Unit Theme: Culture and Identity
Week 2 Focus: Fiction and Nonfiction
My Week 2 Rundown
Before you begin this week’s reading, review the discussion prompts for this week: Considering the Clash of Cultures in Literature and How Fiction and Nonfiction Function. The following texts will serve as the basis for this week’s discussion:
- Introduction to “Culture and Identity” section, Literature: The Human Experience (hereafter LHE) 524-25.
- (Fiction) “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, LHE 526-33.
- (Fiction) “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, LHE 566-67.
- (Fiction) Individual choice: Read at least one of the remaining stories in the “Fiction” section of “Culture and Identity” in LHE.
- (Nonfiction) “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, LHE 694-99.
- (Nonfiction) “Ironed Blue Sky, 88° F” by Abeer Hoque, LHE 710-13. Read this in conjunction with William Blake’s “The Tyger” (LHE 130), which Hoque responds to in her essay.
- (Nonfiction) Individual choice: Read at least one of the remaining essays in the “Essays” section of “Culture and Identity” in LHE (this includes “African Literature: What Tradition?” by Es’kia Mphahlele).
- “One View of Culture,” in which I talk about several principles that can be used to talk about culture.
- (Strongly encouraged) “Reading Fiction,” LHE 6-11. Review the questions listed on pages 10-11 under “Exploring Fiction.” You might want to dog ear these pages and return to them as we discuss fiction throughout the semester.
- (Strongly encouraged) “Reading Essays” LHE 30-36. Review the questions listed on page 36 under “Exploring Essays.” You might want to dog ear these pages and return to them as we discuss nonfiction throughout the semester.
- (Audio) Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” read by Miette of “Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast.”
- (Video) “Girl by Jamaica Kincaid – Film Interpretation for ENG4UN-01” by Dilani Pieris.
- (Video) “10 Questions for Jamaica Kincaid,” Time Magazine interview with the author.
- (Video) “‘Shooting an Elephant’ by George Orwell” read by harveydinio.
- (Web page) “Abeer Hoque” on KQED’s “The Writer’s Block” (San Francisco” reading her short story “Swing State.”
- Record two entries in your Reading Notebook.
- Search the internet for an online resource that supplements one of the texts from this week’s reading (see my list of supplemental texts for examples of what you might find). Once you’ve found your resource, paste a link in this shared Google spreadsheet. Be sure to fill in all the information asked for in the sheet.
- If you haven’t done so already, add your Twitter username to the document on the flipside of this link.
- Initial post by Friday, three responses by Monday (9/8): Participate in the Considering the Class of Cultures in Literature Google+ (G+) Conversation.
- Initial post by Friday, three responses by Monday: Participate in the How Fiction and Non-fiction Function G+ Conversation.
- Complete the Week 2 Reflection. (Via Moodle, so you’ll need your ISU creds to access the assessment.)
- Complete the Week 2 Terms to Know Quiz (Extra Credit). (Via Moodle, so you’ll need your ISU creds to access the quiz.) See my explanation of the Terms to Know EC Assignment in this video.
*Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due by midnight of the date posted.