March 23, 2009 Listing
Cassuto, David. "Turning wine into water: Water as privileged signifier in The Grapes of Wrath." Papers on Language & Literature. 29:1 (1993) 67-95.
- You can find the full text online through Reeves Library, using the Academic Search Elite database. (Finding the article online is part of the assignment.)
- This is a peer-reviewed academic article -- a scholarly document, written by an academic literature specialist.
- Please write your "agenda item" quotation as you normally would. I'm also asking you to consider these questions as you read: (You don't have to post your answers to your blog, though you're welcome to do so if that helps you work through the essay.)
- What the article's thesis?
- To what extent is the thesis non-obvious?
- To what extent is the thesis supported by evidence? (What kind of evidence?)
- What are some opposing / alternative views presented by the author?
I'll extend the deadline for the agenda item for this reading; please post your agenda item by Monday at noon.
Ch 25, 26, 12 (again)
The poets we'll be looking at today are Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath, so keep an eye out for their names in the introduction.
I've assigned three sets of poetry readings (the first is this page, and the other two are on separage pages for Roethke and Plath). I'm asking that you post three separate agenda items, one for each chunk of readings. You don't need to post 2-4 comments for each set of readings; if you post a total of 4 comments this week, that would be fine. (You're welcome to post more of course, as extra credit to boost your participation grade; just make sure you call my attention to your extra work when you submit your next blog portfolio.)
Readings for this section:
- Pages xv-xxiv in the introduction.
- Elizabeth Bishop: "Armadillo" (page 47); "Manners" (48); "Filling Station" (49)
- Robert Lowell: "The Drinker"
(93)(97); "Robert Frost" (103); "Bringing a Turtle Home" (105) and "Returning Turtle" (106)
Note especially My Papa's Waltz, Elegy for Jane, and In a Dark Time.
(See the course page for Mar 23 for the other poetry readings.)
Note especially "Daddy."
(See the March 23 course page for the day's other readings.)
News flash (March 23):
The son of the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath has taken his own life, 46 years after his mother gassed herself while he slept.-- Times Online