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For Thursday (8/11)

Remember: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese for Thursday. Also, two extra credit possibilities: 1) a 50 minute reading identification test to take place the last hour of our class on Thursday.  This test will comprise 10 quotations or character names or other significant textual items.  You will be asked to: identify the work (author and title); explain […]

For Tuesday (8/9/11)

Don’t forget: read Ginsberg’s Howl! And, keep working on your Eliot annotations and your author pages.  Time is slipping away . . . .

Annotating Eliot (Phase 1)

For Thursday, we’re going to start annotating “The Waste Land.”  Here’s what you need to do to start: Now that we’ve sampled some of Eliot’s massively dystopian epic, let’s try to track the way he uses fragments to build up the structure and meaning of his poem. In class, we’ve started to assemble a list […]

The Armory Show

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 […]

For Tuesday (June 19)

  Pre (?) modernist poetry slam: Frost, Millay, Masters, Robinson.  See syllabus and anthology for readings and links. Also, don’t forget, you should have a rough, rough draft of author/context pages up on the wiki. Bonus: Interested in Hemingway?  See A.E. Hotchner’s short account of Hemingway’s last year.

For Thursday (July 14)

For tomorrow, you’ll want to read Henry Adams, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  See our syllabus and look for the texts on our wiki. And, by tomorrow, we’ll start working on the digital anthology itself.  See my more extensive comments on this in my post at our Community site.


Welcome to our course motherblog!  This – – and the Community page attached to our wiki – – will be where I post updates and info about the class, assignments, our texts, and other very important things.  Bookmark this url and check it often! This will be a very interesting semester because we’re going to […]