English 320:  The Short Story
Spring 2001
  Lyman Baker, Instructor

Course Home Page

You can click on the underlined items below to go to different pages with the information described.

First off, Web-Browser Basics describes some very elementary things you need to be able to do to use our course Web Pages to best advantage.  Or go to Netscape's how-to site.  You will learn how to move around within and between Web pages, how to print a Web document, how to save one for later use, how to locate search tools (with directions for use) that help you locate documents of interest to you -- and how to find out ways to do things not covered in these basic instructions.   (There is also Microsoft's "Browser Basics" page, but it's actually for people who are already familiar with the basics and want to know more.  Another approach:  go to the Netscape search page, and do a search on "web tutorials".)

The Course Schedule lists the due dates for all reading and writing assignments, along with the three examinations.   I have broken it into several separate web pages.  Schedule 1 covers assignments through the first couple of weeks of the course, by which time the bookstore should be able to get in enough copies of our course text book to cover the extra enrollment that has developed. Schedule 2 covers assignments from then up until the Mid-Term Exam.  Schedule 3 gives assignments between the Mid-Term and the Final.

Texts for the Course tells you where to get the materials required for this course that cannot be found on the web.  (For our course, there is only one text of this nature.)

Goals and scope of the course provides a detailed discussion of what we will be up to.

Grades explains how performance in the course will be evaluated.

Special resources for the course

In addition, there are a couple of pages you may want to consult from time to time.  It will help later on if you put it in mind now that you can always get to them from this home page.

There are a couple of misconceptions that students sometimes bring to a course such as ours.  It is useful to get these cleared up before too long.  You will want to reflect on the role of Reason and Objectivity in Interpretation.  This is not something you need to do right at the outset.  But you'll want to put it on your to-do list.  If you have questions on the issues raised here or on the positions I adopt upon them, by all means bring your questions to the discussion board.  Or you can e-mail your puzzlements to me at lyman@ksu.edu and I will try to satisfy your curiosity.

An important link available from this document is a short essay More on "being able", which addresses various damaging confusions many students have about the nature of "intellectual talent," the business of a university education, and the role in such an education of courses like "The Short Story." As you will see, the kind of expectations students put upon themselves in their general elective courses has serious political consequences for the future of whatever country they happen to be citizens of.

    Return to the Course Home Page (English 320:  Introduction to the Short Story).
    Go to Course Schedule 2, for remaining assignments up to the Mid-Term Exam.
    Go to Course Schedule 3, for assignments between the Mid-Term and Final Exam.

  Suggestions are welcome.  Please send your comments to lyman@ksu.edu .

   Contents copyright 2000 by Lyman A. Baker.

Permission is granted for non-commercial educational use; all other rights reserved.

  This page last updated ,( January /),(.