Each session will feature several student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the authors you want, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, etc.), I may not be able to schedule you for those authors.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the Questions Page. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. At least three days before you give each of your in-class presentations on the authors and question/s specified next to your name, email me as complete a draft as you can. Soon after, I will email you comments that will either suggest how the presentation might be further developed or affirm that what you've written sounds fine as-is. If the latter is the case, I will post your draft to the E236 STUDENTS' BLOG. I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest; insightful responses are better than "answers." Please include a copy of the question at the beginning of your response, and at least in the copy you send me, avoid elaborate formatting (bulleted lists, indentation, and so forth). This "advance draft" part of the presentations requirement is 20% of your grade for each presentation.

4. On the scheduled day and when we reach the appropriate point in our discussion, I will ask you to come to the front of the class and give the most up-to-date version of your presentation. Your presentation should take about three to five minutes. Some students prefer to read their comments lecture-style, while others prefer to depart from the full written version and speak from a separate outline. If you read from prepared remarks, how long should they be? I'll use my own pace as an example: I speak at an average rate of 130 words per minute when I read conference papers. So a 3-5 minute presentation would run 400-650 words. Tips: Read the question first, address the entire class, and remind us of page numbers when you quote. Speak firmly and slowly enough so that everyone can follow. It's best to avoid bringing technology such as Powerpoint into play given the presentations' brevity. But I am open to creative ideas. I will not grade your in-class performance -- it's easy to do well, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70%-80% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Within several days after you have presented in class, if my return comments on your initial draft suggested revision or further development (or if you decide to revise on your own), email me a final version, again making sure to include a copy of the question. I will then post the final version for you to the E236 STUDENTS' BLOG, replacing the earlier version. You can check the schedule below on this page to make sure I've credited you with your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presented/Posted to Blog). This "revised post-presentation draft" part, if suggested in my comments on your initial draft, is 10% of your grade for the presentation in question.


I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) email me a reasonably full written draft several days before presenting so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as an "answer" to a question set in stone? 3) ensure that within one week I have received a final version (if revision was suggested) with which to replace the earlier version I may already have posted? Students who do those two things -- or three things if a revised version is appropriate -- will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. (100% = A, 90% = B+, 80% = B, 70% = C.) I am not going to grade presentations so much on "in-class" factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will use a color code on this page to indicate whether students have completed the requirements: (Presented/Posted to Blog); (Presented/Blog Entry Pending); (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog); (No Presentation).


If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a reasonably complete and timely advance draft of your remarks (I print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the "in-class" portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a sufficiently complete and coherent advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.


Below is a list containing four things for each session: the authors/texts we will discuss, the number of each study question I've chosen for discussion, the presenters' names, and the color-coded status of the presentation. The author hyperlinks below will take you to the relevant study questions pages -- they are the same pages from which you choose questions for your journal sets. *Please note that I may specify two questions rather than one (as in "12-13 combined") if I find that two short questions go together well.


M. 09/08. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 7-8.

Homer. Q. 25. Martin Syjuco. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Homer. Q. 28. Gabrielle Cohen. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Homer. Q. 29. Siobhan Vanaman. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 09/10. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 9-10.

Homer. Q. 32. Katie Malin. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Homer. Q. 33. Stephanie Lujan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Homer. Q. 34. Benjamin Harris. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 09/12. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 11-12.

Homer. Q. 37. Lily Munson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Homer. Q. 38. Gabrielle Kalika. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Homer. Q. 40. Jennifer Bales. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 09/15. No class. I must attend to a family member's minor surgery.

W. 09/17. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. First Play: Agamemnon.

Aeschylus. Q. 01. Rachael Johnson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus. Q. 04. Jessica Jung. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 09/19. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. First Play: Agamemnon.

Aeschylus. Q. 07. Ashley Koontz. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus. Q. 09. Katie Malin. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 09/22. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Second Play: The Libation Bearers.

Aeschylus. Q. 13. Lily Munson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus. Q. 18. Gabrielle Cohen. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 09/24. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Third Play: The Eumenides.

Aeschylus. Q. 19. Julia Erratt. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Aeschylus. Q. 22. Alexia Fedail. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 09/26. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Third Play: The Eumenides. Journal Set 1 Due by email over the weekend.

Aeschylus. Q. 27. Jennifer Bales. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus. Q. 30. Spencer Green. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 09/29. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 1-2.

Virgil. Q. 06. Lily Weber. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil. Q. 13. Stephanie Lujan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 10/01. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 3-4.

Virgil. Q. 18. Lauren Cruz. (Presented/Final Blog Entry Pending)

Virgil. Q. 23. Vincent Graves. (Presented/Final Blog Entry Pending)

F. 10/03. No class. I will be out of town.


M. 10/06. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 5-8.

Virgil. Q. 27. Ashley Koontz. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil. Q. 30. Rachael Johnson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil. Q. 32. Derek Witte. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 10/08. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 9-10.

