Sunday, December 16, 2012

Goodbye to English 368!

The papers (e-versions) are now in the Angel Dropbox, and final grades have been submitted to the Registrar's Office.  If you turned in a paper version of your paper, you can stop by my office to pick it up beginning January 10.  I will be away from email until January 7.
Happy holidays, and have a good break!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Updates to Angel

The grades on Angel have been updated, including the total score for blogs. Scores cannot total more that “30″ since 30/30 is 100%.
The blog assignment is now completed, so no additional posts are necessary or will be counted. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Northwest Undergraduate Conference

From the organizers.  This is additional information in case you're interested; it's not a class requirement.
Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL) 2013
Dear Students:
Do you have a paper, personal essay, or set of poems you are proud of and would like to share with others?  Please consider doing so through the University of Portland’s Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL), to be held this year on Saturday, April 13th, 2013. 
NUCL brings together college and advance high-school students from around the northwest region for a day-long event featuring themed panels with student presenters and respondents, an awards lunch, and a keynote address by a prominent scholar of literature.  This year’s keynote speaker is Professor Cindy Weinstein, Professor at the California Institute of Technology.
For more information on what to submit, how to submit it, and much more, visit our website, and/or email us at  To keep up on NUCL-related news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Most importantly: submissions will be accepted between December 1, 2012 and January 21, 2013.  Please consider submitting before you leave for winter break!
-the NUCL 2013 organizing team

Friday, November 9, 2012


Here's the list of popular/classic literature that we generated in class.  Thanks to Laurel Gordon for collecting these for us.

 Popular-Classic in the Future
Harry Potter
Stephen King- Carrie
The Alchemist
The Hunger Games
Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic novels
Chronicles of Narnia
Lord of the Rings

Not Popular-Will be Classic
Piers Anthony
Ayn Rand
Pillars of the Earth
Life of Pi
The Kite Runner/A Thousand Splendid Suns
Ann Brashares

Popular-Not Classic
Game of Thrones
Fifty Shades of Gray
Stephen King

The Great Gatsby
Jane Austen
The Bronte sisters
Ferdinand the Bull
Sherlock Holmes
Roald Dahl
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
It was also suggested that The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings are also already classics and belong on this list instead of the first one.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Movie night

The movie night I mentioned in class will be November 8, 6-8 p.m., CUE 318 : The Man Who Would be King (1975; 130 minutes; Sean Connery and Michael Caine). Although it's not directly related to our novels, it is based on a story by Rudyard Kipling and shows one side of 19th-century life. If you come to the movie night, you'll receive a 10/10 quiz grade to substitute for any one quiz.