First Semester Assignments
Romantic Literature Assignments
For "The Fall of the House of Usher":
Explain the two meanings of the title and evaluate how well Poe follows his own theory of the short story in his own writing.
For "The Birthmark":
Read the story, noting the places where obsession appears AND where you find evidence of Poe's theory at work [Hawthorne's stories formed the basis of Poe's short story theory].
"Rewrite" the story:
Billy Budd Unit Assignments
Example of an Excellent Reflective Essay: "The Cosmic Orphan" by Loren Eiseley