When Fred commands, I obey. Here are the texts on my syllabus (in the order they’ll be taught). There’s a lot of poetry on here (ew), mainly because I need to start prepping for my qualifying exams next year. The Lauryn Hill Miseducation album is a running theme because of (1) the ideas of education and how to “read” things (2) that everything, including pop cultural items, demand to be “read” in certain ways and we should learn why they are that way and what’s at stake.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
by Frederick Douglass
Robert Frost: Mending Wall, Death of a Hired Man, and The Generations of Men from North of Boston
Wallace Stevens: The Emperor of Ice-Cream, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, and The Snow Man from Harmonium
Sylvia Plath: Ariel and Daddy from Ariel
Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Audre Lorde: Black Unicorn and Hanging Fire from The Black Unicorn
Walker Percy. The Loss of the Creature from The Message in the Bottle. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1954. 46-63.

Let me know what you think of any of the texts. The Walker Percy’s really interesting in an old school way, so if you can get a hold of a copy, you should check it out (Winnie, I can mail you some xeroxes if you’d like). That particular chapter talks about the difference between analyzing a Shakespearean sonnet and dissecting a dogfish and argues that today’s students (okay, in the 50’s) have more of a chance of understanding the dogfish than the sonnet. Interesting, wacky stuff.


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