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  • 1. 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 A-B: Intro C-F: Marinetti G-J: Loy K-L: Pound M-P: Cather Q-S: Williams T-Z: Hughes Wednesday Read “Trifles” (1916) pp. 252-262 American Modernism Post # 3 Trifles contains several important symbols. In literature, a Author Introduction: symbol is something that represents something else, and is often Susan Glaspell used to communicate deeper levels of 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?? Thursday Post #4 QHQ “Trifles.” Consider its articulation with one of the The American Dream Manifestos, if you can. Historical Context: “Trifles” Read My Antonia (1918) Book I Introduction Chapters 1-10 Symbols, Themes, Style2   Monday Read My Antonia (1918) Book I Chapters 11-19April   “Trifles” Post #5: Answer one of the following prompts15-­‐18   QHQs 1. Consider reasons why Willa Cather chose a male narrator and Author Introduction: why women dominate the novel. Willa Cather 2. Why do all these immigrants risk their lives to leave their homelands and attempt to start over on a harsh prairie with little or no money? 3. Compare and contrast the lives of Jim Burden and Antonia. Explain what drew them together and enabled them to become close friends. 5. Compare and contrast the relationship between Antonia and Jim in Section 1 (Chapters 1-10) 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 Book II in this section. 2. Discuss the importance of independent women in this section, and wh Willa Cather has chosen to develop these characters here. 3. Write your own QHQ. Consider Cather’s Manifesto, if you can.
  • 2. Wednesday Read My Antonia (1918) Book II Chapters 9-15 My Antonia Post #7: Answer one of the following prompts: Themes and Style 1. Discuss the differences Jim sees between the country girls and the Book II 1-8 town girls. 2. Explain the importance of the dance pavilion to both Jim and Antonia. 3. Write your own QHQ Thursday Read My Antonia (1918) Book III Chapters 1-4 and Book My Antonia IV Chapters 1-3 Book II 9-15 Read: Feminist Literary Criticism Post #8: Answer one of the following prompts: 1. Explain why Willa Cather has chosen to devote one of the books of her novel to Lena Lingard. 2. Discuss the importance of the narrator leaving Black Hawk for college life. 3. Compare and contrast Tiny Soderballs’ and Lena Lingard’s success with money. 4. Discuss the reasons why Willa Cather chose to have Antonia return to the Shimerda farm as an unwed mother.3   Read My Antonia (1918) Book V Chapters 1-3April   Monday Post #9: Answer one of the following prompts:22-­‐25   Feminist Literary Criticism 1. Explain Antonia’s choice of names for each of her children and My Antonia how each of these names ties in to characters from her past. Books III and IV 2. Discuss the differences between the Cuzak household and the Shimerda household from many years before. 3. Write your own QHQ Tuesday Read:  Mina  Loy  295-­‐96     My Antonia “Parturition”  296-­‐99  1914   Book V Post #10 QHQ on the reading; consider Loy’s Manifesto if you Author Introduction would like. Mina Loy Wednesday Read New Criticism Mina Loy “Parturition” Post #11 Write two paragraphs about how you might apply feminist theory to Trifles, My Antonia, or “Parturition.” Thursday Read:  Ezra  Pound  314-­‐315   Author Introduction: “Hugh  Selwyn  Mauberley”  and  New  Criticism  TBA   Ezra Pound: make it new! Post  #12   New Criticism 1. Discuss theme, genre, or figures of speech in the poem. Paraphrasing Poetry 2. Discuss the style of “HSM”; consider Point of View and How to write about Poetry Allusion 3. Paraphrase 6-10 lines from the poem. Make sure to do a section no one else has done.
  • 3. 4   Monday Read:        William  Carlos  William  April   “Hugh  Selwyn  Mauberley”   “In  a  Station  of  the  Metro,”  “The  Red  Wheelbarrow,”  and    29-­‐   Historical Context, Theme, “To  Elsie”    May  2   and Style Post  #13:  QHQ  on  any  one  of  the  poems  for  today’s  reading.     Author Introduction: Or  paraphrase “The Red Wheelbarrow or 6-9 lines from “To Elsie.” William Carlos William Try to do a section no one else has done. Tuesday Read:  Wallace  Stevens   Imagist Poetry “The  Snow  Man”  283  1923   “In  a  Station  of  the   “The  Emperor  of  Ice  Cream”  284  1923   Metro”  1913     Post  #14:    Paraphrase  either  poem.  Be  original!     “The  Red  Wheelbarrow”      Or  discuss  the  modernist  aspects  of  one  or  all  these  poems.   “To  Elsie”     Or  do  a  brief  “new  critical”  reading  of  one  poem.   Author Introduction: Wallace Stevens Wednesday: Lyric Poetry Study for the exam by reviewing each of the authors and texts we “The  Snow  Man”  1923   have discussed so far. “The  Emperor  of  Ice   Cream”  1923   Introduce  Exam  #1 Thursday Read The Great Gatsby Chapters 1-5 Author Introduction: Post #15 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.5   Monday Read The Great Gatsby Chapters 6-7May     Choose new teams by Read Marxist Criticism6-­‐9   question Post #16: Choose One The Great Gatsby 1. Discuss how the reunion of Daisy and Gatsby signals both the Historical Context beginning and the end of Gatsby’s dream and of his success. Themes 2. Trace the recurring image of eyes, and ascertain the purposes of Style those images. Consider blindness on any level as well as sight. 3. Discuss one argument that supports a feminist theory approach.
