Week In Class Homework1 Monday Establish your username, and explore the class webpageApril Syllabus, Green sheet, Buy Your books8-11 Website, Books, Read the introduction: pp. 3-22 Assignments, QHQ Post #1: QHQ introduction: For example, you might ask, “What does WWI have to do with American Literature?” or “Why are we discussing Science and Technology in a lit class?” Tuesday Read “Modernist Manifestos” pp. 335-350 Teams Post #2 QHQ from one of the sections/authors listed: Introduction 1914-1945 Ø Intro Ø Marinetti Ø Loy Wednesday Read “Modernist Manifestos” pp. 335-350 Modernist Manifestos Post #3 QHQ from one of the sections/authors listed: Ø Pound Ø Cather Ø Williams Ø Hughes Thursday Modernist Manifestos Read Trifles (1916) pp. 252-262 American Modernism Post # 4 In literature, a symbol is something that represents Author Introduction: something else, and is often used to communicate deeper levels of Susan Glaspell meaning. What is one important symbol in Trifles? How does Glaspell use it to propel the plot and convey deeper levels of meaning about her characters or themes?? Or QHQ Trifles Consider its articulation with one of the Manifestos, if you can. Begin My Antonia (1918) Book I Introduction Chapters 1-102 April Monday Read My Antonia (1918) Book I Chapters 11-1915-‐18 Lecture: Trifles Post #5: Answer one of the following prompts Historical Context and 1. QHQ CHAPTERS 1-19 Style 2. Discuss why Willa Cather chose a male narrator and why women dominate Discussion: 3. Explore the story or relationship of Pavel and Peter. QHQs, Themes, and 4. Compare and contrast the lives of Jim Burden and Antonia. Explain what d Symbols together and enabled them to become close friends. Author Introduction: 5. Compare and contrast the relationship between Antonia and Jim in Section Willa Cather 10) and Section 2 (Chapters 11-19)
Tuesday Read My Antonia (1918) Book II Chapters 1-8 My Antonia Post #6: Answer one of the following prompts Historical Context 1. Discuss the contrasts that are being developed between the characters in thi Book I 2. Discuss the importance of independent women in this section, and why Wil chosen to develop these characters here. 3. Discuss My Antonia in terms of one or more of the Manifestos 4. Write your own QHQ. Wednesday Read My Antonia (1918) Book II Chapters 9-15 and Book III My Antonia Chapters 1-4 Themes and Style Post #7: Answer one of the following prompts: Book II 1-8 1. Discuss the differences Jim sees between the country girls and the town girls. 2. Explain the importance of the dance pavilion to both Jim and Antonia. 3. Explain why Willa Cather has chosen to devote one of the books of her novel to Lena Lingard. 4. Discuss the importance of the narrator leaving Black Hawk for college life. 5. Write your own QHQ Thursday Read My Antonia (1918) and Book IV Chapters 1-3 and Book V My Antonia Chapters 1-3 Themes, Questions, QHQ Post #8: Answer one of the following prompts: Book II 9-15 1. Compare and contrast Tiny Soderball and Lena Lingard’s Books III success with money. 2. Discuss the reasons why Willa Cather chose to have Antonia return to the Shimerda farm as an unwed mother. 3. Explain Antonia’s choice of names for each of her children and how each of these names ties in to characters from her past. 4. . Discuss the differences between the Cuzak household and the Shimerda household from many years before. 5. Write your own QHQ3 Monday Read: Feminist Literary CriticismApril My Antonia Read: Mina Loy 295-‐96 22-‐25 Books IV and V “Parturition” 296-‐99 1914 The American Dream Post #9: Answer one of the following prompts: Author Introduction 1. QHQ on the Parturition; consider Loy’s Manifesto if you Mina Loy would like. 2. QHQ on Feminist Literary Criticism 3. Discuss the American Dream in term of Texts we have discussed this far. Tuesday Read New Criticism Mina Loy “Parturition” Read: Pound “In a Station of the Metro.” Feminist Literary Criticism Post #10 Write a paragraph about how you might apply feminist Author Introduction: theory to Trifles, My Antonia, or “Parturition.” Ezra Pound: make it new! Post #11: QHQ on New Criticism or on “In a Station of the Metro” Or discuss your thoughts on imagism
