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David Foster Wallace, English 67, Spring 2005

David Foster Wallace, English 67, Spring 2005

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INSTRUCTORINFOName~David,
WalIace~
Office
=
Crookshank101·'Office.
Phone~
607-8357;
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Phone=
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OfficeHours~
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3-~'~'
.REQUIREDTEXTS,AUtheseshould'bein
paperback
atthe'HuntleyBookstore:
(1)
J.
Moo
Coetzee,
WtJitt.ng!r:lr
the
Barbarians;
(2)
Thomas
Harris,
The
Silence
of
the'
Lambs:
(3)M_~tthea.
Harvey,
Pitythe:
Bathtub
Its
Forced
Embraceof'the
Hum"a"Form;
(4)
Tony
Hoagland;
WhatNarcissism
.Means
to
Me.
AUotherreadings
'wit
be
providedto
you
in
Xeroxhandouts.Someof
theXeroxes
I
may
have
tomake
myselfat
Kinko's,
in
'w'
I
ichcase
yo~_.~'11
gettoreimburse:'me,for
them
(totalcost
to
you.
win
be.~$10,,00).B,ASIC
'C"OURS,E
SJPlE'.Thegoals,
of
this
sectionof
E67are
to
survey
certain.importantforms
of
modem
:li·teratme----4lort
stories,
novels,
poems
and.tointroduce
you
1,0
sometechniques
forachieving
,81
critical
appreciatio-
of
literary
art."Critical
appreciation"
h'"
'I!...,:"
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111...
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111'::
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meansa:V1ng:
mart;S.O:P.lLwl,stJcate.~
easons
I.U.r
Jl.tUltJJ.g
WlIllatever.
iterature
you
llB..e~,
OD
being
ableto
articulate:those
reasons
for
other
people,
especially
in
writing;"Vitalfor
criticalappreciationis.he
ability
to",.
terpret"
a
pieceofliterature,whichbaaically
meanscomingupwithacogent,interesting
account
of
whata,piece
oflit
means,
whatit'stryingtodo
to/for
thereader,
what
technical
choicesthe
author's
made
in
order
to'
try
toachievetheeffectsshe
wants,
andsoiQn~'~syoucanprebab
y
anticipate,
thewholethinggetsvery
co
c
pUcated
and.
abstractandhard,
which
isonereason
why
entire
collegedepartments,are
devoted
tostudyingand.interpretingliterature,
Accordingly,
part
of
E67's
raison
d
rI
eIre
is
to
serve
as
8,
kindof
boot
camp
thathelps
prepare
YO'lW
formore
advancedand/orspecialized
I.",
courses
down
the
line.
CLA~~FO_RMATEnglish61isa
seminar.
By
way
of'elucidation,
please.look
at
the
followingglossfrom.
Prof
'sE67
s,yUabus:
forFall'0.5:
"T
'is
isa
discussion...
basedcourse;
it
is
not
a~.ec!turre
OUTS!e..
What
weleam
will
be
drivenprimarily
by
the,
questions,comments,ideas,andenergiesthat
you.
bring
to
our
discussions,
In
otherwords,
we
willleam
about
texts
·.·iY
actively
engagingthem
and
each
other
inour
re-
711'1'!'I'I'"
meetin-
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'5,
asomewhatsc.~ier
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frDuL
P'f'of.
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s
syUahus.
for
one
of
1Hs
pIS
Efi7s;W'ewillalso,of
course,
pay
great.
attention
to
,our
'O'W1ll
acts
o'f,~n.terpteltltion.
Arewedooty.pting~
tmnsl~)1i.ng·!1
or
plMaphrlsin,~'
the
tel(Jtswe
r-ead?
DemYitifylng
them?Remys.tifymg.them?M,e.we:
trailing
them
as,Uterary
detectives,
Qf
trylImtg
tlbem
in
a.
fe.d
l
erly
court?
Are
weba"ing
them
In
:Ii~wds
to,
reduce
'them
t@
the:itr
C(Ut5t~~n~
parts?
