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PRESENTATIONS FOR E300 LITERARY FORMS, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2014 (10/31/14)

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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 E316 QUESTIONS PAGE. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. 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.

4. 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

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 / SESSIONS SCHEDULE

WEEK 1 FICTION

M. 08/25. Course Introduction.

W. 08/27. Norton Chapter 1: Plot. Read this chapter's introductory material (82-89). Guy de Maupassant. "The Jewelry" (90-95). Edith Wharton. "Roman Fever" (118-28).

WEEK 2 FICTION

M. 09/01. Labor Day Holiday, No Classes.

W. 09/03. Chapter 2. Narration and Point of View: read this chapter's introductory material (160-64). Edgar Allan Poe. "The Cask of Amontillado" (164-70). Jamaica Kincaid. "Girl" (170-71).

WEEK 3 FICTION

M. 09/08. Norton Chapter 3. Character: read this chapter's introductory material (180-87). David Foster Wallace's "Good People" (215-20); Toby Litt's "The Monster" (241-43). Norton Chapter 4. Setting: read this chapter's introductory material (245-51). Anton Chekhov. "The Lady with the Dog" (251-62).

Litt. Any question on Litt's "The Monster." IAN DUNN. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 4 FICTION

M. 09/15. Special Focus on Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read Norton Introductory material on Theme (Ch. 6, 334-38). We will in part discuss this aspect of literary texts though Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read Notes from the Underground (Modern Library 95-215).

W. 09/17. Special Focus on Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read Norton Introductory material on Theme (Ch. 6, 334-38). We will in part discuss this aspect of literary texts though Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read Notes from the Underground (Modern Library 95-215).

WEEK 5 FICTION

M. 09/22. Special Focus, continued: Fyodor Dostoevsky. "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" (Modern Library 263-86).

Dostoevsky. Any question on this author/text. IAN DUNN. (Presentation Completed.)

W. 09/24. "The Author's Work as Context: Flannery O'Connor" (Norton 419-22). "Good Country People" (Norton 433-47).

O'Connor. Any question on this author/text. EMILY ORNELAS. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL MONDAY 09/29; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes journal entries on fiction. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)

WEEK 6 POETRY

M. 09/29. Norton Introductory Material on Poetry, Chapter 10 (618-36). Special Focus: English Romanticism. William Blake. Read Blake selections from Songs of Innocence & of Experience and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Dover 1-22, also see question set for links to the two extra Innocence & Experience poems not available in Dover).

Blake. Any question on this author/text. RACHEL MCCLARAN. (Presentation Completed.)

W. 10/01. Special Focus: English Romanticism. From Wordsworth's "Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 1802: read only these brief excerpts. Read also in the Dover edition: "We Are Seven" (23-25); "She dwelt among the untrodden ways" (31-32); "A slumber did my spirit seal" (32); "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (43-44); "The Solitary Reaper" (42); "My heart leaps up when I behold" (35).

WEEK 7 POETRY

M. 10/06. Special Focus: English Romanticism. Read in the Dover edition: "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour. July 13, 1798" (25-29); "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" (51-57).

W. 10/08. Special Focus: English Romanticism. From English Romantic Poetry: an Anthology (Dover): Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (63-81); "Frost at Midnight" (100-01); "Kubla Khan" (105-06); "Dejection: An Ode" (106-10).

Coleridge. Any question on this author/texts. TIMOTHY WELSH. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 8 POETRY

M. 10/13. Special Focus: English Romanticism. From English Romantic Poetry: an Anthology (Dover): Percy Bysshe Shelley. "Ozymandias" (147); "Ode to the West Wind" (151-53); "To a Skylark" (157-59).

Shelley. Any question on this author/texts. ANNETTE GARCIA. (Presentation Completed.)

W. 10/15. Special Focus: English Romanticism. From English Romantic Poetry: an Anthology (Dover): John Keats. "On first looking into Chapman's Homer" (189); "To Autumn" (222-23); "Ode to a Nightingale" (216-18); "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (218-20).

Keats. Any question on this author/texts. TIMOTHY WELSH. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 9 POETRY

M. 10/20. Special Focus: Modernist Poetry. W.B. Yeats. William Butler Yeats: an Album (Norton 955-965).

Yeats. Any question on this author/texts. RACHEL MCCLARAN. (Presentation Completed.)

