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SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETING THE JOURNAL SETS


- <b>CONFIRMATION MESSAGES:</b> Within two days after receipt, I'll email you an initial confirmation letting you know that I received your journal set, and a week or so afterwards I'll email you a more formal message with your grade for that set. If you don't receive a timely initial confirmation, it's your responsibility to let me know very soon (not weeks later!) †if I don't confirm receipt, I may well not have received your message and you will need to resend it.
+ <b>CONFIRMATION MESSAGES:</b> Within two days after receipt, I'll email you an initial confirmation letting you know that I received your journal set, and a week or so afterwards I'll email you a more formal message with your grade for that set. If you don't receive a timely initial confirmation, it's your responsibility to let me know very soon (not weeks later!) – if I don't confirm receipt, I may well not have received your message and you will need to resend it.

- <b>FORMATTING OF JOURNAL SETS</b> Use a common typeface like Times New Roman, Calibri, etc. and ordinary point size and margin settings. Don't skip several spaces between individual entries, but please include an initial bolded title line for a given author or text so I know what you're writing about. Here is a sample document showing how you might want to format a complete journal set: <b>((E300_Journal_Formatting_Fall_12|E300 Sample Journal Set Formatti</b>ng))
+ <b>FORMATTING OF JOURNAL SETS</b> Use a common typeface like Times New Roman, Calibri, etc. and ordinary point size and margin settings. Don't skip several spaces between individual entries, but please include an initial bolded title line for a given author or text so I know what you're writing about. Here is a sample document showing how you might want to format a complete journal set: <b>((E300_Journal_Formatting_Fall_12|E300 Sample Journal Set Formatting))</b>

- <b>LENGTH OF ENTRIES</b> I'll provide suggested lengths for individual entries below: you may end up writing more or a bit less (not drastically less, though) on some entries. Mafia boss Sam Rothstein says to his hapless chef in Scorsese's Vegas film <i>Casino,</i> "From now on, I want you to put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin. An equal amount of blueberries in each muffinâ¦. I don't care how long it takes. Put an equal amount in each muffin." I'm not as much of a stickler as Sam, though, so the word counts are meant to avoid confusion; unlike page counts, they hold good whether you single-space or double-space, or use smaller or larger fonts or margins, etc.
+ <b>LENGTH OF ENTRIES</b> I'll provide suggested lengths for individual entries below: you may end up writing more or a bit less (not drastically less, though) on some entries. Mafia boss Sam Rothstein says to his hapless chef in Scorsese's Vegas film <i>Casino,</i> "From now on, I want you to put an equal amount of blueberries in each muffin. An equal amount of blueberries in each muffin…. I don't care how long it takes. Put an equal amount in each muffin." I'm not as much of a stickler as Sam, though, so the word counts are meant to avoid confusion; unlike page counts, they hold good whether you single-space or double-space, or use smaller or larger fonts or margins, etc.

- <b>JOURNAL SET 1 (WEEKS 1-5):</b> the first section of the course concerns short fiction. Suggested journal entries: Wharton (250 words, i.e. ½ page single-spaced); Poe (250 words); Kinkaid (100 words); Chekhov (250 words); Danticat (250 words); Tolstoy's "Ivan Ilych" (500 words †your entry should span various sections of the text, not just one); Tolstoy's "Kreutzer Sonata" (500 words †again, your entry should span various sections of the text). <b>Due Date:</b> Email all entries clearly labeled and bundled into a single MS Word or similar file by the end of SUNDAY 09/30.
+ <b>JOURNAL SET 1 (WEEKS 1-5):</b> the first section of the course concerns short fiction. Suggested journal entries: Wharton (250 words, i.e. ½ page single-spaced); Poe (250 words); Kinkaid (100 words); Chekhov (250 words); Danticat (250 words); Tolstoy's "Ivan Ilych" (500 words – your entry should span various sections of the text, not just one); Tolstoy's "Kreutzer Sonata" (500 words – again, your entry should span various sections of the text). <b>Due Date:</b> Email all entries clearly labeled and bundled into a single MS Word or similar file by the end of SUNDAY 09/30.


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- <b> Week 9.</b> Yeats' poetry. There are seven poems in this section, including W.H. Auden's fine elegy. Choose at least three of them and write 350 words distributed among them. Other Modernists †150 words on T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" and 100 words on a poem by either Wallace Stevens or Ezra Pound.
+ <b> Week 9.</b> Yeats' poetry. There are seven poems in this section, including W.H. Auden's fine elegy. Choose at least three of them and write 350 words distributed among them. Other Modernists – 150 words on T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" and 100 words on a poem by either Wallace Stevens or Ezra Pound.


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- What should go into the individual entries that make up a given set? Focus on each text's specific language, themes, and structure to develop your comments, and on substantive questions or observations that arise about the works themselves as you read. DO NOT BOTHER WITH THE FOLLOWING: large quoted chunks of the assigned text, detailed biographical material, ideas gleaned from professional online or hard-copy "notes," or vague generalisms about life and literature. As the British romantic poet William Blake once wrote, "to generalize is to be an idiot." (Of course, that's a generalism, but stillâ¦.) Your thinking should be your own, not a copy-and-paste job. Not all of the online notes one finds on the Web are terrible, but they usually say what "everybody knows." Simply retailing what everybody else supposedly thinks won't encourage you to do the kind of learning that might mean something to you personally. Strike out instead on your own path. The Impressionist critic Walter Pater said that any critic's first task is to register and come to grips with his or her own impressions about the object being experienced. Pater was right: if you can't get clear on your own impressions, on your own questions and observations, you're not likely to say much of interest to anyone else. Make clarity your goal, then, in the journal entries and full sets that you develop.
+ What should go into the individual entries that make up a given set? Focus on each text's specific language, themes, and structure to develop your comments, and on substantive questions or observations that arise about the works themselves as you read. DO NOT BOTHER WITH THE FOLLOWING: large quoted chunks of the assigned text, detailed biographical material, ideas gleaned from professional online or hard-copy "notes," or vague generalisms about life and literature. As the British romantic poet William Blake once wrote, "to generalize is to be an idiot." (Of course, that's a generalism, but still….) Your thinking should be your own, not a copy-and-paste job. Not all of the online notes one finds on the Web are terrible, but they usually say what "everybody knows." Simply retailing what everybody else supposedly thinks won't encourage you to do the kind of learning that might mean something to you personally. Strike out instead on your own path. The Impressionist critic Walter Pater said that any critic's first task is to register and come to grips with his or her own impressions about the object being experienced. Pater was right: if you can't get clear on your own impressions, on your own questions and observations, you're not likely to say much of interest to anyone else. Make clarity your goal, then, in the journal entries and full sets that you develop.


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