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FINAL GRADES

Hello All,

It is now almost 10:00 PM on Thursday 5/25 and I am NOT accepting any more coursework.

I CANNOT EMAIL FINAL CLASS GRADES.

You need to login to CUNYFirst to check your final grade (for this and all your classes).

I expect our class grades will show up in CUNYFirst by this weekend.

Important: If you see an INC (Incomplete) for your class grade and we have not previously talked about it, you need to get in touch with me ASAP.  That means you failed to turn in one or more major class assignments.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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FINAL DEADLINE – TOMORROW, THURS. 5/25 AT 7:00 PM!

Hello All,

This is a LAST reminder that the revision of the mini-research paper AND any other missing work for our class is due TOMORROW, THURSDAY 5/25, BY 7:00 PM IN MY OFFICE OR MAILBOX!

The English department is in room N751 in the main building, which is just past the first set of elevators and the restrooms on the right-hand side.  My mailbox is one of the large ones on the right-hand wall as you walk in.  It has my name on it (Jaime Weida) and the mailboxes are alphabetical by last name.

If you walk into the English department past the secretaries’ desks, you will see a hallway on your left.  My office is room N751M, halfway down on the left-hand side.  My name is on the door.

I will be in my office from 4:15ish – 7:00 tomorrow.

YOU MUST PUT FINAL WORK IN MY MAILBOX OR GIVE IT TO ME IN PERSON.  NO EMAILS!!!!!!!  I CANNOT ACCEPT ANY ASSIGNMENTS PAST 7:00 PM TOMORROW!

CLICK HERE for the post with final research paper information.

CLICK HERE for the post that lists all our assignments for the entire semester.

Good Luck,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Important End-of-Semester Things

Hello All,

As you all know, today Wednesday 5/17 was our LAST DAY OF CLASS.  We do not meet again this semester!  😦

While you do not have to come to our class anymore, you may still owe me some coursework.  Please don’t forget:

On Thursday 3/25

I GAVE you the “end of semester report” letting you know what, if any, work you are missing.  If you have lost the report or don’t remember it, EMAIL ME and I will let you know.

I will be in my office this Friday and for a few days next week.  If you are turning in work, you may leave it in my mailbox in the English department or give it to me in person in my office when I am there.  (Please be aware that the English department is open 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.  On any of the days when I am there later than that, I will leave the front door open.)

DO NOT EMAIL ANY FINAL ASSIGNMENTS, TAPE THEM TO ANY WALLS, OR SLIDE THEM UNDER OFFICE DOORS!

The English department is room N751 in the main building on Chambers Street.  Take the escalators or the elevator up to the 7th floor.  The English department is on the right-hand side, just past the first bank of elevators, the restrooms, and the water fountains.  My mailbox is one of the larger ones on the right-hand side as you walk into the department.  It has my name on it (Jaime Weida).

If you walk past the mailboxes and the office assistants’ desks and take a left down the hallway in the English department, you will find my office (N751M) on the left-hand side about halfway down.

If you are having trouble finding my mailbox or office, ask one of the department office assistants to help you.

Below is my availability during the final exam period:

Friday 5/19:

  • In my office (N751M) from about 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday 5/23:

  • In my office (N751M) from about 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Wednesday 5/24:

  • In my office (N751M) from about 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Thursday 5/25:

  • In my office (N751M) from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • LAST DAY AND TIME TO HAND IN THE FINAL RESEARCH PAPER AND ANY MISSING WORK!

You all are also welcome to email me with any questions.

Good luck with the rest of your classes,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Assignments/Due Dates for the End of the Semester

Hello All,

I can’t believe we are almost done with our class!  😦   I want to remind you of important upcoming assignments and due dates.

Wednesday 5/17:

  • LAST DAY OF CLASS! (and pizza party!)  🙂
  • EXTRA-CREDIT IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS – PLEASE SIGN UP IN CLASS OR EMAIL ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT.
    • You would basically be me for about 5 minutes or so and teach the class
    • You would have to talk to your fellow students about something relating to Queer literature that we did NOT discuss this semester
    • You are free to use the computer, overhead projector, and chalkboard if you want
  • HOMEWORK DUE
    • Write your OWN work of Queer literature!  🙂
    • This may be a story, poem, play, song, essay, spoken word piece, comic, etc.  Be creative!
    • One thing you might choose to do is to “Queer” a faery-tale, like Kiernan does to “The Little Mermaid” with “Tears Seven Times Salt.”  For example:
      • What if a princess, not a prince, came to rescue and awaken Sleeping Beauty?
      • What if Cinderella didn’t want to marry a prince, but rather was interested in her Faery Godmother?
      • What if in “Snow White,” the prince went off with the dwarves instead?
      • Etc…basically, re-write a faery-tale to change the hetero-normative narrative it represents.

Thursday 5/25:

  • FINAL PAPER DUE BY 7:00 PM IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT (N751) – CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS
  • Extra credit due
    • Visit the Stonewall Inn.  Please note that if you are under 21, you should be able to get in just to look around if you go before 6 PM and you ask nicely (tell them that you are doing an assignment for your college Queer Literature class).
    • CLICK HERE for directions to the Stonewall.
    • Look around, keeping the history of the building in mind.  If you feel comfortable doing so, you could even talk to some of the staff and customers.
    • WRITE AT LEAST ONE FULL PAGE about your thoughts, impressions, and comments regarding the Stonewall and your visit there.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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All Assignments Up to This Point…

Hello All,

During class on Wednesday, I handed out “end of semester reports” that let you know exactly what you are missing in terms of coursework up to this point.  (Please note, as I said in class, that any in-class writing and/or group work cannot be made up so it did not appear on the report.  This is stated on the class syllabus.)

