A note about future abbreviations in the blog: to simplify matters, I will refer to the textbooks in an abbreviated form. A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes will be HBM and 50 Great Short Stories will be noted as 50 GS.
Reading Schedule for F 13, ENG 2007
Greetings, again, all! Because the power outage canceled our class today, we will discuss all three Poe stories the next time we meet–on September 17 (barring any other problems!). For those who came to class or made it to campus, I hope you returned home safely.
9/10: Introduction to class and to one another (first meeting)
9/12: Class canceled due to Rockland County power outage.
9/17: Discussion of the three Poe stories–“The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Ligeia,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” When you buy the book 50 GS there is an additional Poe tale therein: “The Masque of the Red Death” (168-174). Look at that story as well if you have a chance. The three Poe stories (“Ligeia,” “Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”) can be found here: http://poestories.com/stories.php For Poe, please consider how SETTING influences each story’s mood.
9/19: From HBM please read “The Doll Queen” by Fuentes (265-281) and in 50 GS also read “The Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf (383-385). Please take notes; also answer the”Helpful Questions” for both. We will discuss the tales today. Do you see any thematic or symbolic similarities? If so, describe them please.
9/24: From 50 GS “The Minister’s Black Veil–A Parable” (486-500); then, in HBM, please read Quiroga’s “The Dead Man” (3-8). What themes do the stories have in common? What are the major differences? Consider specifically the point of view from which the tale is told (narrative style).
9/26: In HBM please read “Axotol” by Cortazar (9-15). Please Google an image of an axotol too! Then go on to read “The Man Who Shot Snapping Turtles” (254-267) by Wilson in 50 GS. We will discuss the stories’ differences and similarities in class today.
10/1: In 50 GS, please read “The Door” (348-353) and in HBM please read “The Ex-Magician from the Minhota Tavern” (101-107). Please complete the Helpful Questions before class. Have fun! Do you see a thematic connection between these two tales?
10/3 *First peer critique* (in class) of draft #1 for first essay. Students may write about any ONE story we have read as a class between 9/17 (Poe) to 10/1 (Ribeiro). Drafts should be an analytical, individual responses to one short story; select the story you liked best. Students certainly should BRIEFLY quote the story (in one or two short sentences). Furthermore, these papers require ANALYSIS–i.e., what was your experience while reading the story? Ask and answer “why” questions: also consider the author’s purpose. Use the list of literary terms if any apply.
Please also bring your thesis concept on a separate piece of paper. I will read theses while students complete the peer critiques: note, try to avoid the pronoun “you.” In this class, since we are analyzing literature, it is appropriate for writers to use the first person pronoun(s) “I” (or me or mine). Thesis statements must be: a complete idea, your opinion, and stated in a declaratory sentence; that is to say, a thesis should not be a fact, a fragment, or a question.
10/8: Please read “The Standard of Living” (27-33) by Dorothy Parker in 50 GS; then go on to read “Toad’s Mouth” (81-88) in HBM by Allende.
10/10: FORMAL PAPER #1 is due in class today; please also continue reading. Since you are submitting your first paper today, please read just one story: “Love” by Lispector in HBM (108-118). HAND OUTS — of the stories for our next class — Catellaños and Ferré — will be distributed in class today, so it is important to be on time. We have plenty to cover still, and I will nto accept any FP late. Reminder: all Formal Papers should be double spaced, and I ask that students use 14 font.
10/15: Please be sure to read both stories carefully and take notes; the likelihood of a quiz on these two stories is 100% TODAY (10/15/13). Good luck! Discussion of two stories and the quiz will follow. Be sure to have read both tales and take notes for “The Cooking Lesson” by Catellaños and “The Seed Necklace” by Ferré. Since a QUIZ is scheduled for today on BOTH stories (which you will have as handouts), please be sure to read closely and take notes. Good luck! Here, we also continue with our contemplation of the themes of gender roles and marriage.
10/17 Please read Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums'”(337-348) in 50 GS; the obvious theme of the last two stories is marriage and gender roles; do the women in the stories seem happily married? Why/why not. Note a few specific details. We will discuss both tales in class today,
10/22: From 50 GS please read Hemingway’s “The Three Day Blow” (16-27) and in HBM please read “It Was a Different Day When They Killed the Pig” (186-191). What do the stories say about gender roles? We will discuss the tales and your ideas today; please keep notes using the “Helpful Notes” section in the syllabus. Thank you~
10/24: In 50 GS, please read “The Summer of the Beautiful White Horses” by Saroyan (194-201) and in HBM read “The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship” by Garcia Marquez (373-379). We will discuss the role time plays in both stories: is it possible for time itself to be a character in such narratives? If so, how would you characterize these two authors different “takes” on time.
10/24: From HBM please read Onetti and Rulfo: “The Dog Will Have Its Day” (30-41) and “Luvina” (282-290). Class discussion to follow — also it is time to decide which story from the last classes you want to write about for the second formal paper (chose any tale between 10/8-10/24). Thanks!
10/29: 10/31: Please read “The Death of a Bachelor” in 50GS, pp.400-412, and then read “The Phantom of the Essoldo” by Cabrera Infante in HBM, pp. 382-415. Give yourself a bit more time for the reading today since both tales are substantial and complex. As always, I encourage you to take notes about the plot, characters, mood and tone. Enjoy!
11/5: Please read “Bestial Among the Flowers” by the Cuban author, Arenas. The story is in HBM, pp. 319-347. The story is almost twice as long as others we have read this semester. While you read, make an effort to connect some of the events and themes from the film Before Night Falls to Arenas’ story. Remember, Before Night Falls is about the life of Reinaldo Arenas.
11/7: Draft for second formal paper is due today; we will have a peer critique in class! Good luck! Students may write about any one story between the dates 10/8-10
11/12: Formal Paper #2 is DUE at 1:30 PM today; please print it before coming to class. Then we will view the film Before Night Falls; please take notes during the film today: what was it like to be a writer in Castro’s Cuba in the 1950s?
11/14: Please read “Only the Dead Know Brooklyn” by Thomas Wolfe (50GS, pp. 132-137) and “Theft” by Katherine Anne Porter (also in 50GS, pp. 222-228). Be sure to take notes as usual.
11/19: Idea brainstorming for the final project: students may revisit any one story or response they have written thus far. Then students should decide about how they will research the author or background material associated with the short story.
11/21: Review of MLA research rules
11/26: Review of MLA research rules–sign up for individual conferences after Thanksgiving!
11/28: THANKSGIVING! — RCC campus closed, no classes today. Enjoy the holiday!
12/3: Individual conferences (Held in Rm. 8371) — please be punctual.
12/5: Individual conferences (Held in Rm. 8371) — please be punctual.
12/10: Continues discussion about how to transform a previous essay into a final research project. Students are encouraged to look at other genres of literature by the author they have chosen to write about: e.g. Poe’s poetry. What shared themes do you see across the genres?
12/12: Peer critique of your THIRD formal paper — w/added research component. This means citations are in the text and a COMPLETE Works Cited page is attached to the draft. Reminder: please always double space and use 14 font! Thanks you!
12/17: Individual presentation and last class for the semester! Final research projects are DUE TODAY at 1:30 PM. Late papers absolutely can NOT be accepted since faculty grades are due immediately.