• wtronrud wrote a new post, 201W Resource, on the site 201W Course Resources 7 months ago

    I have documented my work with 201W across two different semesters here. You will find past syllabi, resources, my reflections about best practices (what worked/what didn’t), and other tools.

  • Podcasts as a popular medium for entertainment is a relatively new phenomenon, the recent uptick in listeners beginning as recently as 2004. Serial, a wildly popular podcast, is an audio only form of entertainment […]

    • Had this podcast series been linear, I do not believe it would have attracted as many listeners that it pulled in by arranging it non-sequentially. A big part of the allure of Serial, is the fact that a murder case and trial are being told over to its listeners in story form, and not simply piece of evidence after evidence, and testimony after testimony. Had the story been told in a linear fashion, then details that Koenig leaves out intentionally in the earlier podcasts would be mentioned right away, and we, the listeners, would not have as many questions to keep us in suspense and thirsty for more. By Koenig relaying the story the way she did, she attracted more listeners and more of an awareness for Adnan’s case.

  • True or False: Serial pushes the boundaries of passive entertainment and engages listeners in the construction of narrative, and in a conversation about the repercussions of how, when and where a story is told (a […]

  • I found a few pieces of evidence problematic. I am choosing to talk about Mr. S. Mr. S is a character that I do not trust. Is it possible he is the killer? Yes it is possible but on the other hand, it is also […]

    • I disagree with the statement in your post, “the police never looked into it enough to actually find out.” The cops held on to Mr. S as a suspect for a while, especially considering that he barely had any connection to Hae to begin with. Perhaps what Koenig mentions at the end, about hearing about the case and not wanting to go to the police is plausible, but there is no proof either way. Due to Mr. S’s non-violent past, I do not believe him to be the killer. In addition, from his lack of connection to the case, he does not seem to be hiding information about the actual killer. I do believe Koenig (the narrator) was less biased in this episode, but only because the episode did not really revolve around Adnan, the main subject of her bias.

    • Since we have only listen to the first six episodes, I think it is too early to judge whether Mr. S “knows more than he is letting out.” This is my opinion because when the narrator introduces this man she said, “We will call him Mr. S for now, due to a reason you will learn about later” (“Leakin Park”). This statement makes me have a feeling that Mr. S still has a huge part to play in this podcast. In addressing your Blog on a whole, I disagree when you said, “Either way, his story is suspicious, ’’ I feel you need to convince us more why you say Mr. S story is suspicious. I feel that all of Mr. S actions thus far still make him an innocent man.

  • In episodes 2-6, identify one piece of evidence that troubles you and examine why it is problematic. Next, explore how that evidence has been represented in the podcast. To what extent does the podcast heighten or […]


    Week 2

    Mon June 8

    Paul Auster’s City of Glass Chapters 1-8. Intro to Paper 2 Close Reading & Imitation assignment Blog Posters Due

    Tues June 9
    City of Glass Chapters 9-End. Reading Quiz < […]

  • Choose ONE:

    Choose one moment from Paul Auster’s City of Glass that is of particular interest to you. Quote from it (using MLA requirements), and discuss its larger importance to chapters 1-8. Why is it […]

  • Choose ONE:

    Choose one moment from Paul Auster’s City of Glass that is of particular interest to you. Quote from it (using MLA requirements), and discuss its larger importance to chapters 1-8. Why is it […]

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    Instructions for your cover letter to your first paper: Please type 1-2 double spaced pages MAX. Please do not go over two pages.

    Please write it as a letter (Dear Wendy, Sincerely, Your […]

  • Make a connection between a point Tuan makes in either his intro or first chapter and Poe’s story, “William Wilson.” Articulate what you see the connection to be and use evidence from both texts (350-600 words […]

    • To the person that made the “kk” post, can you publish it please? It’s a draft, so nobody can comment. I’ve had this problem in the past with Qwriting. Just check it out, or else none of out will receive any credit. Thanks in advance!

  • Using the three readings that are due for Tuesday’s class, choose ONE prompt to which to respond:

    The unknown plays an important role in each text, and it takes on specific forms in each one. Discuss how the […]

  • For this last blog post, discuss a moment from Citizen that interests you or  confuses you. Use evidence and analyze and wonder about this moment. Draw connections between Rankine and at lease one other po […]

  • The nature of  Ancestry is a very lyrical one.  It is different then lineage in that it is more subjective, it is not only bestowed upon the person but also the persons choice. Ancestry implies a certain familial c […]

    • The first question that Rachel is asking here is quite interesting. In “The Idea of Ancestry,” Knight focuses more on the traditional meaning of “ancestry”- meaning, your lineage and who has preceded you in your family. However, in “Skinhead,” Smith totally ignores his familial ancestry and instead, he adopts America as his “ancestry.” Smith writes, “I’m your baby, America, your boy,” and I think this does show that the speaker is creating their own ancestry because the speaker identifies with America and not with a father, mother, grandfather, etc. I think who your ancestry is in a sense actually your decision because you decide with whom you wish to identify and call “your own.”For me, “Skinhead” has broadened the meaning of the word “Ancestry,” in that I no longer think of it as being only older/prior family members, but rather, it can be a person or country with whom a person relates and identifies with. (As a side note, the speaker in “Skinhead” mentions Hitler and the speaker does seem to posses “Hitler-like” traits so perhaps in a sense, the speaker recognizes Hitler as his/her “ancestry” as well…)

