I discussed the new assignment (and your essays that I read) with a couple of you after class today. Reba correctly pointed out that this is not a writing intensive class. That’s perfectly true. However, I believe that the true learning of reading and analyzing literature happens most productively when we are forced to grapple with our ideas, analysis, and interpretation in writing. I could easily quiz you on plot points, characters, and point of view, but it wouldn’t mean that you actually learned anything and, in all likelihood, you would probably forget all of it as soon as you left for the beach in July. That’s why I have designed the course the way I have. That’s why we seem to be writing intensively. That said, I am aware that none of you are English majors and I do respect that interdisciplinary difference.
Obviously, I can’t make any general guarantees about your grade, but judging from experience, I would say that if you keep up with your readings, do the work, and engage critically with the materials in class and in writing, chances are high that you will do well. But, as Elina pointed out, then it becomes a question of defining what well is.
And, finally, don’t worry! Your papers were for the most part fine!