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Critical Response Papers -- Everyone must complete at least 7 of the 10 possible short response papers; response papers for Week 1 and Week 5 are required of all students. All response papers are due on Friday by 5 PM. Papers are submitted electronically via Collect It:

Readings Presentation & Critical Questions -- a 3 to 5 minute oral presentation on one of the week's readings. For the presentation, you must generate a critical question to get the class discussion going for the day. Everyone must sign-up for at least one presentation. Presenters are then required to post their day's question to the class blog with the subject line: "Readings Presentation [date]: [topic or idea]."

Literature as Worldmaking Critical Review -- a 500-750 word analytical review of a text you would think could be or should be included in our class. Critical Reviews are to be posted to the class blog.

Mash-Up "Mixed-Paper" Final Project -- a collection where you will 1) identify a critical question, claim, or concept that will frame and organize your project; 2) write a paragraph of introduction, a kind of prologue to the project explaining your overall goals; 3) select and revise and order four of your Critical Response Papers, which fit, explore, or support your organizing analytic; 4) include between each part of the project an image, verse, or quote from the readings or outside research that provides transition and furthers your analytical ‘story’; 5) write a paragraph of conclusion, a kind of epilogue to the project.

Organizing the Mixed Paper -- suggestions and strategies for developing an organizational analytic and making connections in your "mixed-paper" final project.
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Information Sheets

The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.

ENGL242 Student Info Sheet & Release Form

Lister & Wells' "Seeing Beyond Belief" Quotes

Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"

Ed's Top Ten Rules of Writing

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format


There are six novels required by the class in addition to a handful of short readings. The novels are available via the UW Bookstore (or through any reputable bookstore, many of which can be found at used bookstores). All of the short readings for class are available via the university’s online course reserves (, or directly from the web. Consult the course syllabus for the week each reading will be covered in class. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio. New York: Dover, 1995.

Bradbury, Ray. "2026: There Will Come Soft Rains." The Martian Chronicles. New York: Bantam Books, 1950. 166-172.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

DeLillo, Don. White Noise. New York: Penguin, 1985.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gastby. New York: Scribner, 1993.

Gerrold, David. "In the Quake Zone." The Year's Best Science Fiction 23. Ed. Gardner Dozois. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2006.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Le Guin, Ursula. "World-making." Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places. New York: Grove Press, 1989.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Lister, Martin and Liz Wells. "Seeing Beyond Belief: Cultural Studies as an Approach to Analysing the Visual." Reading Contexts. Ed. Gail Stygall. New York: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005: 431-479.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Morrison, Toni. Sula. New York: Vintage, 1973.

Proulx, Annie. “Brokeback Mountain.” Close Range: Wyoming Stories. New York: Scribner, 1999: 255-285.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Scholastic, 2004.

Shelley, Mary. "The Immortal Mortal." Literatures of the Fantastic. 27 Apr. 2007. 22 Jan. 2008.      (Also available via UW e-reserve).

Woolf, Virginia. Between the Acts. New York: Harvest, 1941.
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