WE HAVE SO MUCH TO DISCUSS. This week, you are:
- Mulling over your ideas for your thesis so you can finish this semester with a clear sense of your method, your plan, your purpose, your motive;
- Finishing Mrs. Dalloway, thinking about it in terms of modernism generally and also just in terms of itself. What strikes you as particularly profound here, or beautiful? Let’s set aside some time in these busy weeks to just talk about what’s beautiful. I think we should. If you quote this novel in the future, as I will, what passages will you quote?
- Reading Martha Nussbaum’s super-influential work on the good of literature. Try this: See if you can identify a passage in her article that a person (possibly you, but not necessarily you) could use as support or counter-argument for their thesis. What seems potentially useful here, in what way?
- Reading Shelley’s “defence of poetry,” which contains the often-quoted claim that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” What does this mean, in what context?
- Finalizing the plan for the exam.*
Let’s get this party started, shall we?
*Note that I’ve posted a second blog post for this week, and I invite you to post twice if you like. That could help you materially if you’ve missed a post at some point during the semester; this is an opportunity to make up for that. And, in any case, I invite you to post in either place or both this week, using this space to formulate and share your thoughts.
Also, note this event coming up that may be of interest.