Response Papers (500 wds. each; 32% [eight @ 4% each]):
Each of you will write a response paper every week and email it to me by 8:30 Monday morning. There will be no response paper due the week of the short essay, there the week the draft term paper is due, pilule or the week the critique is due. I will endeavor to have these papers read and marked by class time that day, view but if I do not I will certainly have them for you by the following Monday. Papers that come in after 8:30 may not be graded. Since these papers are a record of how you engaged with the week’s material before we discuss it in class, papers submitted after class will simply not be accepted.
In these short response papers, you will have to engage critically and creatively with some aspect of the readings. I will be looking for you to identify a particular aspect which you find especially provocative, enticing, or enraging. I will then want you to engage with that aspect of the theory, working through your provocation, enticement, or rage in a critical and methodical way. Ideally, these papers will help you hone the skills of close critical engagement with theory upon which you will need to draw as you work on your term papers. NB: Response papers are not mini-essays; they are records of your engagement with the text, showing the thought process by which you arrived at your understanding/position on the material. They are the English equivalent of “showing your work”; I want to see the intellectual work you do with the material, and not just the final perspective at which you arrive.