Congrats on your very educational bookclubbin’! We have one more class before we must part for the summer. Make sure you attend class Monday because I’ll be asking you to write something.
Bookclubbin’ – – day two! On deck: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Under the Dome, and Are You My Mother. Don’t forget to bring your bookclub write-ups to class.
Book Clubbin’! We Need to Talk about Kevin, Middlesex, and The Road are on deck for Monday. Check our Book Club presentation page as you put the finishing touches on your presentation. Good luck!
Let’s keep reading In Our Time. Pay close attention to the chapters and the following stories: “A Very Short Story,” “Soldier’s Home,” “Cat in the Rain,” “Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II.”
And remember: no class on Monday! Instead, I’ll have open office hours in HUM 553 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you violated the three strikes rule on the “Keywords” paper – – you must stop by my office. If you wish to revise the essay, you must stop by my office. If you have any questions etc., feel free to stop by . . . or spend the day in the park reading Mr. Hemingway.
Also, the description of the final bookclub presentation is up and live. Read it as you plan your presentation.
Let’s talk about Hemingway’s In Our Time. Read the first 62 pages of the collection but pay particular attention to the following stories: “On the Quai at Smyrna,” “Indian Camp,” “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife,” and “The Battler.”
Let’s finish talking about Eliot’s “The Waste Land” – – particularly the first section.
And, don’t forget: What does the poem’s opening line – – “April if the cruelest month . . . ” – – mean? Blog your explanation for Monday.
Let’s talk about the first section of “The Waste Land,” otherwise known as “Burial of the Dead.” How many “flecks,” or fragments, do you count in this section?
No Class on Monday.
Instead, let’s visit the 1913 Armory Show! Take your time and wander through the galleries. As you do, pick out the painting or sculpture that you think is the most “modern.” Print out a copy of the painting or sculpture. Type up two or three good paragraphs that explain what makes this piece of art modern and/or modernist. Attach the picture of your selected artwork to the writing and bring both to class.
Don’t forget: your “Keywords” assignment is due on Wed. at the start of class – – typed, double-spaced, no more than two pages.