Reading for 11/3/09 (and Midterm)

October 24, 2009

Midterm essays are due this Tues, Oct 27, via email no later than midnight (There is no class that day because of the “midterm break”). After that points will be deducted for lateness according to course policy.

Your essay will be graded on your understanding of the theoretical concept(s) you are using as well as your ability to use it for detailed, sustained analysis of a cultural object. Please make sure that you reread any of the essays you plan to use in your midterm. As you read, write down quotes that seem relevant to your analysis. This will help you to maintain focus.

Send your midterm as a word attachment to my pratt email address and include your last name and the word “midterm” in the subject line, eg. “smith_midterm.” Remember that the essay should be in MLA format.

For the following week (Nov 3), please read Judith Butler “Subversive Bodily Acts” and Eve Sedgwick “Axiomatic,” both available for download below or through the library’s electronic reserve. Please also read Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel “Fun Home,” which you should have purchased by now (available via amazon and other book stores).

Angela Hoang will start our discussion on Butler, Joseph Kaiser will start our discussion on Sedgwick.

As you read “Fun Home,” think about how Butler and Sedgwick can be used to discuss the book. Jot down any concepts from their essays that are relevant to your reading.



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