However, below are the assignments you CAN make up if you are missing.  Be aware that you will NOT receive full credit for anything turned in so late in the semester.  However, you will get SOME credit.  If you simply do not do an assignment, your grade on that assignment will be an F.  If you complete it by the final paper deadline (Thursday 5/25 at 7 PM), you will get something at least a little better than an F.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Homework 1:
    • Please answer the following questions:
      • Why did you sign up for this class?
      • What does the word “Queer” mean to you?
      • What pronouns would you like me to use to refer to you?
  • Homework 2:
    • Write at LEAST ONE FULL PAGE discussing your thoughts about and reaction to the Oscar Wilde documentary we watched in class
    • This assignment may be typed or hand-written

Here is the documentary:

  • Homework 3:
    • This assignment involves creative writing.
    • Pretend YOU were present at the Stonewall Uprising.  It is completely up to you how you want to imagine you were there – you can be one of the people attending the club, an onlooker who saw what happened, or even a police officer if you want.  Use your imagination!
    • Write AT LEAST ONE FULL PAGE discussing your observations of the event, what you thought, and how you responded.  For example:
      • If you were someone attending the club that night, did you fight back against the officers arresting people, or did you try to get away?  Why?
      • If you were someone watching what was happening from the outside, how did you react?  Did you join the uprising?  How did you feel about what was going on?
      • If you were a police officer, did you willingly join in the raid on Stonewall?  Did you willingly arrest people?  Did you maybe join the uprising?
      • These are only a FEW possibilities – use your imagination!  🙂
    • Be as creative and descriptive as you can.  Make sure to establish who you “are” and how you came to observe the uprising.
    • It might help to write this in letter or journal format.  For example:
      • I can’t believe what happened last night.  I was out at the Stonewall Inn like always.  I know it’s kind of grimy, but there are so few places in the city where I can dance with other men and hold their hands and maybe even kiss without fearing for my life.  I hate that I have to keep my identity secret all the rest of the time, which is why I keep going back to the Stonewall.  We get raided by the NYPD often; it’s something we’ve come to expect.  But last night was different…
      • Dear Maria, I know I haven’t written you in a long time but something really important just happened.  I think this might mean real change in this country; we are starting to fight back!  You know I don’t blame you for moving away.  I miss you every day but I understand that your family is important to you and they couldn’t stand that you were with another woman.  I’ll admit that I’ve often gone to the Stonewall Inn since you left and sometimes hooked up with women; I’ve been lonely without you.  I was headed there late at night a few days ago.  I saw police cars and crowds of people and heard sirens.  You won’t believe what I’m about to tell you!…
      • I was on my way home last night after a late-night shift.  My route home takes me by the Stonewall Inn.  I’m not gay, but I have never had a problem with the fact that the Stonewall is a gay club.  I think it’s not fair that gay people in NYC still have to hide who they are.  I was exhausted and half-asleep on the walk home, but I woke up in a hurry when I saw what was going on at the Stonewall Inn…
      • This is my letter of resignation.  I have worked for the NYPD for twenty years and have received several commendations and helped bust one of the biggest drug dealers in the city.  However, I can not continue to work for the NYPD.  I vowed to “protect and serve” the people of New York City.  The raid on the Stonewall Inn last week, in which I was ordered to take part, did not protect or serve anyone.  Instead, it targeted the citizens of our great city who are in the most need of protection…
    •    Be creative and use your imagination!  This is meant to be a fun assignment.
  • Homework 4:
    • Write your OWN work of Queer literature!  🙂
    • This may be a story, poem, play, song, essay, spoken word piece, comic, etc.  Be creative!
    • One thing you might choose to do is to “Queer” a faery-tale, like Kiernan does to “The Little Mermaid” with “Tears Seven Times Salt.”  For example:
      • What if a princess, not a prince, came to rescue and awaken Sleeping Beauty?
      • What if Cinderella didn’t want to marry a prince, but rather was interested in her Faery Godmother?
      • What if in “Snow White,” the prince went off with the dwarves instead?
      • Etc…basically, re-write a faery-tale to change the hetero-normative narrative it represents.

MIDTERM/MINI-RESEARCH PAPER

Please remember:

  • HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ARE WORTH 20% OF YOUR FINAL CLASS GRADE
  • THE MIDTERM/MINI-RESEARCH PAPER IS WORTH 30% OF YOUR FINAL CLASS GRADE

Good Luck,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Resources for Final Research Paper

Hello All,

Please do not forget that OUR FINAL RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE BY 7 PM ON THURSDAY, 5/25, IN MY OFFICE OR MAILBOX IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT!  (N751 in the main building)

Hope this is helpful,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Online Resources for Billy Martin and Caitlin R. Kiernan

Hello All,

I have shown you a lot of online resources for the Queer writers Billy Martin (formerly Poppy Z. Brite) and Caitlin R. Kiernan.  Remember that I said in the case that an author is still living, their blog, interviews, and/or social media websites WOULD be acceptable as an outside source for your final research paper.

Click the picture below for Billy Martin’s official website:

 

(His etsy store has been taken down; I just found that out last night when I tried to check on a piece of art I’ve been watching.  I don’t know why – I’m going to send him an email to ask if everything is okay with him and Grey.)

Click the image below for Caitlin R. Kiernan’s official website:

Click this image for her LiveJournal; remember I said she writes in it frequently and often discusses her published writing:

And, finally, click the image below for the link to her Wikipedia page.  THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY TIME I WILL EVER SAY THAT IT IS OKAY FOR YOU TO USE WIKIPEDIA AS A RESEARCH SOURCE!!!!  😛  The ONLY reason I am saying it is okay in this case is because (as I said in class) Kiernan and her partner, as well as some of her fans, wrote the page.  In her LiveJournal Kiernan said she approves of the content of this page.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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