CHAIR POET?When power leads mantowards arrogance, poetryreminds him of hislimitations. When powernarrows the area of mansconcern, poetry reminds himof the richness and diversityof existence. When powercorrupts, poetry cleanses.John F. Kennedy
AGENDA• Self-Assessment• Participation Grades• Introduce Exam #3• The Quarter in Review
POSTING: SELF-ASSESSMENTThe blogging post points (200) require self-assessment. Consider three aspects of yourresponses:• First, how many of the posts did you make? (39possible: 80%=31)• Second, what was the quality of your response?• Third, how timely were your submissions?Write a brief argument justifying your grade.This is due before the final. Please submit itelectronically to firstname.lastname@example.orgEmail is fine.
EXAM 3: 200 POINTS• 25 questions on the material from the final section(Class 33-End). 65 points• 7 questions on the material from the first twoexams 35 points• 1 Essay Question 100 points
MODERNISM/POSTMODERNISMIn a thesis driven essay, discuss thethemes, style, form, experiments, perspectives, orchanges that define the trajectory of modernism andpostmodernism by engaging three or four of the texts wehave read during the quarter. Make sure to use a range ofworks that span the 90+ years we have covered. Groundyour argument in textual examples and adequateexplanation and analysis.
CRITICAL THEORYIn a thesis driven essay, discuss three or four textsfrom multiple decades through the lens of onecritical theory (Feminist, Marxist, African American[minority], or Queer). Ground your argument intextual examples and adequate explanation andanalysis.
POETRYDo a close reading of one or two poems. Considerform, meter, rhyme, symbols, metaphors, images, andcontent. In a thesis driven essay, show how or whythe poem is significant. What does it say about thecondition of society at the time it was written?Ground your argument in textual examples andadequate explanation and analysis. Bring a copy ofthe poem(s) you plan to use.
NAMES AND NAMINGDiscuss names, naming, and the lack of names inthree or four texts that span the era of modernismand postmodernism. How does naming reflect thesocial condition? How is it important to ourunderstanding of both the novel and the historicalcontext relevant to the texts you have chosen?Ground your argument in textual examples andadequate explanation and analysis.
THE AMERICAN DREAMWhile the messages of the Dream has motivated and enabledmany Americans, it has also veiled the many systemiclimitations and restrictions inherent in “The Dream.” In athesis driven essay, using three or four texts that representthe 90 years that we covered in the class, explain how theAmerican Dream has both inspired and disillusioned20th/21st Century Americans. Consider immigrants and thepoor, the spiritual and ethical corruption of those trying toachieve The Dream, the Beats, materialism, and the currentstatus of The Dream. Ground your argument in textualexamples and adequate explanation and analysis.
THE QUARTER INREVIEWWHAT DID YOU LIKEBEST?WHAT WOULD YOUCHANGE?QUESTIONS?COMMENTS?
HOMEWORKReview for examWrite final paperWork on revisionsDo Honors ProjectWrite Posting Self-Assessment• Due electronically before the final. Email is ok.