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Make it new

Background and Purpose

Ezra Pound was certainly onto something when he coined one of his most famous phrases in 1916:  "Make it new."  What the world didn't realize was that it was conceiving something completely revolutionary, a second renaissance of sorts.  With the advent of modernism as a viable theory came hundreds of new artists from all over the world who all took Pound's advice to heart.  Whether they painted with oil or words, these artists paved the way for the rest of the 20th century and all the chaos and disorder that would ensue.  Modernism gave way to Postmodernism, and regardless if you spell it with the hyphen or not, you'll agree that it's a major shift from the safety of Modern ideals.  While we study this shift in literature, we will concern ourselves with one of the hallmarks of Postmodern literature:  Gardner's Grendel.  This is my absolute favorite unit to teach, and by the end of the unit, you'll understand why.





Weekly Agendas

Week Fourteen (April 30-May 3)

Week Fifteen (May 6-10) (Practice GP Presentations in class)

Week Sixteen (May 13-17)

Week Seventeen (May 20-24)


Literature Resources

Introduction to Postmodernism Excerpt

Introduction to Postmodernism Questions

Important Postmodern Ideas

"Allegory of the Cave" Selection

"Allegory of the Cave" Questions

Grendel (Philosophy) Terms

Grendel Journal Prompts

Grendel Chs 1-3 Quotes

Devonian Fish Explanation

Grendel Essay Topics

"Evildoer" (Smithsonian)

"Evildoer" Questions

"A Few Don'ts" (Pound)


"The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Eliot)

Prufrock Epigraph and Questions

Grendel Response Quotes


Study Guides

Grendel Study Guide

Postmodernism Exam Review