feedback sought on course requirements

These are the requirements students must fulfill to pass my class on British Literature, 1660-1740.

Of course, they’re also required to keep up with the schedule of readings.

5% Paper 1: A summary and analysis of the introduction to the Longman Anthology. Mon, Jan 22
15% Paper 2: A summary and analysis of a scholarly article. Due: _____
15% Paper 3: A literary analysis of course texts using the Oxford English Dictionary. Due: _____
20% Paper 4: An argumentative essay on 2 or 3 course texts. Monday, April 30
10% Two informal class presentations (5% each). One presentation will be based on your work for Paper 2, and one will be based on your work for Paper 3. One must take place before the midterm and one after the midterm. 1. Due: _____
2. Due: _____
5% Discussion online and in class. You are responsible for thoughtfully answering questions posed by me and by your classmates. Details provided later in syllabus
15% Midterm Examination: In-class passage identification plus a take home essay question. Friday, March 9
15% Final Examination: In-class passage identification plus a take home essay question. {Date tba}
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love is lighter than air

Walking across campus this evening at around 7:00, I noticed the chalk markings on the sidewalks for the first time. Temporary epitaphs like We will never forget and God’s way is peace, not war and Kill Bin Laden.

Summer, summer, summer’s
Gonna turn into fall
You and your baby doll
Better go to the beach ’cause
Love is lighter than air
It floats away if you let go

Love is Lighter Than Air,” by Magnetic Fields.

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even shakespeare needs starbucks

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Last summer. On the left, a Starbucks. On the right, the Globe Theatre.

I know it’s not the original location of the Globe (apparently a brewery stands on that site today), but I was struck by how many Starbucks were in London, and this picture seemed the perfect embodiment of that fact.

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walkin’, readin’, bloggin’


The alley behind my apartment building.

The rest of the pix are on Flickr.

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the late ’80s and early ’90s called…

…and they want their culture wars back.

Meanwhile, a very interesting thread called “About Reading” is taking place on the listserv sponsored by SHARP.

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