[I emailed this to you all last week, but some of you can't open Word documents from home. Here it is as follows.]
"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 this Sunday, February 12.
We will meet in my office in Mandelbaum Hall,