    • I found Rachel’s discussion of the skinhead to be interesting. She says that when the skinhead declares “I’m your baby, America…” it’s an empowering statement as well as an isolating one. I looked at it differently, as a statement of weakness and vulnerability. I think that although people who are skinheads or the like, who act very tough and very cool, seem to be powerful and in control, they are in actuality the weakest and the most vulnerable people in society. Their toughness and masochism are a mask, a tough and violent front to hide how scared they really are to just be themselves. The skinhead uses violent language and violent actions to hide how desperately he wants the acceptance and closeness that Rachel discusses.

    • Ancestry is a central feature of both works. Ancestry is something you are born into, nothing something you can chose. The Skinhead choses to blame his own faults and mistakes, such as his inability or unwillingness to work due to the loss of three of his fingers, on his American ancestry. However, I believe he is making a mistake in doing so. He is taking out his frustrations with himself on minority groups, then uses his ancestry as an excuse for his appalling actions. Additionally, I think the numbers in “The Idea of Ancestry” are very important. Rather than being vague, and using words like “many” or “a lot”, Knights goes through the trouble of using very exact numbers. Many can mean 2, but it can also mean a 100. His use of numbers acts as another detail in the work to add a layer of specificity to the work.

  • The three poems you are responsible for each deal with ideas of ancestry in some form. While Knight wrote his poem in the late 1960s from prison, Patricia Smith is a poet who is writing now. Although both write in […]

  • In reading Perelman’s Chronic Meanings one is able to grasp this idea of the “new sentence”. Throughout the poem we see Perelman avoiding any consistent narrative. Weather it be ending every line with a period or e […]

    • This poem may communicate something to the advanced reader, but i see nothing. I tried finding some deeper connection, like the fountain and the girl in the excerpt, but it is hard. I found that the poem flowed a little more read backwards, but still no meaning. This could be what Perelman wanted, for the reader to have to work for a meaning. This could be what the periods are for. They break up ideas so the reader does not become too attached to one line. It makes each part different so the reader must put the pieces together in order to take something from it.

    • Tackling this work is difficult because the narrator has a tendency to jump from topic to topic. If I am understanding his style correctly, Perelman wants us to analyze the emotions each line evokes rather than the words themselves. Oftentimes, emotion does not always flow consistently. If the narrator is indeed in love, he would experience a wide array of emotions. I think his inconsistency serves to further illustrate his point and demonstrate the effects and conflicts associated with love. It is possible that he uses the periods to further expand on this theory. He mentions that a sentence only gains meaning when placed next to another sentence. It is possible that he adds periods as a means of organization. He uses periods to denote each sentence in the work. Therefore, the reader is meant to view each sentence in relation to another in order to better understand the work.

    • I think the most powerful aspect about the poem is it’s ability to mean nothing, and mean everything at the same time. Steven said that he saw nothing and could not find a deeper connection, and perhaps that is the point. Perelman is able to take a straight forward sentence and end it with propositional phrases, giving this reader a sense of emptiness. It is then followed by a period, implying a completion. Perhaps Perelman is expressing something deeper about the nature of life. Life cannot be summed up in a simple sentence filled with nouns and containing a subject, it cannot be resolved that easily. It cannot find the deeper meanings that easily, instead many times it leaves us with a propositional phrase, unfinished.

    • For starters, I definitely do not think narrative need be consistent in order to make sense or even to communicate in that matter. This is a rather distant analogy, but even humans who do not speak the same language can still find some common ground in which they can communicate. That instance does not accurately describe the constant breaks the periods cause that Perelman uses but does display that, although ambiguous messages can still be conveyed. After reading the lines over and over I could not identify any real similarity between the words used by Perelman. What I did feel though is that the words in each sentence were connected, maybe not in the specific order we are shown, but if each line is rearranged a message can be found. For example the lines “Rock of ages, a modern./I think I had better.” can be rearranged to say a modern rock of ages I had better I think.

    • I agree with those above that this poem does not lend itself to any particular interpretation. The lines all relate back to the 2nd line of the poem, “Five words can say only.” This sentence/line frames the entire poem as perhaps not a poem but a collection of opening lines for a multitude of stories. I think it is interesting that Perelman has chosen the number 5 as this magical number to cut all his lines off at and not another number. The poem itself does not give any hint as to why he has chosen the number 5 but perhaps that is a question that could be asked as well. In either case I agree with Steven that this poem might just be a collection of random lines.

  • Use the background/information on the “new sentence” with which to discuss one of three poems you’ve been asked to read. How is this poem using “new sentences”? What do you see as a central tension or problem in […]

  • Dictee means “dictation” or “to write down what is dictated” in French. The overall book is divided in nine sections referencing the nine muses of classical Greece, each one about a different woman in history. We a […]

  • Put Rich’s “North America Time” and Lorde’s “Sisters in Arms” in conversation with each other around one of the questions below. Both poems are personal lyrics, where the I is of the poet. Use evidence from each […]

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