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.
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 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.
For Tuesday, let’s start talking about the Harlem Renaissance/New Negro movement. All you have to do for class is watch the Duke Ellington video above. (However, if you want to get a head start on our reading – – read and annotate (3 annotations) the Langston Hughes essay, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.”)
Also, nota bene: I’ve posted our “Waste Land” assignment – – due Thursday, November 9.
Yes, let us go then, back to Eliot’s “Waste Land,” like a patient etherized upon a table. As you re-read the poem, think about the various motifs (zombies, time, wet/dry, polyglossia, etc.) that we located in “The Burial of the Dead.” Can you locate instances of these motifs in later sections of the poem? How does the poem add to or develop these motifs?
For Thursday, finish reading Eliot’s “Waste Land.” As you read through the rest of the poem, think about some of the themes and motifs (from “Burial of the Dead”) that we discussed on Tuesday.