You will be expected to write three papers; you will revise one of your papers. You will have the opportunity to write a fourth paper if you would like the opportunity to improve your paper grade. Attendance and participation in the writing group scheduled for March 11 is mandatory.
Paper topics will be available online as well as on paper; see below (under "Tentative Schedule of Readings") for due dates and topic links.
There will be no midterm or final for the course. I will give reading quizzes--generally unannounced.
Jan 26 Wuthering Heights.
Jan 28 Wuthering Heights. Paper topic for Paper #1 handed out.
Feb 2 Wuthering Heights.
Feb 4 Reading day.
Evening: Paul Muldoon, N. Irish poet, 8 pm, Malott Rm., Kansas Union. Highly recommended!
Feb 9 McPherson, "A Loaf of Bread" (reserve);
Feb 11 "A Loaf of Bread."
Feb 16 Joyce, Dubliners ("The Sisters")
Feb 18 Dubliners ("An Encounter," "Eveline," "Araby") Paper topic for Paper #2 handed out.
Feb 23 Dubliners ("Two Gallants," "The Boarding
Feb 25 Dubliners ("A Mother").
Evening: Maxine Clair, Kansas City writer (author of Rattlebone, a collection of short stories set in KC) reading from her new work Letters to Vergie, 8 pm, Pioneer Room, Burge Union.
Mar 2 Dubliners ("The Dead").
Mar 4 catch-up. Draft of Paper #2 due: bring in four copies of your paper.
Mar 9 Hurston, "The Gilded Six-Bits" (reserve).
Mar 11 Writing Groups (REQUIRED!).
Mar 12 Jimmy Santiago Baca, poet, reading and book signing, 4 pm, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union.
Mar 15 Patricia Williams, "Toward a Theory of
Grace," 8 pm, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union.
Mar 16 Ellison, Invisible Man (pp. 1-70).
Mar 18 Invisible Man (pp. 70-108). Paper #2 due.
Mar 23 SPRING
Mar 25 BREAK --read IM & get ahead!
Mar 30 Invisible Man ( for today, you should have finished
reading through p. 260). Paper topics for Paper
#3 handed out. No writing groups required for Paper #3; I recommend
you see me and/or the writing consultants at Writers Roosts!
Apr 1 Invisible Man. (through p. 333)
Apr 13 Invisible Man (you should be finished
with the book by today).
Apr 15 Morrison, Beloved. Paper #3 due.
Apr 20 Beloved. Outrageous
Acts/Everyday Rebellions assignment handed out.
Apr 22 Beloved (through p. 170)
Apr 27 Beloved. (through p. 218)
Apr 29 Beloved (finish)
May 4 Alvarez, "Daughter of Invention" (reserve).
May 6 Last Day --Optional Paper #4 due. Outrageous Acts/Everyday Rebellions assignment due.