20th literature

For this assignment, you have two options—writing a paper—in response to the following prompt: The works of literature you are studying in Weeks 8 and 9 focus on themes of gender and sexual identity. For this assignment, you will connect the themes presented in this literature to another theme discussed in this course and the literature that focuses on that theme. Your assignment should consider these questions: How do the themes overlap?How do the themes differ?How do the themes and works of literature challenge each other or make each theme more complex?How do these works challenge the reader to see and feel the experiences that the writers are trying to portray?Does the style of the writing impact the reader in any way? Your assignment should discuss works by two authors you read in Weeks 8 or 9, as well as works by two authors you read in relationship to another of the course’s themes. Other themes from the course include modernism (Weeks 1 and 2), race and ethnicity (Weeks 3 and 4), and war and nationalism (Weeks 6 and 7). It should be 2.5 pages long and formatted according to MLA guidelines. As in all of your writing for this course, remember to be original in your writing. Do not simply retell information you learned from course materials.
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Literary Terms
Use the Glossary of Literary Terms or other
internet resources to define the following terms:
•
free verse style
•
Freudian criticism
•
Industrial Revolution
•
Industrialization
•
metaphor
•
modernism
•
Oedipus Complex
•
paradox
•
postmodernism
•
psychological criticism
•
rhythm
•
simile
Required Reading: Literature
Walt Whitman Read
this biographical information and at least the first 17 stanzas of the
poem “Song of Myself”.
Reading and Viewing Options
Select two modernists
from the list provided. For each, read their biographical information
and information about their works:
•
Psychology: Sigmund Freud
•
Read or listen to this biographical information and read this
overview of Freud’s theories
•
Art: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Read this biographical information and click on links to view examples of his
artwork. Also watch this video about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin
Rouge (2:14):
Music: Richard Strauss
Video: Richard Strauss: A Concise Biography (34:23)
Reading and Viewing Options: Literature
Select two writers from this list. Read their biographical information and one of their works of
literature:
1.
Ezra Pound
Read this biographical information and read or listen to the poem “Canto I”
2.
Gertrude Stein
Read this biographical information and one of these poems: “A Carafe, that is a Blind Glass,”
“Christian Bérard,” or “Hotel François 1er”
3.
James Joyce
Read or listen to this biographical information and read chapter 1 of the novel Ulysses
4.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Read or listen to this biographical information and read sections I and II of part I of the novella Notes
from the Underground
5.
Samuel Beckett
Read this biographical information and read or watch the play Endgame (1:21:24)
Reading and Viewing Options: Visual Art and Music
Select two visual artists or musicians from this list. For each, read their biographical information and
view their works:
1.
Visual Art: Salvador Dali
Read or listen to this biographical information, view examples of Dali’s work in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, and watch a short video about one of his most famous works: either “The Persistence
of Memory” (6:27) or “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” (4:07)
2.
Visual Art: René Magritte
Read or listen to this biographical information and view examples of his most
important work
3.
Visual Art: Michael Cheval
Read this biographical information, read about and view examples of his work, and watch a
short documentary in which he discusses his work
4.
Visual Art: Dana Schutz
Read this biographical information and read this article about Schutz’s work
5.
Music: Claude Debussy
Read or listen to this biographical information and watch a short video about
Debussy’s work (3:11)
Required Reading: Literature
Read the biographical information about all six writers listed, along with one work of literature by
each:
1.
Maya Angelou
Watch this biographical video (22:05) and read or listen to Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”
2.
James Berry
Read this biographical information and one of the following poems from this collection of
Berry’s work: “Caribbean Proverb Poems I,” “Detention and Departure,” “New World
Colonial Child,” or “An Echo After Freedom Bid”
3.
Sandra Cisneros
Read this biographical information and one of Cisneros’ short stories: “Dirt” or “Puro Amor”
4.
Nadine Gordimer
Read or listen to this biographical information and one of Gordimer’s short stories: “Safe
Houses” or “Homage”
5.
Dorothy Hewett
Read or listen to this biographical information and one of Hewett’s poems: “Christmas Eve in
Queensland,” “Nullarbor Tea Party,” “Digging It In,” or “To the Literary Ladies”
6.
