Friday, February 26, 2010

Worksheet from Thursday's class

The "Ten Items to Watch" overhead from Thursday's class is available here:

You can find information on MLA Style at the Citing Sources link and at the Purdue OWL.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Extended office hours

My usual office hours today are from 12-1, but I'll be in the office, 357 Avery, from 10:30 on in case you have any questions about the midterm or the paper. You can also email me ( or call (335-4831).

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mark Twain and racism

After Amanda's report on Twain and racism, I thought that some of you might be interested in this Los Angeles Times article about a prominent Twain scholar, Thomas Wortham, and his thoughts on Huckleberry Finn.  (This is optional; you don't have to read it.)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blog posts and comments

In case you're wondering how the blog posts and your comments on others' blogs are recorded: each blog post counts as 2 points and each week of comments (regardless of the number) as 1 point, so each week of blog post and comments is worth 3 points of a possible total of 30 points.  As I've mentioned to some of you in passing, there is an optional blog post and comment opportunity on 4/21, at the end of the semester to make up any points that you may have missed. 

Friday, February 19, 2010


If you sent me a prospectus, I've returned it with comments by now. If you didn't receive yours, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MASC, midterm, blog posts, and absences

As I mentioned in class, on Thursday we will meet in the MASC.  Go down the stairs when you enter the library, and you'll see the MASC ahead of you.

The midterm for this class will be held on February 23, as your syllabus indicates.  The study guide is available at this link. Please note that your class notes and your books will be your best guide; the study guide is simply a reminder of what should already be in your notes.

Blog posts are due as usual tomorrow night by 9 p.m. You should comment on a classmate's blog by then, too. 

If you are not sure how many absences you've accrued thus far, please ask me.  Some of you are at or are approaching the 4-absence limit, after which your grade will drop.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


The slides from today's presentation (and the Alcott presentation) are available on the Lectures page.

Remember the change in the reading assignment

As I mentioned in class the other day, because the date for our visit to the MASC has changed, the reading assignment for The Rise of Silas Lapham has also changed. It's now pp. 3-136.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Behind a Mask"

As I mentioned in class yesterday, for tomorrow's class you only need to read the novella Behind a Mask, pp. 3-104 in the book of fiction by Alcott. 

You'll also find any changes to the syllabus that I mention on our online syllabus (click on the link at right).