FS 1963: Magazines, Media, Modernism

Meetings: T, R 9:30-10:45, Zink 354

Instructor: Prof. Drouin

Office Hours: T, R 12:30-1:30, Zink 319


This course will introduce students to the wild world of avant-garde periodicals and ideas about textual media. A range of writing projects involving everything from rare material in the Special Collections archive to digital artifacts will put students in touch with the pulse of creativity that defines the Twentieth Century and today. Above and beyond the material, we will think critically about the ethics of archives, representation, and inclusion in the digital age. Much of our work will center on the Modernist Journals Project (http://modjourn.org) with potential for internships after the course is completed. Students can expect to write various kinds of essays, develop a final research project, and give a short oral presentation.


Students will also participate in the Writing Studio (FS 1900), a weekly hour of supplemental writing instruction organized by the Writing Program. These will be conducted by our Writing Fellow, Dylan Chilcoat.



Significant Dates


8/23 – First day of classes

8/31 – Last day to add a class

9/6 – Labor Day

9/10 – Last day to withdraw without penalty

9/10 – Last day to sign up to audit a class

11/12 – No withdrawals after this date

11/12 – Last day to declare Pass/Fail with Center for Academic Advising

11/22-26 – Thanksgiving Break

12/6 – Last day of classes

12/7-8 – Reading Days

12/9-15 – Final Exams

12/21 – Grades due at noon




Required Texts


  • James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Norton Critical Edition (available at Campus Bookstore or online). ISBN: 9780393926798


  • Student Guide to the Writing Program at TU (8th ed.) (Top Hat, online)
    ISBN: 978-1-64485-337-5





Final Project                            35%

Short Writing Projects             30%

Blog Posts                               20%

Participation                           15%



Course Blog


Blog posts are due at http://modernist-magazines.org (not Harvey) the night before class so that the instructor may incorporate them into the in-class conversation. A major aspect of this course is to develop yourself as a writer. To that end, the blog assignments provide an opportunity for you to help each other as a community of writers, as well as to hone your skills in processing readings, identifying areas of interest for class discussion, practicing analytic writing, and generating material for use in papers. When possible, make the most of the digital medium by embedding images or multimedia, or linking to relevant resources on the web. This is process-oriented writing, so informality is fine so long as you make specific interpretive claims or raise incisive questions – always follow through – and always quote from the text.


Each blog assignment requires you to write a post that is 1-2 paragraphs in length and to comment on at least one other post from your peers. In order to ensure that everyone receives feedback, respondents and moderators must reply to a post that does not yet have commentary.


Posts will be given a grade on an ascending scale between 1 and 3, depending on the level of analytic engagement. That means you should use these small exercises as practice writing for the larger assignments. Make the most of them!


Grading Criteria


3 – Shows lively analytic engagement with the material; raises interesting topics or questions; makes use of quotation or other discussion of evidence; is appropriately tagged with subject terms, authors, and other key information.


2 – Demonstrates interest and analytic engagement, but stops short or is not tagged thoroughly.


1 – Makes little or no attempt to move beyond description or observation; makes obvious or vague statements without follow-through; is not tagged properly.





Since this is not a lecture course, students are expected to participate in class discussion every day by preparing all assigned material, sharing commentary, and asking questions. Of course, completing the readings and taking notes on them are key to making yourself a vital presence in the group. Being an active discussant is a critical way to improve and expand your understanding of the readings. Discussion is also an excellent way to develop communication skills for other academic areas as well as potential careers. As with anything in life, you’ll get out of it what you put into it.




This is a discussion-oriented course, which means that regular, punctual attendance and participation are critical, both in person and online. Three or more unexcused absences (in-person or virtually) will put you in jeopardy of failing the course. Two late arrivals will count as an absence.


While attendance is a vital part of participation, we do need to remain flexible in light of the fluid Covid situation. If you have been exposed or have any symptoms that align with Covid, however mild, please stay home and notify the instructor for an excused absence. If that happens, be sure to wear a mask indoors and get tested as soon as possible.


Classroom Hygiene


Wearing a face mask or face covering is required in all TU buildings, including during in-person classes, in-person labs, and all other gatherings. The requirement to wear a face mask or face covering in TU buildings is reflected in the Student Code of Conduct. If you come to class without a face mask or face covering, you will be asked to leave class and return with a face mask or face covering. All students will be provided with an initial supply of reusable masks and there will also be a supply of disposable masks for students’ use in designated pick-up locations across campus while supplies last. If you refuse to wear a face mask or face covering during an in-person class or other event on-campus, you will not be permitted to enter or stay in the class and may be referred to the Dean of Students who will address this as a disciplinary issue. 


The University is committed to safety. In the majority of situations, people who cannot wear a face mask or face covering because of a disability/medical condition should make plans for remote access. Any person who believes they have a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or face covering as required, and believes they need physical access on campus, must apply for a disability accommodation. The University will review such requests and make determinations about any reasonable accommodations. Please reach out to request disability accommodations to studentaccess@utulsa.edu or 918-631-2315.


