Fall 2017 Changelog

As I begin semester three of this open access “Writing through Literature” course, I am taking advantage of the great flexibility that open access offers and making a few changes to the reading list. Only the new selections now appear on reading list pages, so for the sake of record-keeping, here are the changes:

  • IN: James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  • OUT: Jane Austen, Emma.

After 25+ years of teaching, it was rewarding to finally discuss a Jane Austen novel. But after two semesters, I decided to find something a more modern and a shorter. Joyce hits the sweet spot right near the end of the public domain period in the US.

  • IN: H. P. Lovecraft, “The Colour Out of Space.”
  • OUT: H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu.”

While it lacks Lovecraft’s iconic creation, Cthulhu, “Colour Out of Space” is just a better stand-alone piece of fiction.

  • IN: Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing.
  • OUT: Shakespeare: Othello.

I thought this course needed a comedy!