For Tuesday, the last time we’ll meet together as a class, finish reading Delillo’s White Noise. Come to class prepared to write a short in-class essay about the novel and your response to it.
Bookclubbin’! Let’s read up to the end of Chapter 28 in White Noise.
For Tuesday, let’s try to get up to the end of “The Airborne Toxic Event” section (end of Chapter 21) in White Noise.
Let’s get started on Don Delillo’s novel, White Noise! Me confieso: this is one of my favorite contemporary novels. It’s also very, very funny. And, fittingly, in many ways it’s an “academic” novel, i.e. a novel about college and college life.
Since it’s getting late in the semester and the stress levels are rising, let’s “bookclub” this novel. In other words, every class session, you’ll meet in a small/ish group and talk about the pages assigned for that day. At the beginning of class, I’ll distribute a couple of questions to help seed the discussion and get things going. At the end of class, you’ll do some informal writing.
For this Thursday, read the first 10 chapters in White Noise – – up to about page 46 in the Penguin edition.
Let’s finish up Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.
Let’s read to the end of Chapter 16 in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.
For Tuesday, read up to Chapter 11 in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.
Let’s read the first four chapters of Nella Larsen’s novella, Quicksand.
For Tuesday, let’s finish talking about Langston Hughes’ poetry and move on to take a look at Sterling Brown’s “Ma Rainey” and “Slim in Hell.” Make three annotations on the Brown poems. As you annotate, think about the relation between Brown’s poetry and the arguments in Langston Hughes’ manifesto – – “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.”
For Thursday, be sure to read and annotate (3 annotations) Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.” (For extra credit, feel free to read and annotate Alain Locke’s essay, “The New Negro.”) In addition, take a look at Hughes’ poems: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “The Weary Blues” and “Harlem.” Make at least 3 annotations across these three poems.