Mazisi Kunene
Read this biographical information and one of Kunene’s poems: “Return of the Bird of Exile”
or “They Also are Children of the Earth”
Reading Options: Literature
Select three writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1.
Olive Senior
Read this biographical information and the poem “Meditation on Yellow”
2.
Langston Hughes
Read this biographical information and the poem “Theme for English B”
3.
Garrett Hongo
Read this biographical information and one of Hongo’s poems: “Coral Road” or “A Child’s Ark”
4.
Richard Blanco
Read this biographical information and the poem “América” (audio also available).
Viewing Options: Film
Watch a second full-length film from this list. All of these films are available for streaming online and
the cost, if you need to pay to watch the film, is only $2.99:
1.
The Color Purple (2:34:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
2.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1:48:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
3.
Gandhi (3:11:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
4.
A Dry White Season (1:37:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
5.
Do the Right Thing (2:00:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
6.
Dances With Wolves (3:01:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
7.
The Killing Fields (2:21:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
8.
Red River (2:31:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
9.
Schindler’s List (3:15:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
Reading Options: Literature
Select four writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1.
W.B. Yeats
Read this biographical information and the poem “Easter 1916”
2.
Yosano Akiko
Read this biographical information and read or listen to the poem “O My Brother, You Must Not Die”
3.
Rupert Brooke
Read this biographical information and the poem “The Soldier”
4.
Wilfred Owen
Read this biographical information and the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”
5.
Isaac Rosenberg
Read this biographical information and one of Rosenberg’s poems: “August 1914,” “Break of Day in
the Trenches,” or “Dead Man’s Dump”
6.
W.H. Auden
Read this biographical information and the poem “September 1, 1939”
7.
Sylvia Plath
Read this biographical information and listen to Plath reading her poem “The Thin People” (2:30)
Viewing Options
Watch one video about World War I and one video about World War II from these lists:
World War I
1.
World War I: The War that Failed to End Wars (14:22)
Week1
Literary Terms
Use the Glossary of Literary Terms or other
internet resources to define the following terms:
•
free verse style
•
Freudian criticism
•
Industrial Revolution
•
Industrialization
•
metaphor
•
modernism
•
Oedipus Complex
•
paradox
•
postmodernism
•
psychological criticism
•
rhythm
•
simile
Required Reading: Literature
Walt Whitman Read
this biographical information and at least the first 17 stanzas of the
poem “Song of Myself”.
Reading and Viewing Options
Select two modernists
from the list provided. For each, read their biographical information
and information about their works:
•
Psychology: Sigmund Freud
•
Read or listen to this biographical information and read this
overview of Freud’s theories
•
Art: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Read this biographical information and click on links to view examples of his
artwork. Also watch this video about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin
Rouge (2:14):
Music: Richard Strauss
Video: Richard Strauss: A Concise Biography (34:23)
Week2
Reading and Viewing Options: Literature
Select two writers from this list. Read their biographical information and one of their works of
literature:
1.
Ezra Pound
Read this biographical information and read or listen to the poem “Canto I”
2.
Gertrude Stein
Read this biographical information and one of these poems: “A Carafe, that is a Blind Glass,”
“Christian Bérard,” or “Hotel François 1er”
3.
James Joyce
Read or listen to this biographical information and read chapter 1 of the novel Ulysses
4.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Read or listen to this biographical information and read sections I and II of part I of the novella Notes
from the Underground
5.
Samuel Beckett
Read this biographical information and read or watch the play Endgame (1:21:24)
Reading and Viewing Options: Visual Art and Music
Select two visual artists or musicians from this list. For each, read their biographical information and
view their works:
1.
Visual Art: Salvador Dali
Read or listen to this biographical information, view examples of Dali’s work in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, and watch a short video about one of his most famous works: either “The Persistence
of Memory” (6:27) or “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” (4:07)
2.
Visual Art: René Magritte
Read or listen to this biographical information and view examples of his most
important work
3.
Visual Art: Michael Cheval
Read this biographical information, read about and view examples of his work, and watch a
short documentary in which he discusses his work
4.