Virgil. Q. 35. Patricia Victorio. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil. Q. 41. Martin Syjuco. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 10/10. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 11-12.

Virgil. Q. 46. Jennifer Moore. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil. Q. 53. Jessica Jung. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 10/13. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 1.

Ovid. Q. 04. Rescheduled. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ovid. Q. 08. Siobhan Vanaman. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 10/15. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 2.

Ovid. Q. 11. Elizabeth Alcantar. (No Presentation/Blog Entry Pending)

Ovid. Q. 15. Gabrielle Cohen. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 10/17. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 3.

Ovid. Q. 19 and 20. Katie Malin. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ovid. Q. 26. Alexia Fedail. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 10/20. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 4.

Ovid. Q. 33 and 34. Lauren Cruz. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ovid. Q. 39 and 40. Spencer Green. (Presented/Final Blog Entry Pending)

W. 10/22. Ovid. Metamorphoses. From Book 5: "The Rape of Proserpine," "Arethusa." From Book 6: "Tereus, Procne, and Philomela." From Book 8: "Daedalus and Icarus."

Ovid. Q. 41 and 42. Patricia Victorio. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ovid. Q. 47. Julia Erratt. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 10/24. Ovid. Metamorphoses. From Book 10: "Hyacinth," "Pygmalion," "Orpheus and Euridyce." From Book 11: "The Death of Orpheus." From Book 15: "The Apotheosis of Julius Caesar" and "Epilogue."

Ovid. Q. 52 and 53. Derek Witte. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Ovid. Q. 57. Gabrielle Kalika. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 10/27. The King James Bible. From Genesis: Chs. 1-4 (Creation and Fall); Chs. 6-9 (Noah's Ark); Ch. 11 (Tower of Babel); Ch. 22 (Abraham and Isaac).

Bible. Q. 03. Jennifer Moore. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Bible. Q. 04. Martin Syjuco. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 10/29. The King James Bible. From Exodus: Chs. 1-20 (pp. 65-90).

Bible. Q. 10. Jennifer Bales. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Bible. Q. 16. Vincent Graves. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

F. 10/31. The King James Bible. Job (pp. 607-40).

Bible. Q. 21. Ashley Koontz. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Bible. Q. 23. Jessica Jung. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 11/03. The King James Bible. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chs. 1-14 (pp. 3-22).

Bible. Q. 27. Rachael Johnson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Bible. Q. 28. Colleen Stevenson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 11/05. The King James Bible. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chs. 15-28 (pp. 22-44).

Bible. Q. 40. Kristen Salazar. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Bible. Q. 43. Benjamin Harris. (No Presentation)

F. 11/07. The King James Bible. "The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians'' (pp. 206-22). Journal Set 2 Due by email over the weekend.

Bible. Q. 45. Elizabeth Alcantar. (No Presentation)

Bible. Q. 49. Lauren Cruz. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 11/10. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 1-4.

Dante. Q. 03. Lily Weber. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Dante. Q. 06. Vincent Graves. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 11/12. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 5-11.

Dante. Q. 09 and 10. Colleen Stevenson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Dante. Q. 16. Lily Munson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 11/14. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 12-17.

Dante. Q. 29 and 30. Spencer Green. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Dante. Q. 31 and 32. Siobhan Vanaman. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 11/17. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 18-22.

Dante. Q. 38. Kristen Salazar. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Dante. Q. 42. Patricia Victorio. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 11/19. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 23-28.

Dante. Q. 45 and 46. Gabrielle Kalika. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Dante. Q. 53 and 54. Elizabeth Alcantar. (No Presentation)

F. 11/21. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 29-34. Paragraph on paper topic and argument due by the weekend, 11/23.

Dante. Q. 62 and 64. Julia Erratt. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Dante. Q. 67. Derek Witte. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Dante. Q. 70 and 71. Alexia Fedail. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


M. 11/24. I will be in class to discuss paper topics, exam prep.

W. 11/26. Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes.

F. 11/28. Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes.


M. 12/01. Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. Book 1, Chs. 1-5 (pages 19-45); Book 1, Chs. 7-8 (53-61 paragraph 1).

Cervantes. Q. 07. Colleen Stevenson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Cervantes. Q. 10. Lily Weber. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

W. 12/03. Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. Book 1, Ch. 18 (125 bottom-133); Book 1, Ch. 22 (163-72); Book 1, Ch. 52 (440 middle-446 top).

Cervantes. Q. 12. Stephanie Lujan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Cervantes. Q. 14. Jennifer Moore. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

F. 12/05. Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. Book 2, Chs. 71-74 (919-40).

Cervantes. Q. 15. Kristen Salazar. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Cervantes. Q. 18. Benjamin Harris. (No Presentation)


Final Exam Date: Monday December 8, 8:00-10:30 a.m. Due by Monday, Dec. 15: Term Paper and Journal Set 3. I must turn in grades by 4:00 pm Sunday, December 21. For your other courses, check the Fall 2008 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.

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