Wednesday Read: William Carlos Williams “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and New Criticism “To Elsie” Paraphrasing Poetry Post #12 QHQ on any one of the poems for today’s reading. “In a Station of the Metro.” Or paraphrase “The Red Wheelbarrow or 6-9 lines from “To Elsie.” Try to Author Introduction: do a section no one else has done. William Carlos Williams Thursday Read: Wallace Stevens Imagist Poetry “The Snow Man” 283 1923 “The Red Wheelbarrow” “The Emperor of Ice Cream” 284 1923 “To Elsie” Post #13: Paraphrase either poem. Be original! Author Introduction: Or discuss the modernist aspects of one or both of these poems. Wallace Stevens Or do a brief “new critical” reading of one poem.4 Monday Study for the exam by reviewing each of the authors and textsApril Lyric Poetry we have discussed so far.29-‐ “The Snow Man” 1923 May 2 “The Emperor of Ice Cream” 1923 Introduce Exam #1 Tuesday Read F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby Chapters 1-5 Author Introduction: Post #14 Choose One F. Scott Fitzgerald 1. Write a character sketch of Daisy or Tom or Jordan, focusing Exam #1 on the recurring “tag” used to describe them. Daisy leans forward and talks in a low voice; Tom is restless and hulking; Jordan balances something on her chin almost in an athletic stance. What is Fitzgerald’s purpose in thus describing them? 2. Contrast the green light at the end of chapter 1 and the gray images in the Valley of Ashes in chapter 2. What thematic statement do the contrasting images reveal? 3. How can George Wilson be said to symbolize the American Dream? Consider the Horatio Alger’s (“rags-to-riches”) motif, as well as his undying desire to better his situation. 4. Is Nick a symbol of honesty and Jordan a symbol of dishonesty? Write a character sketch that reveals their likenesses and differences in terms of veracity and credibility. Wednesday: Read The Great Gatsby Chapters 6-7 Choose new teams Post #15: Choose One The Great Gatsby 1. Discuss how the reunion of Daisy and Gatsby signals both the beginning Historical Context and the end of Gatsby’s dream and of his success. 2. Trace the recurring image of eyes, and ascertain the purposes of those images. Consider blindness on any level as well as sight. 3. Discuss one argument that supports a feminist theory approach.
Thursday Read The Great Gatsby Chapters 8-9 The Great Gatsby Post #16: Choose One Themes 1. Some of the characters in the novel symbolize a production Style ethic; others symbolize a consumption ethic. Classify the characters accordingly, and draw a conclusion about the American Dream, as you understand it, from Fitzgerald. 2. How is the story an ironic twist of the American Dream? Consider Daisy and Gatsby, Daisy and Tom, Myrtle and George Wilson, Myrtle and Tom, Nick and Jordan. Discuss this quotation in terms of class theory: “This is a valley of ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of ash-gray men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.… [And the eyes of Doctor T. J.Eckleburg] brood on over the solemn dumping ground” (Chapter 2)5 May Monday Read Marxist Criticism6-‐9 The Great Gatsby Post #17 The American Dream and Discuss Feminist, New Critical or Marxist theories in terms Class. of The Great Gatsby Tuesday Read: “Barn Burning” 800-12 Marxist Criticism Post #18 Provide a brief character analysis or discus a symbol Writing a character A-B: de Spain analysis C-F: Sarty Author Introduction: G-J: Abner Snopes William Faulkner K-L: Lennie Snopes M-P: Fire Q-S: The soiled rug T-Z: Blood Wednesday Post #19 Film Screening 1. Discuss a significant difference between the film and movie. Then explain both how the change influenced the meaning of the text and why a director might make the decision to make that change. 2. Did the character in the film meet your expectations based on your analysis of the character from the book. Why or why not?
