Thursday, February 09, 2006

Assignment for ENG 218: Preparing for your conference

[I emailed this to you all last week, but some of you can't open Word documents from home. Here it is as follows.]

Assignment for ENG 218: Preparing for your conference

"You must write for yourself, above all. That is [your] only hope of creating something beautiful."--Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary

There will be no class this coming Thursday, February 16. Instead, we will have individual conferences. These are the items you need to have on hand and the tasks you must prepare for your conference:

1. A printed copy of your Praise Poem.
If you look at our Class Blog, you will see that I am posting more background information and examples of Praise Poems and its connection to the oral traditions of poetry on up to country singers, rappers, and hip-hop culture.

Part of the Praise Poem tradition is the idea of the manifesto; you'll find some materials on that as well. I will not be quizzing you on these materials; however, I will be asking you questions about your process of writing your Praise Poem and how you think it relates to the idea of oral traditions as it relates to the oral interpretation of literature.

2. Your audioblog entry of your Praise Poem performance, which must be on the Course Blog by 11pm this Sunday, February 12.

3. Two more audioblog performances of two more poems. Yes, I didn't mention this in class. So now you know how important it is to read your email! You must choose from four poems I've placed in the Week 5 folder. I will be asking you about these performances in our conference as well. Please do this by 10pm the evening before your scheduled conference.

4. You will also be reading, from memory, a poem you have written. This can be your Praise Poem or another poem. Either way, have a printed copy of it for me. I will be documenting these performances as well, either by sound recording or videotape.

We will meet in my office in Mandelbaum Hall, 441 Western Avenue, 1st Floor. A missed conference counts as a missed class (i.e., one absence), and cannot be made up.