Presentations Schedule for E222 American Literature, CSU Fullerton Spring 2012



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Most sessions will feature one or more student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings. 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. Look over the authors or texts on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around on the first or second day of class, suggest a few authors/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. Each student will give one presentation. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors or texts, I may need to schedule you for something different.

2. Within several days after signing up, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which author/s you are slated to present. Make sure you read the relevant assigned texts early.

3. One week before the in-class presentation, email me a written draft of the remarks you plan to make about the author/question you've been assigned. This draft should be proofread and spell-checked; it should also be substantive and refer to the actual language of the text being discussed, with page numbers, act/scene/line, or verse lines provided as appropriate. I will email you comments either suggesting how the presentation might be improved or affirming that what you've written sounds fine. If, however, my return comments on the draft you sent me suggested revisions, email me a final version at least one day before you present in class.

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 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 5-minute presentation would run 650 words. Tips: at the outset of your presentation, very briefly explain the topic you have chosen to address. 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 closely -- 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; the emailed draft and potential revision is 30%.

5. Please check the schedule below on this page to verify the current status of your in-class presentation. 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.


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).


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.



Tu. 01/24. Course Introduction.

Th. 01/26. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" (79-85). Dickinson's "320" (97); "340" (99); "448" (102); "479" (102-03); "591" (103-04); "598" (104); "620" (104); "764" (107); "1263" (108); "1668" (108).


Tu. 01/31. Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn (Chapters 1-16, 131-88).

Th. 02/02. Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn (Chapters 17-21, 188-219).


Tu. 02/07. Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn (Chapters 22-35, 220-81).

Th. 02/09. Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn (Chapters 36-42, 281-309).

Ashley Purpura. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 02/14. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (421-59). We will also watch part of a film production.

Th. 02/16. Henry James. "Daisy Miller" (421-59).

Rachel Antoun. (Presentation Completed.)

Kayla Bremser. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 02/19; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Whitman through James. I will verify receipt by email within a few days.)


Tu. 02/21. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Chapters 1-24, 561-619).

Rosselyn Gonzalez. (Presentation Completed.)

Marisol Marquez. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 02/23. Kate Chopin. The Awakening (Chapters 25-39, 619-52).

Natalie Martinez. (Presentation Completed.)

Brynn Zoellner. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 02/28. Jack London. From "What Life Means to Me" (Norton 917-20). From Tales of the Pacific (Separate text): "The House of Mapuhi" (31-53); "Mauki (64-79)

Ryan Brotman. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 03/01. Jack London. From Tales of the Pacific (Separate text): "The Sheriff of Kona" (121-34); "Koolau the Leper" (135-50); "The Bones of Kehekili" (151-73)

Trevor Garrett. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 03/06. Robert Frost. "The Figure a Poem Makes" (250-52); "Mowing" (231-32); "Mending Wall" (232-33); "The Death of the Hired Man" (233-37); "The Wood-Pile" (241); "The Road Not Taken" (241-42); "Birches" (242-44); "Out, Out—" (244); "Fire and Ice" (245); "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (245); "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (245); "Desert Places" (246); "Design" (246); "The Gift Outright" (248).

Monique Atwood on "Mending Wall". (Presentation Completed.)

Rachel King. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 03/08. Carl Sandburg and William Carlos Williams. Sandburg's "Chicago" (279-80); "Fog" (280); "Cool Tombs" (280-81); "Grass" (281). From Williams' Spring and All (346-47); Poems: "Queen-Anne's Lace" (305); "Spring and All" (306-07); "To Elsie" (307-09); "The Red Wheelbarrow" (309); "The Dead Baby" (309-10); "This Is Just to Say" (310); "A Sort of a Song" (310); "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" (313).

Linda Tran on Carl Sandburg. (Presentation Completed.)

Cecilia Choi on William Carlos Williams. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 03/13. T. S. Eliot. From "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (372-75); "The Waste Land" (378-91).

Eric Zamudio on "Tradition…". (No Presentation; rescheduled.)

