Archive | July 2012

Final days…

We’ll finish I Have Found It tomorrow and discuss last minute questions about the final.

You will also be asked to fill out department evaluations tomorrow at the end of class on Wednesday.
Do not forget to bring a blue book to the exam room, SH 1430 on Thursday!


Revised Final Week Schedule

Just a reminder, there will not be a screening tonight. I Have Found It shall be screened in class. Please read the assigned articles (linked from the course schedule) to discuss on Wednesday, following the film. You will receive review materials in class tomorrow, for you to review on your own, in preparation for the Thursday final exam.

If you are doing a blog or creative piece for your final project, please post those by the end of the day today, or I will have to mark you down.

Final Blog Post

In 100-200 words, introduce your final project to the rest of the class (and the rest of the digitally networked world!). Let us know what you are doing (paper, blog, etc.), what you hope to accomplish, how you will attempt to do it, and what theory/genre/conventions you are working within, in response to, etc. This is especially important if your project is informed by disciplines outside literary studies.

This blog should be fairly informal, minimal stress inducing, and serve as a lead-in to the project, which will (hopefully) be shared afterward on your blog.

Have fun!

Project Meetings

Please use the link to the Instructor’s Tungle page to schedule a short meeting to review your individual final projects. Use this time to flesh out any ideas and worries, and get feedback to help you finish the project by Monday.

Also, please take a few moments to fill out this mid-term check-in survey:

Final Project

This assignment is designed to assess your ability to write a meaningful and sustained argument, using skills of literary analysis, about the concepts learned in this class.

Option 1: Research Papers

Minimum requirements for this paper: 6 full pages (no more than 8 pages). MLA formatting, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, 1-inch margins, and include a works cited page. Don’t forget an original title! Please note, that many of the questions are suggestive and you do not need to answer them all or be exhaustive.  The goal is to write a cohesive argument that is logically carried through the paper, and supported by substantive and concise close readings.

  1. Choose one specific feminist discourse and use this perspective to perform a critical literary analysis on one of the primary texts from the class. What arguments are being made in this text? How is this done? How does this text challenge or reinforce cultural norms or conceptions of womanhood. How does this text define “woman” differently? How does reading it through this particular lens change the meaning communicated in the narrative?
  2. Examine a “woman” from a course text as an ideological construct. How does the character or figure respond to, counter, or reconstruct the notion of “woman.” Make an argument about her as a construct. What function does she play in the narrative and how? Does she embody a theme or make a contention?
  3. Relate a text from this course with one outside text (literary, graphic, digital, etc.). Make an original argument about an element, image, symbol, trope, etc. and its significance to the two texts. Make sure your analysis is sustained through close reading and additional research, address the formal elements, the genre, the narratives, depictions, and discuss their importance to a particular discourse within feminist theory.

Option 2: Extended Blog Posts

In roughly 2500 words, produce a critical blog addressing a specific phenomena, genre, history of images or tropes, etc. significant to women in literature and women and technology. The blog should be less formal and academic in tone, but equally critical and analytical in content. Bloggers are expected to take advantage of the multimedia affordances of digital media by including images, film clips, sound, etc. to establish contexts and intertextual connections.

These posts should form a cohesive sequence on a single topic. You can choose from one of the above topics, suggested for the research paper, OR you can write about a topic of your own choosing as it relates to women and technology.

How your format and structure these posts is up to you. These can be part of your main blog, or you can create separate pages that are linked off of a single page, made accessible through a tab on the main page.

Option 3: Creative Pieces

In 6-10 pages (12 pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch margins), write a creative piece informed by your own critical work in this class, and a 3-4 page analysis of the piece. This piece should critique, remix, or reimagine images or themes significant to women, technology, and culture. The accompanying analysis of your text must include a works cited page that cites theoretical and primary sources that influence your work. These can be in a variety of forms: short stories, comics, short video, theater, etc. In writing your piece, keep in mind the way the authors of the course material utilized rhetoric, genre, and form to present original creative work that is socially, culturally, and politically informed.

Week 4 Blog Assignment

Choosing one of the letters from the Mixquihuala Letters from your own reading of the novel (based upon the path you chose), reflect upon its relation to the Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera. Try to exercise a situational consciousness by viewing yourself in relation to these texts. Each one of you will have very different responses, based upon your own identities/politics/interest, how you read the letters, etc.

Use your close reading skills, and the language and concepts from Anzaldúa, to talk about the effect the letter had on you.

Things to consider (you probably don’t want to attempt to answer all of these things).

  • What in the letter had particular significance to you? Was it particular language? Images? Settings?
  • Do you relate to one of the characters over the others?
  • Or maybe the novel is foreign and alien to you. If so, what makes it an alienating text?
  • In your opinion, how does this letter fit in with the rest of the novel?
  • What does the choice(s) of reading path say about you? The author? Why do you think the letters were put in that order? Why do you think certain letters were left out?
  • If you were to re-arrange the letters in your own path, what order would you put them in? Which letter would you highlight or leave out? What would you name it?

Midterm reminder!

Don’t forget, your midterm is this Thursday (7/12) in SH 1430. Bring blue books!

Midterm review will be on Wednesday. Feel free to use the class Google docs (found in the Docs page) for review purposes. Contact me for password.