10/1 - 10/12/01 (Weeks 7-8)
Assignments will be updated at needs/speed of the class; you will be notified of
updates by e-mail, and are responsible for checking the page after notification.
Reading quizzes can and will occur at any time during the course. Listserv
assignments/topics will be e-mailed as necessary.
NOTE: the correct version of Lorraine Hansberry's play
A Raisin in the Sun is now available at Wild Iris books for you
to pick up (the version with the white cover, not the gold
cover that says "The Original Screenplay"). If you already bought a copy
of the wrong one, bring it with you to Wild Iris with your receipt and
you'll be refunded that amount (I think this applies to only two of you anyway).
»»WEEK 7 (10/1 - 10/05/01) -- all this week
we'll revise drafts of Paper #1; bring your successive revisions to
class to share with group members each day.
- for MONDAY 1 October -- group work and review day.
-- over the weekend, revise Paper #1 in light of peer review
comments. I'll return my copies to you today for you to consult for
-- in class today we'll discuss elements of MLA citation format
(giving page numbers and credit when quoting,
paraphrasing, or otherwise using anyone else's ideas or work
in any way). See WR pp. 326-329, esp. item #s 1, 2, 10, 12,
13, 14, 15.
- for WEDNESDAY 3 October -- group work and review day.
-- read in WR pp.24-26 (C4-a, C4-b), 31-36 (all). We'll
discuss this material in class, since rough drafts of Paper #1 reveal a
need for paragraph training.
- for FRIDAY 5 October -- final group work and review day for Paper #1.
-- review WR pages and course packet pages on explaining, illustrating, and quoting; pages on citation; pages on weak verbs and active verbs, and on passive voice; pages on word choice and appropriateness.
-- bring in your current revised paper #1 for final peer review checks, as well as final questions about the paper.
»»WEEK 8 (10/8 - 10/12/01) -- Final draft Paper #1 due Monday; also we begin studying Marxist critique amd reading Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun in this section of the course.
- for MONDAY 8 October -- PAPER #1 FINAL DRAFT
DUE IN MY MAILBOX BY 4 P.M. (in folder with previous drafts that I've
marked, stapled, proofread and edited, with cover sheet -- see example cover sheet in packet); you may also turn the paper in to me during class today if you wish.
-- read packet pp.125-134, Mike Austin's chapter on Marxist
critique, which comprises the second of our three critical approaches
we'll use this semester. Marxist critique analyzes literature very
differently than does Reader Response Critique; thereby, you're asked to
pay attention to different things than you would with our previous
method. Austin begins with a brief, but helpful (especially for history, poli
sci, sociology, economics/business majors) explanation of what Marxism
constitutes, what it's interested in, and how its ideas apply to
literature. As with Reader Response critique, we'll find new vocabulary
and ideas to work with: for example, base/superstructure, class,
class conflict, alienation, reflection, ideology, ISA, etc. Read
through as much of the chapter as you can, and we'll discuss it
throughout the week.
-- look for an e-mail I'll send explaining the differences (for us
in this class) between Marxism, communism, socialism, and Sovietism;
you'll find that you didn't learn it all in high school . . . or
that you probably learned only one side or version of any of these.
- for WEDNESDAY 3 October
-- if you didn't finish reading Austin's chapter for Monday, do so today. Pay attention to the example student paper provided at the end of the chapter (many overlooked this same source at the end of the Reader Response chapter, to their demise). We'll further discuss/explain what a Marxist critique foregrounds in literature, and what kinds of commentary it allows us to create.
- for FRIDAY 5 October
-- We'll work with a few example Marxist critiques in NEW GROUPS, to get used to it. Then we'll preliminarily discuss Hansberry's play to prepare for next week.