Thursday Read: Langston Hughes: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, too, “Barn Burning” sing America,” and “The Weary Blues” Historical Context, Themes, Post #20 and Style. 1. What connections can be made between race and blues Introduction: Langston music in "The Weary Blues"? Hughes 2. What do you think it means to have a soul that is deep as rivers? 3. How does “I, too, sing America” make you think about what it means to be an American? How is "America" presented in this poem, and how does it make you feel about America? 6 Monday Read Zora Neale Hurston: “The Eatonville Anthology” 530-38May The Harlem Renaissance “How it Feels to Be Colored Me” 538-54113-‐16 Historical Context Post #21 Choose one The Poems of Langston 1. Community is a consistent theme in the works of Zora Neale Hughes Hurston and the primary bond among the smaller stories Author Introduction: contained in "The Eatonville Anthology." How does the image Zora Neale Hurston of a front porch act as a symbol of the social concept of community? Cite specific incidents from the story that prove this connection. 2. How does the narrators viewpoint direct the readers understanding and approval of the citizens presented in "The Eatonville Anthology"? Discuss specific examples. Tuesday Read African American (Minority) Criticism Zora Neale Hurston Post # 22 Historical Context 1. QHQ: African American Criticism POV, Themes, and Style 2. Consider one of our previous texts through the lens of African American Criticism. Wednesday Post #23 Briefly consider one of our previous texts through African American one critical lens: New Criticism, Feminism, Marxism, or (Minority) Criticism African American Criticism. Thursday Read “American Literature since 1945” pp. 3-19 Introduction to Essay #1 Honors Group: Read Annotated Bibliography assignment How to write a response to Everyone: Begin essay 1. literature. 1. Post #24: (This is not an optional post): Your thesis/argument Author Introduction: Provide textual evidence that supports your assertion. Include Ralph Ellison both quotations and analysis of the text.
7 Monday Read “Postmodern Manifestos” 400-17May Library Visit: Post #25 QHQ on one of the following20-‐23 Annotated Bibliography Ø Sukenick Ø Gass Ø Thompson Ø Olson Tuesday Read “Postmodern Manifestos” 400-17 American Literature since Post #26 QHQ on one of the following 1945 Ø O’Hara Postmodern Manifestos Ø Bishop Ø Ammons Ø Lorde Wednesday Read Ralph Ellison 206-224 Postmodernism Read “The Prologue,” and “Battle Royal” from Invisible Man. Postmodern Manifestos Post #27 Choose one 1. What does the reader know about the narrator solely on the basis of the Prologue? Explain both what he reveals about himself explicitly and what inferences can be drawn, justifying your findings as you go along. 2. Why would the audience listening to the narrator’s speech have reacted so strongly to the narrator’s mistake? Discuss the implications of his slip of the tongue. 3. QHQ Thursday Read Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman Act 1 238-303 “Battle Royal” Post #28 Historical Context 1. Discuss how Miller communicates Willy’s outlook and Themes and Style emotions to the reader. Note Willy’s words, his appearance, Author Introduction: Linda’s reactions, the set design, and other means. Arthur Miller 2. Examine how Biff and Hap’s adult lives show the influence Essay #1 due Friday at of their childhood as seen in the flashback. midnight 3. Describe how Willy has taken Ben’s life and his philosophy of the “jungle” as models for success. How has Willy shaped that philosophy to encompass life as a salesman? 4. Linda says that “attention must be paid” to Willy despite his faults. Do you support Linda’s claim or disagree with it? If Willy is a “fake,” as Biff calls him, then does he deserve respect? 5. QHQ 8 Monday HolidayMay Holiday No Class No Class27-‐30 Tuesday Conferences Individual Meetings by appointment
