December 19, 2008

American Literature II (Spring 2009)

  • Conarroe , ed. Eight American Poets 0679776435
  • Ellilsion, Invisible Man 0679732764
  • Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 0743273567
  • Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor 006000942X
  • Miller, Resurrection Blues 0143035487
  • Niffenegger , The Time Traveler’s Wife 015602943X
  • Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath 0140186409
  • Treadwell, Machinal 1854592114
  • Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth 0060088931
Also required: Keys for Writers, SF Writer, or any other college composition handbook that explains the format for writing an MLA-style research paper.

Below are links to where you may purchase the required books on Amazon (though you may purchase them from any source.)

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Literary Criticism (Spring 2009)

\Required Main Texts (4):

We will also see SHU's production of Life is a Dream (The assigned text has Spanish original, along with a translation, but you don't need to be able to read Spanish.)

Required Reference Text
(Either one is fine. The MLA Style Manual is brand new, but if you already have Gibaldi's 2003 MLA Handbook, or if you can find an inexpensive used copy, it should suffice for this course.)

July 27, 2008

EL405 Required Text

Required Text for New Media Projects (Fall 2008)

Also Required:

A portable USB drive (capable of holding at least 1G). Any model is fine; here is a suggestion.

EL236 Texts

Required purchases for "Writing for the Internet," Fall 2008.

EL200 Texts

Required Texts for Media Lab (Fall 2008)

(You may use an older version of the AP Stylebook if you already own it.)

December 23, 2007

Media Lab (EL200, Spring 2008)

Topics in Media and Culture (EL 336, Spring 2008)

History and Future of the Book

Introduction to Literary Study (EL150, 2008) Book List

December 6, 2007

Video Game Culture and Theory 2008 -- Reading List

You do not need to purchase your books through, but if you wish to, these links will help.

August 9, 2007

EL 200: Media Lab (Fall 2007)

Required books

August 6, 2007

EL 237: Writing about Literature Texts

If you already own a different edition of an assigned text, I won't insist that you buy these specific editions (though it will be awkward if we all have different page numbers).

Optional Purchase (we won't screen the movie Citzen Kane in class, but it is an assigned text)

July 20, 2007

''EL 227: News Writing'' Texts (Fall, 2007)

Optional Purchase (full text is available online)

January 23, 2007

Seton Hill Weblog Tutorials

If you are new to the SHU blogosphere, you should start with Tutorial 1.

If you already know the basics of blogging, Tutorial 2 introduces the concepts of Trackbacks (two-way links, which will help you keep track of the work your classmates are doing, and also how I am asking you to post your Agenda Item homework assignments).

Additional blogging instructions are available on the New Media Journalism website, as are tips on how to personalize your MovableType blog.

January 2, 2007

Book List for Jerz's Classes, Spring 2007

Students do not need to purchase their books through this page -- you are welcome to buy them from anywhere. These links are for your convenience.

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August 31, 2006

Fall 2006 Courses

LA 100: Basic Composition
EL 200: Media Lab
EL 236: Writing for the Internet
EL 405: New Media Projects

July 7, 2006

Troy Sterling and the Active and Passive Verbs (Flash)


My first Flash animation. It's just an export of a slide show that I created in Open Office, but I hope it's more amusing than my more traditional online guide to Active and Passive Verbs.

July 1, 2006

Textbooks: Fall 2006 Courses

On this page, you'll find links to the pages for the texbooks I'm using this fall. You don't need to purchase them through these links -- you may buy them at the Seton Hill bookstore or elsewhere online.

If you're new to Seton Hill or to me as a teacher, I invite you to visit the Seton Hill community weblog portal, All members of the Seton Hill community may receive a free SHU blog there.

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