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Course : Seminar: Style--Sonnet, Short Novel, Essay

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Spring 2019
Bea Wood Hall, 226
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The class will address the attempt to organize and make objective as possible the study of literary style.  Subjectivity always will influence discussions of style . . . but how close can readers come to pointing at the page and finding evidence right there?  What best could one then say about the significance of what was found?


Course Requirements


1.  Keep up with weekly materials.


2.  Participate in class discussions.


3.  Compile and fill out the weekly worksheet supporting individual reading assignments.  At course end, the ten completed work sheets can be submitted to score four points each (total = 40 points).  Questions on the sheets will be used to organize weekly discussions, and I shall stamp completed sheets at the opening of each week’s session.


4.  Compose, revise, polish, and submit three short essays worth ten points each (total = 30 points).  Detailed assignment sheets will be provided in class.  Submission of each essay will be followed by a brief (five minutes or so) presentation of major points.  The presentation will be worth two of the possible ten points.


5.  Compose, revise, polish, and submit a class project that prepares a teaching module on style and then explicates the style elements in a literary text we have not discussed in class (total = 30 points).  A detailed assignment sheet will be provided in class.


The final mark will be created by the total of earned points: 90-100 will earn an A; 80 to 89, a B, and so on.


Class members will be expected to attend and arrive on time, prepared to discuss the week’s assignment.  All planned absences need to be arranged in advance.  Each cut after the first will lower the final mark one half of a grade (5 points).

Unless when arranged in advance, late work will not be submitted.

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