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Elit 10 class 20

  1.  Discussion: • “We Might as Well be Strangers”  Presentation: End of course  Paper #2 (Due Friday 12/12 at 9:15) Homework Self-assessment  Exam Preparation  Revisions due Friday, week 11 before noon.
  2.  Q: What is the proper way to come out to your parents?  Q: Are there better ways to come out?  Q: Is it necessary to come out to parents?  Q: How does Alison’s grandmother’s experience with her roommate’s family mirror Alison’s experience with her mother?  Q: In what ways, consciously or subconsciously, do we come out throughout our lifetimes?  Q: What is the most hurtful part of Alison’s mom’s reaction?  Q: Why did Alison not reveal to her mother that she had already come out to her grandmother, and that her grandmother accepted her homosexuality?
  3.  Q: If the mom already “knew” that Alison was gay with Laura, then why didn’t she do anything sooner?  Why does Alison’s mother react so differently than Alison’s grandmother about coming out?  Q: Was it right for Alison to come out to her grandmother and mother separately?  Q: If we can make connections like Alison’s grandmother did towards her feeling, could it make the coming out experience a bit more easier, instead of exploding in rage like her mother? Does it possibly show the two types of people in this world between Allison’s mother and grandmother?  Q: Why did Alison’s grandmother not help her come out to her mother?  Q: If Alison’s grandmother had not had any Holocaust experience, would she have been as closed-minded as Alison’s mother?
  4.  Class 20: • Introduce Essay #2 • Self-assessment • Introduce Exam #2  Class 21: • Film  Class 22: • Individual Conferences by appointment • Self-assessment due  Class 23: • Friday 12/12 9:15 to 11:15 • Exam #2 • Final paper due before class.
  5.  In this second half of our quarter, we have read and discussed multiple texts, theories, and opinions on both literature and literary analysis, and for this reason, I offer you many choices for your second essay: In a thesis driven essay of 2-5 pages (formatted in MLA style), analyze one or more aspects of one of the primary texts we have read in the second half of this quarter. Aim to convince readers that your interpretation adds to the conversation among those who read and write about queer texts. Back up your analysis with reasons and support from the story. Consider using one or more secondary sources to help support your ideas and assertions.
  6. PRIMARY TEXTS  Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon  The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren  “Gee, You Don’t Seem Like an Indian From the Reservation” By Barbara Cameron  “Philorstorgy, Now Obscure” By Allen Barnett  Stone Butch Blues By Leslie Feinberg  “Am I Blue” By Bruce Colville  “We Might As Well Be Strangers” By M.E. Kerr SECONDARY SOURCES  From Critical Theory Today “Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Theory” by Lois Tyson  “From Psychopathia Sexualis” Krafft-Ebbing  “Studies in the Psychology of Sex” by Havelock Ellis  “The Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman” by Sigmund Freud  “A Letter to an American Mother” Sigmund Freud
  7. 1. What are the politics (ideological agendas) of specific gay, lesbian, or queer works, and how are those politics revealed in...the work's thematic content or portrayals of its characters? 2. What are the poetics (literary devices and strategies) of a specific lesbian, gay, or queer works? 3. What does the work contribute to our knowledge of queer, gay, or lesbian experience and history, including literary history? 4. How is queer, gay, or lesbian experience coded in texts that are by writers who are apparently homosexual? 5. How might the works of heterosexual writers be reread to reveal an unspoken or unconscious lesbian, gay or queer presence? That is, does the work have an unconscious lesbian, gay or queer desire or conflict that it submerges?
  8. 6. What does the work reveal about the operations (socially, politically, psychologically) of heterosexism? 7. How does the literary text illustrate the problematics of sexuality and sexual "identity," that is the ways in which human sexuality does not fall neatly into the separate categories defined by the words homosexual and heterosexual? 8. What elements in the text exist in the middle, between the perceived masculine/feminine binary? In other words, what elements exhibit traits of both (bisexual)? 9. What elements of the text can be perceived as being masculine (active, powerful) and feminine (passive, marginalized) and how do the characters support these traditional roles? 10. What sort of support (if any) is given to elements or characters who question the masculine/feminine binary? What happens to those elements/characters?
  9.  Manifestations of queerness on the body  Internalized oppression in lgbtqqia2p people  Identify, analyze and explain coded texts: when, how, and why?  Analyze the military as a homosocial/homosexual realm  Analyze and explain social stigma and consequences for homosexual behavior and those effects on queer people.  Identify, analyze, and explain demons and predators in queer literature.  Analyze spaces specific to queer characters  Analyze the connection between death and queerness
  10.  Masculinity (in men and women)  Femininity (in men and women)  Race/Class/Sex privilege and queerness • Love • Guilt and blame • Medical and other social services • Isolation • Queer spaces • Violence • Oppression • Passing
  11. Be Familiar with the Text  A good paper begins with the writer having a solid understanding of the work. Being able to have the whole text in your head when you begin thinking through ideas will actually allow you to write the paper more quickly in the long run.  Spend some time just thinking about the story. Flip back through the book and consider what interests you about this book—what seemed strange, new, or important?
  12.  Consider how you might approach each topic. What will your answer to each question show about the text? So what? Why will anyone care? Try this phrase for each prompt to see if you have an idea: “This book/short story shows ______________________. This is important because ______________________.” For more information, see the presentation from class 10
  13. Write about literature in present tense  Avoid using “thing,” “something,” “everything,” and “anything.”  Avoid writing in second person.  Avoid using contractions.  Cut Wordy Sentences  Avoid run-on sentences and fragments.  Check for misused words  Put commas and periods inside of quotation marks
  14.  Does the paper follow MLA guidelines? • For help, click on “MLA Guidelines” and view the “Basic MLA format” video.  Is the page length within assigned limits?  Is the font type and size within the assigned guidelines?  Does the Header follow the assignment guidelines?  Is the professor's name spelled correctly? Kim Palmore  Is your name spelled correctly?  Does the paper have a title? Is it a good title? Is the title in the appropriate location?  Have you italicized book and movie titles and put stories, articles, and poems in quotation marks.
  15. The homework post points (100) require self-assessment. Consider three aspects of your responses: First, how many of the posts did you make? Second, what was the quality of your response? Third, how timely were your submissions? Write a paragraph justifying your grade. You may submit this to me by email as soon as you finish post 20, but you must send it before class 22.
  16. Passage Identification by author and work a. He looked into the dull costly garden. It improved. A man had come into it from the back of the yew hedge. He had on a canary-coloured shirt, and the effect was exactly right. The whole scene blazed. That was what the place wanted—not a flowerbed, but a man, who advanced with a confident tread down the amphitheatre, and as he came nearer Conway saw that besides being proper to the colour scheme he was a very proper youth. 3. Character Identification a. The sound of an approaching train awoke him, and he started to his feet, remembering only his resolution, and afraid lest he should be too late. He stood watching the approaching locomotive, his teeth chattering, his lips drawn away from them in a frightened smile; once or twice he glanced nervously sidewise, as though he were being watched. When the right moment came, he jumped.
  17. Author Identification She is best known for writing about the landscape of the American heartland and those who immigrated and settled there in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This is most vividly expressed in her two most famous novels, O Pioneers! (1913) and My Ántonia (1918). Comprehensive Essay Question: 500 words Using one or more texts, discuss what the works reveal about the operations (socially, politically, psychologically) of heterosexism.
  18. Begin Paper 2 QHQ 20: paper abstract or summary, with a thesis argument. Friday, Week 11, all revisions due before noon. Self-assessment due