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Friday, Nov. 30

November 30, 2012
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Songwriting: Today we essentially finished the lyrics to “Spork” — hopefully next week we can get a version recorded. Then we’re going to split into two groups and work on two new songs. The goal is to get half a dozen pieces by semester’s end and I think it’s doable. Come ready to work!

Critical Reading: Today we talked about Postmodernism, poststructuralism, and deconstruction (hope you took notes). OH MAN. The reading for next week is an essay on performativity and gender by Judith Butler; annotations will be checked, so read early and make notes (you’ll get points for the annotations, so be sure to do them).

Act I: Today we ran the very few “delusion” scenes that were turned in for homework. It would be nice to think that there might be more to run on Monday.

We also read the Tennessee Williams play The Lady of Larkspur Lotion. In this play we have yet another delusional protagonist — but this time there’s a twist: the Writer, who not only admits to delusions but defends them. Get a copy from me if you were absent.

For Monday: if you missed the Hello From Bertha quiz you have to take it. Everyone should bring in the following for homework: create another delusional Character A, and a Character B who will help us see through this delusion. Supply as many other details as possible: background about both characters, the setting of the one-act you’re going to use them to create, etc. I expect these to be in written form and ready to turn in at the beginning of the block. We’ll be using them Monday.

BatCat: The usual.

Survey: Fiction: (Sorry for the late update!) Today we took a quiz on The Story of an Hour, then took a few short notes on how time can be manipulated in fiction (compression, expansion, and scene). We then did an in-class writing exercise on moments. If you were absent, you are exempted from this assignment.

The reading assignment for Monday is “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff. This isn’t in the Norton and was a hand out, so those of you who were absent today can pick up your copies on Monday and we’ll go from there.

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