Course Requirements

This direction of this seminar and what you get out of it will largely be determined by your preparation and commitment. The particular assignments will include the following:

Class Facilitation: Each of you will be asked to lead the class at one meeting; you will begin the class with a brief, polished presentation of about 15 minutes, and then guide our discussion of that week's reading. Your presentation and facilitation can take any direction or format that interests you; feel free to discuss your plan with me before your chosen date. (20%)

Annotated Bibliography: Together, we will compile over the course of the semester a large annotated bibliography listing and describing research resources in the field. Your contribution to this bibliography may be made at any point during the semester, and should consist of a minimum of ten (10) entries. These entries may be article- or book-length resources. Please use MLA citation format for the entry itself, and please annotate each entry with a concise paragraph describing the text's argument and its potential usefulness. As this is a communal project, we want to avoid duplication, so those who contribute early may have an advantage. The bibliography-in-progress will be housed in the Pomona English department library, and will include a sign-up sheet on which you can announce your intent to write on particular texts. Please use this assignment as a means to begin the research for your term paper. All entries must be complete and turned in before Thanksgiving. At the end of the semester, I will compile the bibliography and distribute copies to each of you, for future reference. (20%)

Term Paper: The bulk of your written work over the course of the semester will be aimed at producing a 15-20 page publishable-quality article on the televisual topic of your choice. This article should make a focused, engaging argument about the subject it takes on. You may use any methodology that appeals to you -- such as textual analysis, audience ethnography, archival research -- or any combination of methodologies, provided your argument warrants that approach. Early in the semester, I will ask you to turn in a detailed proposal (250-500 words) outlining your proposed argument and area of interest. You will not be tied to this proposal; you will, in fact, be encouraged to revise and resubmit it as your ideas change. Shortly before the paper is due, you will exchange papers with a partner for a peer review. Feel free to come discuss your work with me at any stage. (50%)

Attendance and Participation: The standard. Show up, and show up prepared. (10%)