Plans for Remote Learning


Given the current global pandemic, it is possible that TU may quickly pivot to remote learning for most coursework or that our class may need to do so on a temporary basis now and then.  In the event that this occurs, you will be notified via e-mail through your TU e-mail address.  For this class, our normal meeting times on Tuesdays and Thursdays will become synchronous video chat sessions on Zoom; the same attendance policy will apply (see above). All readings and asynchronous assignments will remain in place.


Academic Misconduct


Cheating or plagiarism will result in automatic failure of the assignment with no opportunities for a make-up, no exceptions. Policy requires that all plagiarism and misconduct be reported to the Dean of the Arts & Sciences College. Serious cases may result in failure of the course and punitive action from the Dean. The reason we take plagiarism and cheating so seriously is that it prevents you from developing the knowledge and skills you’ll need for your own development and for your chosen profession afterward – which together are the whole point of being here. Would you want to take medicine prescribed by a doctor who cheated through Organic Chemistry?


Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s language or ideas as if they are your own, without proper acknowledgment of the source. It can include everything from paraphrasing a source without citation to wholesale copying of a phrase, sentence, paragraph, or more. If ever in doubt, or if you are having trouble with an assignment, contact the instructor to talk it over before it is due in order to avoid this serious problem. It is far better to come to an arrangement with the instructor and turn in an assignment late (with no penalty) than to risk a failing grade.


The College's policy on academic misconduct and definition of plagiarism, among other practices, can be found here:







Learning Objectives


  1. Recognize ethical dilemmas related to human and cultural diversity, and determine how best to respond to them. 
  2. Demonstrate the values and conventions of academic and professional writing
    1. Document sources, use appropriate and consistent voice, format according to discipline-specific standards
  3. Apply a process-based approach to achieve successful written communication
    1. Brainstorm, research, draft, peer review, reflect, share/publish
  4. Assess writing situations to read, analyze, and compose texts appropriate for various purposes, audiences, and genres
    1. Analyze, evaluate, integrate, synthesize
  5. Gain proficiency in methods for reading thematic, formal, and material aspects of modern periodicals.


Student Success


All students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with and take advantage of services provided by The Student Success Team, including Student Access, Student Success Coaching, and tutoring. To request a student success coach to improve study skills, email successcoaches@utulsa.edu. To request a tutor, email tutoring@utulsa.edu.


Student Access (Tutoring, Accommodations, Etc.)


​Students who have or believe they may have a disability and would like to set up accommodations should contact Student Access within the Student Success Team to discuss their needs and facilitate their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws. Student Access provides private consultations to any student. Contact Student Access staff by email at studentaccess@utulsa.edu or by phone at 918-631-2315. The online application for accommodations may be obtained here​. Student Access staff will assist students in the implementation of approved accommodations. Students who qualify for accommodations should meet with the instructor privately (during office hours or by appointment) as soon as possible to arrange for their needs and obtain support for the class.


Writing Center & FS1900


Our Writing Fellow, Dylan Chilcoat, will lead an online writing workshop each Wednesday that is geared toward the particular of mode of composition we are focusing on that week. Dylan can also help you connect with the Writing Center for any other instruction you might want.


Students are welcome to seek individualized writing instruction at the Writing Center, though the instructor might request students to go for work on particular skills. The Helen N. Wallace Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance with writing projects to all University of Tulsa students. Students may bring in assignments from any class as well as personal writing projects like résumés.


Writing Consultants can help students at any stage of writing: formulating ideas, developing and organizing a draft, editing a near final version or anything in between. During a session, a writing consultant will help students identify weaknesses in their writing and find ways to strengthen their rhetorical choice.


The Helen N. Wallace Writing Center is located in McFarlin Library, 3rd Floor.  To make an appointment, go to utulsa.mywconline.com or call 918-631-3131. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are most welcome. Hours vary by semester.


Know Your Title IX

Sexual misconduct is prohibited by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") and will not be tolerated within the TU community.  Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sex and gender-based discrimination, harassment, violence, and assault, as well as dating violence, domestic violence, interpersonal violence, stalking and sexual exploitation.  If you or someone you know has been harassed, assaulted, or stalked, or if you have questions about violence prevention resources available to you, please contact any of the following campus and community resources:


Title IX Coordinator 918-631-4602
Office of Violence Prevention 918-631-2324
TU Counseling and Psychological Services 918- 631-2241
Campus Security 918-631-5555
Domestic Violence Intervention Services 918-631-2965 or 918-743-5763
Tulsa Police Department 918-596-9222 or 911 (emergency situations)


For more information about your rights under Title IX, please visit our Policies and Laws page https://utulsa.edu/sexual-violence-prevention-education/policies-laws/​ on the TU website or contact the Title IX Coordinator.  Every student on our campus has the right to resources. Please come forward and ask questions, report, and help us eradicate sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence by stopping the silence surrounding it.​