Course Requirements and Grading

Attendance and Participation: As our work here will revolve around discussion, your participation and preparedness are indispensable, and will be graded. You will be permitted one unexcused absence; each additional unexcused absence lowers your final grade one step. (15%)

Class Facilitation: Each student will be responsible for facilitating one class session, helping direct our discussion on the novel you select or are assigned. This presentation will require you to produce and distribute a brief annotated bibliography on your subject, and to lead a Web Crossings discussion in the days prior to your in-class presentation. The presentation itself should be no more than fifteen minutes long, and should be formally prepared and delivered. More details about this assignment will be forthcoming. (15%)

Reading Responses: Each student will be responsible for participating in each week’s Web Crossings discussion, contributing questions and ideas that require further attention during class. While you will only be required to post once each week, posting more often is better. Again, more details to follow. (15% total)

Papers: Early in the semester, you will produce one 5-to-7 page paper that carefully addresses one critical issue in the relationship of postmodernism to the text of your choosing. This paper may later serve as the jumping-off point for your term paper, or you may abandon this topic altogether and work on something new. The term paper, due at the end of the semester, will be 20 pages long, will involve substantial research, and will make a complex, well-defined argument. You will submit a proposal for this paper several weeks in advance of the paper itself; shortly before the paper itself is due, you will submit a draft to a peer reviewer. All papers must use proper MLA format. Late papers will only be accepted by prior arrangement. Again, more details to follow. (brief paper, 15%; term paper, 40%)