We are almost ready to finish up!  I apologize for not returning your exams yet.  I have them graded and will e-mail your grades individually.  (Check your Rammail!)  I am also having the CAP office send out the paper copies of the exams.  (You all did quite well!)

I am thinking that we also need to focus our efforts at this point on concluding the semester rather than expend energy in lots of directions.

For this reason, we will only cover one more set of readings, to be announced tomorrow.  Then we will focus on getting your annotated bibliography grades returned to you, and, for those who have already submitted research papers, I will also get those grades to you (or offer the chance for any needed revisions).

If you have not turned in your research papers, please work on getting them to me by May 5.  That will guarantee time for me to look at them and offer a chance to revise if there are serious errors.  (If you want more time for revisions, please turn in the papers as soon as you have them ready.)

I hope the change in plans is helpful rather than distressing to everyone! 

If you have any concerns, please let me know and I will work with you!

I would like to have a "final" meeting time to conclude the semester, but don't worry about a final exam (unless for some reason you would just like the option of taking one . . . but grades look pretty good without).  We can probably just go with the posts for the last couple of readings. 

If you are distressed or have questions, please call or e-mail me!

Thank you,
Dr. A

WEEK 9 is Finally Posted and Straight!

For Week 9, please read

Frost's "Mending Wall" and "Birches"
Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
and H.D.'s "Oread"

Then check out the 2 power points on modernism and these poets. 

. . . One special thing to keep in mind, do not worry as much with Stevens and H.D. about understanding.  The images that the poems evoke are what are important.  You will NOT have a sense of something you could summarize . . . more just a feeling that the words make you feel or see something special.  That's ok! 

Thank you for your patience!! This online stuff is a challenge for me too! 

I have received many of your annotated bibliographies, but not all.  If you have not submitted them yet, please e-mail them to me.

Our Saturday Exam will be at 9 a.m. in Garner 3

I am going to post a handout on Week 8 listing quotations that you need to be able to identify (name the title, author, or maybe the speaker).  There will also be a short essay question (only write about one paragraph).  I will give you 2 or 3 questions to choose from, and you write on just ONE for the exam.  I will also post a few pointers to guide what your answer should address.

After the exam (time limit of one hour) we will take 30 or 45 minutes to talk about your annotated bibliography and research paper.  It's much easier to discuss that in person for Q & A opportunities.

Week 8 Is Posted and Let's Have the Exam Saturday, March 26

If that day does not work with your schedule, let me know, and we can arrange a separate time for you to come.
Week 8 is on London's "To Build a Fire" which is in your anthology, and there is a power point online for you.
I am soooo glad there were so many posts by Sunday!  Thank you to everyone for keeping up!
I think if we have the exam next Saturday, it will make for a logical break in the reading (after realism on the reading list).
I am eager to meet with all of you in person and we can go over how to write the annotated bibliography and prepare for the research paper after the exam.  There is already a guide to the bibliography on the main class page (down at the bottom right where I "store" the power points for each week).  Feel free to go ahead and look at it if you are curious.
See you soon!
WEEK 7 is posted.

Just a reminder that we are back on schedule for reading and posting.  For Week 7, please read Henry James' "The Pupil" in your book and look at the powerpoint that is linked on the Week 7 page.  Please try to post your responses by this weekend (by Sunday, March 13).

You do NOT yet need to worry about the Annotated Bibliography.  

We need to schedule a time to meet for our first exam, and I would like to take time during that meeting to walk you through the process for research and writing the bibliography.  It shouldn't be that difficult, but it would be nice to discuss it in person.

When you post on James, please also post whether Saturday March 19 or Saturday March 26 would be better for your schedule to meet for the first exam.

Thanks!  And please e-mail me if you have any questions!

Dr. Abernathy

   No More Reading Until March 7 . . .
Catch up on posts!

Today is February 24, as I am posting this, and I am concerned that, though some of you are doing GREAT posts, I have not heard much from some of you.

I am going to give us an early spring break next week in order to allow everyone to catch up.  Please remember that you need one original post for each forum question, plus you need to respond to at least one post.  Your response can be agreement or disagreement, or asking a question of someone to explain more.