W. 10/22. Special Focus: Modernist Poetry. Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot. Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" (Norton 1102), "The River Merchant's Wife: a Letter" (Norton 753). T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Norton 1087-90).

Pound. Any question on this author/texts. EMILY ORNELAS. (Presentation Completed.)

Eliot. Any question on this author/texts. ANNETTE GARCIA. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 10 POETRY

M. 10/27. Poetry as Form and Foregrounded Language. Norton Chapters 13-16, etc. Emily Dickinson: "Because I could not stop for Death" (Norton 807); Edgar Allan Poe: "The Raven" (Norton 838); W.C. Williams: "The Red Wheelbarrow" (Norton 796), "This is Just to Say" (Norton 797); Gerard Manley Hopkins: "Pied Beauty" (Norton 798), "God's Grandeur" (Norton 1094), "The Windhover" (Norton 1095); E.E. Cummings: "in Just" (Norton 1081); "The Twenty-Third Psalm" (Norton 810).

One of Various Poets. Any question on one of today's assigned authors/texts. JULIANNA SWEENEY on Poe's "The Raven". (Presentation Completed.)

One of Various Poets. Any question on one of today's assigned authors/texts. EMILY ORNELAS -- on Emily Dickinson. (Presentation Completed.)

W. 10/29. Poetry as Form and Foregrounded Language. Norton Chapters 13-16, etc. Wilfred Owen: "Dulce et Decorum Est" (Norton 1101); Robert Frost: "Design" (Norton 898), "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (Norton 1091); Shakespeare: "Th'expense of spirit in a waste of shame" (Norton 868); Archibald MacLeish: "Ars Poetica" (Norton 700); Alfred Tennyson: "Ulysses" (Norton 990); Robert Browning: "My Last Duchess" (Norton 1078).

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL MONDAY 11/03; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes journal entries on a selection of poems from among the broader selection assigned; see more detailed instructions in the link.)

WEEK 11 DRAMA

M. 11/03. Sophocles. Antigone (Norton – read "Elements of Drama" 1180-89 and as much of the play from 1563-97 as possible). Today we will watch a film production.

W. 11/05. Sophocles. Antigone (Norton 1563-97). Discussion of the text.

Sophocles. Any question adapted to cover part of last half of Sophocles' Antigone. ANNETTE GARCIA. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 12 DRAMA

M. 11/10. William Shakespeare. Introduction to Shakespeare’s life, times, language and craft as a playwright. No assigned reading -- I may bring in a few sonnets and other brief texts as examples. In the following meetings, I will also show brief clips of selected scenes from the play.

W. 11/12. William Shakespeare. Hamlet Act 1 (Norton 1363-85).

Shakespeare. Any question on Act 1 of Hamlet. JULIANNA SWEENEY. (Presentation Completed.)

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

WEEK 13 DRAMA

M. 11/17. William Shakespeare. Hamlet Acts 2-3 (Norton 1385-1424).

Shakespeare. Any question on Act 2 or 3 of Hamlet. IAN DUNN. (Presentation Completed.)

W. 11/19. William Shakespeare. Hamlet Acts 4-5 (Norton 1424-58).

Shakespeare. Any question on Act 4 or 5 of Hamlet. RACHEL MCCLARAN. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 14 DRAMA

M. 11/24. Thanksgiving Holiday, No Classes.

W. 11/26. Thanksgiving Holiday, No Classes.

WEEK 15 DRAMA

M. 12/01. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (Dover 1-54). Today we will watch a film production.

W. 12/03. Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest (Dover 1-54). Discussion of the text.

Wilde. Any question on Act 1 or 2 of IBE. TIMOTHY WELSH. (Presentation Completed.)

Wilde. Any question on Act 3 of IBE. JULIANNA SWEENEY. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 16 DRAMA

M. 12/08. Lorraine Hansberry. Today we will watch part of a film production.

W. 12/10. Lorraine Hansberry. A Raisin in the Sun (Norton Cultural and Historical Context" Intro 1460-70; Acts 1-3, Norton 1470-1534). Discussion of the text.

Hansberry. Any question on Act 1 of A Raisin in the Sun. OPEN. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes journal entries on each assigned drama.)

FINALS WEEK

Final Exam Date Wednesday December 17 from 5:00-6:50 p.m. You don’t need to bring a bluebook; the exam is open-book and open-note, but no laptops and no sharing books or notes. Due by email by Monday, Dec. 22 or earlier: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Friday January 02, 2015.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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