Course Requirements and Grading

The direction of this seminar and what you get out of it will largely be determined by your preparation and commitment. The particular assignments will include the following:

Class Facilitation: Each of you will be asked to lead the class at one meeting; you will begin the class with a brief, polished presentation of about 15 minutes, and then guide our discussion of that week's reading. Your presentation and facilitation can take any direction or format that interests you; feel free to discuss your plan with me before your chosen date. (20%)

Annotated Bibliography: Together, we will compile over the course of the semester a large annotated bibliography listing and describing research resources in the field. I'll give you during the first week a copy of the bibliography produced by the class last time out; this will serve as a useful starting point. Your contribution to our bibliography may be made at any point during the semester, and should consist of a minimum of ten (10) entries. These entries may be article- or book-length resources. Please use MLA citation format for the entry itself, and please annotate each entry with a concise paragraph describing the text's argument and its potential usefulness. As this is a communal project, we want to avoid duplication, so those who contribute early may have an advantage. The bibliography-in-progress will be housed in the Pomona English department library, and will include a sign-up sheet on which you can announce your intent to write on particular texts. Please use this assignment as a means to begin the research for your term paper. All entries must be complete and turned in by April 15. At the end of the semester, I will compile the bibliography and distribute copies to each of you, for future reference. (20%)

Term Paper: The bulk of your written work over the course of the semester will be aimed at producing a 15-20 page publishable-quality article on the televisual topic of your choice. This article should make a focused, engaging argument about the subject it takes on. You may use any methodology that appeals to you — such as textual analysis, audience ethnography, archival research — or any combination of methodologies, provided your argument warrants that approach. Early in the semester, I will ask you to turn in a detailed proposal (250-500 words) outlining your proposed argument and area of interest. You will not be tied to this proposal; you will, in fact, be encouraged to revise and resubmit it as your ideas change. Shortly before the paper is due, you will exchange papers with a partner for a peer review; also, the last two classes of the semester will be given over to paper presentations, about which more later. Feel free to come discuss your work with me at any stage. (50%)

Attendance and Participation: The standard. Show up, and show up prepared. (10%)