Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
I need each question explained in 500 words.
1.Read Locke’s “The New Negro” and apply two of his characteristics of the Harlem Renaissance to one work from the other readings by Hughes, McKay, or Hurston. In what ways does the selection you chose convey the ideas in Locke’s definition? 2. Pick one of the three questions:
a. How does Dos Passos use technique in “The Body of an American” to convey the upheavals of war?
b. What is Faulkner saying about the division between rich and poor in “Barn Burning”?
c. What is Steinbeck saying about American expansionism in “The Leader of the People”?
3. Rank the poets you read for this lesson from least to most confessional. In other words, which of them seems most absorbed with personal feelings, experiences, etc., and which seem less so—and why? (Don’t simply make a list—you must rank them with a justification) *Contemporary Poetry:
Ginsberg, Howl (E487-95), “A Supermarket in California” (E495)
Plath, “Daddy” (E626); “Lady Lazarus” (E622-25)
Bishop, “The Fish” (E56-58), “The Moose” (E68-72)
Lowell, “Skunk Hour” (E301), “For the Union Dead” (E303-305)
Make sure you include an opening thesis that defines confessional poetry 🙂
4. Choose one of these stories and analyze what it says about America at mid-century. What are the pros and the cons in terms of middle-class affluence, ethnicity, and/or religion?
*Fiction in the Fifties:
Bellow, “Augie March” (E207-18)
O’Connor “Good Country People” (E435-49)
Cheever, “The Swimmer” (E140-48)
5. Choose one of these stories and analyze what the controlling metaphor (entropy, the cat, etc.) says about the author’s vision of postmodern America.
*The 60s:
Pynchon, “Entropy” (E730-42)
Le Guin, “Schrodinger’s Cat” (E588-93)
Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (E344-55) 6.Minimalism & Postcolonialism
Carver, “Cathedral” (E743-54)
Reed, “Neo-HooDoo Manifesto” (E762-64)
Lahiri, “Sexy” (E1192-1207)
6. Choose of these stories and discuss the thematic importance of storytelling as it relates to either minimalism or postcolonialism. How does storytelling convey the desire for contact that these texts dramatize?
*Minimalism & Postcolonialism
Carver, “Cathedral” (E743-54)
Reed, “Neo-HooDoo Manifesto” (E762-64)
Lahiri, “Sexy” (E1192-1207)