Visual Art: Dana Schutz
Read this biographical information and read this article about Schutz’s work
5.
Music: Claude Debussy
Read or listen to this biographical information and watch a short video about
Debussy’s work (3:11)
Week3
Required Reading: Literature
Read the biographical information about all six writers listed, along with one work of literature by
each:
1.
Maya Angelou
Watch this biographical video (22:05) and read or listen to Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”
2.
James Berry
Read this biographical information and one of the following poems from this collection of
Berry’s work: “Caribbean Proverb Poems I,” “Detention and Departure,” “New World
Colonial Child,” or “An Echo After Freedom Bid”
3.
Sandra Cisneros
Read this biographical information and one of Cisneros’ short stories: “Dirt” or “Puro Amor”
4.
Nadine Gordimer
Read or listen to this biographical information and one of Gordimer’s short stories: “Safe
Houses” or “Homage”
5.
Dorothy Hewett
Read or listen to this biographical information and one of Hewett’s poems: “Christmas Eve in
Queensland,” “Nullarbor Tea Party,” “Digging It In,” or “To the Literary Ladies”
6.
Mazisi Kunene
Read this biographical information and one of Kunene’s poems: “Return of the Bird of Exile”
or “They Also are Children of the Earth”
Week4
Reading Options: Literature
Select three writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1.
Olive Senior
Read this biographical information and the poem “Meditation on Yellow”
2.
Langston Hughes
Read this biographical information and the poem “Theme for English B”
3.
Garrett Hongo
Read this biographical information and one of Hongo’s poems: “Coral Road” or “A Child’s Ark”
4.
Richard Blanco
Read this biographical information and the poem “América” (audio also available).
Viewing Options: Film
Watch a second full-length film from this list. All of these films are available for streaming online and
the cost, if you need to pay to watch the film, is only $2.99:
1.
The Color Purple (2:34:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
2.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1:48:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
3.
Gandhi (3:11:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
4.
A Dry White Season (1:37:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
5.
Do the Right Thing (2:00:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
6.
Dances With Wolves (3:01:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
7.
The Killing Fields (2:21:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
8.
Red River (2:31:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
9.
Schindler’s List (3:15:00)
If you would like additional information about this film, read this synopsis or this review
Week6
Reading Options: Literature
Select four writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1.
W.B. Yeats
Read this biographical information and the poem “Easter 1916”
2.
Yosano Akiko
Read this biographical information and read or listen to the poem “O My Brother, You Must Not Die”
3.
Rupert Brooke
Read this biographical information and the poem “The Soldier”
4.
Wilfred Owen
Read this biographical information and the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”
5.
Isaac Rosenberg
Read this biographical information and one of Rosenberg’s poems: “August 1914,” “Break of Day in
the Trenches,” or “Dead Man’s Dump”
6.
W.H. Auden
Read this biographical information and the poem “September 1, 1939”
7.
Sylvia Plath
Read this biographical information and listen to Plath reading her poem “The Thin People” (2:30)
Viewing Options
Watch one video about World War I and one video about World War II from these lists:
World War I
1.
World War I: The War that Failed to End Wars (14:22)
Week7
Reading Options: Literature
Select two writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
Rudyard Kipling
Read this biogReading Options: Literature
Select two writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1.
Rudyard Kipling
Read this biographical information and the poem “White Man’s Burden”
2.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Read or listen to this biographical information and read the poem “The Orange, the Fig, and the
Whisper of Grapes”
3.
Shang Qin
Read this biographical information and the poem “Electric Lock”
4.
Denise Levertov
Read this biographical information and the poem “Making Peace”
5.
Ilya Kaminsky
Read this biographical information and this interview with Kaminsky, which includes the poem “We
Live Happily During the War”
1.
raphical information and the poem “White Man’s Burden”
2.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Read or listen to this biographical information and read the poem “The Orange, the Fig, and the
Whisper of Grapes”
3.
Shang Qin
Read this biographical information and the poem “Electric Lock”
4.
Denise Levertov
Read this biographical information and the poem “Making Peace”
5.
