Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Your emails with useful resources

Most of you will have received an email back from me about the useful resources you found in the AML today; however, if you sent your message from the AML, I wasn't able to respond since the email was sent from a generic address.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Paper 1 assignment

The assignment for Paper 1 is now available here: http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/engl368/paper1.htm. We'll be looking at it in class tomorrow.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Comments on blog posts

By now, all of you who are keeping blogs should see at least one comment (from me) on your post.  If you have a blog but it's not listed, or if I missed your blog, please let me know.

Also, please put your name (first and last) somewhere on your blog, in User Profile or somewhere else, so that I can credit your blog posts and comments.

Meet in AML 105 on Tuesday

This is just a reminder that we'll meet in the AML, room 105, on Tuesday instead of meeting in our regular classroom. Since there are 26 seats and 29 of us in the class, if you have a laptop, you may want to bring it to the AML so that you can follow along.  We'll be looking at web sites, including databases available at WSU.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Date change for visit to the MASC

Your syllabus has February 11 listed as the date for our visit to the MASC, but we won't be able to visit until February 18.  This will mean that we'll begin reading The Rise of Silas Lapham earlier.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Updates to blogroll and report schedule

I've updated the blogroll and the report schedule, so if you sent me information and don't see it listed, please let me know.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blithedale Romance bibliography

For those of you who may be planning to write a paper on The Blithedale Romance, I've updated the bibliography here: http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/blithebib.htm.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Louisa May Alcott documentary

Here's a link to the PBS documentary on Louisa May Alcott that I mentioned in class: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/louisa-may-alcott/the-woman-behind-little-women/1295/ . The site includes video clips and interviews.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Updates and announcements

Although I sent you all an email last night (and if you didn't get it, you should check your MyWSU email address), I won't typically be sending email unless there's some sort of major announcement like class cancellation. Instead, I'll post the information and links here, so you should make it a practice to check this blog on a regular basis.

You can check it on the web at the above address, by becoming a "follower" if you have a blog in Blogger, or by using an RSS feed reader like Bloglines or Google Reader.  If you want to check it on your iPhone, you could use an app like Bylines or Reeder, or you could use Viigo or another such application if you have a Blackberry.

 About blogs and reports: you need to sign up for either a blog or a report (or both) by next Tuesday, January 19.


The information on American Transcendentalism from yesterday's class is available here: http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/amtrans.htm .

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Send me your blog links!

Those of you who are planning to keep a weblog should send me the link before next Tuesday.

Also, if you plan to do a report, you need to sign up by next Tuesday as well. You can see which slots are open by clicking on the Reports link, http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/engl368/reports.htm .

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Influential books

Here's a compilation of your responses to the question I asked yesterday about influential books or favorite works of American literature:
  • Bill Simmons, The Book of Basketball
  • Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (2 people)
  • Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • The Catcher in the Rye (2 people)
  • Scott Westerfeld, Uglies series
  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (2 people)
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Frank Herbert, Dune
  • C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth
  •  Hunter S. Thompson, A Generation of Swim
  • Thoreau
  • Herman Racher, The Summer of '42
  • Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly
  • Stephanie Meyer, Host
  • Bram Stoker, Dracula / Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • The Giver
  • Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  • Paul Bernard, Hell in a Very Small Place
  • Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever and Just Listen
  • Catch-22
  • Gloria Naylor, The Women of Brewster Place
  • Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
   You can set up your own blog by going to http://www.blogger.com or http://www.wordpress.com (or another site).  Send me the link (campbelld@wsu.edu) and I'll add you to the blogroll.