Wlltatis,
at.
smke.·
for
us
in
re~Wng:
WIMU
of
im3lgmative
literatere,
IrfIJJ.d
'w:ha1t.
socia~and,
sol~taI}'=fulncUoDS
does
wJ
pe'rfonn,7'
 
WRITING
ASS,[GNJdENTS"
Three
Dli\jor
essays(5-10
pages
each)
winbeassigned
at
intervals'Overthesemester,For'
'each
essay,
I'll
provide
a,
couple
of'suggested
t-Oldcs,~
but
lsowork(....
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V
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at
le
astten
days
to
do
each
m11j
oress
ay,
and
it)
s
expected
thatthese
paperswi
U
representyourvery
best,
mcst
careful
and
considered'work.
Iwill
scheduletimefor'
optional
conferences
before:
each
essay
is
due,
Ifyoucanmakeareasonable
case
for']~~]
win
:pemi~:
you
'to!revise
either
the
fits~
'Of'
thesecond
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thefinalgrade[orthat
eSSiIlY
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then
b
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theaverageofthe
initial
grade
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mat
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markedon'the
first
version.)There
'win
also
be111
un8JlftO'OOCOO
in-class
'writing
assignments
(ak.a,'m-ini-
papers)of
'1,,-2
handwrittenpages
each.
Mini-papers,which
1:wHI.
not
mad
on
mucb,,~
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begradedeither
S
(=
"'Sa:ti8faetory'~'_)or
U(
a.~
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ordertoqualifyforanS,
a
mini-paper
nill~~st'
ewritten
ill
classat
the
'time
i
'
5,
assigned;
'ther-e
is,
nc
w,ay
tomakeup
amissed
mim-parper.
even.
if
you
have
am.
excusedabsenceon.
therelevant
classday,
'NOI'
can,mini-papersbe
revised
for
credit,
Atthe
term'send,acempesitegrade
fairallyour
mini
-paperswillbe'
calculated
as
foUo-ws::
10
papers
graded,
S
win
result
in
thenumeriealequivalentofan
A,~'~';9
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8,Ss
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so,
on
and
so
forth.
C10URSE
RULES
&
PROClBDURES
(I)
Attendanceat
each.
class
meetingis,
required,AllabsencewiU
be
excused
amy
:rnJ
it
t.
S
negotiatedinadvanceorthere's
"8
meclicaJ
emergenoy,
If
necessary,
youwill
"be
permitted
onefreeunexcusedabsence;
eachadditionaluaexe.
abs.
winlower.
YOUI'
finalgrade
by
OID'e
wholenumber,~
o
(2)
'Youarerequiredtodoevery
ISlt
iota
0
f
thereadingand,
'WritiQg'
assigned,
exactly
in
the'formatrequested,,and,
it
needsto
'be
totaUy
done
by
thetime:classstarts,There
is
nosuchthingas,
'UfaHmg
,3
~ittle
belUnd"
inthecourse
reading;
,either
you've
done
yourhomework
or
you
haven
't,
Chronic,
la-ck
ofpreparation
(which
is
e~y
to
spot)
win
lower
yom
final,
grade
by
OD,e'
wholenumber,
1(3J
Even
in.
3J
seminarcourse"
it
seemsa,
little
s4Uy
to
require
participation,Somestudents
who
are
icrippliln~ly
shy:,
or
who
can't
aJways
formulate
their
'best
thou.ghts
and
questionsintberapidback...
nd
=
forth,of'a
group
discussion,are:neverthelees
good;
seriousstudents,
On
the
other.
bmd:~
as
Prof
'pointsout
8fJp,rO,
ourclasscan't
r-ea.Uy
function
if
'there,isn't
studentparticipetion=-it
'win
'become'
justme
giving
a,half-assed
ad,..
liblecture
for'90minutes,'wbich(trustme)will
he
horrible
in,aU
kinds
of
w'ays~
Ther-eis,
therefore,
a
smallpercentageof
the
final
,grade
thwt,
'winconcernthe
quantity
and
qua1lity
of
'your
participationin
class
msc,ussiOIl:!t
But
the
truth.
is
that
I'
m
,.
i':m
happy
to
~1lSS
3).
graded
miini-p&per
'With.
you
aJI
any
~wme~
of
cO~lSe.
