Define and explain the theories. Provide examples of the theory as it applies to

Define and explain the theories.
Provide examples of the theory as it applies to literature in general such as literary canon texts universally known.
Provide examples as it applies to at least 2/3 of the texts discussed in class. 
Research 2 academic article that uses the theory to analyze 2 of the texts discussed in class. (Library databases or Google Scholar)
Be presented in both a visual and audio way (in other words, everybody has a speaking part in order to satisfy the course’s oral component).
Make sure that ALL the names of the participants are listed in the first slide. Also, the name(s) of each contributor should be included in ALL the slides for which they are directly responsible.
Follow effective public speaking guidelines discussed in class. (I will share this with you in the upcoming weeks – at least two weeks before your presentations.)
Include an activity that involves the class.
Do not exceed 20 minute limit.
Be creative!

For our final discussion of the term, we will have a class-wide discussion of th

For our final discussion of the term, we will have a class-wide discussion of the following 3 discussion prompts.  Please feel free to answer honestly; you will not be penalized in any way for your frankness, for the 3rd prompt or any part of this discussion (keeping it respectful of everyone, of course!)  
A few years after graduation, you find yourself at a work-related social event, chatting with a very important person who happens to love Japan.  Why, you think Japan is interesting too!   And you happened to have taken a class in college on Classical Japanese Literature!   As you begin to talk about your mutual interest, 1) what is the name and author of the work you (hopefully) remember and like the most, and 2) what would you say, in 2 or 3 sentences that the work is about, and 3) why we still value it even 1000 years after it was composed?
2.       A few days after the event described above in which you deeply impressed the important person with your insights about Classical Japanese literature and culture, you are now known to your co-workers (sarcastically) and bosses (admiringly) as the “expert on Japan.”  Someone asks you if it is true that in Japan slurping noodles is considered polite.  Pretending to be called away on an important call, you covertly check the internet to confirm or deny the noodle slurping rumor.  How can you tell if the internet sites you are reading are reliable and trustworthy (in other words, rigorous!) in their info about Japan or not?  The CEO is traveling to Japan next week and urgently wants reliable advice (or else!)
3.    A friend asks if he/she should take this course. Would you recommend it? What would you say students need to do if they want to do well in the course?

Discuss your background in literary analysis (personal reading, high school, community college, university etc.) and the knowledge you expect to acquire in this course.

Diagnostic Assignment on Literary Background
we will be studying and analyzing literature from the ancient world through the early sixteenth century in the forms of poetry, prose, drama, and fiction.
Discuss your background in literary analysis (personal reading, high school, community college, university etc.) and the knowledge you expect to acquire in this course.
Discuss how literature challenges you to think critically about yourself and the world around you.
Discuss your experience with research and documentation of outside sources. Are you confident in your research skills? Explain why or why not.

Focus on how and why you came to your answer.

Pick one question and answer it in 300 to 400 words.
Include at least 1 quote from the text as evidence to support your response.
You can write in 1st or 3rd person.
Focus on how and why you came to your answer.
This is close and detailed analysis. What sections of the story supports your answer?
Questions 1 -3 are from The Iliad and Questions 4 – 6 are from Oedipus. 
1. Discuss the role that the gods play in the battle for Troy.
2. Based on the epic, what role do women play in Greek society?
3. What are the purposes of ransom and war-prizes in The Iliad?
4. In the opening scene of the play, Oedipus learns that to cure his city (Thebes) of its troubles, he must avenge the murder of the city’s previous king, Laius. Describe Oedipus as a king and leader at this point in the play. Use specific examples of Oedipus’ actions to support your answer.
5. Discuss the theme of sight versus blindness in the play. Note at least two specific examples.
6. Is there any opportunity for the exercise of free will in the play? Why or why not?

How did you respond to the story?

 answer one question in 200 to 300 words:
Describe the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu as it is depicted at various points throughout the epic. Include at least three specific examples from the text in your explanation.
How is Gilgamesh described by the narrator at the start of the epic?
The Epic of Gilgamesh does not exactly have a happy ending. Certainly, the hero, Gilgamesh, is not ultimately successful in his quest. Why do you think the epic ends as it does and not in a more positively heroic way?
What role do women play in the epic? Refer to at least two female figures from the text in your response.
Include quotes from the text if it adds to your response.
You can write in 1st person.
Focus on how and why you came to your answer.
This is Reader Response. You are the reader. How did you respond to the story?

