M A I N * L I N K S

SUNY Fredonia
Division of Arts and Humanities
ENGL 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English
Fall 2008
Section 1: T 4:30-7, Fenton 154
Office: Fenton 265; MWF 1-2, Th 3-5, and by appointment; 673-3856
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On the Literary Presentation

This page takes on two important questions about the literary presentation in this course: what and what for; it also includes an assignment sheet. My goal is to make this page as useful to you as possible, so let me know if it can be improved. If anything is badly worded, unclear, or missing, please contact me with constructive criticisms and suggestions. Ditto for any questions you may have about any of the options listed below. Thanks.


This assignment provides you with the opportunity to consider how you can connect a literary work with, on the one hand, selected issues from our course materials and discussions, and, on the other, with your own priorities and plans as a scholar and/or teacher. After choosing, reading, and researching the reception history of a work of your own choice that you haven't yet read, you will prepare and deliver a 10-minute presentation on it that connects some of the key ways it has been interpreted and valued with the issues we've engaged in the course that have mattered most to you and have best helped you clarify what you intend to do while a graduate student and after. While you'll need to provide some background on the work and its author in this presentation, please keep the emphasis on what light it sheds on the course and your career and what you can imagine doing with it now and in the future.

What For

The main purpose of this assignment is to give you some practice in reflecting upon and figuring out how to connect selected issues we've addressed in this course with a work that's new to you, use that activity to gain some further clarity on your personal and career goals, and share your insights with the class in an oral presentation. In the course of doing this, of course, you will be developing your skills in core department goals, including reading, writing, and critical thinking/research, not to mention public speaking. This is the intermediate assignment of the three formal ones in the course; the critical essay/structured field experience is the most focused in its emphasis on applying a single concept from the course to your future plans as a scholar and/or teacher, while the final reflection gives you the most latitude when it comes to identifying significant patterns in the course, taking stock of what you've learned, and looking ahead to your future, here and after.

Assignment Sheet: Literary Presentation

Due: in class on T, 10/14/08; we'll go in alphabetical order.

Format: 10 minutes; may range from pure lecturing to youtube video, with any combination of lo-tech to high-tech support that you feel best conveys your ideas.

Criteria for Evaluation: I will be grading your literary presentation in terms of the thoughtfulness and creativity of your engagement with the work, its reception history, and its connections to the course and your career, the skill with which you orchestrate your oral presentation and tech support (if any), and the quality of your delivery and engagement with the audience (including such basics as voice projection and eye contact).

M A I N * L I N K S

ENGL 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English, Fall 2008
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