~:i-
--.See
'drie
FY1:about1nl!1!lrlneI'ic:a:l
gtade~@<nver,sio~s
on,
:p-p-
:3.-4
,of'tlI.e
syUabus,
 
way
moreconcernedabout
creatinganin-cl
assenvironment
in.
which
mlllstudentsfeel
totally
freeto
sa.y
what
they
ndnk;,
ask
questions,object,
criticize,req
nest
clarification,'rerum
to'
a'previous
subject,
respond
tosomeone
else'
s
response,
[etc.
Clinieall
y
shy
students,
Of'
those
whose
best,mostpressing
[questions
and
commentsoccur
to
them.only
in
private,
should
do
theirdiscussiagwithme
solo,
outsideclass.Mf
myscheduledofficehours
don't
work
faryou,
please'
call
me
so'thatwecan
mu,e
an
appointmem
.Ior
a,differen't
meetingtime.
",(4)Y
ur
threemajoressays
must
beeid1
7
f
~ype~ttenor
~gh.=qua1ity
~rin~e,d
in
regular
r
font.
They
mus~.
be
d:oulble-s::aced,
Wlth.
one,..w.m.ch.
ruM_ns
,all
MOund-
md.
8..
"led",
Theymust
havean
uDlllunibe,f\ed.
tiUe
"a'c'with
_'our
h...,-
the
oonrse"
'the
[d,a'te"
and
..ouress~y)
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'title"
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last
[[;attn,'
and.'~bepage
.nrunnber
:mllSlap'~ear
in,
'I
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el'".
.~n.~.ome,['
of..~
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extensionon
3l
majoressay'
wiilb~
granted
[onty
under
trulyextraordinaryeire
umstsne
CS,'
mel
only
'if
the
extension.isnegotiated,
in
advance..
(6)Yourmini-papersmus.thaveyourname,thecourse,andthe
date'
atthetop..Notitle
necessary,Yourhandwriting
m1lU:~,
be.egible;
whatI
cannctread,I
mark
"U,"
Peel
free
'EO
useblock:e~p[itals"
to
skipevery
otherline,or
Itodo
'whatever
elseyouneed,
to
Xb
do
to
inorder
'ro
makeYO'Uf'
mini-papers'maximallyeasy
~o[read,
'1l
('J.
Part
O'fY~UF
gradefor
w~.t~
'wo~k
win
:?3Ive·~.o
do
wii~
your
d,oc~ent~s,.
pr~eDtation~
"Presentation"
has
t-o
dowithevidenceof
care,
0,.1
adultcompetence
in,
writtenEnglish,andof
compassionloryour
reader,
'Your
three.
major
essays,
in.
particular,mustb~[roofre.adland,~dited
::[01'
obvioustyposand
'misspeUing~
basic
--,mars
:in
grmnmarlusue/'Il,unemation.,
md
so_
o:n~You.
ue'£QtaUy
'Pemlritb~~d,
o
make
neal
handwritten
COfllecti-ons,
on
·.·OUI"
,e8·':~;,'-'.ions
before
you
hand.
'them,in..
You
are,
0'
welcome''to
contact
me
with.
questions
about
proofreading,
grammar
,ki...
dditi
B
thsage,etc.,as
you
,n~~
WOf'llg
onrevtslngan-
Iff'..
tmg
your
essays,utpapersat
appear
sloppy,
semHi'&er8Jlt.e;l'
or
'mcu,here.nt
will
be
heavily
penalized,
and
in
severe
cases
you~
IIberequiredtoresubmit
a
sanitized
'version
inorder
to
reeei
vie
any
eredi
t
for(heessayat
all,
(8)
Please
buy
a
large,
roomy
pocketfolderthat's
just
forthis
classsothat
you
can.keep
a.Uyour
in-class
writing,
mini...
apers,essays,andXeroxhandouts,
in.one[organized
place,Don'tlose
orr
,discar-d
,anyth]na
forthiscourse,You're
required
to
bringall
relevant
materials
'with
you
to
eachclasssession;
plus"mtrthe.
'term'send,]'llwant
toreview'all
yourgradedwork,andthere
win
bea
penalty
if
youcan'tproduce
it.
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