[Milton-L] query

Schwartz, Louis lschwart at richmond.edu
Tue Aug 29 12:03:47 EDT 2006

I always begin with the early poems, but I also always schedule a
marathon overnight reading of Paradise Lost the weekend before we begin
to deal with it in class.  I then expect my students to reread it in
section as we move through the text over the following five or six





Louis Schwartz

Associate Professor of English

University of Richmond

Richmond, VA  23173

(804) 289-8315

lschwart at richmond.edu





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[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Judith Herz
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Subject: [Milton-L] query


Pedagogical question:

I'm thinking of trying something I've never done before in a semester
Milton course.  On the assumption that it's nearly impossible to read
Paradise Lost without already having read it, I thought I'd require that
they read quickly through the poem during the first month while we're
doing the early poetry and some prose and then a day or so after we
actually begin PL, I would give a quiz worth 15% to assure that they in
fact have done this.

I would very much like to hear any comments,  pros and/or cons about
this possibility.

This, by the way, would be in addition to the course requirements of a
weekly Reading Notebook (5-600 words, collected 3 times over the
semester) in which they respond to study questions, class discussions,
etc., and a term paper and final exam.


thanks in advance




Judith Scherer Herz
Department of English
Concordia University
1455 deMaisonneuve Blvd., West
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1M8


514-848-2424 (ext. 2360)
jherz at alcor.concordia.ca

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