Homework for Critical Reading Toward Critical Writing


10/19 Read "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (link: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/theliteratureofprescription/exhibitionAssets/digitalDocs/The-Yellow-Wall-Paper.pdf). Read "The Lady of Shallot" by Alfred Lord Tennyson (link: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/the-lady-of-shalott). Print both and bring them to class on 10/19. Be prepared to discuss this question: Consider how both texts follow isolated women in rather different settings. What do these two texts say about the role of women in society, or what it can feel like to be isolated in a room or on an island?

10/4 Finish your Long Essay and submit it in class. 

9/20 Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to page 100. Complete the closed-book, take-home grammar and mechanics quiz. Be prepared to contribute to discussion and read aloud on Wednesday.

9/13 Write your Close Reading Literary Analysis on Poe's "The Black Cat." Instructions have been sent by email. Submit a typed hard copy in class. Read A Study in Scarlet, all. Bring the book to class and be ready to discuss it. 

9/6 Read "Reading and Writing about Literature" (PDF, distributed through email on 8/30); Read How to Not Write Bad pp. 30-33, 40-52

8/30 Active (Re-)Reading Notes from Poe's "The Black Cat" (instructions sent through email); Read How to Not Write Bad pp. 1-30

8/23 Read "Annotating While You Read" (PDF) and "New Criticism" (PDF) (Both distributed through email on 8/16--let me know if you haven't gotten it.)

8/16 Read Poe, "The Black Cat"