BYON assignment

The prompt for the “Bring Your Own Narrative” essay is available here (with a link to a sample essay).

Your essay is due February 21, 2018, at the beginning of the class.  See the prompt for full details.

For Wed. (2/7)

Two things for Wed.:

First, select your “Bring Your Own Narrative” (BYON) narrative.  This narrative should be: contemporary (written or created after 1990) and American.  It can be: a short story, movie, song, TV episode, etc.  (I would avoid selecting a novel, as you probably won’t have time to re-read the book.)  As you narrow down your choices, remember: you’ll be using Irving and Hawthorne to “read” your narrative.  So, you might want to select a text that makes your job easier by selecting one that seems to echo or feel similar – – in structure, theme, character – – to the stories we’ve read so far.  Write down the title of the narrative and bring it to class.

Second, read Emerson’s “The American Scholar.”


Friends, I’ve worked out a way to stream the movie from our motherblog.  Click on the link to the page titled “The Witch (2015).”  The page will prompt you for a password.  That password is the answer to this question: “‘Young Goodman Brown’ is set in what New England town?” (Remember, always capitalize the first letter of proper nouns.)  If you have problems accessing, email me.

(P.S. I would have sent you the link via your email, but the “Class Services” section of the SFSU website is down for the weekend.)

For Monday (2/5)

For Monday, watch The Witch (2015).  The movie is available on Amazon (“free” if you have Amazon Prime) as well as Vudu and Apple iTunes.  (I’ve been working on a way to stream the video here – – on the motherblog.  Check your SFSU email this evening (Friday) or early tomorrow for a link and password.)

After watching the movie, blog about any similarities and differences in narrative structure that you find between The Witch and Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” or “My Kinsman, Major Molineux,” or Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle.”

For Monday (1/29)

Let’s read Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown.”  And, don’t forget: create your WordPress blog and email me the link.

For your first blog post (due Monday at 8 a.m.), consider this:

In our discussion of “Rip Van Winkle” on Wed., we talked about one basic narrative structure – – a protagonist leaves home, travels somewhere different, and returns, usually as either a changed person or to a changed environment (A – B – A’).  Let’s call that “somewhere different” a “space of change.”  How well does Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” reflect this basic pattern?  Do you notice any significant differences in narrative structure between “Rip Van Winkle” and “Young Goodman Brown”?  Blog your reflections.