For Tuesday (7/3)

We’ll discuss the ending of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.

And, we’ll discuss Ginsberg’s Howl (available on Democratic Vistas and here).

Also, be sure to start reading Don Delillo’s White Noise – – which we’ll start discussing on Thursday (7/5).

Searchable item – – served up soon.

For Thursday (6/28)


Remember, for Thursday:

1) bring in a one paragraph description of your final project – – this should describe what you want to do and how this project will provide evidence of your learning.  Choose from door one, two, or three: the social network, e.g. multimedia platform (MySpace, Tumblr, Grooveshark (for playlists) plus write-up; timeline/flowchart (see for one possibility); short story, poem, parody rewrite/cut-and-paste;

2) write up one page on the Eliot motif in your chosen 15 lines – – this page should answer these questions: what was the most helpful motif your found in these lines and how was it helpful?

3) read up to about chapter 20 of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (and review the Hughes and Locke essays).




For Tuesday (6/26)

We’ll finish up discussing Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”  Also, be sure to look at our representative writers from the “Harlem Renaissance” – – Hughes, McKay, Brown, and Locke.  You might also want to get a head start on Nella Larsen’s Quicksand, which we’ll begin discussing on Thursday.

And, I need your help in devising a way to evaluate what you’ve learned so far in our summer session.  I.e. what can you make to demonstrate evidence of your learning about American literature in the early 20th century?

Don’t forget our Searchable Item.

Urgent: No class today!

The West Oakland Bart fire plus several traffic accidents on the Bay Bridge plus the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club (next door to SFSU) have made it impossible for me to travel the 24 miles between my house and the Humanities Building on campus.

In other words, no class today (Thursday, June 14, 2012).

Keep an eye on the motherblog and kiosk – – as I will be posting updates for Tuesday’s class.

For Thursday (June 7)

Don’t forget for Thursday:

Read: Henry Adams, “The Dynamo and the Virgin,” W.E.B. Du Bois, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper.”  Adams and Gilman can be found on Democratic Vistas.  The Du Bois text can be found here.  (Also, linked on the syllabus.)

You should also have received an invite to the Kiosk site.  Check your email and click on the link following the sentence: “Please click the following link to activate your user account:”  This will register you with the Kiosk site and generate your username and a password.  Write these down!  Then, login in using these items – – you’ll find the login button under the heading “Meta” in the right hand column of the Kiosk web page.  (You can change your password after you log in.)  Once you’re logged in, just click on the “Kiosk” button at the top of the page.  Click on “Reply” in the “Searchable Item #1” post and type in you reply.

Think of the “Searchable Item” as a kind of treasure hunt.  Take the phrase or name or image and search the web to find as much information as you can about the item.  Then, select what you think is the most important piece of information to the “Searchable Item” thread, e.g. don’t copy and paste pages or paragraphs of information.  Be selective and think about what particular piece of information related to the “item” would be most helpful to understanding the texts we’re reading.  If somebody beats you to the punch and posts the info you were thinking about — – re-adjust and add something else relevant and interesting.

The Kiosk is something new that I’m trying.  So, if you have problems – – don’t freak out.  We’ll take some time in class on Thursday to get everybody up to speed.


Here you’ll find links to our syllabus, our kiosk, and a variety of useful and necessary information.  Always check the syllabus for reading assignments, but I will often post reminders here.  Frequently, I’ll also post biographical and contextual information for the texts we read.  In other words, check the motherblog frequently!