Course Grade Sheet (Track your grade this semester)
- Poe's Review of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales (Theory of the short story)
- Excerpts from Poe's "Black Cat" & A Stephen King Essay (What is horror?)
Course Themes (This link expresses the course themes that structure our class. Use these with the midterm & final exam study guide and to help with your semester review card.)
- Course Themes (These slides are a starting point to help you think more about the themes our readings reflect.)
Short Story Notes
- Critical Statements: Bartleby
- Notes for "A Rose for Emily" and "Babylon Revisited"
- "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" (9/20: Class notes from the board)
- "The Rocking-Horse Winner" (movie)
- Films On Demand [go to UWSP Library Home page | click on Online Videos | click on Films On Demand (sign in if off campus) | click on "English" link under Collections menu | under heading British & Irish Literature click on 20th-21st Century British & Irish Lit | go to page 2
- The Island of Dr. Moreau
- Novella (see The Invisible Man below)
- Study Questions
- The Invisible Man
- Although Sherlock Holmes is credited with amazing deductive powers, the stories reveal he uses both deductive and inductive reasoning. References to Holmes's powers of deduction may be rooted in a general sense of the term--to reach a conclusion by reasoning--rather than its meaning within the context of formal logic.These definitions apply to TIM as well.
Sirabian, Robert. "The Conception of Science in Wells's The Invisible Man." Papers on Language and Literature 37.4 (Dec. 2001): 382-403
. (This article not required reading, but you can read it, or parts of it, if you wish. In addition to arguing about Wells's conception of science in the novella, the article contains a detailed analysis of the novella's plot, characters, and themes. You'll find this article using our library's databases.)
- Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
- Literary Naturalism ("To Build a Fire")
- "Battle Royal"
- "The Open Boat"
- On Jan 1, 1897, Crane sailed as a war correspondent on the steamer Commodore, which was running arms from Florida to Cuban rebels. (In an effort to weaken the insurgents, Spain had established a blockade around the island.) Possibly a result of sabotage, the steamer foundered, and Crane was cast adrift in an open boat with four crew members, including the captain, Edward Murphy, and the oiler, Billy Higgins. After a harrowing day and night the ten-foot dinghy reached the Florida shore, but the oiler was drowned in the surf. (from Major American Short Stories, ed. A Walton Litz, p. 376)
- Sherlock Holmes
- Although Holmes is credited with amazing deductive powers, the stories reveal he uses both deductive and inductive reasoning. References to Holmes's powers of deduction may be rooted in a general sense of the term--to reach a conclusion by reasoning--rather than its meaning within the context of formal logic. See Induction and Deduction above.
- "The Signal-Man"
- Gothic--"Dracula's Guest"
- Story Notes from "Recitatif," "Entropy," "In the Penal Colony," and "Patriotism"
Assignment Information--Honors Students
- Literary Analysis
- Teaching a Class/Leading a Discussion
- "The Most Dangerous Game"
- "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
- "The Lesson"
- The Great Migration (from the HistoryChannel.com) - context for "The Lesson"
- Article on the Eight Mile Wall in Detroit--from The Detroit News
- Political/Historical Context for "Uncle Baghdasar"