Sunday, May 23, 2010

Blog #10 Assignment: Oedipus

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Discuss the relationship between sight, truth, ignorance and darkness in the play Oedipus the King. Think of characters such as Teiresias and his statements on these matters as well as Oedipus’ desire for knowledge and Oedipus’ situation at the end of the play. What kind of statement do you believe the play makes about sight, truth, ignorance and darkness?

You should title your response "Assignment #10--Oedipus" Post your reply by the deadine (5/27) but this time you will not have to respond (unless you want to). Per the syllabus, Blog entries will be 250 words or more.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blog #9 assignment: Free choice

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Blog #9 assignment: Free Choice


For Blog #9 the choice of what to post is up to you. You can post your reaction to the play Oedipus the King; you can post about any other material in the class; or you can post an entry about a topic that currently interests you or is prominent in your life.


You should title your response "Assignment #9." Post your reply by the deadine (5/20) and then reply to a couple of your classmates' posts on this assignment by 5/25. Blog entries do not have a word limit this time, but do give enough for your classmates to respond.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Blog #8 assignment: Poems

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Choose any of the poems we have studied this semester (except for “My Last Duchess”) and apply formalist, reader response, psychological, mythological, reader-response or gender criticism to analyze it. First, explain why you believe this form of criticism best suits the poem you have chosen. Then proceed with your analysis and develop what particular elements of the poem this critical approach emphasizes, and what new insights about the poem we gain through its application.

You should title your response "Assignment #8--Poems." Post your reply by the deadine (5/13) and then reply to a couple of your classmates' posts on this assignment by 5/18. Per the syllabus, Blog entries will be 250 words or more. Responses are without a word limit but should be more substantial than "I agree." Remember that you can respond to as many as you want but you only get credit for the first two. Full credit will be given only to those who adhere to the posting and the reply deadlines.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blog #7 assignment

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For blog #7 please post your critical analysis essay. You will then have to respond to two essays by classmates and comment on their drafts focusing on the same elements you focused on peer review in class:

Is there a thesis? Does the paper follow the structure of their argument rather than chronology? Are claims supported by specific textual evidence? Are sources cited correctly? Does the writer make sure plot summary or paraphrase do not take over? Is there a title, an introduction and conclusion? Are the paragraphs focused? Are there transitions between paragraphs? Is there clarity in written expression?

When you copy and paste your essay on your blog, make sure the new post has paragraphs same as the original and is not just a huge block of text. Post by May 6 and reply to your classmates by May 11

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blog #6 assignment

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We are at the midterm point, so for this blog I would like you to reflect on the class so far. Write down your thoughts on the assignments, namely the blogs. Would you rather have more papers instead of blogs? Has the fact that others read your blogs changed how you write on them? What do you think of the experience of reading your classmates' blogs? If there is some confusion about a text (story or poem) or a concept (kind of criticism, element of literary analysis like irony etc) include this in your blog as well. Finally, discuss your expectations about the class when it started and how it is similar or different from what you expected ENG 102 to be. Post your reply by the 4/29 deadline and then respond to your classmates' blogs by 5/4. Same as last time, there is no word limit for your blog post, and no limit on how many replies a blog can have--all replies will count for credit.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Choosing a song, with the masses

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(for those withour flash player, the youtube video is here
I went through too many songs before deciding to choose a NY-themed one; more about the group can be found here, but it is one of the many British groups I grew up listening to in the 80s in Europe. I remember how much I liked the ambiguous lyrics when I first heard the song, and the aloof irony of being "knee deep in fate." Listen to how naive and positive the speaker is when he arrives and then how it changes when "bad luck" arrives. But all the same, these are myths, and "We live them till they're true."

Guess what ! Summer's arrived I feel the world's on my side
The Brooklyn Bridge stretches below me
A billion souls all dying to know me
Well here I am ! Loaded with promise
And knee deep in grace
What I want is here on my face and
I feel like I own the whole damn place

Hey Manhattan ! Here I am ! Call me star-struck Uncle Sam.
Strolling Fifth Avenue
- Just to think Sinatra's been here too
These myths we can't undo they lie in wait for you
We live them till they're true,
Manhattan doobie doo. Hey Manhattan doobie doo.

Someday's you've got to get outside - Look there's "The Carlyle"
That's the place where Kennedy stayed,
And where were you when he died ?
(Yeah some things are slow to fade.)
There they were - Loaded with promise
Knee deep in fate - When what you want shows on your face
All that's left litters the whole damn place

Hey Manhattan ! Here I am ! Call it bad luck Uncle Sam.
Scrounging Fifth Avenue
- Just to think the poor could live here too
But what are they to do ? These myths belong to you,
We live them till they're true,
Manhattan doobie doo. Hey Manhattan doobie doo

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blog #5 Assignment

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This week, we are turning into the outback of blogs: no rules, just right. So, no word limits or limits to number of responses for this week. We are about to start working on poetry, but poetry is no longer something the general public sits arounds and reads aloud, though some people still do. What the general public does currently listen and pay attention to their lyrics are songs. So, under "Assignment #5" you have two options, go with the masses or chart your own path.
OPTION 1) post a link on your blog of a song that has some importance for you (from youtube or some other venue), and also post what about it you like or what about it is meaningful. There is no word limit, and no limit on how many replies a blog can have--all replies will count for credit. You will have to make sure the link works correctly--come by my office if you need help.
OPTION 2) copy a poem you actually like, even one written by a little known poet (or you) and paste it on your blog post. If you found it on the web and there are more poems by this person on that website, post the website link as well.

We will post these by the 22nd of April--I will post one too.
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