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January 21, 2019

This is the online home of ENG 130 – Introduction to Literary Studies – M/W 8:00-9:15am – Klapper 333.

5/13 – Conferences

May 12, 2019

In the comments below, please sign up for a conference time slot between 8:00 – 11:00am. You should choose an interval of 10 minutes: 8:00, 8:10, 8:20. . . 9:00, 9:10. . . 10:00, 10:10. . . etc. Please check the comments first to see which slots have already been taken.

5/1 – Paper Draft

April 29, 2019

Reading Assignment: Revisit the stories from Dubliners you are writing about, or one you didn’t read.

Writing AssignmentBring to class a paper copy of your first draft of the final paper. This should represent your best attempt, at this stage, to write a final paper according to the guidelines on the assignment sheet. Your draft does not need to be complete, though the more developed it is, the more helpful the revision process will be.

Your draft should include engagement with original research (your final paper must include at least two original sources). Please come to class prepared to give a short, conversational presentation about one of your sources. This presentation should include basic information about the article (the author, the date of publication, where you found the article––journal, book, etc.); an explanation of the article’s argument or thesis; and your opinion of this argument.

Response 3.5

April 15, 2019

Reading Assignment: “A Mother” and “Grace” from James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Writing Assignment: Write a research question, following the advice from the assignment sheet for the third paper (under the assignments tab on this blog). You should choose some aspect of Dubliners (after these two stories you will have read all of the book except the last story) that you would like to investigate further. This may be a larger social question like the role of race, gender, and class in the book; or a more local, textual question, like Joyce’s use of music or method of dialogue. In a response below, write your question, then give examples from the stories we’ve read that are relevant to your question.

 

Note: Our next class will be held in room 227 of the library. Please try to arrive on time, at 8am.

Response 3.4

April 12, 2019

Reading Assignment: “Clay,” “A Painful Case,” and “Ivy Day in the Committee Room,” from James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Writing Assignment: Write a short response to one of the stories. The prompt is open-ended: you may choose to focus on one theme that fascinates you; one character; describe a passage that you don’t understand; or detail some other response you had to the stories.

Response 3.3

April 8, 2019

Reading Assignment: “The Boarding House,” “A Little Cloud,” and “Counterparts,” from Dubliners.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, choose one short passage from one of the three stories and write a close reading of the passage. Focus on how the style of the passage––the descriptions, the sentence structure, the tone––contributes to its meaning. How does the passage fit into the larger story? And how does it reflect certain themes in the whole book, so far?

Response 3.2

April 4, 2019

Reading Assignment: “Eveline,” “After the Race,” and “Two Gallants,” from James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Writing Assignment: Write a short response to one of the stories. The prompt is open-ended: you may choose to focus on one theme that fascinates you; describe a passage that you don’t understand; or detail some other response you had to the stories.

I would also like to remind you that the final drafts of Essay 2 are due on Monday. And: Attendance and responses from last class were sparse; please remember that regular participation (including arriving to class on time and prepared for discussion) is an important part of your final grade.

4/3 – Response 3.1

April 1, 2019

Reading Assignment: Please read the stories “The Sisters,” “An Encounter,” and “Araby” from Dubliners by James Joyce. (You can find a PDF under the readings tab.) I would like for you to read all of the stories, but we will concentrate our class discussion on “Sisters” and “Araby.”

Writing Assignment: Joyce’s collection of short stories all take place in the city Dublin, Ireland, set at the beginning of the 20th century. In a short response, describe your impression of how Joyce introduces the city and the people living in it. What sort of thematic concerns are presented? What do you notice about his storytelling style? In short, what is your first impression of Dubliners?

3/25 – Essay 2 Draft

March 21, 2019

Bring a paper copy of your draft of the second essay to class on Monday. You can find the instructions under the “assignments” tab on this website.

I will ask for volunteers to present their ideas from the paper Monday, for class discussion.

3/20 – Response 2.5

March 19, 2019

Reading Assignment: Karl Marx, “The Sale and Purchase of Labour-Power,” from Capital.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, try to explain, in your own words, what you take to be an important argument from this chapter. Identify the passage where Marx argues this point.

3/18 – Response 2.4

March 13, 2019

Reading Assignment: Read the Elizabeth Bowen story “Demon Lover.” It is short, so it will be helpful to read it twice, to see how your interpretation changes once you know the ending. Take notes, as always, on the passages that stand out to you.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, describe how you might use Freud’s analysis of memory to interpret Bowen’s short story. Does the story bear any similarities to the case study Freud discusses in “Screen Memories”? Any significant differences? In particular, you might think of the idea of forgetting.