Peter Quince at the Clavier" (Vol. D 289-90); "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (Vol. D 291-92); "The Idea of Order at Key West" (Vol. D 293-94); "Of Modern Poetry" (Vol. D 294); The Plain Sense of Things" (Vol. D 295).

Wallace Stevens. Any question on one of today's assigned poems. MELISSA SARDINA. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL FRIDAY 10/24; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes London through Stevens. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)

WEEK 9

Tu. 10/21. E.E. Cummings. "Thy fingers make early flowers of" (Vol. D 638); "in Just-" (Vol. D 638-39); "O sweet spontaneous" (Vol. D 639-40); "Buffalo Bill's" (Vol. D 640); "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls" (Vol. D 640); "next to of course god america i" (Vol. D 641); "i sing of Olaf glad and big" (Vol. D 641-42); "somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond" (Vol. D 642-43); "anyone lived in a pretty how town" (Vol. D 643-44); "my father moved through dooms of love" (Vol. D 644-45); "pity this busy monster,manunkind" (Vol. D 646).

Cummings. Any question on one of the 1st through 4th assigned poems. LAURA LIM. (Presentation Completed.)

E. E. Cummings. Any question on one of the 5th through 8th assigned poems. ALEXANDER RUBIO. (Presentation Completed.)

E. E. Cummings. Any question on one of the 9th through 11th assigned poems. BRANDON JIMENEZ-KEARNEY. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/23. Ernest Hemingway. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (Vol. D 826-42).

Ernest Hemingway. Any question adapted to cover part of the first half of "Kilimanjaro." JOHANA FERNANDEZ. (Presentation Completed.)

Ernest Hemingway. Any question adapted to cover part of the second half of "Kilimanjaro." BO KIM. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 10

Tu. 10/28. Langston Hughes. From "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" (Vol. D 348-50); All Poems (Vol. D 871-80): "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (Vol. D 871); "Mother to Son" (Vol. D 871-72); "I, Too" (Vol. D 872); "The Weary Blues" (Vol. D 872-73); "Mulatto" (Vol. D 873-74); "Song for a Dark Girl" (Vol. D 874-75); "Genius Child" (Vol. D 875); "Visitors to the Black Belt" (Vol. D 875-76); "Note on Commercial Theatre" (Vol. D 876); "Vagabonds" (Vol. D 876-77); "Words Like Freedom" (Vol. D 877); "Madam and Her Madam" (Vol. D 877-78); "Freedom {1}" (Vol. D 878); "Madam's Calling Cards" (Vol. D 878-79); "Silhouette" (Vol. D 879); "Theme for English B" (Vol. D 880).

Langston Hughes. Any question on the critical piece "The Negro Artist …" TAMARRAH NGUYEN. (Presentation Completed.)

Langston Hughes. Any question on one of the first eight assigned poems. SABRINA VALENZUELA. (Presentation Completed.)

Langston Hughes. Any question on one of the last eight assigned poems. JASON ZUNIGA. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/30. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (Vol. D 698-730, i.e. first 1/3).

William Faulkner. Any question adapted to suit a brief section of today's page range – i.e. the first 1/3 of the novel. DAVID JAMES. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 11

Tu. 11/04. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (Vol. D 731-62, i.e. second 1/3).

William Faulkner. Any question adapted to suit a brief section of today's page range – i.e. the second 1/3 of the novel. ASHLEY QUINT. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/06. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (Vol. D 762-793, last 1/3).

William Faulkner. Any question adapted to suit a brief section of today's page range – i.e. the final 1/3 of the novel. TEMREN WROGE. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL TUESDAY 11/18; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Cummings through Faulkner. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)

WEEK 12

Tu. 11/11. Veterans' Day Holiday, No Classes.

Th. 11/13. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (Film production: Marlon Brando/Vivien Leigh/Kim Hunter, 1951, first 75 of 122 minutes).

PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING GENERAL TOPIC AND SPECIFIC ARGUMENT FOR TERM PAPER DUE BY EMAIL FRIDAY 11/21; SEE INSTRUCTIONS.

WEEK 13

Tu. 11/18. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (Film production: Marlon Brando/Vivien Leigh/Kim Hunter, 1951, remaining 47 of 122 minutes).

Th. 11/20. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (Vol. E 93-55, Scenes 1-11).

Tennessee Williams. Any question chosen from the ones on Scenes 1-3. HAILEY JACOBSEN. (Presentation Completed.)

Tennessee Williams. Any question chosen from the ones on Scenes 4-7. SARAI PLEITETZ. (Presentation Completed.)

Tennessee Williams. Any question chosen from the ones on Scenes 8-11. JESSICA VIEHRIG. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 14

Tu. 11/25. Fall Recess. No Classes.

Th. 11/28. Fall Recess. No Classes.

WEEK 15

Tu. 12/02. John Cheever. "The Swimmer" (Vol. E 157-65). Flannery O'Connor. "Good Country People" (Vol. E 445-58).

John Cheever. Any question on "The Swimmer." MEAGHAN BERRY. (Presentation Completed.)

Flannery O'Connor. Any question on "Good Country People." PHILIP TINAJERO. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 12/04. Allen Ginsberg. "Howl" (Vol. E 492-500); "Footnote to Howl" (Vol. E 500).; "A Supermarket in California" (Vol. E 500); "Sunflower Sutra" (Vol. E 501).

Allen Ginsberg. Any question on a section from the first half "Howl." VICTOR MORAN. (Presentation Completed.)

Allen Ginsberg. Any question on a section from the last half "Howl." JENNIFER NGUYEN. (No Presentation.)

Allen Ginsberg. Any question on a Ginsberg poem other than "Howl." GINO RICCARDI. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 16

Tu. 12/09. Frederick Jackson Turner. From "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (Vol. C 1133-37). Sam Shepard. True West (Vol. E Act 1, 870-887).

F. J. Turner. Any question on Turner -- please note that Turner's selection is back in Volume C. TZU CHEN. (Presentation Completed.)

Sam Shepard. Any question on the first half of Act 1 of True West. JESSICA PARK. (Presentation Completed.)

Sam Shepard. Any question on the last half of Act 1 of True West. ELIZABATH GARBETT. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 12/11. Sam Shepard. True West (Vol. E Act 2, 887-909).

Sam Shepard. Any question on the first half of Act 2 of True West. RAUL PLACENCIA. (Presentation Completed.)

Sam Shepard. Any question on the last half of Act 2 of True West. OPEN. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY PAPER DUE DATE; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Tennessee Williams through Shepard; I would suggest finishing this set by exam day so you can use it then.)

FINALS WEEK

Final Exam Date Thursday, December 18 from 12:00-1:50 p.m. Due by email by Monday, December 22: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by January 02, 2015.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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