ComS 168 Tentative Course Calendar
Fall 2001
Dr. Mark Stoner

1) August 27, 2001
Course Orientation
Assignment: Read Foss Chapters 1,2
Write  3 new observations about criticism,
          2 questions about criticism,
          1 concern about criticism



2) August 29, 2001
Discuss course structure; Q & A on syllabus
Discuss your present understandings of criticism; your experiences with it, and your goals


3) Labor Day-No Classes


4) Research on-line; course web page
Meet in computer lab: MND 2008
Assignment: Read Gospel of John


5) Nature of Search Models: Purpose, Value, and Use
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Assignments: Read Fisher "Method" in packet; Complete contracts; think about "texts" you'd like to study


6) View The Matrix
Contracts Due Today
Think about "texts" you'd like to study...


7) View The Matrix
Assignment: Read Foss Chapter 10 (textbook)


8) Nature of Narrative Theory: Questions raised by it. Apply to Gospel; Matrix
Assignment: Read Scott (in packet); read Hollihan and Riley in textbook, pp 432 ff


9) 1 Presentation
Discuss Scott's ideas; Understand how Hollihan and Riley did their analysis; apply to Gospel and Matrix
Assignment: Read Berdayes in textbook, pp. 447 ff; read Foss in packet "Questions"
Choose a text for your term paper


10) 2 Presentations
Discuss Berdeyes study; Discuss Foss' Questions; Apply to Gospel and Matrix
Summarize Narrative approach
Turn in choice of term paper text
Assignment: Read Brock et al "Decisions" in packet; Read Foss textbook, chapter 11


11) Nature of Pentadic Analysis; Using the pentad properly; apply to Gospel and Matrix
Discuss Brock et al; decisions you have to make about your own text
Assignment: Read Ling in textbook, pp. 464 ff.


12) 2 Presentations
Discuss Ling's essay
Assignment: Read Sheridan in textbook, pp. 477 ff.; read Foss, "Criteria" in packet


13) 2 Presentations
Discuss Sheridan's study; where could this study go? How could the pentad have been better applied? Apply "Criteria" to Sheridan's work. How can you apply the pentad to the text you are studying?
Assignment: Read Foss textbook, chapter 5


14) 2 Presentations
Nature of Fantasy Theme Analysis
Apply to Gospel and Matrix
Assignment: Read Farrell in packet; read Foss in textbook, pp. 133 ff.


15 ) 2 Presentations
Discuss Foss' essay; discuss Farrell's essay
How do these apply to your term paper study?
Assignment: Read Huesca in textbook, pp.157 ff


16) 2 Presentations
Discuss Huesca's essay-what did you discover about applying the fantasy theme method?
Assignment: Review for Mid-term exam


17) Mid-term Exam


18) Meet with me this week regarding progress on your term paper
Assignment: Read Foss textbook, chapter 7


19) 2 Presentations
Nature of Genre Theory
Apply to Gospel and Matrix
Assignment: Read Brockriede "Argument"in packet; read Varallo in textbook, pp. 260 ff.


20) 2 Presentations
Discuss Varallo's essay; discuss Brockriede's essay-to what degree does Varallo enact Brockriede's guidelines? How can you do so in your own study?
Assignment: Read Vande Berg in textbook, pp. 238 ff.


21) 2 Presentations
Discuss Vande Berg's essay-how does it differ from Varallo's? What are the implications for your own study?
Assignment: Read textbook, chapter 12


22) 2 Presentations
Nature of Generative Criticism
What needs to be treated in examining Gospel of John or The Matrix that hasn't been treated so far?
Assignment: Read Stoner "Demands" in packet; read Leff in packet


23) 2 Presentations
Discuss Stoner's study; implications for your own studies
Assignment: Read Terrill in textbook, pp.509 ff


24) 2 Presentations
Discuss Terrill's study; discuss Leff-summarize the issues of criticism he raises; how will you cope with them in your studies?
Assignment: work on term papers


25) Work on essays; meetings with me available


26) Work on essays; meetings with me available


27) Final Papers Due Today
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28) Presentations and Course evaluations


29) Presentations


30) Presentations


Final Exam; submit portfolio Monday December 10, 12:45-2:45 PM