Tom Versteeg
Introduction to Literature

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Welcome to Introduction to Literature! Check back often for important updates.
The End of the Quarter as We Know It. . .

Below please find a day-by-day account of what to expect in class right up until the very end of the quarter.

Mon. 5/18-Wed. 5/20: “Questions for an Imaginary Poetry Test” and other work with our second batch of poems
Thur. 5/21: Oedipus seminar, Group Two
Fri. 5/22: Oedipus seminar, Group One
Tues. 5/26: Peer response day for second project (Recall that if you got an essay accepted in the first go-round and are creating something other than an essay for a second project, you should still get peer response on that creation, though, of course, as you and your interlocutor consult, you'll both want to adjust the questions on the peer response sheet so they make sense for your particular project.)
Wed. 5/27: Second project turn-in plus one more day with Oedipus (Special note: anybody who turns in an essay project today can also count that essay as the journal for the week that would otherwise have come in yesterday.)
Thur. 5/28: First day with new stories (“What You Pawn. . .” et al—of course expect an LSQ, plus something a little more meaningful to do in groups.)
Fri. 5/29: Work with Stories
Mon. 6/1: Stories/ Modernism and Post-Modernism
Tues. 6/2-Thur. 6/4: More fun with stories plus this Tuesday is the last day journals will be due
Fri. 6/5: First day with final batch of poems (LSQ plus something real. . .)
Mon. 6/8 and Tues. 6/9: Poem work, including Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and Modernism
Wed. 6/10: “Ideal Poem” seminar (Which group goes first is yet to be determined. . .)
Thur. 6/11: “Ideal Poem” seminar
Fri. 6/12: Last words on last poems
Mon. 6/15: Peer response day for anyone turning in a first or second non-novel project, plus if novel groups need it, they'll have time to play with the computer's audio-visual stuff to make sure it'll work right for their projects on Wednesday.
Tues. 6/16: Dead Day--No Class. If folks have questions about anything, they can feel free to visit me in my office.
Wed. 6/17:  Novel projects presented, turn in day for any last non-novel projects, course wrap-up, and fond farewells (Important note: this two-hour period [9:30-11:30] is our class's [and all 9:30 classes'] officially scheduled finals time. Both because it is an officially scheduled class day and, even more, because novel presenters deserve an attentive audience for their projects, the urge some who aren't presenting may feel to simply skip the class should be strongly resisted. While the prospect of seeing several cool novel projects performed should, on its own, provide plenty of motivation for people to show up, to even further help folks resist the urge to ditch class, let's make this final presentation day a double-cut day; that is, anybody who doesn't show up on this day will have two group misses tacked on to their class record.)