The Bedford Introduction to Literature

books: The Bedford Introduction to Literature, 11th ed. and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

2/11:

Discuss reading fiction, key literary elements, and literary analysis,. Read in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, 11th ed. Intro. pgs. 4-7, Chap. 2 pgs. 46-49, and Chap. 52. Also, refer to the following analysis examples as a guide towards writing literary criticism/analysis on a work of fiction: Stories: pp.20, 49-65, 87, 113, 193, 239, 280, 309, 428, and 1684. Hacker’s “Literary Supplement” also provides an analysis example. Note:, read in Bedford the introductory material for the literary element being highlighted that class; for example, for “setting,” read pp. 159-61; “theme,” pp. 247-50; “plot,” pp. 66-67; symbolism 220-23, and so on. Journal #1: write in your journal a one-page response to our first class discussion about reading fiction.

2/25:

Read “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, p. 15. Journal #2: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story. Then read “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway, p. 162 (film available). Journal #3: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story.

3/4:

Read “Lust” by Susan Minot, p. 282. Journal #4: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story. Also read “Love in L.A.” by Dagoberto Gilb, p. 458. Journal #5: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story.

3/11:

Read “Killings” by Andre Dubus, p. 89. Journal #6: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story. Also read “A&P” by John Updike, p. 200. Journal #7: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story.

3/18:

Read “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison, p. 227. Journal #8: before class, write in your journal a one-page response to the story.

4/1:

Read opening pages of chapter 20 in Bedford for general information on reading and discussing poetry. Also, continue to refer to the following paper samples regarding the critical analysis of poetry: Poetry: 598, 633, 643, 680, 699, 716, 735, 761. Read “Western Wind,” p. 604; Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” p. 591; Journal #9: before class, write in your journal a one-half page response to each poem. Read opening pages of Chap. 24. Shakespeare’s “That Time of Year” p. 1064 and Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” p. 871. Journal #10: before class, write in your journal a one-half page response to each poem.

4/15:

Read opening pages of chapter 23, Images. We will look at “imagistic” poems by e. e. cummings,’ “l(a,” p. 603; William’s “The Red Wheelbarrow” p.808; Stevens’ “Anecdote of the Jar,” p. 721; Dickinson’s “After Great Pain,” p. 846. Journal #11: before class, select two poems and write a one-half page response to each. Read opening pages of Chap. 22. “Word Choice, Word Order, and Tone” in Bedford. We will focus on the carpe diem theme. Read Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, p. 645 and Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” p. 647. Journal #12: before class, write in your journal a one-half page response to each poem.

4/22:

On Canvas read Adrienne Rich’s “Living in Sin,” and Sharon Olds’ “Sex without Love,” Journal #13: before class, write in your journal a one-half page response to each poem. On Canvas read Robert Hass’ “Privilege of Being”: Journal #14: before class, write in your journal a one page response to the poem. Consider Old’s poem along with Hass’s: their shared concerns about sex and love and our “aloneness” or the “singularity of the soul.”

4/29:

On Canvas read Plath’s “Mirror.” Journal #15: before class, write in your journal a one-half page response to the poem. A review will take place on writing a critical analysis of a poem.

5/20:

We will discuss I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Journal #16: before class, write in your journal a two (2) page response to your reading of the work Chapters 1-19. You are advised to focus your journal responses on a subject/thesis you may be considering for your research paper.

Journal #17: before you come to class, write in your journal a two (2) page response to your reading of the work chapters 20- end. Also, bring in a thesis and possible topics to incorporate into the discussion. Bring any questions you may have about writing the research paper.

 

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