Wednesday Read Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman Act 2 238-303 Death of a Salesman Post #29 Historical Context 1. Contrast Willy with Ben. Willy seems to think that he leads a life somehow like Ben’s. Besides the fact that Ben is rich and Willy is not, what separates them? 2. Describe why Willy believes committing suicide will provide a better life for his family. Will his plan work? 3. Explore the difference between Biff and Hap’s reactions to Willy’s death. 4. QHQ Thursday Study for the exam by reviewing each of the authors and Death of a Salesman texts we have discussed so far. Themes and Style. New Teams 5-69 Monday Read Jack Kerouac pp. 351-53 Author Intro: Jack Kerouac From Big Sur pp. 353-72 Exam #2 Post #30: QHQ; consider postmodernism if you want. Tuesday Read Lesbian, gay, and queer criticism The Beats Post #31 Big Sur 1. Explore how you might apply this to texts we have read. Historical Context 2. QHQ Themes, Style Wednesday Read Allen Ginsberg pp. 490-492 Queer Theory Howl and “A Footnote to Howl” pp. 492-500 Author Introduction: Post #32 QHQ Allen Ginsberg Or paraphrase 8-10 lines from Howl. Howl Thursday Read Gloria Anzuldua pp. 837-38 Howl La conciencia de la mestizo/ Towards a New Consciousness Themes; forms and devices pp. 838-49 and “El Sonavabitche” pp. 858-62 Author Introduction: Post #33 Gloria Anzuldua 1. QHQ: La conciencia 2. Discuss themes or meaning in “El Sonavabitche” 3. Discuss Postmodernism or Minority Theory in terms of Anzuldua
10 Monday Read Maxine Hong Kingston La conciencia de la Warrior Woman: Part 1 “No Name Woman 793-801 mestizo/ Towards a Post #34: Choose one New Consciousness 1. Discuss a theme or symbol from the reading “El Sonavabitche” 2. QHQ Intersections of 3. Comment on the text via a critical lens. identity and oppression Tuesday Read Sandra Cisneros Maxine Hong Kingston Read “Woman Hollering Creek” 1131-1139 Historical Context Post #35 Themes and Style 1. Discuss a theme: love and passion or sex roles or ? 2. Discuss the text in terms of postmodernism or in articulation with a postmodern manifesto. 3. Discuss the story as it reads through a feminist and/or minority lens. Wednesday Read Sherman Alexie 1207 Sandra Cisneros “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix Arizona” 1213 “Woman Hollering Creek” Post #36 Historical Context 1. What is Sherman Alexie saying in this story about the role of Themes and Style storytelling? Multiculturalism 2. Discuss POV and how or why it is important to the plot. 3. Discuss the relationship of Thomas and Victor. 4. Discuss this story in terms of postmodernism, minority theory, or multiculturalism. Thursday Read The Road: the first half of the novel: page 47 in the online Sherman Alexie version. Stop here: “… he kissed the boy and crawled into the Style and genre other bunk under the clean blankets and gazed one more time at Dystopia/Ecotopia this tiny paradise trembling in the orange light from the heater and then he fell asleep.” Post #37: What caused the devastation of the land. Provide the clues you used to come to your conclusion.11 Monday Read The Road: to the three/quarter point: page 72 in the online The Road version. Stop here: “One vast salt sepulcher. Senseless. Senseless.” The Age of Terror Post # 38: Discuss one: Destruction, survival, isolation, or death as a theme of the novel Tuesday Read The Road: finish the novel The Road Post #: 39 (The last one) Themes: 1. Discuss the novel as a postmodern work The American Dream 2. Use a critical lens to start a discussion
Wednesday Begin Essay #2 The Road The American Dream Introduce Essay #2 Thursday Review for exam Finish The Road Write final paper Self-Assessment Work on revisions Introduce Exam #3 Do Honors Project12 Monday Prepare for Exam #3 Make-up Exam #1 or #2 Thursday, June 27 at 11:30 a.m.-‐1:30 p.m. Exam #3 Essay #2 Due Revision Due Honors Project Due