English 430: Literature & the Visual Arts

December 2, 2009

Office hours to the end of the semester

Filed under: About the course,Scheduling — charleshatfield @ 8:28 am

Following are days and times when you can be sure to find me in my CSUN office, Sierra Tower 735:

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Thursday, Dec. 3, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Thursday, Dec. 10, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Monday, Dec. 14, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; 1:30 to 7:30 pm

Please make note of these days and times. I may be available alternate times as well, by appointment, but these would have be worked out with me in advance via phone or email.

Graduate students may schedule their final consultations with me on any of the above days, or on Wednesday, Dec. 16, or Thursday, Dec. 17.

As a reminder, your handmade books will be due in class on the day of our last meeting, Thursday the 10th from 5:15 to 7:15 pm. Don’t forget to visit me next semester so that you can retrieve them! Also, no new readings or blog postings are required from this point forward.

November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

Filed under: About the course,Scheduling — charleshatfield @ 11:59 am

Prof. Hatfield here, wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving week. Of course we’re accelerating toward the end of the semester, with lots of work yet to do, so the break will be good for us all.

As a reminder, I’m taking a furlough day on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and therefore will not be holding my usual office hours on that day. I had hoped to hold office hours today, Monday, Nov. 23, but I’ve come down with what I hope is only a cold, so I’ve decided that I had better stay home. This means, unfortunately, that I will hold no office hours this week.

Do enjoy your break!

November 17, 2009

Getty Research Institute field trip

Filed under: About the course,Events of Interest,Scheduling — charleshatfield @ 8:46 pm

REMINDER: This Thursday, Nov. 19, we will be holding class at the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Our host for the day, Getty curator Marcia Reed, will be showing us artists’ books from the GRI’s collection. We’ll also be able to look at a very interesting manuscript illustration exhibit within the GRI titled Migrations of the Mind.

Getting there:

The GRI is part of the larger Getty Center, which, as you may know, is at the top of the Sepulveda pass (driving directions to the Getty can be found here, but it’s pretty straightforward: just take the 405 South from CSUN and get off at Getty Center Drive). Here’s what the Getty’s website says about the GRI:

A circular building to the west of the Central Garden houses the Getty Research Institute (GRI), used primarily by Getty scholars, staff, and visiting researchers. The circular library evokes the introspective nature of scholarly research, with book stacks and reading areas wrapping around a central courtyard. A ramp creates concentric paths, promoting interaction among the scholars and staff. A skylight pulls light through to the subterranean reading room. At the plaza level, a small exhibition gallery displays objects in the GRI’s collection for visitors.

Remember to get there around 3:30 so that you can take the tram up the hill in time to reach the GRI by 4:00. We’ll assemble in the GRI lobby just before 4:00. I suggest you take as few things with you as possible, so as to avoid possibly having to check large bags in the GRI lobby, etc. Don’t forget that the GRI prefers note-takers to use pencil, not pens, and to avoid spiral-bound notebooks.

When driving into the Getty, tell the parking attendants that you are from CSUN and give them the reservation number I sent to our class listserv. If you have not yet received that number, contact me right away at charles dot hatfield at csun dot edu.

PS. The first chapter of Johanna Drucker’s The Century of Artists’ Books can be found online here. I recommend checking it out before Thursday! (I hope to place two other chapters online via Electronic Reserve by week’s end.)

October 30, 2009

Scheduling update

Filed under: About the course,Assignments,Scheduling — charleshatfield @ 10:23 am

Thanks, everyone in class on October 29, for your patience as we worked to resolve technical and scheduling issues. Pursuant to our discussion that night, here are some important announcements regarding our schedule:

1. Reminder: On Nov. 5 we will meet at the Oviatt Library, Room 251 (2nd floor, east wing, in the Music & Media area). Please go straight there. Abstracts should be handed in to me by no later than that day.

2. Reminder: On Nov. 19, we are scheduled to hold class at the Getty Research Institute. I’ll be saying more about that in class on Nov. 5, and passing around a sign-up sheet so that we can confirm the number of people and cars going to GRI.

3. The first of our paper presentations will take place on Nov. 12. Two presenters are signed up for that day, and we can fit in more if you are interested and able. (Bear in mind that the requirement to present a paper in class is for our MA students only.)

4. The final due date for the critical papers remains Dec. 3, with the exception of those MA students slated to present on Dec. 10.

5. The due date for the handmade books will be Dec. 10 (the date of our final meeting).

6. Because our last few weeks are going to be crammed, I have decided, with regret, I not to require reading and discussion of Lynda Barry’s frankly wonderful book What It Is, which was originally scheduled to be our last book of the term. I believe we need more time to host paper presentations and finish the last remaining assignments. Of course I encourage you to read What It Is, and in fact I will be willing to extend extra credit to those who read it and post a thoughtful blog post in response.

These things have been duly noted in our online calendar.


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