Ilya Kaminsky
Read this biographical information and this interview with Kaminsky, which includes the poem “We
Live Happily During the War”
Viewing Options
Watch one full-length film OR one short film from these lists:
Full-length Films
1.
Billion Dollar Brain (1:43:00)
Originally a novel by Len Deighton (1966), this film depicts the story of an unnamed secret agent who
stumbled upon a plot to cause a nuclear-war and tries to stop it.
2.
The Battle of Algiers (2:01:33)
This film has been noted as one of the most influential political films in history. The film reconstructs
the events that occurred in the capital city of Algeria between 1954 and 1957 and their struggle for
independence from the French.
Short Films
1.
The Space Race (2:58)
The battle to get the first spaceship on the moon.
2. Sound Smart: The Red Scare (2:01)
The fear-mongering of communism in the United States, including the charges pressed
against the NAACP and artists.
Required Viewing: Visual Art
View these examples of communist propaganda posters and watch this short anti-communist
propaganda video (1:49)
Reading Options: Philosophy and Critical Analysis
Select one of the options from this list—either Karl Marx or one of the critical analyses—and read the
associated materials
1.
Philosophy: Karl Marx
Read this biographical information and this excerpt from “The Communist Manifesto.” For additional
background, you may also read this article about Marx’s life, work, and enduring influence
2.
Critical Analysis: James Bond Films
Read this critical analysis about the James Bond films and read or listen to this historical
information about popular culture and the Cold War
3.
Critical Analysis: The Arts and the Cold War
Read this critical analysis about the conscription of the arts during the Cold War and read or listen to
this historical information about popular culture and the Cold War
Literary Terms
Use the Glossary of Literary Terms or other internet resources to define the following
terms:
allusion
biographical criticism
connotation
deconstructionism
ennui
irony
feminism
feminist criticism
framed narrative
gender criticism
open form
personification
symbol
Required Viewing: Philosophy
Judith Butler
Read this biographical information and watch this video in which Butler unpacks the notion of
gender (3:00)
Reading Options: Literature
Select three poets from this
list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1
Audre Lorde Read this biographical information and the poem
“Afterimages”
2
3
Ishrat Afreen Read this biographical information and the poem
“Liberation”
4
5
Emily Dickinson Read this biographical information, the poem
“My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun,” and any two additional
poems by Dickinson
6
7
Frank Bidart Read this biographical information and the poem
“Queer”
Reading Options: Literature
Begin reading one of the
longer works of literature from this list (due in Week 9). Also read
the biographical information about the author:
1
Virginia Woolf Read this biographical information and Chapter 1
of the novel Orlando: A Biography
T.S. Eliot Read this biographical information and the poem “The Love Song
of J. Alfred Prufrock.” For additional background, you may also read this
critical analysis about gender in the poem
Required Viewing: Visual Art
Frida Kahlo
Read this biographical information and view examples of Kahlo’s work
For this assignment, you will write a paper in which you discuss the works of
Judith Butler, Frida Kahlo, and any three poets from this week’s list. After reading
their biographies and their works, discuss these intellectuals’ motivations for
creating and sharing these works. More specifically:
Why does Judith Butler dissect the notion of gender and share her thoughts?
Why does Frida Kahlo paint what she paints?
Why do these poets write about these topics and in the writing styles that they
use?
Your paper should also use a total of three literary terms from this week’s list to
analyze the works.
Your paper should be two pages long and should include a thorough introduction
and conclusion. Your paper must be in MLA format. Although you should cite the
works, you do not need to include a Works Cited page.
Literary Terms
Use the Glossary of Literary Terms or other
internet resources to define the following terms:
•
allusion
•
biographical criticism
•
connotation
•
deconstructionism
•
ennui
•
feminism
•
feminist criticism
•
framed narrative
•
gender criticism
•
irony
•
open form
•
personification
•
symbol
Required Reading: Literature
Sylvia Plath Read
this biographical information and read or listen to the play “Three
Women” (26:30)
Required Viewing: Philosophy
Judith Butler Watch this
video in which Butler discusses how discourse creates homosexuality (1:06)
Reading Options: Literature
Select two writers from this list. For each, read their biographical information and one of their
poems:
1.
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