Apr 302012

Don’t forget to read Ginsberg’s Howl.

Some important dates to mark on your calendar:

Tuesday, May 8 – – in-class book club presenations (15 mins. per group)

Tuesday, May 15 – – final projects due.

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Apr 232012

For Tuesday, finish up Hemingway’s In Our Time – – e.g. be sure to read both parts of “Big Two-Hearted River.”   I’m especially interested also in talking about Hemingway in relation to the Armory Show.

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Apr 182012

Due to a family situation, I won’t be in class on Thursday.  However, here’s an assignment about modernism to complete before we next get together on Tuesday, April 24.

Many historians point to the Armory Show of 1913 as an authentic starting point for American modernism. From February 17th to March 15th, 1913, organizers presented an exhibition of about 1250 paintings, sculptures, and other works in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in New York City. Many critics and viewers were shocked by the show; many, especially younger, artists and critics were energized and inspired by the show.

For our next class, we’ll meet in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Virtually, of course. Point your browser to: the Armory galleries. Take a tour of the show – – browse through as many rooms as you can. Afterward, write a four or five paragraph blog post.

Your review of the Armory Show should be guided by the question: what makes this stuff modern? E.g. think about the modernist poetry and prose (primarily Eliot and Hemingway) that we’ve read in class. What connections do you see between the artwork in the Armory Show and these texts?  Consider both the formal features of modernist literature that we’ve discussed (fragmentation, the collage, radical experimentation, new attitudes toward readers) and the thematic elements that we’ve talked about (exile, alienation, disorder, “nature,” the grotesque, etc.).
Don’t try to write about the whole exhibition; instead, focus on two or three works of art – – sculpture or painting – – that seem particularly related to the poetry and prose that we’ve read.
Due: Tuesday, April 24.
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Apr 052012


1) We’ll be talking about Eliot’s “The Waste Land” on Thursday – – make sure you read it.

2) Make sure that you’ve added your reading schedule to our book club wiki and that you’ve created pages for your project and presentation.

3) Your final drafts of the “freedom” essay are due Tuesday, April 10.

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Mar 162012

For Tuesday, March 27, be sure to read Mary Wilkins Freeman’s short story  – – “The Revolt of Mother.”

Are there any similarities between Sara Penn’s “revolt” and the “revolt” of the “Yellow Wallpaper”‘s narrator?  Blog an answer to this question.

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