For Thursday (11/30)

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.

For Tuesday (10/31)

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.

For Tuesday (10/24)

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?