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Weekly Response Papers/Postings

Short response papers (about 500-750 words or 2 pages) must be posted to the course blog by 8am on the Wednesday preceding the Thursday class meeting to discuss the readings.

The response is not a paper so you should not concern yourself with introductions and conclusions. You should, however, make every attempt to provide a coherent response and you should proofread and edit your work for clarity. You can choose your own focus and discuss one of the readings exclusively or you can range amongst the readings exploring themes. Think of your responses as a conversation with the text, the ideas, your class mates and your teacher. Feel free to ask questions, speculate, make astounding connections, or even complain (though don't forget about your audience and their needs).

Weekly Response Moderator(s)

Everyone is encouraged to look at the weekly responses posted by students prior to class. In addition, each week two students will be responsible for reading all postings for the week and producing a short digest to be presented to the class. The digest can be produced as a handout and distributed during class and/or it can be posted to the course blog and presented to the class using a laptop and the projector.

 

Weekly Focus

Name

4/18

Class Cancelled due to Campus Closure

 

4/25

The Poet of Nature: Wordsworth

A. Vasquez
J. Anderson 

5/2

Romantic Ecology: Coleridge

Y. Valdes
A. Valrie 

5/9

Sublime, Beautiful, Picturesque: Wordsworth

J. Dubzinski
R. Cacace 

5/16

Gardens and Politics: Austen

S. Ross
B. Cooper 

5/23

Nature, Sublimity, Nation: Muir

Z. Henry   

5/30

The Wild: Thoreau

J. Mottola 

6/6

Posthumanism

R. Briggs  
J. Mendoza

Seminar Paper

For the seminar paper you have the option of writing a "standard" seminar paper (the academic-in-training journal article) or an article intended for a more general audience. See the essay assignment below for more information.

Seminar Paper Assignment

Weekly Presentations

At our first meeting, we will determine a presentation schedule for the remainder of the quarter. Each week, from the third through the ninth, presenters will offer presentations or lead the class discussion on selected texts and topics.

The seminar presentation is a 15-20 minute presentation to the rest of the class about an assigned reading. For the presentation, plan to go beyond regular class preparation, at the very least, providing background about your topic, a generous overview, and a discussion of its relation to other readings for that week (or read earlier). You should also be prepared to answer questions and help lead class discussion for that topic. You should prepare a handout for the class; however, do not simply read from your prepared handout or paper.

 

Reading Assignment to be Presented

Name

4/25

Wordsworth, "Michael" or "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads

Z. Henry 

4/25

Fry, "Green to the Very Door? The Natural Wordsworth"

A. Valrie 

5/2

Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

B. Cooper 

5/2

Evernden, "Beyond Ecology"

A. Vasquez 

5/9

Hartman, "A Poet’s Progress"

D. Sotiriou  

5/16

Austen, Mansfield Park

S. Ross 

5/16

Cosgrove, "England: Prospects, Palladianism"

J. Anderson 

5/23

Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

R. Cacace 

5/23

Byerly, "The Uses of Landscape"

Y. Valdes 

5/23

Cosgrove, "Sublime Nature"

J. Dubzinski 

5/30

Thoreau, Walden

J. Mottola
J. Mendoza 

6/6

Žižek, "Unbehagen In Der Natur" [Uneasiness in Nature]

R. Briggs 

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Last Update: 05/3/2013