systematic deviation

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Items no lady should be without

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


To reiterate what was said in class:

• You may bring in one sheet of paper to the exam, 8 x 11, written or printed on one side only. I would strongly advise a list of titles, authors, and dates; I would advise against trying to fit everything in.

Format of the exam: a mix of questions, short (true/false, multiple choice, or something similar), shortish (definitions), middling (short answer questions), and longer (essays). In most cases, you will have a choice of questions.

• Make outlines for essay questions; they will help you to write and may earn you some points if you don't finish the question.

• Please bring your uni I.D. Feel free to bring a drink. I.D., drinks, writing implements, and your one sheet of paper are all that will be allowed on the desks.

• The exam is scheduled for Friday Dec. 8 at 9am. You will have three hours, though I doubt you will need all of it.

All the class presentation notes are posted up to and including today's.

Bring any questions or concerns to class on Thursday, post them here in the comments, or contact me directly.

See you Thursday.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Back to the time of Beowulf

Thursday, November 23, 2006

What's the point of a college education?


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Think you know how to read?

Here is a useful post that purports to present "a system of reading for Slow Readers with Busy Schedules and Faulty Memories." I would not recommend it for literary texts – for any text in which the writing itself is important – but it provides some good advice when you are reading mainly for content.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Gulliver's Travels

Here is a link to a free download (as well as a streaming version) of Max Fleischer's 1939 animated version. Nothing like the book, so you still have to read it. But a lot of fun; a real classic from the golden age of animation.