American Regional Writing
(an online course)*
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
Loyola University New Orleans
Bob Bednar, Southwestern University
*An online course is conducted through the internet (Blackboard), though there will be an organizational on-campus meeting on Friday evening, August 29 (5:30 p.m.--8:30 p.m.) in BOBET 100 (The WAC Lab) and a final class meeting on Friday, December 7. Please contact me after August 15, if serious hardship or unavoidable conflict will keep you from attending the required organizational meeting. Students within driving distance should plan to attend--and attendees will find that the course goes much more smoothly. To be successful, online courses require that students have some degree of self-discipline.LIST OF TEXTS
Alexie, Sherman. The
Fistfight in Heaven.
New York: Grove Atlantic, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0802141675 ($15.00
Anaya, Rudolpho. Bless Me, Ultima. New York: Warner Books, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0446675369 ($13.95)
Black Elk Speaks:
the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux/ Premier
Edition. By John G.Niehardt. Albany: S U
N Y Press, 2008.ISBN-13:
Franklin, Tom. Poachers. New York: Harper Collins, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0688177713 ($12.95)
Hawthorne, Nathanial. The Scarlet Letter. New York: Signet Classics,2009. ISBN-13: 978-0451531353 ($3.95)
Jewett, Sarah Orne. The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories. New York: Signet Classics ISBN-13: 978-0451531445 ($6.95)
Southern Local Color: Stories of Region, Race, and Gender. Eds. Barbara C. Ewell and Pamela Glenn Menke. Athens: U Georgia P, 2002. ISBN-13: 978-0820323176 ($24.00)
Additional texts will be provided online.
Instant Access: The Pocket Reference for Writers. Michael L. Keene and Katherine H. Adams. Eds. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Weekly Comments (35%)
The heart of this course (apart from reading the texts themselves) will be our electronic "discussions": asking and answering each other's questions and sharing our responses. These discussions will be conducted on the "Discussion Board" of Blackboard.com. Students will be expected to post a substantive comment (150-300 words) in response to the text and my introductory remarks by Monday midnight. By the next Thursday, everyone in the class will have commented on or reacted to the responses of least two other people (100-150 words each).
in these weekly discussions, including the timely submission of
and responses, will be graded contractually (all assignments = A; fewer
= B, etc.) and will
constitute your "class attendance."
You will be
for timely and regular contributions to the discussion group every
If any lateness or irregularity persists in your submissions, you will
be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.
The formal writing in this course will be a series of assignments based on the contexts of and works by American regional writers, both those covered in the course and from a supplementary list. These assignments, due throughout the semester and involving various degrees of research, will provide some of the basic content for a final collaborative presentation.
of Research (15-20%)
A final collaborative electronic presentation (wiki or website) on one or more of the writers and regions covered in the class to be presented at the December on-campus meeting.
YOU DECIDE TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE, BE SURE THAT YOUR
IS ACCURATE IN LORA and on
BLACKBOARD; IF IT ISN'T, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT THE COURSE.