Hi, and welcome to “Fictions of the Known World”!

This blog will serve as the virtual home for our seminar over the course of the next four months.  I hope you will enjoy your stay!

There are a number of things for you to do.  First, if you haven’t already done so, you should read through our syllabus and course schedule (use the links on the top of this page).  We’ll go over all of these on the first day of classes, but you’re probably still curious.

Next, you’ll need a WordPress user account in order to contribute to this blog (you can leave comments without one, but you won’t be able to put up posts of your own, which is a requirement).  To get one, go to www.wordpress.com and click on “Sign up Now.”  You may choose whatever user name you like and use any email address, but please keep in mind the following:

  • your classmates have to be able to identify you from your username.  “tom_p” or “nd_tom” are good choices, “nd_fan” is not.
  • at the same time, remember that this is a public blog and you never know who might be reading along.  Think about whether you want to use both your first and last name as a user ID.
  • user names cannot be obscene, malicious or give the impression that you are somebody who you are not.
  • you can’t change your user name over the course of the semester, so choose carefully!

Once you are signed up, log in to WordPress and click on “Edit My Profile.”  You can fill in as much or as little information as you want, but I do want you to click on the little “Gravatar” logo on the right-hand side of the screen.  This will allow you to add a picture to your profile, to make it easier for other students to identify your posts.  You may choose whatever image you want (it does not have to be a picture of you), but again – keep in mind all the points that I raised above about User IDs!

Once you have done all this, you’ll need to send me an e-mail and let me know which e-mail address you used to sign up for your account.  I will then add you to our blog as a contributor.  And that’s it!

Have fun, and I’ll see on Tuesday, August 24, at 3:30 pm in De Bartolo 330!

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