Tuesday, April 13

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 12 is on top. For those of you in Indian Epics, that means continuing with Buck's version of the Mahabharata (including the great legend of Nala and Damayanti), while it's a choice between fairy tales and ballads in Myth-Folklore, and this is the week of the Arabian Nights in World Literature. If you have not turned in your Week 11 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Counting this week, there are FOUR WEEKS of class remaining (Weeks 12-13-14-15), which means 120 points of regular assignments,
plus extra credit. That assumes you have not been working ahead; if you have been working ahead, you can look at the Gradebook to see just how many available points you can still earn in these last weeks of class.

Storybook Stack. As usual on Tuesday, I am making my way through the big stack of Storybooks turned in over the weekend. If you turned something in on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Overview of Week 12 and Week 13 Internet assignments. (repeat announcement) For the Week 12 Internet assignment, you will be commenting on other people's Storybooks. Then, for the Week 13 assignment (available a week from Tuesday, on April 20), you will be voting on your favorite Storybooks for the semester. After you turn in your nominations, I'll set up a ballot so everybody can vote for the best Storybooks - it's not for a grade or anything, it's just for fun, and it gives the folks who have done really excellent work on their Storybooks a chance to get some well deserved recognition.

April 13: Seamus Heaney. Today is the birthday of the Irish writer Seamus Heaney, one of the world's great poets and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Happy Birthday, Seamus Heaney! Some of you might be especially interested in the fact that he has done a version of the Beowulf poem in modern English. He has also written a play, A Cure at Troy, based on the ancient Greek tragedy Philoctetes by Sophocles. I am especially fond of his adaptation of the Laments of Jan Kochanowksi, a Renaissance Polish poet. You can read about Seamus Heaney's life and career in this Wikipedia article.