Existential Literature

Welcome to Existential Literature. Broadly, this course, its literature, and you will explore the human condition, but more specifically we will study existentialism not as a Philosophy but as a “timeless sensibility" (Kaufmann) preoccupied with universal characteristics of the human condition, such as suffering, death, anguish, dread, despair, guilt, responsibility, and authenticity.

Turnitin.com Info


Hope you are all well. Be sure to upload your PBA (for Poetry Seminar students that means your entire Poet Study) to Turnitin.com. You must upload either before or shortly after your presentation. Do not wait until the day after your presentation to upload. Below is the info per class:

English 10B

Class ID: 15548390
Code: english10b

English 10H

Class ID: 15548395
Code: english10h

Existential Lit

Class ID: 15548411
Code: english12c

Poetry Seminar

Class ID: 15548414
Code: english12d

Due 6/15: PBA Presentation Expectations


1. PBA–Independent Research Paper (You must include a bibliography)

Due the day of your presentation:

  • Index cards or notes showing that you have prepared for your opening 2 minute presentation.
  • Copy of your essay for YOU to refer to during the presentation.
  • Your partner’s essay with your notes/questions written on the essay.

Failure to have any of the above means you are not prepared for your presentation.

Expectations for your presentation:

The meeting will last for 30 minutes (10 min per student). The first 2 minutes belong to you. TAKE ME BEHIND THE SCENES OF YOUR ESSAY.

While it is interesting to hear you discuss your thesis and your development of the argument, I am more interested in the thought process behind the essay.  So organize your presentation in this fashion:

* Open with your thesis.

* Then, a little flashback.  Take us through the thought process that led to that argument.  Why did you choose those sources?  How do they help in the development of your argument? Why that argument? What were some of the challenges along the way?  Etc.  All throughout, I expect you to demonstrate great control of the material. (most of the time should be spent here) I am particularly interested in hearing your thoughts on your sources. While you should prepare your notes/note cards for the meeting, I don’t want you reading to me. The notes/note cards are there to show me that you have prepared for the meeting and they are there as a last resort reminder.

* During the remaining time, I and your second assessor will ask you a series of questions. All second assessors are expected to lead the discussion. During this time we might:

  • Challenge an assertion
  • Explore your knowledge/understanding of source material
  • Question your use of evidence. Ask questions if you don’t understand how the evidence is being used.
  • Ask that you clarify a point
  • Ask questions about the development of your thesis
  • Present counter arguments
  • Ask questions about your source material
  • Ask questions that give you an opportunity to demonstrate greater depth of control.

Due 6/12: PBA Final Draft

1. PBA–Final Draft due! 5-7 pages analysis of Steppenwolf or Nausea.

  • Remember, you  must bring in two copies of your final draft (one for me and one for your partner).
  • Also, you are expected to bring in your edited first draft.
  • Be sure to include a works cited page with your essay.
  • Be sure you have included at least three sources.
  • PBA Guidelines

Due 6/1: Insight Paper

1. Insight Papers are due tomorrow! Remember, 2-4 pages, single-spaced.

Due 5/30: Steppenwolf

1. Steppenwolf–Complete the novel. There will be a concluding quiz.

2. PBA Due Dates:

Insight Paper:
Due 6/1

Independent Research Paper:
First Draft due 6/5
Final Draft due 6/9