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Hey, everyone. I'll be putting announcements on this page having to do with course requirements, changes in these web pages, and other matters. I recommend looking here every time you visit the course web site--at least once a week.

5/10/01

Hey everyone--just wanted to congratulate you on surviving the semester with me and completing your final projects. Please be sure to email me if you'd like my usual volume of comments on your final projects (rather than the minimal ones I usually do on final papers). Your projects can be picked up in the English department office (Fenton 277) during normal business hours over the summer, beginning on May 16. Starting in the fall semester, you can drop by my office (Fenton 240) to pick them up. If you can't wait till then for your papers and want comments back over the summer, please email me your address, and I'll send them along to you when I get a chance. In any case, have yourselves a great summer! For those who will be back in the fall, feel free to stop by my office anytime, and for those who are graduating or transferring, stay in touch. It was a pleasuree being your professor this semester.

5/3/01

Here's my best sense of my office hours for next week (feel free to call or email me for an appointment that falls outside these times, and check back here for any changes to these projected hours): M 9-12, 1-3; T 9-12, 1-3; W 10-12, 4-5; Th 1-1:30 (I'll be in Fenton 176 from 1:30-3:30 and in my office till 5 pm, as well).

Please see the relevant pages for assignment sheets for the final research project and a recap of extra credit opportunities. I've also revised the pages on the first and second critical essays.

4/30/01

Hey folks! Just a quick reminder that today is the deadline for ILL requests. Also, I wanted to let you know that I'll be available in the office on M 1-3:30, T 3:30-5, W 10-12, 1-4:30, Th 9-10, 3:30-5, and F 1-3, and by appointment (but must be before 3 pm).

4/25/01

Please be aware that the deadline for interlibrary loan requests for articles and book chapters is April 30; it turns out that the deadline for book requests was April 17 (sorry, it wasn't publicized too well). I emailed suggestions for people who have procrastinated on their research and missed the book request deadline; please see me for further advice as needed.

Also note that I've moved Hayden's "Middle Passage" to next Tuesday's class.

4/20/01

Hey all. Thanks for bearing with me the past few days. I'm particularly glad to hear that so many of you decided to have that extra credit discussion on your own about Corregidora and that you covered such interesting subjects. I wanted to let you all know about my office hours for next week, so you can plan when to meet with me to discuss your research project. I'll be available in the office on M 11-12, 1-5:30, T 9-10:30, 3:30-6:30, W 9-12, Th 9-10:30, 3:30-5:30, F 9-1:30.

4/18/01

Hey, gang. My grandfather passed away yesterday and I'm going to Syracuse for his funeral tomorrow morning. So I'm cancelling Thursday's class and office hours. I should be back in Fredonia by late morning Friday for my office hours, but definitely not before 11 am.

For those who have missed enough classes to be in danger of losing points off their final course grade or who simply want extra credit, I'm offering the following option. You may attend class as usual tomorrow and have a discussion about Corregidora, just without me. Once you email me a short reflection on how you see the novel differently as a result of the discussion, you'll either make up for one missed class or get extra credit toward your participation/preparation grade.

Whether or not you take this option, keep your discussion questions on Corregidora coming--the ones that have been posted this week have been spectacular! I'll be using the ones you ask this week and next Monday to help me plan Tuesday's class. So whether you come to class or not tomorrow, focus on finishing Corregidora by next Tuesday. Also check out the "World" page and my article on Jones's novel in Race Consciousness, ed. Fossett and Tucker (on reserve). Reading my essay is not required, but doing so can help you understand the novel better, introduce you to critical debates over its meaning, significance, and value, and help you see what writing a research paper that makes an argument is all about (and thereby help you on your own final research project).

Speaking of the final research project, due to my cancelling so many office hours this week, I'll allow people who got incompletes on their proposals to email me rather than meet with me--we can follow up face-to-face next week if we don't see each other today or Friday. I've updated the final research project page; click here for easy access.

4/17/01

Correction to the office hours for this week that I announced in class this morning: I will be available W 9-1:30, 3-4:30; Th 3:30-5:30; F 9-1, 3-4. Sorry for the misinformation--I forgot all the extra meetings that had been scheduled for this week that I can't get out of.

Those who got incompletes on their proposals for the final research project must meet with me this week; those whose proposals were approved with revisions needed have the option of meeting with me to discuss their projects. I'm also available to everyone over email.

Also, be aware that if you want to come up with your own topic or genre for the third critical essay, you must run your idea for it by me by this Thursday. The due date for the third critical essay is next Monday, so be thinking about it as well as the final research project this week.

As you can see, the reading load in the "World" unit is very light, so you can focus on your writing and research; click here for a preview of the unit. We'll be discussing Corregidora in relation to the Black Aesthetic Movement and focusing on your questions about the novel, so don't forget to get your discussion questions on the novel to the listserv by Wednesday at 7 pm.

4/12/01

I've made some slight changes to the syllabus (see the main page for details) to reflect the fact that we'll be continuing our discussion of the relation between the manifestos written during the period of the Black Arts Movement and the poems, stories, and novels written during the same period. We'll hold off on Hayden's "Middle Passage" to the week after next, and focus next Tuesday on how Jones's Corregidora relates to the readings from this week.

4/10/01

As I announced in class and on the listserv, the assignment sheet for the third critical essay is now up and running. Please start thinking about this paper--which could take any form or genre you choose, so long as I approve the topic and format--as early as possible, so that you can use the options to help you get a better perspective on the "nation" unit of the course and help you refine your ideas for your final research projects.

Speaking of which, although it's advising week, you may sign up for a time to meet with me to discuss your research project, so long as you come the evening before or morning of the day you want to meet and take an unoccupied slot for that day on the sign-up sheet on my office door. I need to keep slots open for my advisees, but if they haven't reserved a spot the night before or morning of that day, the spots are fair game....

