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This week: Mon B1, B3: check syllabi, collect s/r Drill: good writing B/S lit from last year; elements of narrative Diagnostic: Write about theme in lit and the elements of narrative Create rubric: what makes good essay? Self-evaluate according to rubric Tues A1, A4: Collect emergency cards Parallelism Types of resumes, +/- of each Critique + fix sample rez A2 check self-eval, peer evaluate essays Vocab out, go over words, defs? Due Monday Review elements of formalist criticism Araby : End of class journal; Personal response to story HW: Questions for araby Wed B1 Translation: La Guittarra, dictionaries, etc… Vocab out, go over defs, due Tuesday! B3 peer evaluate essays Vocab out, go over words, defs? DueWednesday Formalist criticism Araby : End of class journal; Personal response to story HW: Questions for Araby Thur A1 A4 Resumes due How to comment on work Workshop resumes Debrief A2 Journal: Did carefully attending to elements of lit help reading of story? Discuss Araby questions: formalist criticism Groups: Read stories assigned HW: finish reading ALL stories, come prepared with questions Fri B1 Man and Universe intro: what are our big questions about our universe? Vocab due next class! B3 Journal: Did carefully attending to elements of lit help reading of story? Discuss Araby questions: formalist criticism Groups: Read stories assigned HW: finish reading ALL stories, come prepared with questions “Araby” Formalist Criticism Point of View -From whose perspective is this story told? -How old is the narrator when he tells the story? -How old is he when the events are occurring? -How important is this time lapse? Why? -How (if at all) does the narrator himself feel about the lapse? -In terms of the narrator’s trustworthiness, what questions should a reader ask regarding the potential for subjective narration? Plot -How is the plot structured? -What is the climax of the story? -Why is it important that the uncle arrive late? -How would you describe the story’s ending line? -What language / images in the middle of the story suggest an archetypal pattern to the story? -One of Joyce’s goals what to emphasize the “significance of trivial things” to bring about an “epiphany,” or moment of sudden clarity about the true nature of actions or objects. What trivial things are significant? How do they lead to the epiphany? Setting -When and where is this story set? -Could it have been set elsewhere? Explain. -What details create a sense of place? -To what extent is the bazaar important as a destination? Why? What draws the narrator to it? -How important is the street to the narrator and his motivations? Character -What motivates the narrator to go the bazaar? -How plausible is are the narrator’s feelings? How realistic are his expectations? -How acquainted with Mangan’s sister is the narrator? -How educated is the narrator? How sophisticated is he? How sensitive? How introspective? -What kind of person is Mangan’s sister? -What are the roles of the aunt and uncle in the story? Dialogue -What are the girl and the two men doing? -What is the narrator’s role in that dialogue? -How does that dialogue lead to the narrator’s epiphany -What is the purpose of the dialogue among the boy, aunt, and uncle? -What do we understand from the dialogues between the narrator and Mangan’s sister? Style -What images predominate in the story? -What is the effect of the motif of religion? -On what reading level is the language in the story? -Is the language appropriate for the narrator? -What are some examples of slang or dialect in the story? Do they impede or enhance our understanding of the story? -What sorts of symbols do you find in the story? What do they symbolize? Theme -Is there any ambivalence on the part of the narrator towards his actions in the story? -What does the narrator learn from his experience? -What generalizations can be made from this story that we could apply today? -How didactic is the story? -What does the story suggest about unrequited love? About vanity? About childhood? Identity -What identity has the narrator constructed for himself before the trip to the bazaar? How do others affect that construction? -What happens to this construction at the bazaar? How does this affect the boy (immediately)? The narrator (long term)? -What does this story suggest to us, in a universal fashion, about identity, epiphanies, and the like? Overall -How effective is Joyce’s manipulation of narrative elements? -Are the elements logically interrelated? Explain. -Joyce said his aim in writing was “to give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own…for their mental, moral, and spiritual uplift.” To what extent does he fulfill his goal with this story? -What is the overall emotional effect of this story? How is it built?
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