Eng310A f2012: Special Topics in American Literature--Toni Morrison

Syllabus Parts
Additional Handouts
  • Paper #1, handout describing the paper, and additional resources on writing papers; distributed Day 06, Sept. 17, 2012. Paper #1 is due Monday, October 01, 2012 at the beginning of class.
  • Song of Solomon family tree
  • Paper #2, handout describing the paper (due Monday, October 22, 2012)
  • Paper #3, handout describing the paper (due Monday, November 19, 2012)
  • A Mercy notes on history, chronology
  • Assignments #4 and #5, oral presentation on critical articles, and final comparison-contrast essay
  • Help on final assignments
  • History: annotated bibliography on some works of history that will supply background on the 1690s America of A Mercy
Daily Notes
  • Day 02, The Bluest Eye, to page 80
  • Day 03, The Bluest Eye, to page 163
  • Day 04, The Bluest Eye, to end of novel
  • Day 05, Diane Henningfeld overview of The Bluest Eye
  • Day 06, John Bishop and James Mayo articles on The Bluest Eye (handed out today: instructions for Paper #1--see above listing under "additional handouts")
  • Day 07, Discuss Paper #1 (due 10/01/12)
  • Day 08, Sula, to page 67
  • Day 09, Sula, to page 137
  • Day 10, Sula to end of novel
  • Day 11, Sula DeAngelis article
  • Day 12, Sula Bryant article
  • Day 13, Sula Bergenholtz article
  • Day 14, Sula discuss paper #2 (due 10/22/12)
  • Day 15, Sula discuss paper #2
  • Day 16, Song of Solomon, chapters 1 & 2 
  • Day 17, Song of Solomon, chapters 3, 4, 5
  • Day 18, Song of Solomon, chapters 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Day 19, Song of Solomon, chapters 10, 11
  • Day 20, Song of Solomon, chapters 12-15
  • Day 21, Song of Solomon, Harris article
  • Day 22, Song of Solomon, Brenner article
  • Day 23, Song of Solomon, Buehrer article
  • Day 24, Discuss paper #3, due November 12 (see handout for paper #3 above)
  • Day 25, Beloved, chapters 1-6
  • Day 26, Beloved, chapters 7-14
  • Day 27, Beloved, chapters 15-19
  • Day 28, Beloved, chapters 20-25
  • Day 29, Beloved, chapters 26-28
  • Day 30, A Mercy, chapters 1-4 (see handouts for assignments #4 and #5 above)
  • Day 31, A Mercy, chapters 5-8
  • Day 32, A Mercy, chapters 9-12
  • Day 33, Group discussion in preparation for assignment #4; nothing to post
  • Day 34, J. Hillis Miller on Beloved
  • Day 35, Nicole M. Coonradt on Beloved
  • Day 36, Lorie Watkins Fulton on Beloved; the PowerPoint used in class here in pdf format
  • Day 37, Valerie Babb on A Mercy; the handout distributed in class here
  • Day 38, Geneva Cobb Moore on A Mercy; also handout with annotated bibliography of historical resources on 1690s Virginia
  • Day 39, Review

Audio podcasts and pdf copies of critical articles described on the syllabus are available from Blackboard, available to those enrolled in the course.
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