Revised Winter Schedule

The people have spoken. In your feedback on English 340, two themes emerged. It was clear that you wanted:

  1. more assignment preparation, and
  2. a more thematic approach to lectures.

So I have revised the reading schedule for the second half of the course (Winter 2013). Here it is in PDF. In sum, here are the changes you’ll notice:

  • A new Topics column tells you what each lecture/discussion will focus on.
  • Each period (Romantic, Victorian, the Modernist Novel, and 20th-Century Poetry) will get a dedicated introduction. There will be more note-taking, more details, more pictures.
  • Each major writer gets a biographical introduction.
  • You can identify some of the thematic relationships between different readings–like recurring themes of language/style, (auto-)biography, nature and landscapes. I’ll use these overarching themes, and others that emerge in the course of the term, when writing questions for the Final Exam.
  • The Readings column has been thinned out a little. The most significant change is that the Darwin/Evolution section is gone, as is (sadly) Dylan Thomas. (Save them for your summer reading list?)
  • These removals make way for four sessions dedicated to the major upcoming assignments: the Research Project (3 out of 4 sessions) and the Final Exam. These will focus on practical skills to help you excel in the course.

These changes have necessitated a few shifts in blog deadlines, so if you’re organized enough to have already written them in your calendar for next term — and a gold star if you have — you may have some changes to make.

Happy holidays, and see you in January. I’ll be at the MLA Convention in Boston the week before classes.

About ullyot

Assistant Professor of English and Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), Faculty of Arts; University of Calgary; early modernist + digital humanist.

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