The schedule got a little crooked this week. The Tuesday class read The Tempest together and the Wednesday class dug deep on your ideas for your theses. And I find myself feeling like each group missed what the other group got, so I have a scheme to even it all out in the weeks to come. So, onward.
Wednesday people, I invite you all to come to the Tuesday class next week: Nov. 13, 1:40-4:30, Honors Hall 12. If you can come, that’s ideal. If you can’t, it’s ok.
Tuesday people, I’ll explain that when I see you on Tuesday!
Ok, everybody, a couple more things.
Don’t forget about the deadline coming soon for the accelerated M.A. application.
I just created a page for the exam, and I posted a lot of info for you there. We’ll get to the details about the exam itself later, but I think it’ll be helpful for you to know more about the format for it now as we keep talking about your reading list.
I also updated the page of info about the proposal, including information that is relevant to you for you this week. We’ll do a draft workshop for about half of the session in the Tuesday class, so:
- Bring three copies of your working draft of your proposal. Don’t freak out! You’re not turning this in; you’re just sharing it with your friends, who are here to help you. We all know that this is just a draft, and we’ll work in groups to address any questions you have so that you can make your revision really strong.
- Consider volunteering to have your draft discussed by the whole group. We’ll discuss one working draft together to help its writer decide the best way to proceed toward the revision of the proposal. Might this be you?
If you would like to volunteer have your proposal draft discussed, email me now to let me know!
The person who volunteers will have the benefit of the whole group’s eyes on their thesis idea as we think together about a question that is relevant to all: How can you strengthen your thesis idea earlier than later, to make the writing process as good for you as it can possibly be?
As you might imagine, I have some ideas. And I’m really excited about the ideas you’ve discussed with me so far. You’re raising questions that are subjects of real debate among professional critics, and you’re raising them in a spirit of genuine curiosity. That is exactly what I hoped you’d do!
I’m also setting aside time in the weeks to come to talk to you about your thesis at every stage, so check here to make an appointment.
All right. Now back to the discussion for this week.
I just reread the Federici chapter, and I am pretty excited about it. I’m going to bring you hard copies at our next class, and I suspect that I might put it on your reading list for the exam, because it lends itself so well to our discussion so far. I think it can be really useful to a lot of you for your theses, so we’ll talk about it with that in mind, asking:
- What are the main ideas here, and what are the most interesting ideas?
- Where do you see her making a claim that seems important to her argument?
- Where do you see her making a claim that resonates with other texts we’ve read, and other discussions we’ve had?
I think this text might seem “hard” at first, but you’ll get into it as you go, particularly if you focus your attention in this way. I’ll just tell you that I was struck by the applicability of Federici’s argument to so many of the texts we’ve discussed, even though they might seem to have very little in common otherwise: Bartleby, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, Antigone, also this.
And note that we’re going to discuss this chapter pretty closely in class, along with The Tempest, so you should read them both carefully, too.
As you think ahead to that, I would like to look more closely at specific passages from The Tempest, so you might use your blog post to note them in advance. I like this one:
Alonso: These are not natural events/ they strengthen
From strange to stranger. (V.1.228)
And these two are very canonical, for good reason. How do you interpret them?
Caliban: You taught me language; and my profit on’t
Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
For learning me your language!
We talked about that one briefly, I think, but we didn’t get to this one, which interests Federici, too.
Prospero: “This thing of darkness I/ Acknowledge mine.”