Kimberly Grant on "The Waste Land". (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 03/15. F.T. Marinetti, Ezra Pound, H.D., Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, E.E. Cummings. From Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism" (337). From Pound's "A Retrospect"(341-43). H.D.'s "Leda" (353); "Fragment 113" (354); "Helen" (355). Moore's "Poetry" (359-60); "To a Snail" (360). Stevens' "Anecdote of the Jar" (288); "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" (291-92); "The Idea of Order at Key West" (293-94); "Of Modern Poetry" (294). E.E. Cummings' "in Just-" (638); "the Cambridge ladies …" (640); "next to of course god america i" (641); "i sing of Olaf glad and big" (641-42); "anyone lived in a pretty how town" (643-44).

Cynthia Reyes on Wallace Stevens. (Presentation Completed.)

Taylor Monje-Rodriguez on E.E. Cummings. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 03/18; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Chopin through Cummings.)


Tu. 03/20. Ernest Hemingway. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (826-42). We will watch part of a film production.

Th. 03/22. Ernest Hemingway. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (826-42).

Andalee Motrenec. (Presentation Completed.)

Ryan Haley. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 03/27. Spring Recess: no classes all week, but campus is open except on Friday, March 30.

Th. 03/29. Spring Recess: no classes all week, but campus is open except on Friday, March 30.


Tu. 04/03. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (698-762, i.e. first 2/3).

Tara Sweeney. (Presentation Completed.)

Carly Weber. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 04/05. William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying (762-793, last 1/3).

Devon Garcia. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 04/10. Langston Hughes. From "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" (348-50); All Poems (871-80): "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (871); "Mother to Son" (871-72); "I, Too" (872); "The Weary Blues" (872-73); "Mulatto" (873-74); "Song for a Dark Girl" (874-75); "Genius Child" (875); "Visitors to the Black Belt" (875-76); "Note on Commercial Theatre" (876); "Vagabonds" (876-77); "Words Like Freedom" (877); "Madam and Her Madam" (877-78); "Freedom {1}" (878); "Madam's Calling Cards" (878-79); "Silhouette" (879); "Theme for English B" (880).

Megan Villasenor-Mendibles. (Presentation Completed.)

Kandyce Smith. (No Presentation.)

Eboni Tucker. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 04/12. Zora Neale Hurston. "The Eatonville Anthology" (530-38); "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" (538-41); "The Gilded Six-Bits" (541-49).

Brittany Boyle on "How It Feels…". (Presentation Completed.)

Jessica Smith on "The Gilded Six-Bits". (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 04/15; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Hemingway through Hurston.)


Tu. 04/17. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (93-133, Scenes 1-6).

Shannon Morgan. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 04/19. Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire (133-55, Scenes 7-11).

Aaron Kashani. (Presentation Completed.)



Tu. 04/24. John Cheever. "The Swimmer" (157-65).

Adriana Lora. (Presentation Completed.)

Kandyce Smith. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 04/26. Allen Ginsberg. "Howl" (492-500); "Footnote to Howl" (500); "A Supermarket in California" (500); "Sunflower Sutra" (501); "To Aunt Rose" (503); "On Burroughs' Work (504); "Ego Confession" (505).

Brian Mai. (Presentation Completed.)

Elizabeth Gomez. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 05/01. Flannery O'Connor. "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" (437-44); "Good Country People" (445-58).

Kelley Mardon on "The Life You Save…". (Presentation Completed.)

Amber Dominguez on "Good Country People". (No Presentation.)

Th. 05/03. Thomas Pynchon. "Entropy" (725-36).

Andrew Dedick. (Presentation Completed.)

Elizabeth Noyes. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 05/08. Frederick Jackson Turner. From "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (1133-37). Sam Shepard. True West (Act 1, 870-887).

Prisila Molina on F. J. Turner. (Presentation Completed.)

Paul Burt. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 05/10. Sam Shepard. True West (Act 2, 887-909).

Diego Medrano. (Presentation Completed.)

Eric Zamudio. (No Presentation.)

Crystal Reyes. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Tennessee Williams through Shepard.)


Final Exam Date Thursday May 17, 12:00-1:50. Due by email by Saturday, May 19: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by May 25, 2011.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.