WEEKS 1, 2, 3, 4
|EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER|
WEEK 1, 2, 3: LECTURE NOTES/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS and ARTICLES/WEBSITES
WEEK 1: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 1 (download my class notes here) - on Foer's biography, the novel, major themes
TUESDAY: class introductions, policies, expectations, assignments
THURSDAY: BACKGROUND to author, novel:
_____________________________________________________________________________________TUESDAY: Continue Illuminated and background to author, novel:
THURSDAY: (You can sign in on Lakernet and access this article directly, or search for this article on Academic Search Complete)
Alan L. "Unclaimed Experience: Trauma and Identity in Third Generation
Writing about the Holocaust." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of
Jewish Studies 28.3 (2010): 149-158. Academic Search Complete.
EBSCO. Web. 24 Aug. 2011.
discusses how Foer's novel represents a unique characteristic of a third
generation Holocaust author, and compares his characteristics to two other
Holocaust writers of his generation. I thought this was interesting because it
communicated how different people (and specifically authors) interpret and
express trauma very differently. My only concern with this article is that the
section of Foer's work is only about three pages long; it is short, but still
applicable to our future discussion of the novel.
WEEK 3: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 3 - Foer contd.; Collado-Rodriguez article
TUESDAY: Continue Illuminated
THURSDAY: PAPER 1: Discussion - how to formulate an argument, and organise paragraphs
- ARTICLE: (You can sign in on Lakernet and access the article directly, or search for this article on Academic Search Complete)
Francisco. "Ethics in the Second Degree: Trauma and Dual Narratives in
Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything Is Illuminated.." Journal of
Modern Literature 32.1 (2008): 54-68. Academic Search Complete.
EBSCO. Web. 24 Aug. 2011.
This is a
great article that focuses on the form of the novel, and how Foer uses dual representations
to blend the realism of the Holocaust with mythical elements of fiction. The
author explains how the oscillation between the traumatic events of the
Holocaust and the colorful mythical images Foer creates is key to interpreting
Type up at least ONE idea for a paper (look over the first page of PAPER 1 instructions). I'll collect your typed responses, and we'll work out how to structure your paper together:
a) What is it that you want to write about? If you have a general interest in something, and don't know how exactly to make it a 'thesis' - don't be terrified. Just write it down. We will make it brilliant.
b) Why is it a significant point that should be explored? (This forces you to find something that is not obvious)_____________________________________________________________________________________
WEEK 4: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 4 - Foer (End); Jenny Adams article
- DUE: PAPER 1 (at the very beginning of class). 2 FULL pages, Times 12 point font.
- Complete Foer's Illuminated.
- Listen to: "Before it had a name" (This American Life, NPR) min. 6:25-29:15ish.
- Link to Jenni Adams (PDF copy of her book chapter,"The Dream of the End of the World") here - this is the more recent version of her article, which first appeared as an article (below)
- Adams, Jenni. "The Dream of the End of the World: Magic Realism and Holocaust, History in Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated." Clio 39.1 (2009): 53-77. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 24 Aug. 2011. (Same material, as it appeared in an article)
- Begin Extremely Loud
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4, 5, 6, 7
LOUD BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
WEEKS 4, 5, 6, 7: LECTURE
NOTES/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS and READING: ARTICLES/WEBSITES
WEEK 4: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 4/5 - notes on Foer, Ochs&Capps article
THURSDAY: Intro to novel (see notes, above)
WEEK 6: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 6 - notes on Foer, Pauline Boss article
a) What happened in Dresden? b)Finding the "lock": What could the key and the missing lock represent?THURSDAY:
- ARTICLE (Find in Penfield): Ambiguous Loss Research, Theory, and Practice: Reflections after 9/11. Author: Pauline Boss.
Source: Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 551-566
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable. JSTORE URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3600212 .
- ASSIGNED: MIDTERM EXAM
WEEK 7: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 7 - (notes on Foer, articles)
* Select readings for groups 1, 2, 3, 4 *
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8, 9, 10
EATING ANIMALS BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
WEEK 9: Notes for Week 9, 10 (download here)
THURSDAY: EXAM DUE (Film in class)
TUESDAY: Foer contd.
- Tanke, Joseph J. "THE CARE OF THE SELF AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS." Ethics & the Environment 12.1 (2007): 79-96. Environment Complete. EBSCO. Web. 25 Aug. 2011.
Conferences, meetings, writing time