No sir, we are not hiding any furry aliens. The rescuer, whether enthusiastic or reluctantquickly runs into a big problem.
Graff 82 In his splendidly incisive Beyond the Culture Wars, Gerald Graff asserts that much of the recent incendiary debate over such issues as the literary canon and theories of critical discourse is utterly misdirected.
As Graff sees it, the reason the debate has gone awry is not so much bad politics or rhetorical overkill as a fatal insensitivity to the interests of those who have the most at stake in the outcome: The problem for most American college students today is far more fundamental than arriving at an ideal consensus about THE list of essential readings: While such phrases conjure up images of the generational divide still evident among the English professoriate, to the student for whom reading is an alien activity both will seem equally irrelevant.
Nor are we likely to dismiss the connection between this attitude and the overall decline in reading and writing skills, among majors and among students in general. This situation, which is far too complex to be adequately addressed in a short article, only exacerbates the above-mentioned breach between students and teachers, particularly in the English classroom.
As I will explain in what follows, my own experience is that it is an effective approach to teaching a course introducing English majors to the study of literature. First offered in the spring ofit is one of four core courses required of all English majors and minors, along with survey courses introducing British, American, and World literatures.
English is the course that entering students, whether transfers or homegrown, are advised to take immediately. Although there are of course variations in approach among the faculty teaching Englishall aim to equip students with the basic concepts, terms, and interpretive practices needed to succeed in subsequent courses in the major.
In my own sections of EnglishI assign readings selected from a well-known anthology The Bedford Introduction to Literature, edited by Michael Meyermoving from poetry to drama to prose fiction. I assign four papers outside class: There are also several in-class writing activities, including essay examinations, and I require students to maintain a journal in which they record their own responses to the readings—likes and dislikes, questions, links to previous readings, interpretive speculations and other trial balloons—throughout the semester.
The Documented Critical Paper The final written assignment outside class is what I call the documented critical paper.
At five to eight typed pages plus a list of works sitedthis paper is somewhat longer than the previous ones, which range from four to six pages. Schwarz, featuring five critical perspectives: Several of my colleagues who also teach English have elected not to require a paper that involves research, however minimal, evidently believing either that this is the province of the composition class or else that it is simply too much to expect of first- and second-year students with so many other important skills to learn in their first college literature course.
That this paper focuses on criticism as well as on a rather complex work of literature, in this view, only exacerbates the problem. The sooner they begin to learn them, the better. This paper, then, introduces them to a process of inquiry—hunting for secret messages—and of sharing with others the experience and the results of inquiry, a process that will after all be enriched as it is used again in other, more advanced courses.
In addition, the documented critical paper at least familiarizes students with the presence of an ongoing conversation among a community of readers into which the students are now entering, adding their own voice to the conversation.
This is easier said than done. Most, after all, are embarking on the English major not because they have been turned on by the critics but because of a felicitous experience of reading—and perhaps talking about, or writing—imaginative literature.
Criticism, for many, will have negative associations with sarcastic film or book reviewers rather than be seen as a lively conversation in which they themselves might wish to engage, however tentatively. To overcome this obstacle, I have found it helpful to use a literary text that students will find especially engaging on the immediate level, and yet one in which they will also encounter deeper and more problematic issues that invite rereading, reflection, and even the investigation of other sources as an aid to understanding.
Indeed, on a first reading the story seems almost seamless, moving dramatically through a series of complications toward a climactic description of the released Leggatt: Because the story is so satisfying on this level, it is rewarding to allow appreciation to be expressed rather fully, until someone—and it will happen, sooner or later—begins to note that there are still a few loose ends in the story.Chance is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in following serial publication the previous initiativeblog.comgh the novel was not one upon which Conrad's later critical reputation was to depend, it was his greatest commercial success upon initial publication.
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A case which I will examine in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and their tendency of representation of the indigenous native.
My objective is to show how the other is negatively represented and how such representation usually involves unequal power relations.
Jan 03, · Review: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad Several years ago, I spent the better half of a summer reading Lord Jim.
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