Instructions. Students will sign up for one 5-minute informal presentation. On the first day, students will choose authors. Soon afterwards, I will post the resulting schedule on this page. Each session will feature a few presentations. At least one week before you present, contact me to discuss your ideas. After you present, send me a written version and I will post it to a course blog. The written version should be similar to your class comments, though it need not be identical. 15%.
Purpose of Presentations. Structuring sessions partly around students' comments builds on the fact that most participants enjoy courses more when they play an active role. While an instructor has many responsibilities, students are also responsible for the course's success.
Evaluating Presentations. I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) consult with me beforehand to discuss ideas, to ask what others might find valuable, etc? 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing, including discussing the presentation with me as required? 3) speak clearly and audibly?
Rescheduling Presentations. If you need to miss your scheduled presentation, let me know well in advance if possible, and contact me about rescheduling.
Tips on Presenting. Sit anywhere you like, although I suggest that you speak at the front. Please explain the basic point of your presentation before you go into detail. Address the entire class and remind us of page numbers. Speak firmly so everyone can hear — pitch your voice at people at the room's far end, not those near you.
Below is a list containing the authors/texts we will discuss and the presenters' names.
08/31. Walt Whitman. "Preface" and text of Leaves of Grass (17-79); "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (116-22).
Ted Barlow. (Yes)
09/07. Henry James. "The Beast in the Jungle" (524-53); "The Art of Fiction" (553-67).
Robert Padilla. (Yes)
9/14. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (633-723).
Valerie Howard. (Yes)
Kristine Pratt. (Yes)
Daniella Romero. (Yes)
09/21. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Washington's "Up from Slavery" Ch. XIV (760-68). DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk (876-901).
Laura Pinnix. (Yes)
09/28. Jack London. Tales of the Pacific. (Separate text.) "The House of Mapuhi" (31-53); "Mauki (64-79); "The Sheriff of Kona" (121-34); "Koolau the Leper" (135-50); "The Bones of Kehekili" (151-73).
Francisco Salinas. (One story) (Yes)
Nancy Garcia. (One story) (No)
Tiffany Mendoza. (One story) (Yes)
10/05. Amy Lowell and Robert Frost. Lowell's selections (1143-50). Frost's selections (1174-1201).
Vanessa Ferreira. (Lowell) (Yes)
Melissa Porter. (Frost) (Yes)
Jennifer Fletcher. (Frost) (Yes)
10/12. Carl Sandburg and Wallace Stevens. Sandburg's selections (1229-33). Stevens' selections (1234-51).
Lyndsey Lefebvre. (Sandburg) (Yes)
Sean Day. (Stevens) (Yes)
10/19. Eugene O'Neill. Long Day's Journey into Night (1340-1417).
Jacob Plsek. (Yes)
Amelia Counts. (Yes)
Christen Trammell. (Yes)
10/26. T.S. Eliot. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1420-22), "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1425-28), "The Waste Land" (1430-43).
Christine Pandes. ("Prufrock") (Yes)
Cecile Vu. ("Waste Land") (Yes)
11/02. Nella Larsen. Quicksand (1527-1609).
Brianna Soto. (No)
Kristina Tanglimsamarnsuk. (Yes)
11/09. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Fitzgerald's "Winter Dreams" and "Babylon Revisited" (1641-72). Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1846-64).
Jennifer Cade. (Fitzgerald) (Yes)
Robert Taylor. (Hemingway) (Yes)
Josh Thiel. (Hemingway) (Yes)
11/16. Langston Hughes and John Steinbeck. Hughes' selections (1891-1901). Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (1901-13).
Juan Cortez. (Hughes) (Yes)
Judy Guillen. (Steinbeck) (Yes)
Ross Gable. (Steinbeck) (Yes)
11/23. Thanksgiving Holiday. No classes all week.
11/30. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (1976-2041).
Kristine Chung. (Yes)
Chris Johnson. (Yes)
Brianna Soto. (Yes)
12/07. Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Sylvia Plath. Ginsberg's selections (2863-77). Snyder's selections (2956-67). Plath's selections (2967-79).
Kimberly Smith. (Ginsberg) (Yes)
Zsolt Girba. (Ginsberg) (Yes)
Nicolas Bonilla. (Snyder) (Yes)
Hannah Lee. (Plath) (No)
Tiffany Slagle (Plath) (Yes)