American Literature 1915 - present took me by surprise. The course demands sincere intellectual thought about the topics it introduces, and the blogging has aided in that thought process. I found throughout the term I was continuously challenged to seek answers for myself rather than them be provided for me. As a whole my blogs are notably shorter this time around. I noticed from compiling the first portfolio that shorter entries received greater response than lengthier ones. I can say with total honesty that I've put a lot of effort into this class.
All my entries fulfill the criteria for coverage: Each takes a direct quote from the work and discusses it. So, I offer some of my more brief contributions.
For the most part, my entries managed the Friday deadlines. (Any posted late were still completed before class discussions.)
Topics that sparked conversation.
Nikita said: "This is very interesting. I didn't think about the choice in names, but it does make sense."
What is up with the Bloods?
Chris said: "I didn't read very much into this conversation, but after having read your blog, April, I must agree that it certainly does appear to deliver a message to the audience."
The Trouble With Bugs and Coffee Grinds
Andrew said: "Ellison puts so much detail into almost every line of the book, I know exactly how you feel."
Reading assignments that got the mental gears churning.
I provide a link to an insightful interpretation of Henry and Gladys in The Skin of Our Teeth.
A more personal entry that came about from a Foster reading.
Discussed how differently my sister and I reacted to "My Papa's Waltz."
Dancing to a Different Tune
A lighter entry that still triggered greater thought. I include links to images for visual aid.
What Makes You Special?
Contribution to classmates blogs.
Response to Sue's reaction over the issue of invisibility in The Invisible Man.
A comment on confusion in one academic article mentioned in Aja's blog.
Emerson said...Or was it Ellison
Talking about "blind innocence" in The Invisble Man on Alyssa's blog.
Naivety and Failure
I gave my opinion on close reading in Chris' blog.
Do I need new specs?