- What is literature? What is its role in our personal lives and our culture?
- What is criticism? What is its role and function?
- What should we consider when we write critically and analytically about literature?
Dialoging with the text
In class essay
Introduction & Syllabus Overview
Collection of summer writing journals
Website, Google Classroom, and Remind
- Setting up Remind (required either by text or email)
- By text message, text 81010 and message @3da8b
- By email, send an email to
HW: Read over and sign syllabus and Oscar Wilde’s “The Critic as Artist”
Overview of the course
What does it mean to dialogue with a text?
Dialoging with Wilde and rules of how to act as a critic
HW: Applying the rules to reading of Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”
Discussing “The Garden Party”
In-class essay rubric
HW: Re-reading and adding to your annotations of “The Garden Party” paying attention to language, structure, and details
HW: Reading and annotating “Borges”
- What are the main ideas of each lecture?
- What questions do you have? (Write two)
- What impact does this have for you as a critic of literature?
- How are Borges and Wilde in dialogue?
HW: Jame Joyce’s “The Dead” in Dubliners
Working with Joyce
HW: Writing the response on classroom
Further discussing Mansfield and Joyce
- What new discoveries did you make about “The Dead” as you wrote your reading response last night?
- What connections do you see thematically and stylistically between Joyce and Mansfield?
Overview of first portfolio and next two days
Choosing Mansfield or Joyce second piece
Discussing pieces in small groups
- Modernist style
HW: Work on portfolio responses
In-class work day
HW: Submit response