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Tuesday, April 9

April 9, 2013

Poetry Workshop: Today: Patterson and Shaffer. Thursday: Jones. For Thursday: Peterson and Johnson.

Fiction Workshop: Workshopped Bethany and Victoria. Heaven and Jonnah’s were handed out for Thursday.

World Lit: Today we reviewed part of the introduction to our new book, and discussed ten things you should know about Baudelaire. If you were absent, please get the handout (and the information I had you fill in) from someone in class. If you didn’t read the introduction, please do so for Thursday.

Daily Prompt: Notebooks were checked and we had an in-class reading. Activity on Thursday.

Film Studies: Today we began class with a brief discussion of this video:

and where it falls on our list: parody, critique, or deconstruction?

We identified it as parody because its humor reinforces the song used (“Gangnam Style”), the new subject matter of the lyrics (the Keystone tests) and the medium used to deliver it (the music video) as important and relevant, at least to its target audience of teenagers.

If the lyrics or the video had, for example, been used to question the legitimacy of standardized testing, or if the song being used had been criticized, then it would have qualified as critique.

And had liberties been taken that would have challenged our assumptions about the form being used — for example, if the lyrics had been nonsense; if the lip-synching would have been grossly out of time; or if the participants would have quit halfway through and left the camera running — then the result would have been a deconstruction of the source material.

Then we began watching Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, a 1974 film that you will have to place on the continuum listed above. We’ll finish on Thursday.

Survey: CNF: Today we worked as a group to develop our list of questions for a biographical sketch of Mr. Enochs. I will give you these questions in advance of our group interview Friday, along with a couple more pointers for the interview (which will be recorded and transcribed).


1. You want stories. You have to ask questions that will get your subject comfortable enough to tell them.
2. Superlatives (best/worst/first time/last time/etc.) are a good way to phrase questions to get stories, instead of very short answers.
3. Ordering your questions can help put your subject at ease, especially when they know you’re writing something about their whole life.

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