Various changes

As discussed in class today, here is a list of the various changes to the final weeks of the course:

  • Next week’s class is canceled; today was the final class.
  • Not all of you got your Library assignments back today; I hope the rest will be ready by tomorrow or Monday; I will post to the blog when they are ready for pick-up. If you would like to rewrite your Library assignment, within a week of receiving it back get me the original and the rewrite, and I will average the two marks (i.e. those who got them back today, get the rewrite to me by next Thursday). These will need to be submitted in hard copy, since I will want to re-read my comments.
  • The deadline for the Wikipedia assignment is now April 21/12 4pm (the final day of the exam period). Electronic submission is fine; so is paper. Just drop the assignments in one of the slots marked “English” if no-one is in the office. If you want to leave yourself the option to rewrite the assignment, get it to me by April 14/12 4pm. (If you decide to rewrite, within a week of getting it back give me the original assignment with my comments, as well as your rewrite, and I will average the two marks.)
  • You may blog up until the end of the exam period and I will take it into account.
  • Feedback on your presentations will be forthcoming over the next couple of weeks.

Tasks for you:

  • Since we are missing our planned discussion of all our writers in relation to Woolf’s idea of a tradition of female writes, as well as Lorde’s contention that one can’t dismantle “the Master’s house” with “the Master’s tools,” it might be nice to consider these issues in your blogs.
  • Please send me a clean hard-copy of your Library assignment before the end of April, so that I may forward them all to Janet Fraser. You have done a lot of good work and it would be nice to see it bearing some fruit in the sense of new materials for the Library.

(If I am forgetting anything, drop me a line.)

I enjoyed spending the term with you. You are an interesting group and we had some good discussions. Thanks for contributing to the class and I hope to see those of you not graduating in future courses.

Finally, thanks for your understanding and best wishes.


1 week extension on Library project

Okay, we have reached critical mass: enough of you have expressed uncertainties and/or requested extensions, so I think the best thing to do would be to give the whole class a one week extension. If you are in touch with anyone from the class, you might want to make sure that they know.

I appreciate all your feedback (and please keep it coming). This is the first time I have assigned such a project, and I think there have been some growing pains.

(Oh, and one further thing: when making your case to the Library as to why they should buy the books you are recommending, you could mention the number of courses in which your writer might figure, across both campuses.)

Some further thoughts on the library assignment

This post is an amalgam of various answers to questions I have been sent in the past few days. If you have further questions, you could post them in the comments, if you like:

First step: Remember that the bibliography you are compiling is not merely a list of what is available at UNB; it is a list of central texts by and about your writer that you have developed from various sources (other bibliographies,, &c.). These will be works that a good library collection would have. Your annotations should indicate why you consider them central: for example, “This is the only biography of Writer X in print,” or “This is the most complete collection of Writer Y’s poetry.”  If you are working on a writer about whom there is a lot of material, you will have to be selective. Which begs an interesting question: how will you determine, out of ten books of literary criticism, which one, two or three are “central”? If you are working on a writer about whom there is little published, you might decide to throw your net wider and include anthologies, for example, in which your writer is represented (something you wouldn’t worry about with a more widely published writer).

A related question: in cases where there is a choice, how will you decide which editions of a writer’s work would be best for the library?  Some editions are facsimiles (i.e. they are exact reproductions of early printings), while others may contain useful editorial material such as essays and notes. When in doubt, more recent editions are often the safest bet, and facsimile editions are always worthwhile. If you think the Library should acquire different editions of the same text(s), explain why.

As a second step, compare your optimal bibliography to what is available to us at UNB.

Your final step is to propose that the acquisitions dept. aquire new material about your writer.

Your main focus will be on books, though in some cases you might want to suggest the Library acquire access to a particular journal. You will want to note the availability of articles about your writer, but there is no need to write annotations for individual articles.



You can

start staking your territory for the second assignment (the Wikipedia assignment). List.


I have put everyone I have heard from on the presentation schedule and/or the library assignment list. If you haven’t signed up for both yet, have a look and let me know. Thanks!