Here are some notes on papers and other responsibilities:
They are 99% pure discussion--a real, honest-to-goodness seminar--and
thus it's completely and utterly crucial that you attend every week. You
are also required to attend the Monday evening presentations by the
Fellows themselves, and--no exceptions!--the Tuesday morning programs in
POSITION PAPERS: You will
write a response to the readings every week (well, you may skip one).
These are informal "position papers." They are to be 300-400 words in
length and must be sent to the Fellows listserv any time before 6 AM on
the Monday morning of the week's class. Four of these papers will be
evaluated closely--at least one each on Ashbery, Malcolm and Garcia. Each
week, bring a printed copy of your position paper to class. At the end
of class you can decide if the paper you hold in your hands is one of
the four you will turn in for evaluation.
Each week you will respond to one of the position papers sent to the
listserv by your fellow Fellows seminarians. Send your response before
noon. Your response should be sent to the listserv and should make a
rejoinder to one point in one paper. These responses should be one short
paragraph in length, about 100 words. Be sure to make it clear which
point in which person's position paper is the one to which your response
is responding. The listserv address is whfellows13 [at]
A special project will be assigned to you--after you give us your top four choices. These, too, should be sent to the listserv--any time
before 6 AM on the date indicated on the projects list. Length: whatever
is appropriate for fulfilling the purpose of the project but no less
than 750 words. These need not be fancy or high-toned, but, rather,
straightforward and lucid and, if apt, organized into short titled
sections to make for easy reading. If you are not assigned a project,
see Al or Lily ASAP so that we can devise one.
OBLIGATIONS DURING FELLOWS' VISITS:
As an absolutely vital part of the seminar, you will be called upon to
volunteer during the two-day visits of the Fellows. Fulfilling this
(mostly pleasurable) function is as much a requirement as the others
listed here. If Lily has not asked you to take on a role during the
visits, be sure to ask her what you can do to help.
There will be a wildly comprehensive, personalized final exam. It will
be sent to you by email, to be written at your convenience ("take home")
any time during the exam period.
Above, at right: Vince Levy introducing Robert Coover in 2009.