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Images of Women in Literature’s Docs Assignments: Images of Women in Literature

For due dates, check the course calendar and the sign-up sheets on Dr Nesvet’s door (TH358).

(More comprehensive assignment instructions to be supplied during the term.)

Assignment 1: Reblogging Ovid’s TumbLR feed (10 points). Choose a quote from the assigned poems from the Amores, Heroides, or The Art of Love. Make “Ovid” publish it on his TumbLr feed.  Then, using your own Tumblr account, reblog it and write back to him in your own words. Demonstrate that you understand his quote and its textual context, but go beyond the obvious and push our friend Ovid beyond HIS comfort zone. Aim to make him undergo some kind of metamorphosis. It’s not too late — even after ~2000 years. Step-by-step instructions for making a Tumblr feed and using Tumblr for this assignment are attached below. For grading, please turn in a screenshot of your repost(e) to D2L Dropbox.

Assignment 2: Annotated bibliographic entries for your original heroide (10 points). Choose a woman from Project Continua, about whom you will write a new heroide. Don’t choose the same woman as a classmate. (Therefore, for maximum choice, start early.) Post her name in a blog entry to claim her.

If you really want to write about a woman who doesn’t yet have a biography on Project Continua, that’s fine, but see me during office hours or email to discuss whom. You’ll want to choose one who isn’t obviously famous and whose life contains an interesting, significant struggle.

Then, find 2 secondary sources (peer-reviewed journal articles, academic book chapters, Project Continua [peer-reviewed articles], Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, etc.) that help you to understand her life, struggle(s), and/or public image(s). They can be directly, entirely about her, or about some aspect of her world. You can find journal articles online by searching Cofrin Library (click “limit to peer-reviewed journal articles.”) Books are in the Cofrin Stacks, and may be on Google Books, too. Most Project Continua entries have helpful bibliographies at the end.

Write a 100-word annotation for each source.
Add the citation in MLA style.

Your annotation should demonstrate that you’ve chosen a woman about whom to write your heroide, found some reliable research material on her, and summarized it usefully. Post all this to the blog. Title your post “annotated bibliography.” OR upload it as a Word file to D2L.

Assignment 3. Heroide with Critical Analysis (20 points). Due in 2 parts. (1) Write a heroide about your chosen woman, and read it in class (5 points). (2) Add a 1000 word critical analysis of your heroide. Explain: who was/is your woman? To whom is she speaking? What is your struggle? HOw does your poem conform to and innovate upon the Ovidian Heroide? (10 points). Post all this as ONE blog post, titled “Heroide: [Subject’s Name”].

Assignment 4. Portfolio of 4 x 300-word blog entries (20 points – 5 each).You must post eight 300-word blog entries, but you get to choose your strongest 4 to submit for grading. Posts must include close-reading of passages of your choice, with appropriately cited quotes. Choose posts that reveal cumulative mastery of the course material. Your choice of posts will demonstrate your ability to evaluate your own work. At the end of the blog project, email me the links to the posts of your choice.

Assignment 5: Dramaturgical Note (5 points). Write a dramaturgical program note (one 8×11″ 2-page spread) for a hypothetical Weidner Center or other specific theatre’s production of one New Woman play (of your choice, from the list we read.) Use images and make it pretty as well as informative and exciting. Prompts: how did this play participate in the New Woman debate? How is it unique? Why is it necessary and exciting to see it on stage, today? Compose it in Word – as a 2p spread – and upload it to your D2L dropbox.

How to Write a Program Note:


A synopsis of the play.
Without any spoilers.
(optional) play title
essay title
historical information – timeline; essay.

“Why it’s revolutionary” “why it’s typical”
= significance (why it matters)
archival pictures + photos of the play
photo credit
explain source of quotes and facts/claims without footnotes or citations





Assignment 6: A final (1000-word) blog post: identify a common theme in Persepolis and Fun Home, and compare its representation in these works. Employ figures (at least 1 panel from each work).Your post should advance an argument in response to your choice of 3 prompts (10 points).

Participation (15 points). More on Participation.

Note: All assignments must be turned in on the due date; any assignments (excluding oral presentations and scene readings) not turned in will be penalized one full letter grade per day. Any oral presentations not turned in on the day might receive a zero, if in my judgment they cannot be incorporated into later class sessions without negative impact on your classmates’ learning. If you are not present to participate in your scene reading, you will receive a second chance if and only if you notify your groupmates and help them to recast you in a timely manner, and participate in another group’s scene reading later.

There are 100 possible points available.  Once a percentage of the points earned is determined, I will assign final grades based on the following scale (100 pts equals 100 percent, etc.):

92-100 A                    89-91 A/B

82-88 B                       79-81 B/C

72-78 C                      69-71 C/D
60-68 D                      F is below 60

Quizzes: Pop quizzes might take place. Therefore, be certain that you have read the reading.

For due dates, check the course calendar and the sign-up sheets on Dr Nesvet’s door (TH358).

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