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Wednesday, Dec. 5

December 5, 2012
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Argument: Sparring! To quote Young Mr. Grace from the classic British sitcom Are You Being Served?”,

Just remember a couple of points:

1. Don’t bring up something that you don’t want to own. Tangents can be deadly in argument.
2. Analogies are powerful. Remember the example we discussed today, equating mandatory national service with compulsory education.

We’ll start with something new Monday. No assignment, but be thinking about the subject of your final argument!

Bookbinding: Continued to work on current project(s). If you are behind, you should make a clear effort to catch up. Talk to me if you need a hand.

Act I: Work day. Preparation for DelusionFest 2012. That is, your delusion one-acts are due Monday, typewritten and properly formatted. We’ll have part of the block Friday to work on these. If I didn’t speak to you today about your “practice” delusion scene, I will try to do so on Friday.

BatCat: Handmade Arcade on Saturday. Friday will be a crazy “make sure everything is in order” day so… if you’re working on something, try to finish it up soon (perhaps before the reading tomorrow, if you’re staying for it… hint hint).

Stephen King: Today we worked on our stories. I met with people individually while that was happening.

We mentioned several points that we have covered this semester, with regard to King specifically and horror generally:

* Stuff that scares us (our list of 10 things)
* The theme of man’s hubris — especially in relation to nature/the gods
* Wilderness: a primitive place where man is tested, physically and morally, and is sometimes found wanting (“Young Goodman Brown,” Pet Semetary)
* Stephen King’s Maine: setting as an intrinsic element of horror specifically, and literature generally
* Horror as an intrinsically moral genre
* This morality is often closely related to the idea of boundary crossing: when a norm is violated, there must be retribution. (As opposed to real life, where that retribution doesn’t always happen — at least not on Earth.)
* Adaptation (taking the real and turning it into fiction, which is what most of you did when you began with a setting from a real place)
* Foreshadowing as an intrinsic element of horror (we discussed briefly “Riding the Bullet,” which almost seems to employ foreshadowing purely for effect — an effect that really never happens, at least not the way we’re conditioned to believe it should)

Should all of this stuff wind up in your story? No. Should some of it? It’s hard to imagine how it wouldn’t.

The timeline before Christmas break:

Monday, Dec. 10: Read to page 152 in Tom Gordon.
Wednesday, Dec. 12: Bring back your stories to work on. I will try to talk to the people I didn’t get to today.
Monday, Dec. 17: TBD
Wednesday, Dec. 19: I will collect those stories that are finished. If you’re not done, they will be due Jan. 3 — our first class after Christmas break.

7th Grade Mythology:

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