  • 4. Tuesday Read The Great Gatsby Chapters 8-9 The Great Gatsby Post #17: Choose One Marxist Criticism 1. Some of the characters in the novel symbolize a production 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. 3. 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). Wednesday Read: William Faulkner 695-98 The Great Gatsby “Barn Burning” 800-12 The American Dream and Post #18 Provide a brief character analysis or  discus  a  symbol   Class. A-B: de  Spain   Writing a character 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 OR,  discuss  feminist  or  Marxist  theories  in  terms  of  “Barn   Burning.”   Thursday Post #19 Film Screening 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.6   Monday Langston  Hughes  May   “Barn Burning” “The  Negro  Speaks  of  Rivers,”  “I,  too,  sing  America,”  and  13-­‐16   Historical Context, Themes, and “The  Weary  Blues”   Style. Post  #20   Introduction: Langston 1. What  connections  can  be  made  between  race  and  blues   Hughes music  in  "The  Weary  Blues"?   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?
  • 5. Tuesday Read Zora Neale Hurston 528-30 The Harlem Renaissance “The Eatonville Anthology” 530-38 Historical Context “How it Feels to Be Colored Me” 538-541 The Poems of Langston African American (Minority) Criticism Hughes Post #21 Choose one Author Introduction: 1. Community is a consistent theme in the works of Zora Neale Zora Neale Hurston Hurston and the primary bond among the smaller stories contained in "The Eatonville Anthology." How does the image 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. Wednesday Catch up on your reading or writing! Zora Neale Hurston Historical Context POV,Themes, and Style African American (Minority) Criticism Thursday Begin your essay. Introduction to Essay #1 Post #22: Your thesis How to write a response to Honors Group: Read Annotated Bibliography literature. assignment7   Monday Read “American Literature since 1945” pp. 3-19May     Library Visit: Post #23 QHQ from introduction.20-­‐23   Honors Group Annotated Bibliography Tuesday Read Ralph Ellison 206-224 American Literature since Read “The Prologue,” and “Battle Royal” from Invisible Man. 1945 Post #24 Choose one Author Introduction: 1. What  does  the  reader  know  about  the  narrator  solely  on   Ralph Ellison 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. Wednesday Read Saul Bellow 225-226 “Battle Royale” Read From The Adventures of Augie March 227- Author Introduction 235 Saul Bellow Post #25 QHQ
  • 6. Thursday Read Arthur Miller pp. 236-38 The Adventures of Augie Death of a Salesman 238-303 March Post #26 Themes and Style 1. Discuss  how  Miller  communicates  Willy’s  outlook  and   Author Introduction: emotions  to  the  reader.  Note  Willy’s  words,  his  appearance,   Arthur Miller Linda’s  reactions,  the  set  design,  and  other  means.   Essay #1 due Friday at 2. Examine  how  Biff  and  Hap’s  adult  lives  show  the  influence   midnight of  their  childhood  as  seen  in  the  flashback.   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. 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?     6. Describe  why  Willy  believes  committing  suicide  will   provide  a  better  life  for  his  family.  Will  his  plan  work?   7. Explore  the  difference  between  Biff  and  Hap’s  reactions  to   Willy’s  death.8   Monday HolidayMay   Holiday No Class No Class27-­‐30   Tuesday Conferences Individual Meetings by appointment Wednesday Read “Postmodern Manifestos” 400-17 Death of a Salesman Post #27 Historical Context Sukenick T1 Themes and Style. Gass T2 Introduce Postmodernism Thompson T3 New Teams 5-6 Olson T4 O’Hara T5 Bishop T6 Ammons T7 Lorde T8 Thursday Study for the exam by reviewing each of the authors and Postmodernism texts we have discussed so far. Author Intro: Jack Kerouac9   Monday Read Jack Kerouac pp. 351-53 Exam #2 From Big Sur pp. 353-72 Post # 28: QHQ; consider postmodernism if you want.
  • 7. Tuesday Read Lesbian, gay, and queer criticism The Beats Big Sur Historical Context Themes, Style Wednesday Read Allen Ginsberg pp. 490-492 Queer Theory Howl and “A Footnote to Howl” pp. 492-500 Author Introduction: Post #29 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 #30 QHQ La conciencia Gloria Anzuldua Or discuss themes or meaning in “El Sonavabitche” Or discuss Postmodernism or Minority Theory in terms of Anzuldua