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Tuesday, Sept. 13

September 13, 2016
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  1. The Trickster: a character who willingly tricks others in some way, whether it be with disguises, jokes or lies. Examples: The Joker, Loki, Br’er Rabbit/Bugs Bunny, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hannah Montana. Most superheroes with a secret identity have some aspect of this subarchetype, though it’s not always the most important thing about them. (Mystique, from the X-Men, would be an obvious exception.)
  2. The Tricked: a character who changes unwillingly — that is, who is usually tricked into assuming another form or persona. Examples: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bruce Banner and The Hulk, the Winter Soldier, Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove, Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.

No homework for Thursday, when we will finish this discussion and add a few more Jungian terms. That will set the stage for our first quiz next Tuesday, which will cover our first three archetypes (and our first six subarchetypes), plus all the Jungian stuff we’ve covered to date.

Critical Reading: Today you took a brief quiz on Saussure, and then you tried to locate the division of colors on a spectrum (more on this Thursday, btw). After that, you broke into groups. Each group was assigned a small section of the Saussure to go over, and then we got back to the big group. We got through section 1. We’ll go over the rest on Thursday.

At the end of class, I threw a little new assignment at you, which can be found here: critical-reading-9-13-16-assignment-sapir-whorf. Bring in notes on your research (handwritten or typed; please do not just come in with a website on your phone). This will be checked/collected.

Siren:  Working on the first edition. Copy deadline is Sept. 20. Post your copy and photos here.

Remember that LPPACS alum Madison Taylor will be here on Sept. 27 to spend some time with us. She’ll be talking about journalism (print and broadcast), as well as blogging. Check out her blog here.

For Thursday: if you’re on staff for the first time, you’ll be taking a short quiz about parts of a page/parts of a story/the seven reasons we cover a story/AP style.

If you’re a returning staff member, I’m going to be sending you out for our first group story Thursday. That means there will not be much, if any, time to work on your October copy during that block, so please plan accordingly.

Style: Today some of your shared your Hemingway pieces (great job!) and then they were collected.

The style for this week is “short imagined monologues” from McSweeney’s. If you were absent, there are copies in the box for you. Notes are due, as usual, on Thursday.

Reading for Writers: Today you took a quiz on the reading assignment (Spence’s What’s Wrong with Cloning a Dinosaur?), and we spent a little bit of time going over the answers. You got a new assignment, outlined here: reading-for-writers-9-13-16-research-presentation-1. You will have at least a little bit of time each class meeting in the interim to work (but no complete blocks) so plan accordingly.

For Thursday: bring in a list of your top 3 options for this research presentation. Everyone will be presenting a different work, so these lists will be used to determine who is doing what.

Survey: Poetry: Quiz today. If you were absent, you’ll make it up Friday.

Then we talked about image clusters. Image clusters are groups of related images in a poem. I used this silly poem you-are-a-terrible-person as an example. The first version has image clusters: images (and ideas) that relate to sneakiness and shiftiness. The second poem does not.

Do image clusters make the first version a great poem? No, they certainly don’t. But they DO help organize it and give it some structure (something we’ll be talking about a lot). They’re like “clues” for the skeptical reader, who might be heartened to see signs of intelligent life in a poem.

Image clusters aren’t just for poetry: they’re for every type of writing, and they perform the same function. It’s just much more apparent in a poem, because of the (relatively) short length.

I read you Dylan Thomas’s “Fern Hill” as well. Thomas uses the colors green and gold to help organize this poem; these simple groups of green and gold images give some shape to a fairly complex memoir of his childhood.

Then I gave you this handout about haiku: survey-poetry-haiku-introduction-september-2016 Haiku are easy to hate. They get a bad rep because they’re so short. People think that means they’re easy to write. But they aren’t, if you’re doing it right. One way you do it right is to come up with a compelling image that says a lot; good haiku are pretty dense.

Read the handout — you’ll have a chance to do some of your own on Thursday.

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