This term, we’ll be exploring the vibrant, modern world of the 18th century through one of its most characteristic of forms: the novel.  Our class blog will be a place for our meditations and musings on the reading we’re doing over the course of the next months, using it to record thoughts and details that will inform our class discussions and our writing projects. It is also a place for us to share our ideas with each other and, hopefully, the world around us! I encourage you to embed images that you find interesting, add tags to help organize and describe your posts, and explore the potential of the blog as a public form of journaling.

In each of your posts this term–you’ll be doing weekly posts–you can write about anything that interests you about the material we’re reading. However, your thoughts must be coherently shaped into written form, meaning you should check your spelling, go back and revise, and stay focused on your main topic. Be sure to include details from the readings (with page numbers, so we can go back and find them later!) to help you clarify your thoughts to others. From time to time, I may ask that you meditate on a specific question or prompt. Each post should be approximately 400-500 words in length. These posts will be due by Tuesday, so that they can function as aids to time management as well as preparation for discussion.

I will also ask that you reply to at least one peer post each week, by class time. These replies are of no specific length, but they should be thoughtful and they should add something to the conversation.

Have fun, and remember to ask questions when you have them!