Work / Assessment
"Tintern Abbey" website production: A work in progress
Aim: to produce some writing each week that may be placed on the web site. Examples of:
- annotation of a line or two of the poem
- provision of some historical background (British politics; Wordsworth's biography, etc.)
- comparison of "Tintern" to other texts (loco-descriptive / picturesque / other Wordsworth / later writers, etc.)
- critical abstract of journal article, chapter
- online edition of a related poem or other text
- illustrated interpretation of Wordsworth's French Revolution
- short history of the picturesque
- discussion of psychology / philosophy / metaphysics of "Tintern"
- Wordsworth and the sciences of "nature"
Possible working method:
- Singly or in pairs: agree topic, divide up reading, exchange ideas by meeting or emailing during week; one student agree to produce web-formatted text or Powerpoint slides.
- Documents presented informally during next class; after class modify in light of discussion; pass documents to DSM for course site (I may edit slightly); meanwhile pursue further issues / switch topic.
- Students to announce rough area of topic each week, to avoid duplication of work.
- Size of document: equivalent to 1/2 to 2-3 pages, depending on contents, aim, kind of discussion envisaged (e.g., could be materials for class seminar).
- Pairs (if paired) to reform after three or four weeks. We evaluate effectiveness or otherwise of this method.
- Revisions later during term are in order, either by original authors or by others; as are incorporation of links to additional pages.
- By end of term: each student to nominate 3-4 of documents they worked on, write explanatory comment of around 1000 words, submit for final grade in course. Comment: include substantive learning achieved (thesis, argument, etc.), plus evaluation of methods of self/course as a whole.
- Assumptions about grades (discuss).
- Documents signed?
Example web sites out there (although none is close to how our project might work out):
- Victorian Web
- A Dictionary of Sensibility
- "Frost at Midnight": study guide (Miall)
- Pride and Prejudice: Hypertext edition of Austen novel
- The Electronic Labyrinth
- E-Literacies (hypertext essay by Nancy Kaplan)
Design. Build around poem? Around the most salient topics? How hierarchical? Web formats: tables; frames; hypertext?
return to Tintern course
Document prepared September 9th 2001 / revised August 20th 2007