Instructional Materials for Craig White's Literature Courses

"No Required Textbooks"

Some or all of this course's texts are digitalized for reading online or printing out.

For those who prefer a traditional bound textbook, many individual copies of novels are available in libraries or from booksellers.

The advantages of the online texts include:

  • They're free!--all texts displayed are out of copyright and so public domain.

  • Most if not all are edited, abridged, and annotated so that students can read assignments efficiently.

How students use:

Since most Literature students have grown up reading paper-texts, they print them out. (Discuss with each other the paper allowances in UHCL computer labs.)

Increasing numbers of students read online.

In exams, links to texts can enhance easy references to texts. Use "copy and paste" for quotations?

Instructor's rationale for providing online textbooks:

College textbooks exploit a captive audience--one of the worst distortions of capitalism.

To maximize profits, textbook publishers frequently alter editions, so that a text that is marked and ready for instruction is no longer usable.

For the praiseworthy purpose of greater inclusiveness, survey anthologies have become much larger and thereby more expensive and heavy to carry.


Online texts are easier to display and cross-reference, compared to "Everyone go to page 571, and then look at the intertextuality on page 1008."



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