Notes for Reading, Writing and Thinking – ENG 421

Unit 1 : Study of Literature and Its Close Reading

• Thinking about Literature

1. Discussed Text: “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant” (Emily Dickinson)

  1. Discussed Text: “The sacred” (Stephen Dunn)
  2. Activity Text: “When my love swears that she is made of truth” (William Shakespeare)

• Why study Literature?

  1. Discussed Text: “Praise Song for the Day” (Elizabeth Alexander)
  2. Discussed Text: “Peanuts” (Charles schulz)

• Approaching Literature

  1. Discussed Text: “Out, Out-” (Robert Frost)
  2. Activity Text: “Snow” (Julia Alvarez)

• Close Reading

  1. Discussed Text: from Antonia (Willa cather)
  2. Activity Text: “To an Athlete Dying Young” (A. E. Housman)

• Elementsofstyle

  1. Activity Text: Re-reading “To an Athlete Dying Young” (A. E. Housman)
  2. Discussed Text: from “Old Mr. Marblehall” (Eudora Welty)
  3. Activity Text: from The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

• Special Considerations for Reading poetry closely

  1. Discussed Text: from “The Red Wheelbarrow” (William Carlos Williams)
  2. Activity Text: “Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art-“(John Keats)
  3. Discussed Text: “Delight in Disorder” (Robert Herrick)
  4. Activity Text: “My Father’s Song” (Simon Ortiz)

• TalkingwiththeText

  1. Activity Text: “Promises are like pie-crust, made to be broken” (Christina Georgina Rossetti)
  2. Discussed Text: “When, in disgrace with Fortune and iiien’s eyes” (William Shakespeare)

• Graphic Designer

  1. Discussed Text: from The Scariet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

• From Analysis to Essay: Writing a close Analysis Essay

  1. Discussed Text: from “Slam, Dunk, & Hook” (Yusef Komunyakaa)
  2. Activity Text: “Fast Break” (Edward Hirsch)
  3. Activity Text: “Travelling through the Dark” (William Staf`ford)
  4. Activity Text: “Woodchucks” (Maxine Kumin)

Unit 2: Elements of Fiction & Drama

• Elements of`Fiction

  1. Discussed Text: “One of These Days” (Gabriel Garcia MarqLiez)
  2. Discussed Text: from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  3. Activity Text: from Hard Times (Charles Dickeiis)
  4. Discussed Text: from “The Masque of the Red Death” (Edgar Allan Poe)
  5. Discussed Text: from The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  6. Discussed Text: from “Call it Sleep”(Henry Roth)
  7. Discussed Text: froin 1984 (George Orwell)
  8. Activity Text: from Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  9. Discussed Text: from The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Dinaw Mengestu)
  10. Discussed Text: from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  11. Discussed Text: from “Miss Brill”(Katherine Mansfield)
  12. Discussed Text: from “The Lottery”(Shirley Jackson)
  13. Discussed Text: from Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
  14. Activity Text: “Seeing Eye”(Brad Watson)
  15. Discussed Text: from A Crime in the Neighborhood (Suzanne Berne)
  16. Discussed Text: from Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  17. Activity Text: from Brooklyn (Colm T6ibill)
  18. Discussed Text: “The First Day”(Edward P. Joiies)
  19. Activity Text: “Girl”(Jamaica Kincaid)

• Special considerations for Analyzing Drama

  1. Discussed Text: from Pyg77’2cz/z.o7c (George Bernard Shaw)
  2. Discussed Text: from O/fee//o, /7!e A4oor o/ye77z.ce (William Shakespeare)
  3. Discussed Text: from 4 Do// ‘s fro”se (Henrik Ibsen)
  4. Activity Text: from 4 z.# /72e LS’}f7? (Lorraiiie Hansberi.y)
  5. Discussed Text: from 2lfoe’ Gz.7? Gcz”e (D. L. Coburn)
  6. Activity Text: 4#c7re ‘s A4o/foer (Terrence MCNally)

• From Analysis to Essay: Writing an lnterpretive Essay

  1. Discussed Text: rrz./res(Susan Glaspell)

Unit 3 General Topics in Literature: Family, Culture and Love

• Home & Family

  1. Activity Text: “The Dead”(James Joyce)
  2. Activity Text: “I Stand Ilere Ironing” (Tillie Olsen)
  3. Activity Text: “A Prayer for My Daughter” (William Biitlei. Yeats)
  4. Activity Text: “My Papa’s Waltz” (Theodore Roethke)
  5. Activity Text: “Those Winter Sundays” (Robert Hayden)

• Home & Family-Student writing: Comparison and contrast

• The writer’s craft llose Reading (Connotation)

• Identity & Culture

  1. Activity Text: f7ec7r/ o/Dcz7`haess (Joseph Conrad)
  2. Activity Text: “Interpreter of Maladies”(Jliumpa Laliiri)
  3. Activity Text: “We Real Cool” (Gwendolyn Brooks)
  4. Activity Text: “The White Man’s Burden” (Rudyard Kipling)
  5. Activity Text: “The Black Man’s Burden” (H. T. Johnson)

• Home & Family-Student writing: Close Reading Fiction

• The writer’s craft -Close Reading (Specialized, Archaic, and unfamiliar Diction)

• Love & Relationships

  1. Activ.rty Texl.. The Imp()rtance Of Being Ernest (Oscar W.llde)
  2. Activity Text: “To His Coy Mistress” (Andrew Marvell)
  3. Activity Text: “Coy Mistress” (Aline Finch)
  4. Activity Text: “Is Arranged Marriage Really Any Worse than Craiglist?” (Anita Jain)
  5. Activity Text: “Boyfriend” (Randall Munroe)

• Love & Relationships~Student writing: Analyzing Irony in Drama

• The writer’s craft llose Reading (Irony)

Unit 4: Binary Topics in Literature

• Conformity & Rebellion
Contact hours: 40

  1. Activity Text: fJcz77?/e/ (William Shakespeare)
  2. Activity Text: “The Book of the Dead”(Edwidge Danticat)
  3. Activity Text: “anyone lived in a pretty how town” (E. E. Cummings)
  4. Activity Text: “An Epitaph” (Matthew Prior)
  5. Activity Text: “The Unknown Citizen” (W. H. Auden)

• Conformity & Rebellion~Student writing: Close Reading Draiiia

• Tlie writer’s craft ~~Close Reading (Tone)

• Tradition & Progress

  1. Activity Text: A4z.//er (Henry James)
  2. Activity Text: “Everyday Use” (Alice Walker)
  3. Activity Text: “Dover Beach” (Matthew Amold)
  4. Activity Text: “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (Langston Hughes)
  5. Activity Text: from P/c4m Bc„ .4 IVove/ wz./7zoz4/ cz A4orcz/ (Jessie Redmon Fauset)

• Conformity & Rebellion-Student writing: Working with sources

• The writer’s craft -Close Reading (Syntax)

• War & Peace

  1. Activity Text: ,473/z.go77e (Sophocles)
  2. Activity Text: “The Shawl” (Cynthia Ozick)
  3. Activity Text: “The Management of Grief” (Bharati Mukhei.jee)
  4. Activity Text: “D%/ce e/ Decor2″ Fj’s/” (Wilfred Owen)
  5. Activity Text: “Soldier’s Home” (Ernest Hemingway)

• War & Peace-Student writing: Analyzing Theme in Drama

• The Writer’s Craft llose Reading (Imagery)