• As it happens, I’m writing a paper that includes reference to our readings for this week, so the issues they raise are right in the front of my mind, and I’m especially curious to hear what you think.

    First, […]

  • There are quite a few, I think!

  • Generally, we’ll draw our keyterms from theoretical texts rather than literary ones, but Antigone is a little unusual for us, and I think you might find some useful keyterms in it, so– here’s the page.

  • Polis…?

  • (It’s week 7 already!)

    As I was rereading the essays for this week, I realized that I’ve had them in my mind for our last several discussions, so I kind of forgot that you haven’t read them yet. (And this is a […]

  • I’ll post some teaching materials here that other instructors have found useful for:

    Responding to Drafts

    Draft Letter (annotated)
    Revision letter mad lib

    Peer Review and Draft Workshops

    “Your […]

  • Hi!

    I’m late posting the papers because you were late sending them– only one of you got your drafts in on Friday as planned, so these are late getting back to you. Next time, let’s work out a schedule that’s […]

  • It seems kind of uncanny that last week’s reading was about a woman who sacrifices herself to challenge the rule of a tyrannical king, and this week’s reading opens “in the cavernous chambers of the Supreme Court […]

  • Oh, sigh. How are we going to talk about grading– which is a pressing subject!– when the vileness of our political situation is so pressing, too?

    I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time getting anything […]

    • Correction: “among others, I do feel that attendance and timely submission of assignments are the factors that students can manage to favorably impact their grade.” I was writing this response somewhat carelessly on a tablet device in public. Oops!

    • Hi everyone, I am joining the blog a bit late in the semester. I am catching up with previous readings and blogs as I go, so please accept my apologies if some of the issues I raise here, have possibly been addressed in previous weeks:
      In Elbow’s “Ranking, Evaluating, Liking”, a good number of issues are raised to dismiss the idea of ranki…[Read more]

  • Before we talk about Antigone, I want to salute the three of you who are celebrating your birthdays this weekend. I hope they’re the best birthdays imaginable. The rest of us will think of you this weekend and […]

    • “autonomous life of interiority”- the idea that the interior reality is somehow separate from all of the external realities of life, and the means by which an author must go in order to convey the interior realities of a protagonist to the reader.

    • (Lukacs, 66)

    • “aesthetic modernity” (Casanova 75) :

      The means, factors, or markers by which an audience will gauge and assess the historical moment in which a text is situated; it is relative to given society’s “aesthetic norms.”

      In turn, it “sets the time” (Fisk)

    • “Literary Resources” (Casanova 83) – The accumulated history and achievements of a given nation that gives it credence and allows it to enter and participate in the world literary space. The allocation of these resources are controlled by those in the center of the space, creating the sense of “soft violence” or domination to those outside the…[Read more]

    • “World Literary Space” (72): the space that exists between literature and the world, typically autonomous from national politics. For example, Orhan Pamuk creates his own ‘space’ through his novel, “The Museum of Innocence.” Though a fictional story, Pamuk’s novel creates a believable world that allows for his characters to interact (and fall in…[Read more]

    • Inter-national Literary Power Relations (Casanova, 79) :

      Literature worldwide that is associated politically. It can be shown in literature from 1890 and 1930 through the events that happened in London and Paris. However, there are other factors that can be assessed when looking at literature from these parts of the world. In other words, we…[Read more]

    • “Astigmatism”

      Although astigmatism is only mentioned once in the reading, I felt it was largely representational of the ideas being discussed. Casanova writes
      “The national division of literatures leads to a form of astigmatism. An analysis of Irish literary space between 1890 and 1930 that… passed in silence over the trajectories, exiles,…[Read more]

    • “Degrees of Autonomy” is the amount of space and freedom the literature world is given to itself aside from the political and social spheres. As Casanova states “But if the literary world is relatively independent of the political and eco- nomic universe, it is by the same token relatively dependent on it. The entire history of world literary…[Read more]

    • “Modernismo” (Casanova 88)

      “It is in these terms that I would analyse the advent of modernismo in the Spanish-speaking countries at the end of the 19th century. How to explain the fact that this movement, which turned the entire tradition of Hispanic poetry on its head…”

      Modernismo was an important event in literary history towards the…[Read more]

    • Casanova 86

      There are types of domination within the literary sphere that are broken into three major pieces: linguistic, literary, and political. The types of works presented and studied within literature are often controlled by the dominating factors, such as the languages of the works produced, the content that is produced-…[Read more]

    • “Literary globalization” (Casanova 74)

      “‘literary globalization’ – better defined as a short-term boost to publishers’ profits in the most market-oriented and powerful centres through the marketing of products intended for rapid ‘de-nationalized’ circulation.”

      Literary globalization is the process of globalizing a national text. In the sense…[Read more]

    • “Laws” (Pg. 23)- Baldwin speaks to the laws of society and the role of the [American] writer to speak of those laws. The laws of Society may be unclear, unspoken or “hidden” by the people of said society as he says but the job of the writer is to uncover those laws and through literature not necessarily explicitly speak about what is being…[Read more]

  • I think this week’s discussion might follow quite logically from last week’s. We’re talking about really practical things here, about the kinds of marks we make on our students’ writing, to teach them how to […]

  • Your posts from last week were so interesting– so full of ideas, representing so much engagement with the texts and with each other– that I really wish we’d met to talk about them. Since we didn’t, I want to […]

  • There’s so much here! I understand why Elaine held onto the opposition that Berzsenyi sets up between comments that are “inquisitive and interpretive” vs. those that are “directive,” and I think we could talk about that for a long time. Marginal comments just tend to *sound better* and support stronger revisions when they’re phrased as…[Read more]

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