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The Argument of Frankenstein: Lessons in Slow Reading

In our reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we will focus on the concept that Joseph Harris calls “forwarding.” This is the ways that we use the ideas and texts of others in our writing, not merely to quote those sources or provide evidence, but to develop our own argument in response to what comes before it. 921 more words

Introduction to Close Reading

Here’s the Prezi I used in the first day of section, “Introduction to Close Reading.” How are you feeling about your close reading skills now that we’ve talked more about it?

Introduction to Close Reading Prezi (2015)

National 5: October Holidays and Work Experience Week

As you will be away from English for two weeks, you inevitably have homework. Please complete tasks below:

  • Following the group context project on ‘Sailmaker’ by Alan Spence, you should…
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Reading Questions (SOC 1103)

Here are some questions to reflect on for Sherry Turkle’s Op-Ed, ‘Stop Googling. Let’s Talk’:

  • What is the focus of this text? (Here I mean the reading, not whatever text message just popped up on your screen.)
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Close reading assignment (House of Leaves)

Assignment: 500-word close reading of some aspect of House of Leaves

Due: No later than Friday, October 9, in your TA’s mailbox in the English department (3rd floor of South Hall). 158 more words


Love, literary canons, and gatekeeping behaviour

Canonical texts are beloved. Assembling the literary output of (what amounted to mostly dead, mostly white, mostly male) authors and examining their themes, their tropes, their references to politics and art history and so on, is what made English departments in the Western world historically great – their ability to take texts and relate their elements to the human condition, link them to social issues, make veiled political references, and advance philosophy and knowledge of what it means to be human. 837 more words

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An Earnest Close Reading

After reading Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest carefully and in its entirety, choose a character, major or minor, that you would like to explore in greater depth. 348 more words