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Thursday, Dec. 22

December 22, 2016

Spongebob: Today I gave out the final packets. Everyone has been assigned three pieces to comments on (the pieces are numbered). Your one-page analysis (hand- or typewritten) of each of these pieces will be due on Jan. 3, when we’ll begin discussing them.

Your analysis should include:

  1. A brief explanation of each of the major characters’ archetypes (including subarchetypes), using examples from the work.
  2. A brief explanation of whether each character is a core, layered, adopted or evolving archetype, using examples from the work.
  3. Comparisons to other works we have read/seen this semester, as appropriate.
  4. Any other pertinent information, including the use of archetypal plots, etc.

Here is the list of who needs to do what:

Bett: 1, 2, 3

Bowser: 2, 3, 4

Bullock: 4, 5, 6

Denny: 4, 5, 6

Hall: 2, 6, 7

Hamilton: 6, 7, 8

Hill: 7, 8, 9

Kasper: 1, 8, 9

LeRoy: 9, 10, 11

Ohlund: 1, 10, 11

Sweitzer: 1, 5, 11

Trodden: 1, 4, 5

And here are the finals, if you need them:


Then we had a short discussion about Taming of the Shrew, and different interpretations of the ending. These can be loosely categorized as:

  1. What did Shakespeare mean when he said “shrew”? Did it only refer to women?
  2. Is a missing stage direction in the First Folio version of the script a clue as to how seriously we should take the “play within a play”?
  3. Is the anonymous play “The Taming of A Shrew,” which features a true Christopher Sly frame story, also a clue as to how seriously we should take the “play within a play”?

You can read about this and much, much more in this piece and this one. I highly recommend giving them a read over the break if you haven’t already done so. I anticipate at least some of this stuff will find its way onto the final.

Speaking of which, here’s the plan, post-break.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 5: Review your final projects.

Tuesday, Jan. 10: Review for final

Thursday, Jan. 12: Final exam.

Critical Reading: Today we discussed your midterm papers, and then went over the expectations for the final, which can be found here: critical-reading-12-22-16-final-paper-guidelines. If you have any questions over break, feel free to email me. I have most of Hitchcock’s films on DVD, should you need/want to borrow one.

Siren: Worked on January copy. If yours is not in today, it is late — if it’s not on the blog by Jan.3, we move on without it and your grade shows the effect.

Style: In class, some of you sang for extra reading credit. There will be only one more in-class reading.

Reading for Writers: Today we talked a little bit about Wiesel, watched a video clip of him speaking, and spent the rest of the time hanging out. You need to have all of Night read by Tuesday, January 3.  

Survey: Poetry: No class because of the Christmas party.

Allow me to repeat yesterday’s blog post about the way forward for us:

We will have class as usual on Tuesday, Jan. 3. We will do these 12 presentations, in this order.

  1. Duffy
  2. Wolfe
  3. Shafran
  4. Buckley
  5. Caudill
  6. Crawford
  7. Acosta
  8. Aloi
  9. Bartlett
  10. Haddox
  11. Brilmyer
  12. Brown

The remaining presentations will happen on Thursday, Jan. 5. When those presentations are completed, we will review for the final exam, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, with a makeup date of Thursday, Jan. 14.

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