For Thursday (November 10)

Let’s finish reading Sister Carrie.

Keep tweeting!  (#SisCarrie)

Also, don’t forget: you need to bring to class your paragraph (or more) definition of “wavering” for the Dreiser Dictionary.  Need to review the uses of wavering in Sister Carrie?  Look here.

For Thursday (November 3)


Keep reading Sister Carrie.  You want to be up to about Chapter 38 or so – – Carrie and Hurstwood arrive in New York City.

And, keep tweeting!  You all are rocking the twittersphere!

For Thursday (10/27)

Read up to chapter 21 in Sister Carrie!

Also, don’t forget our modified class schedule for Thursday.  I’ll be in my office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  If you received a “check minus” and wish to revise the essay, you must meet with me during these special office hours so that we can review your essay.  Class will start in our normal location at 4:00 p.m.

Writing Assignment #1

Your goal in the assignment: to connect this story to the six short stories by 19th c. women (Spofford, Jewett, Freeman, Alcott, Gilman, Chopin) that we’ve read.

How to approach the assignment:

1) read through your notes on the six stories by women writers that we’ve read, or re-read the stories themselves.  Focus on: themes, forms (genre, narrative structure, voice, etc.), and conflicts.

2) read the mystery story.

3) think about what continuities you can see in form, theme, and conflict between this story and the matrix of themes, forms, and conflicts that we’ve already encountered.  Focus on the theme, form, or conflict that seems most important in our mystery story.

4) in no more than three, typed, double-spaced pages – – explain how this story  “fits” with the half-dozen stories we’ve read in class; e.g. how does the mystery story develop this common theme, form, or conflict.

5) in your final paragraph, suggest a title for the mystery story and briefly explain why this title seems appropriate.

Due: October 13, 2011.