Assignments: Two 15-20 minute in-class presentations with short writing assignments (40%) and one long critical essay (50%). There will also be frequent in-class writing assignments and an essay workshop at the end of the semester (10%).

In-Class Presentations:

I. What is Romanticism?

II. English 6500: Critical Presentation

Critical Essay: I expect you to compose a sophisticated and careful essay of 17-20 pages that takes into account the critical history of the topic and text you are examining. To that end you should expect to put in a significant amount of research time prior to composition. You may take as a starting point one of your presentations. I will certainly be available to help you to develop a thesis and to guide you in your research. Due on Friday, May 6th.

I am asking students to participate in an essay-writing workshop on Tuesday, April 26th. While we will discuss guidelines for the workshop later this semester, you can plan on preparing a document suitable for circulation that outlines your essay ideas in a form that will lead to productive discussion with your classmates. I am thinking here of 1) a 2-3 paragraph proposal 2) a very detailed outline or 3) perhaps sections of a drafted essay (numbering no more than 3 pages).

Classroom Participation: You should plan on actively participating in classroom discussion. In addition to assigned reports I will frequently open up class by asking you to offer your own perspective on the assigned readings, and even to compose short response essays. It goes without saying that perfect attendance is expected in all grad courses. Exceptions will be made for professional commitments (i.e. conferences, job interviews, etc.).

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Auditors will be expected to do all of the assigned reading, a Critical Presentation, and participate in the writing workshop.

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