For Tuesday (5/4)

For Tuesday, let’s read a selection of radical poetry from the 1930s.  We’re going to run the class a little differently.  In the next couple of days, read through the sheaf of radical poetry and then go to our Radical Poetry Signup Sheet.  Choose a poet you like or want…

For Tuesday (4/27)

For Tuesday, let’s read some poetry by Helene Johnson and Georgia Douglas Johnson.  As we finish up our exploration of the New Negro Movement/Harlem Renaissance, let’s look ahead to radical poetry of the 1930s.  Take a look at the small sheaf of radical poems I’ve assembled here.  For Tuesday, make…

For Tuesday (4/20)

For Tuesday, let’s read some poetry by Gwendolyn Bennett and Alice Dunbar-Nelson.  As you read these two poets, you will probably notice some similarities and differences to Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown.  What kind of different poetic “voices” do Bennett and Dunbar-Nelson add to New Negro Movement poetry?  What new…

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For Tuesday (4/13)

Let’s read Sterling Brown’s poem, “Ma Rainey,” for Tuesday, April 13.  Make at least three digital annotations.  Here’s the question I have: in the poem, what makes “Ma Rainey” such a powerful figure for “folks from anyplace” who come from “miles around”? Got questions about our Ecstasy of Plagiarism assignment? …

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For Thursday (3/8)

For Thursday, let’s read some poetry by Langston Hughes.  I’m particularly interested in how Hughes tries to broker a marriage between poetry (a “high,” literary genre) and jazz/blues (more “low-down” genres).  Where do you see “jazzy” or “bluesy” elements in Hughes’s poetry – – not just in content but also…

For Thursday (4/1)

For Thursday, we have a writing event.  (See below.  Password: Hemingway) Looking ahead to next Tuesday, let’s get started on the “Harlem Renaissance”/”New Negro Movement.”  Read Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” and Alain Locke’s “The New Negro.”  Make three digital annotations on each text.

For Tuesday (3/30)

I hope you’re enjoying your spring recess . . .the weather is very nice here in Oakland. For Tuesday, March 30, let’s read all of Hemingway’s short story collection – – In Our Time.  In addition to the stories themselves, I’m interested in the structure of Hemingway’s collection, especially its division…

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For Tuesday (3/16)

For Tuesday, finish reading Eliot’s “Waste Land.” In his fantastic essay, “The Ecstasy of Influence,” the U.S. novelist, Jonathan Lethem declares: “Visual, sound, and text collage — which for many centuries were relatively fugitive traditions (a cento here, a folk pastiche there) — became explosively central to a series of movements in…

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For Thursday (3/11)

For Thursday, read “To Elsie” by William Carlos Williams.  Make two digital annotations.  But, here’s the rub.  Instead of simply commenting on the poem, annotate by connecting a word or phrase or line from the poem to one of the works of art you looked at in The Armory Show. …