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Filed under: Uncategorized — Lisa Patterson Lay at 9:08 pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sorry this is late. I have been under the weather for a few days.

For the final exam, I will most surely be prepared to talk about the following Main Texts (in no particular order):

Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl (Jacobs)

How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move? (Mukhopadhyay)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Yellow Wallpaper (Gilman)

Fun Home (Bechdel)

The God of Small Things (Roy)

The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)

The Tell-Tale Heart (Poe)

The Buried Giant (Ishiguro)

Bartleby the Scrivener (Melville)

Leaves From the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian (Sui Sin Far)

Gwendolyn Brooks’ poems

Supplemental Reading Possibilities:

Theory: The Souls of Black Folk (DuBois) — for Incidents in the Life . . .

Theory: Liminality and Communitas (Turner) — for Fun Home

Theory: How To Interpret Literature (Parker) — For a number of books

Genre: Comics and Sequential Art (Eisner) — For Fun Home

Historical Context: Reflecting Violence in the Warpland: Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Riot” (Debo)

Historical Context: Some of Arundhati Roy’s non-fiction essays — for The God of Small Things

Historical Context/Genre: I’m looking for essays about Arthurian literature and how There is often a “Christ” representation. This would relate to The Dream of the Rood, Sir Gawain and The Buried Giant.

Flexibility and Modularity Plans:

  1. I can definitely combine Buried Giant and Sir Gawain for obvious reasons. Historical context.
  2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl could be combined with The Yellow Wallpaper, as both contain a repressed female protagonist. Theory.
  3. Incidents can also be combined with Invisible Man and Gwendolyn Brooks poems. Historical context.
  4. The Tell-Tale Heart and The Yellow Wallpaper on madness. Genre/Theory.
  5. Sui Sin Far’s short story  and Roy’s God of Small Things because the protagonists are young girls finding a balance between eastern and western cultures. This could be Genre (fiction about Asian girls) or used for historical context, since both present glimpses into real worlds. Amy Tan would fit nicely here too.
  6. Fun Home and The Importance of Being Earnest. This would be Theory. Both speak of sexual identity and identity repression. I wonder If I could reference the sexual identities of both authors, and, if so, how?


2 Comments »

   Caitlin Marziliano

March 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Hey Lisa,

It looks to me like you have a nice variety of texts that you are going to be able to use during the exam. You have short works, novel length works, and a lot of secondary sources that all look like they will be helpful. Your flexibility plans look great, and I’m sure as we talk about the texts more in the next few weeks you will make even more connections. Reading your ideas has been helpful to better form my own strategy, so thanks! I’m looking forward to talking about all these works more with you!

Hope you’re feeling better!

   Asheka Lawrence-Reid

March 27, 2017 @ 5:17 am

Hello Lisa! Sorry I am just commenting on your post. Since you’re considering combining Incidents with Invisible Man and Gwendolyn Brooks’ poems, Du Bois could be helpful with doing a reading on racial identities. As for Sui Sin Far’s short story and Roy’s God of Small Things, you could also use theory to discuss the way these girls navigate this cultural division as females (or do a reading using Said’s Orientalism). In response to your final question, I would typically say avoid including the author’s personal lives into the analysis of the texts. But in a way, they both already do this (mainly Fun Home). It would be fun to see if you could do a historical reading on how each writer relays ideas about sexuality through their text, based on the significantly different periods that they were writing in.

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