The Observed Life: Gossip, Secrecy, and the Circulation of Social Knowledge



Welcome!

Dear Students,

Welcome to English 399W, the 2011-12 English Department’s Honors Seminar – The Observed Life: Gossip, Secrecy, and the Circulation of Social Knowledge!  Above you’ll find a digital replication of the syllabus that was handed out in class. Any changes to readings will be updated under “schedule.” The password for that page can be found on the hard copy of the syllabus that was handed out in class.

Your first reading assignment, and all subsequent reading assignments, are also listed under “Schedule.” In addition to the readings for our class, you need to set up your Qwriting blog. To set up your blog, please do the following:

Go to: http://qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/ Then click on Log In/ Sign Up. If you already have a Qwriting account, just log in and create a new blog for our class. If this is your first Qwriting account, you will need to create a new account using your Queens College email address. Once you have done so, follow the instructions to create a blog.

You will need to give your blog a unique URL address (our course blog’s URL is gossip.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu) and a title.

When you write posts on your blog, you do so through accessing the Dashboard. In the Dashboard you also have the option to change your blog’s appearance by clicking “Appearance” and changing the theme. Feel free to experiment with your space and make it your own. You will be spending a lot of time there this semester!

When your blog is set up, please email me with your blog’s URL so I can create a link to it from our course blog. If you’re having any difficulty setting up your blog, please let me know ASAP. It doesn’t take long to create a blog, so I recommend doing it well ahead of our next class, which will give you plenty of time to troubleshoot if issues come up.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the Labor Day weekend! I look forward to working with you this fall!

Andrea Walkden

 

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