Let's take the rest of this week and next week to catch up . . . to the end of WEEK 6, and then on March 7 we will begin at WEEK 7.

I will count any missing posts after March 6 as a grade of 0 (and your posts count rather strongly in your grades!).

Dr. Abernathy

Welcome to Week 5 . . . and I think the page is visible!
This week we begin three new adventures:
First:  Your reading assignment is in the book for the course.  It is the short story "Editha" by William Dean Howells.  Let me know if you have trouble finding it.
Second: The notes are in two Power Points instead of narrative notes in a Word document.  Please view BOTH Power Points that are attached.
Third:  We are moving from the era of Romanticism to Realism.  The stories will be less "marvellous" than Hawthorne and Poe's works, but will push us to think about how we view reality.  
Before reading "Editha" and the Power Point notes on the story, please be sure to complete the other readings and post your collaboration responses for them.  Some of the points on "Editha" and Realism will make sense only as they are contrasted with Romanticism and Hawthorne.
It is ok to be a little behind, but keep in mind that we have our first exam in about three weeks, and you don't want to get behind.
Also, I noticed a few more folks posted on Melville's Bartleby.  Thanks!  You are right that it is a very frustrating story because he leaves us wondering about soooo much. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" and Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell Tale Heart" are posted on the bookmarks for Week 4.  I will post some notes on romanticism and Hawthorne and Poe and a collaboration thread for responses.
These are fun stories!  Enjoy!
Also, a reminder:  Be sure to go back and post for Weeks 2 and 3 if you have not already posted!!  Everyone needs to have a response to the prompt, and you need (by the end of the semester) to have 10 responses to classmates as well.  It is ok if you are a little behind, but do not get too far behind on the reading, notes and posts.  It will be too hard to catch up.   

I decided that with the confusion on where to find readings last week I would post the notes later this week.
So, notes on the readings will be posted
for Week 3 (this week) today (Tuesday)
for Week 2 (last week) tomorrow (Wednesday).
They will appear on the pages for those weeks.
Once again, sorry for the confusion!
It looks like everyone is successfully downloading the readings and accessing the Collaborations page.  I have posted a link to Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" on the Week 3 page. 
Please go to the link and read the short story. 
Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will have some notes posted as well, and then a collaboration question for you to respond to.
Please let me know if Week 3 or the reading is not showing up.  I think I finally got things figured out!
Sorry for the confusion!  I fixed the thing that allows you to see Week 2.  
Thank you for the messages!
Welcome to Week 2!
I hope that the first week has gone well for all of you.  Now it is time for us to begin reading!
To access the readings for this week, CLICK ON THE JAN 16 - 22 WEEK 2 BUTTON.
When you click on that, you should see at the top of the center column, READINGS FOR WEEK 2 bookmarked.  All you have to do is click on each author/title and your computer should be directed to that reading.
These readings are from the days of the discovery of the Americas up until the Declaration of Independence.  You should read them with an eye to the question of the role of Christianity in the discovery of the Americas and the founding of the United States of America.  
Consider how, from the Mayflower Compact until the signing of the Declaration of Independence the vision of the role of Christianity was central but changed.  Think of how overt the references are to God and Christianity in the earlier works, but God as God is not mentioned so directly even by the time of the Declaration. 
I will post notes (handouts) on the Week 2 page later in the week, but I would like for you to post your own reflections on the readings on your own first.  . . . Please post a first post by Wednesday, and then I will follow with notes.
Please pay attention to your grammar and clear phrasing and thoughts, but also feel free to venture out in your thoughts!  I will provide the link for the thread under Collaboration.
Welcome to American Literature online!
Here is what you need to do first:
Click on the Jan 10 - 16 button for your "assignment" for this week.