Finally, don't forget to review the key ideas/passages that the groups identified in the manifestos from today's readings. We'll begin next class talking about the ideas of the essayists and then break up into groups that will focus on how and to what ends the poems and stories your group is responsible for presenting on respond to ideas about "the black aesthetic."

4/4/01

For next week's class discussions, we'll be breaking the class up into groups, each of which will be responsible for presenting on the writers it is responsible for analyzing. See the main page to find out which group you're in and what you'll be presenting on. You may choose to read more than the readings for your group, but are not required to. Please use the time freed up by the reduced reading load to work on your research project.

4/3/01

I've made some small updates to the frp.htm page--the most crucial of which is to add a link at the end to the library's wonderful "advice on research projects" page. So check it out as you put the finishing touches on your proposal for the research project, due tomorrow at 5 pm.

I'll be in the office tomorrow from 10-12, 1-2, and 3-5:30; Thursday I have to miss the first half of my office hours for a job talk, so will be available from 4-5:30; and Friday I'll be in from 9-12 and 1-2. Hope to see you there!

3/27/01

I had to change the due dates for the next two assignments, because I just remembered I'm heading out of town early Friday morning, so won't be able to pick up your second critical essay that afternoon. Hence, I've pushed the due date for that essay back to Monday, April 2, and the due date for the preliminary proposal for the final research project to Wednesday, April 4. See the links on 3/26 below for details.

3/26/01

Hey folks! Hope you had a great break, and welcome back.

Don't forget that your critical essay on the "city" unit is due this Friday; for the assignment sheet, go to cr2.htm. Remember that if you want to choose your own topic for this critical essay, you must email me your mini-proposal today!

I've added a few new web pages to the course web site, to give you a preview of the "nation" unit (go to nation.htm) and of the final research project (go to frp.htm). Check them out ASAP--in particular, your preliminary proposal for the final research project is due next Monday.

3/14/01

Don't forget that your "re-vision" for your critical essay for the "country" unit is due before you leave for break, and that you should be both reading Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk and thinking about your critical essay for the "city" unit over break. If I don't see you tomorrow, be well, be safe, and have fun over break! Oh, yeah, and work hard!

3/8/01

I've changed the due date for the second critical essay to the Friday after we return from spring break (rather than the Monday), put up an assignment sheet for it, and moved the assignment sheet for the first critical essay to a new page, which includes suggestions for "re-vision" of your first draft. Please check the relevant pages for details, and feel free to see me for further advice on revisions or to run a new idea for the second critical essay by me.

2/19/01

You may decide it's a good idea to print off the newly-revised syllabus on the web site. It incorporates all the changes in the readings, along with advice on how to prepare for a given class, that I've decided on over the weekend. Whether you decide to print it off or not, you are responsible for being familiar with the syllabus on the course web site--it overrides the one I handed out at the beginning of the semester.

2/15/01

Please note certain changes to the syllabus to ease the reading load for you in upcoming weeks--particularly the changes for next class. I'll be adjusting the syllabus further in the near future, so check back here regularly. I need to hear back from you if you're unclear at all about any aspect of the options for the first critical essay (a critical analysis of some aspect of the "country" unit). Click on the link below (2/12) to see what you think of the options, and get back to me by Monday afternoon at the latest--I'll be handing out the official assignment sheet in class next Tuesday, but you should have started working on your essay well before then. I've also put a brief (to be expanded) introduction to the city unit on the course web site. Check it out when you get a chance.

2/12/01

I've put up a rough draft of the options for the first critical essay (due next Friday). Click here for the link to this page on the critical response essays. And if you have any questions at all about these options, please let me know ASAP. I'll be revising them this week in light of your questions.

2/8/01

Michelle McNiff brought to my attention the fact that the page numbers in the edition of Black Boy on sale in the bookstore don't match up with the page numbers in the edition I was using, so I revised the main page to list both sets of page numbers. The text is exactly the same, but we'll have to be careful to refer to passages by chapter as well as page number so we can "get on the same page," so to speak.

Assignment options for the first critical essay--based on the "country" unit--will be up on the web site by Monday. However, the country page has many suggested comparisons between the readings in this unit as well as avenues for further exploration, so there are many implicit topics for your essays there. If you want to suggest paper topics, go ahead and email me. You won't have the option of developing your own topic for this paper--you will have to choose from among the options listed on that assignment sheet--but if you want to have an influence on what options I develop, email me your suggestions!

1/29/01

I've revised the links page to include the links you all suggested as additions to the course web site. If your name doesn't appear on that page, be sure to send me a syllabus and links ASAP. Thanks!

Also, 26 people are now subscribed to the course listserv--if you are not one of these 26, you must contact me this week. Thanks!

1/25/01

I've revised the links page to include the syllabi you all found on the internet and brought to class. If your name does not appear on that page, please email me a URL (web address) for a syllabus for an Introduction to African American Literature course from another college or university ASAP. And don't forget you also have to email me three other links you believe should be added to the links page, with a short rationale for each, by Monday.

Also, if you are having trouble signing up for the course listserv, please contact me directly. It's essential that you get subscribed ASAP! Thanks.

1/24/01

The Country page is now up. Please check it out before beginning the readings for next week. It provides a bit of an introduction to our first geographical unit in the course.

1/17/01

Welcome to the course! Please see the Race, Culture, Identity page for an introduction to the course. And explore the site to see what links are active. As more become active, I'll let you know here!


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ENGL 240: Intro to African American Lit and Culture, Spring 2001
Created: 1/17/01 10:02 pm
Last modified: 5/10/01 5:04 pm