Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blog post for the week of November 28

Final blog topic:

Reflect on all the readings that we've done this semester.  Which readings were your favorite?  Why?  Which readings would you have rather not read?  Why?  If you would have left a reading off the list, what would you have included instead?

This topic is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 30.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blog post for the week of October 23

This post is due on Sunday, October 26 by 11:59 pm.

Think about how the title of the book Atonement applies to different characters in the novel. Who achieves atonement and who does not? Why do you feel this way? How does the setting of the book contribute to each character's achievement of or lack of atonement?

Do you have any sympathy for Briony? Why or why not?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Blog Topic for the Week of October 9

This blog post is due on Sunday, October 12, by 11:59 pm.

This week is a free topic week.  You select any topic relating to any piece of literature that we have read this semester and reflect on it.  You might focus on a favorite/least favorite character/writer/plot/etc.  Or perhaps you see some theme that has been common in more than one reading.  Find one topic that speaks to you and simply reflect on it for a couple of paragraphs.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Blog topic for the week of October 2

This blog is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 5.

This week, we read "The Indian Uprising" by Donald Barthelme. It was a challenging story to comprehend due to the stream of consciousness style writing and apparent mental impairment of the of the narrator.

Barthelme's writing has been critiqued by some as "meaningless academic postmodernism." Still, some in our class felt that if he was attempting to write like a madman (or man tripping on acid), he did it brilliantly.

Try your hand at this. Pick any plot you'd like, but try to describe that plot through the eyes of someone like the narrator in this story. Will you have your character fight some personal war, like the narrator in this story? Will this person have been betrayed, using fantasy to try to come to grips with the betrayal?

Feel free to use an image, song clip, video, etc. to bolster your creative writing piece.