Welcome to the blog for our course. Once a week, I will publish a new post about the literature that we are currently exploring. The posts will cover a variety of topics, including historical context, genre, author biography, and questions about the readings themselves. Also, posts will contain images of paintings and photos and links to other online media, such other websites or video clips, that will help us further delve into the literature.
So how should you use this blog? A link to each weekly post will be available through our ANGEL for that week’s reading. For example, the post on Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” will be available in the folder for that short story. You may also wish to go back and review some older posts about previous readings. You will be able to easily do so by using either the search function or the calendar. I will tag each post with specific topics, such as “short story” or “tragedy” or “gender,” so you can review all posts that touch on those topics. My hope is that by doing so you will be able to make broad connections among all of the authors that we are reading.
Finally, I encourage you to submit comments to each and every post. While you will be participating in weekly discussion boards through our ANGEL page, the comment option here will allow you to ask direct questions about the issues that I will discuss in each post. So if there is a point I raise about Hamlet as a reluctant revenge hero, here is where you can ask me to elaborate further. (You need not post your comment under your actual name. Given the anonymity that the internet allows for, you can post your comment under a pseudonym. Please, though, be respectful.)