TR 1-5 PM
We will attempt to survey a range of basic attitudes about what style is and what it does. Along the way, we will read works from writers who are said to present readers a distinctive voice. Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Ideally, a seminar (by label, a kind of "seed plot") should not be founded on teacher-talk. Thus, I shall try to allow you the freedom, through participation, to create your own letter mark. The grade I record will be composed of the following elements—
1. Preparations (up to 10 pts.) Each meeting, I will assign a set of preparations for our next meeting. At the beginning of each class, I will stamp any preparations that are complete. At term's end, each stamped set will be worth one point. Incomplete, unstamped preps, will not score points.
2. Participation (up to15 pts—1 point per response.) I will ask that you keep a brief log noting, after each day's work, your participation. What questions did you pose? What discussions did you support? We all sometimes will listen more than we speak, of course. But please be accumulating a log that you can hand to me at class's end. In it, be prepared to describe for me how (at least fifteen times) you spoke to issues raised in class, answering questions, asking them, making comments. . . . List your responses, please, by date.
3. Teaching Notes (up to 35 points, total: 1-5 points for each set) While reading through the application texts, please be taking notes. As requested by due date, then, please supply me with a typed, double-spaced list in which you present those style issues that you think are key to defining each text’s voice. Offer samples to establish your claims. For each text, please try to be creating about a two-page bundle of teaching notes. At class's end, this portfolio, fully assembled, will offer you an invaluable tool if you ever have to present these writers in sections of your own.
4. Seminar Paper (40 pts) Each member will develop a typed, double-spaced analytical essay that accomplishes the task described below. During the final two sessions, class members will present to the group a brief (5 to10 minutes) oral summation of their papers. Points: 0-30 for the paper; 0-10 for the presentation, and discussion. Length: 8-10 typed pages.
Task: Pick a one-page section of a text you have read outside this class’s work. Photocopy and annotate that section, to be turned in with your essay. Then, compose an MLA-style essay in which you accomplish the following:
a. Offer a short (1-2 page) introduction to the text. Label the text by genre. Then tell me how it fits into the writer’s career. Explain, briefly, how critics have reacted to the text.
b. Then, analyze what you believe to be the key (foregrounded, that is, for you) elements of the writer’s style, as expressed in the chosen section of the text. Use strategies outlined in the L&S text (especially chapter three) to build your analysis.
c. Close with a page or so of summary of the effects of the foregrounded elements on your reading of the text.
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%. For grade sources, see above, “Course Requirements.”
All essays will be submitted in MLA format.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
No late work can be accepted, unless arrangements have been made with instructor.
Regular attendance and participation will be expected. After the first cut, each additional cut can lower the final mark one grade. Two late arrivals count together as one cut. Exceptions will be made ONLY for certifiable illnesses or for "authorized" absence, specifically as described in the university Catalog.
Please see first-day introduction.