As general election is fast approaching here in wisconsin the mudslinging commercials are flooding in.

When I think of fallacies and the arguments they encounter, my head immediately goes to those pesky commercials slamming politicians. As general election is fast approaching here in Wisconsin the mudslinging commercials are flooding in. There is a Lt. Governor by the name of Mandela Barnes (D) who is seen as the target in these commercials paid for by Senator Ron Johnson (R). The advertisement goes into explaining that Barnes needs to be taken out of office as he is single handedly destroying Wisconsin with his liberal behavior.  The argument involving his liberal behavior has to do with the criminal justice side of politics. Johnson leads the common viewer to believe the following actions Barnes is taking is going to create Wisconsin into a huge criminal lawless land. One of Johnsons’ strong points in the argument claims that ONCE Barnes joins “The Squad”, a democratic group consisting of six women, one action will lead into another. Once this action supposedly happens, they will start to defund the police. Johnson backs this statement up by claiming that Milwaukee’s crime rate is up by almost 100 percent. After this claim, he moves on to say that Barnes wants to abolish ICE, open our borders to illegal immigrants, and eliminate cash bail for inmates. Again, these assumptions about Barnes were not backed up by evidence not elaborated on. Johnson ends the mudslinging campaign ad stating he approves this message. 
There were several fallacies that I noticed in this quick thirty second smear ad. The biggest one included the “Slippery Slope” fallacy typically used in a lot of government positioned advertisements. This fallacy typically is used to claim an event that is going to happen, which then leads to another, and so forth. A snowball effect could be used as comparison. When Johnson claimed that Barnes was going to join “The Squad” composed of several well-known democratic women, it was going to lead to a few other key events involving crime, crime proceedings, and immigrants. Another prevalent fallacy would include the lack of evidence to support all of Johnsons’ claims about Barnes.  The only “evidence” that appears in the ad is about Milwaukee crime rate jumping up almost 100%, but it wasn’t backed up by a source or elaborated into at all. If you were to read more into the political scheme of the ad, you could also say there is the fallacy of false dilemma. The only way this would be a fallacy is if the viewer knew about both parties involved and the actions they have taken to get to where they are today.  It could be viewed as a two-option system, Johnson could be proclaiming that Barnes is a worser option than himself. There are many fallacies that one could find in a political campaign advertisement alone, politics are full of them. Aside from this mudsling ad about Barnes, Johnson has been known to create a multitude of them for anyone that runs for any political position in the state of Wisconsin. 

The tower of babel

Choose one work:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The story of Noah and the Flood
The Tower of Babel
The Iliad.
In 500 to 1000 words or two to three typed, double spaced pages respond to the work.
Write a thesis statement which states your unified theme or idea. (For example, God’s wrath, Humanity’s Obedience, Miscommunication, Crazy Gods, etc)
Focus on the details of the story and how they impact your reaction or understanding.
Use quotes to support your ideas.
Can be written in 1st person or 3rd person.
should have multiple paragraphs—an Introduction paragraph, Body paragraphs, a Conclusion paragraph.

 You learned the definition of the American Dream in Week 1, and you also learne

 You learned the definition of the American Dream in Week 1, and you also learned about the American identity. Traits often associated with the American identity include boldness, confidence, perseverance, and integrity. These traits are often demonstrated through a character’s words or actions. This week, we’ll focus on confidence and how it is reflected in two of the readings. Choose one character from a work of fiction (“Desiree’s Baby” )and one person from a work of non-fiction (Torres). Describe how confidence is reflected in each.
Criteria:
300 words minimum (excluding quotations and citations)
Include two properly integrated and cited paraphrased quotations (one related to each character) to support your claims. See Kate Chopin:
Biography, Vol. 2, pp. 415-416 and “Désirée’s Baby,” Vol. 2 pp. 416-420 (fiction)
Justin Torres:
In Praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club

Instrucciones Redacta una reflexión de 450-550 palabras en la que respondas a la

Instrucciones
Redacta una reflexión de 450-550 palabras en la que respondas a la siguiente pregunta: ¿Por qué este poema es un poema político? Recuerda que lo político no es únicamente lo partidista o la politiquería. Lo político es todos aquellos asuntos públicos de la vida y convivencia humana. Piensa críticamente antes de reaccionar al poema. Recuerda que en el lenguaje poético es muy distinto al lenguaje literal; por lo tanto, en un poema las palabras no son literales. 
Incluye referencias en APA si aplica.