Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Contemporary Lit. Syllabus Update

Week of 10/30
T 10/30  NY School discussion, Bukowski.
Homework:  Eula Bliss The Pain Scale (p. 2, Touchstone)
H 11/01 Discussion: The Lyric Essay through Bliss’ essay.
Homework:  Selected readings: Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell.
T 11/06   Eula Bliss Essay 
The Beats and  
(Intro and Howl and America)
Bio, Poems

 the Confessionalists
Sylvia Plath's bio and all the poems on this site:  
This introduction to Confessional verse:

Anne Sexton:
Bio. and all of the poems
Robert Lowell:
The bio.
and The Skunk Hour

H 11/08  Discussion continued
Homework:  Reading: Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin, Michael Cunningham’s White Angel,
Poetry Comics article,
**Your ekphrastic pieces and process papers (500 words minimum) are due on Thursday 11/27. 
The short version of this assignment is that you will be responding or imitating a piece of literature through visual art. Examples abound: W.H. Auden’s Musee de Beaux Art or WCW’s Icarus (myth-painting-poem).  Or Charles Simic’s poems that respond to Joseph Cornell’s boxes (for the reverse).  Consider the poetry poem:
Week of 11/13
T  11/13  TBA   I will be giving a reading at Florida Southern College (and representing CCAD)  Your class plans will be to take roll and watch the movies that I will have left for you.
H 11/15   TBA
Week of 11/20
T 11/20  Discussion. Beats and Confessionalists
H 11/22   THANKSGIVING BREAK!  Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!
Week of 11/27
T  11/27    Discussion  and Ekphrastic pieces to be presented. Process papers (only) to be turned in to me.
 Class work towards group presentations of Essays from Touchstone Anthology. First groups to let the rest of us know  (There will be an oral and written component for each group member.)  As a group: you will decide on an essay to teach to the class. You will have ten-twenty minutes to lead a discussion or use any mode to discuss the essays. Each group member will do a 1-3 page essay discussing what s/he found compelling about the essay and how each group member contributed to the group process.  I expect real work done by EACH member of the group.
H  11/29  Group Presentations
T 12/03  Group Presentations
H 12/05  TBA
T12/10    “”
H 12/12 Last day of semester.

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