English 320:  Introduction to the Short Story
Spring 1999
  Lyman Baker, Instructor

Home Page for English 320:
Introduction to the Short Story

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.)

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 various books and the Coursepak required for the course.  

There is a general memo on Writing Assignments describing writing requirements for the course.  Here you can find out what the purpose of these assignments is within the overall goals of the course, how many you should submit by the end of the semester, what to aim at in doing them, and what to do if you find yourself "stuck" with little to say.  The individual writing assignments themselves can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate label in the "Course Schedule."

Goals and Methods of the Course provides a detailed discussion of what we will be up to.  This is a rather lengthy explanation, so I have broken it down into a series of separate pages that you can work through in succession, if you are going to read it on-line.  I suggest, however, that you print out a copy of the whole so you can have it on hand to consult when you are not connected to the KSU computer network.   To this end, I have provided an integral version that you can call up in your browser for saving as a single file for taking home or for printing off in one go.   That way you can have it on hand for reflecting on and consulting throughout the course.  

Examinations are explained in general terms in the memo just cited and also in a separate memo, Examinations, which contains links to prep sheets and out-of-class essay assignments as these become available in the course of the semester.

I have also compiled a List of Web Links to sites that may be of interest to you in connection with our course.

There are several misconceptions that students sometimes bring to a course such as ours.  It is important to get these cleared up as soon as possible.  You will want to reflect on the role of Reason and Objectivity in Interpretation.  If you have questions on the issues raised here or on the positions I adopt upon them, by all means raise your questions to class.  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 "Introduction to 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.