Monday's class will not be held in our regular room at Barrows. Rather, we'll be in *242 Dwinelle* using the video projector to look at a few library search engines on line. Our class time will still be 3-4 pm.Thursday, February 16
The annotated bibliography deadline has been pushed back from Monday April 10 to Wednesday April 12. Your annotation bibliography entries must be related to your research field but need not ultimately relate to your paper or be cited in it. For example, you might include in your bibliography a book about historical instances of hypnotism even if your final paper only discusses modern medical studies of hypnotism's after-effects. Also, cite only hard sources -- i.e., books, journal articles or primary sources. You may, of course, use internet sources and popular magazine articles for your own personal benefit, but these are not reliable resources. Wikipedia (which I recommend) may be a helpful aid b/c it gives you a quick overview and leads to other sources, but it is not on its own a reliable source of information; it is a guide only. We will talk more on Monday the differences in sources.
The research paper outline draft has been pushed back from Friday April 14 to Monday April 17.
Due Wednesday 2/22, by email: Write a two page character study of the Browning's Duke of Ferrara from "My Last Duchess." Your study may consider many of the topics brought up during our discussion of "Fra Lippo Lippi". A few questions to consider: What are the duke's prejudices and pretensions? What verbal tics betray him? How does he evaluate the world, and in what terms does he think of himself? How do we in turn evaluate him, and in what way does Browning's poem manage the duke's repulsive yet charming nature?
Due Friday 2/24, by email: Write a two page study of any other dramatic monologue by Browning or Tennyson (Browning's "The Bishop Orders His Tomb", "Andrea del Sarto", and "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister", and Tennyson's "Ulysses" and "The Lotos-Eaters" are all good options); or, choose a poem that does not exactly fit the genre and purposefully read it as a dramatic monologue. Poem's for the latter option might include T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and Kenneth Koch's "To My Twenties". You may not write on "Fra Lippo Lippi".
Monday, January 23
Please also read Shakespeare's Sonnet 35 in your book. Give it special attention as we will be discussing it in class this week.
Also, a corrected version of the course syllabus has been posted on the Handouts page.
Friday, January 20
The due date for the Three-page Diagnostic Paper has been pushed back, from January 25th to January 27th.
Wednesday, January 18
Copies of Thomas McLaughlin's "Figurative Language" (to be read by Friday) can be found in my mailbox at the English Dept. office, 322 Wheeler. Links to the original Blake plates of "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" can be found under "On-line Resources".