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Friday, Oct. 26

October 28, 2012
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Sorry about the late post, guys! Luckily, it was the last day of blackout week, so there’s not a whole lot to say.

Critical Reading: Today we did have class, but it was mostly a workday. Everyone has a week extension for the paper that was due today – I’m letting you have it for a number of reasons, but it’s probably worth mentioning that if you don’t have it next Friday (which is Nov. 2), something is seriously amiss. In case you don’t know what paper I’m mentioning, check last Friday’s blog post.

I did hand out some information on “close reading,” which is basically another term for what we’ve been doing the last few weeks, and a term that you will almost certainly hear again. You can find it here: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/documents/CloseReading.html.

The assignment for next week, in addition to having your paper ready, is to read Foucault’s “What is an author?” which was handed out as well. If you were absent, there is a copy waiting for you in the box; if you misplace it during the week, get a photocopy from a friend. This reading assignment is similar in difficulty to the Saussure linguistics excerpts that you read earlier int he semester. In other words, it’s not easy and you will definitely not get it if you hurriedly read it Thursday night. SO – read early. There will be an assessment to see if you read it (but don’t worry if you don’t understand it fully – that’s okay), and we will be discussing it in class.

Songwriting: A great day.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/6rxifx

Act One: Today your job was to come up with eight different “variations” of your celebrity death. The goals were to:

1. give you a plan for creating your play, and

2. identify potential problems with your celebrity death scenario. (If you’re having trouble coming up with variations, it might be a sign that you should find a new scenario.

We’ll keep working on these next week. Please bring you cards to class.

Survey: Fiction: There is no homework for Monday aside from reading over the review list I handed out and seeing if you have any questions. Also, if you didn’t finish prompt 10a, I would expect you to finish that at home. Remember that notebooks will be collected when you take your midterm next Friday, and I’m expecting you to be up-to-date. If you were absent on Friday, I’ll give you what was handed out today on Monday.

Prompt 10a: List some advantages and disadvantages (or pros and cons, if you like) of both styles of characterization (narrator-based and image-based).

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