All you need to do this week is find and print the syllabus which I will  post on Sunday night, Jan. 9,
and find, read, and reply to my "Welcome" under collaboration.
It should be easy:
Look at the tabs on the left of the page.
You can get your syllabus by clicking on the syllabus tab.
You can get to the welcome by clicking on the "Collaboration" tab,
then clicking on the Open Discussion tab
and finally clicking on the "Welcome" tab. 
Please read my intro and follow the steps.  Also, read your classmates' introductions and get acquainted.
If you have any problems with the system, do not worry. 
This week is not a test week.  We want to try out the system and see if anyone has technical difficulties that we need to fix before we move forward. 
If there is a problem, please e-mail me at
Dr. Katherine Abernathy
You have no incoming announcements.
There are no Handouts for this set.
There are no Bookmarks for this set.
You have no incoming announcements.


Here is a first introduction to Realism to get you started on William Dean Howell's "Editha" as well as the other realist readings.  The explanation of realism here is based primarily on the definition in the fifth edition of A Handbook to Literature by Hugh holman and William Harmon.
I will post another handout more specific to "Editha" as well.
(.ppt, 744K)
This PowerPoint should provide connections between the first Power Point on realism and the story "Editha".  It also contains a description of your assignment on this reading.  Please be sure to make it all the way to the end of the Power Point!
(.ppt, 682K)
Please view the powerpoint on Kate Chopin and Naturalism and then post your answers on MyUM.  There is also a website on Chopin that has links to the text of "The Storm" and other works.  It is bookmarked for your convenience.
(.ppt, 769K)
Finally!  Here is your Henry James information and assignment!!
The due date for the assignment is not until this coming Sunday night (June 13).  We will be one week behind for a little while because MyUM had some hickups.  I think things are better now!
(.ppt, 521K)
Here is a start at how to write your annotated bibliography, in case you were not in the orientation meeting. 
(.doc, 25K)
Here is an overview of Naturalism (again) and how it is worked out in London's "To Build a Fire".  After viewing the Power Point, post what you think of Naturalism as you see it in London's story.  What do you think of it?  How do you feel about it?
(.ppt, 442K)
Here is a print guide to your analytical response essays.  Also check out the rubric and the video on the bookmarks.  The video is LOW quality video, but should provide some direction.
(.doc, 14K)

This power point gets you started on the basics of modernism, but takes the first step in reading it with Frost.  . . . A second power point on HD and Stevens will follow.  You need "Birches" as a contrast, so I started there. 

(.ppt, 2613K)
Here is the continuation on Modern Poetry on Stevens and H.D.  Please be sure to view the power point on Frost first.  You also have your next post assignment which involves Frost, Stevens and H.D.
(.ppt, 732K)

Here is a simplified research paper guide.  Please expand on it as your paper length and depth require.

(.doc, 17K)


Here is Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" to use in contrast with our selections in realism.

Here is a link to Howells' "Editha" in case you do not yet have a book.
You can find lots about Chopin here, including the text of "The Storm" and the story that preceeds it.  Please look at it and review the pages related to "Themes" and "The Storm."
Click on this link to take you to the "rubric" (list of what is important for grading) for your first analytical essay for American Literature.  It should give you a sense of what you should watch for in your writing.  The "4" column lists the best score, and the "1" column lists the lowest score for each category.  I will also put general guidelines in a Handout.
I have recorded an introduction to how to write your analytical response essays.  My YouTube skills are at the infant stages, and I used the camera on my computer, so the quality is lacking.  However, at least the audio should provide a little more info than the Rubric and Handout Guidelines.  Let me know if it works, and as we get into the modern poetry I will work to improve the quality.
I found this introduction to and analysis of Frost's "Mending Wall" on YouTube.  I don't necessarily agree with the speaker's final interpretation, but the method of looking at the words within the poem and breaking it down will be VERY HELPFUL.  Please check it out.
Read Nature (the selection at this link) for Thursday, Sept. 2.   Read Self-Reliance for next Tuesday.
This link is AT bartleby, but it is for the Fall of the House of Usher.  (Bartleby is an online website for texts.)
You need to go to the index and select and read the poems that start with
Tell all the truth but tell it slant
I heard a fly buzz when I died
The brain is wider than the sky
Because I could not stop for death
After great pain a formal feeling comes
Go to the site and find and read the poems
A Sight in Camp
I Saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Just go to the link and skim through portions of this.  DON'T TRY TO READ THE WHOLE THING; JUST GET A SENSE OF IT!