Saturday, February 22, 2014

EC: Biblical Allusions

Read The Gospel of Matthew (first book of the Christian New Testament).  You can read the original or the shmoop summary and themes.   Then write a 1+ page analysis of 3 allusions to the story of Jesus in literature.  250+ words, 10 POL points, due Tuesday 2/25 by blog.  Conversation-style - at least two of your allusions need to be ones that no one else has posted on.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Analysis of 1921

Assignment for each night of Sula:
Write a 250+ word analysis of quotes or ideas in 1921.  Make sure to be specific (talk about particular quotes or incidents) but also explain the larger meaning of what you analyze (what does that show about a central conflict in the text, or a pattern, or a character's hidden motivation, or an essential question).   For all 10 homework points, you need a level of insightful and complex analysis comparable to one body paragraph of a final essay.

Analysis of 1920

Assignment for each night of Sula:
Write a 250+ word analysis of quotes or ideas in 1921.  Make sure to be specific (talk about particular quotes or incidents) but also explain the larger meaning of what you analyze (what does that show about a central conflict in the text, or a pattern, or a character's hidden motivation, or an essential question).   For all 10 homework points, you need a level of insightful and complex analysis comparable to one body paragraph of a final essay.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Due 2.20: Sula Opening and 1919

Identify a few significant choices that Morrison made in Sula's opening chapter and 1919.  You could focus on setting, characters, conflict, or language.  What does she want to draw your attention to?  What conflicts, issues or themes do you think will be important in this novel?  200+ words, conversation style post.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HW 2/18: Expectations of Women and Veterans


  • Write on either Veterans or Women, and on at least one of the questions posted below. 





  • What does society expect?  What particular expectations would face early 20th century African Americans?  What about these expectations is unrealistic?  how do these expectations affect people?   What can we learn about human nature from the experience of being a veteran or an early 20th century woman? What can we learn about human nature from how our culture treated / treats them? (Warmup for Toni Morrion's Sula)

    HW 2/13 - Risk


    Conversation-style post: Do humans have a need for a certain amount of chaos or risk in their lives?  What affects the amount of risk a person likes to take? Optional - Which way do you tend - too cautious, or too risk-taking?

    HW 2/6 - Prufrock Analysis

    Write a 100+ word analysis of your section of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", including both the meaning that it makes and HOW the lines make that meaning.  Don't analyze the same lines and device that someone else has already analyzed.  (Two people could analyze the same lines, if one is talking about rhyme and the other about image).