Monday, November 30, 2009

Extra Credit

For extra credit, choose a paragraph of Emerson's challenging essay "Experience" and do a close reading of about a page. What do you notice about the tone/mood/style/techniques of the passage? How do you think it relates to Emerson's experience of having lost his son? How does it connect to course themes?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Open Thread - Brainstorms & Sources.

Place your brainstorms in the comments. Be sure to identify yourself, the text, and your group.

Also use this thread to list your sources - give a sentence or two description, including describing the kind of source.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Groups: Updated as of 11/7

Add yourself in the comments to group 4-7.

Group one: This group is full and their text is taken.

Paola, Mallisha, Elizabeth and Gurbinder: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Group two: This group is full and their text is taken.

Lisa, Tiffany, Leroy, Edward: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Group three: This group is full and their text is taken.

Roger, Katherine, Conner, Eric, Nilo: Paine, The Age of Reason

Group four: One more slot available.

Lazaro, Lorena, Sibel: Garrison, "To the Public"

Group five: One more slot available.

Victoria, Jessica, Hafsah, "The Great Lawsuit"

Group Six: Two more slots available.

Karynthia, Jaida, Leaves of Grass

Group Seven: Three more slots available.

Rayshma, The Very Brief Relation of the Devastation of the Indies

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Buffy Saint Marie Link

As a follow-up to Thursday's discussion, here's a link to the song, "Now that the Buffalo's Gone" which responds to the phenomenon of white people "adopting" and claiming Native culture.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Finding A Group: Open Thread

Here's how it goes: for the third and final essay, you'll be doing research to find primary documents (i.e. images, reviews, letters, laws) that help shed light on a text from our class.

In the comments, mention a text you're interested in working on and give a couple sentences expalining why. If you find one that's listed that you're interested in, let them know.

Once you have four people, you're a complete group. ONLY ONE GROUP CAN WORK ON EACH TEXT. So, post early to get your topic! You can, however, start a second group for a different text by the same author.

If you want to choose something from our anthology but that we haven't discussed and/or isn't on the syllabus, you'll want to make a case to your classmates about why they should join you.

You'll be working together to put together your essay and a short presentation, so exchange information once your group is complete.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Link for Slave Narratives

Here's a link that takes you to some web pages that have written versions of the WPA slave narratives I referred to in class. I'll keep looking into if there are audio available. This is something you might choose to use for your third research-based issue, if you choose Douglass or a related author.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Choose FIVE (5) vocabulary words from the readings from the class so far. Give us the sentence and page number they come from. Then state their meaning in the context of the sentence and what they tell us about it. Don't just post the dictionairy definition.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Welcome to the American Literature Blog

Welcome! We'll use these threads for announcements, discussions questions.

In this thread, tell us about your first essay: what have you discovered in the course of writing it?
What are you struggling with?

If you wish, post a paragraph or section of your essay and ask for responses.