3/25 – Essay 2 Draft

March 21, 2019

Bring a paper copy of your draft of the second essay to class on Monday. You can find the instructions under the “assignments” tab on this website.

I will ask for volunteers to present their ideas from the paper Monday, for class discussion.

3/20 – Response 2.5

March 19, 2019

Reading Assignment: Karl Marx, “The Sale and Purchase of Labour-Power,” from Capital.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, try to explain, in your own words, what you take to be an important argument from this chapter. Identify the passage where Marx argues this point.

3/18 – Response 2.4

March 13, 2019

Reading Assignment: Read the Elizabeth Bowen story “Demon Lover.” It is short, so it will be helpful to read it twice, to see how your interpretation changes once you know the ending. Take notes, as always, on the passages that stand out to you.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, describe how you might use Freud’s analysis of memory to interpret Bowen’s short story. Does the story bear any similarities to the case study Freud discusses in “Screen Memories”? Any significant differences? In particular, you might think of the idea of forgetting.

3/13 – Response 2.3

March 12, 2019

Reading Assignment: Sigmund Freud, “Screen Memories.” This may be a challenging reading, so take notes on what you think are the most important passages, and prepare questions about whatever you have difficulty with. (If you did not get a copy of the reading, you can find a pdf under the “readings” tab.)

Writing Assignment: Following Freud’s method, try to think of your own earliest memories. In a short response, write about what comes of the exercise. How does this practice help you evaluate the theories Freud presents here about “screen memories”?

3/11 – Response 2.2

March 7, 2019

Reading Assignment: Read the Alexandra Kollontai short story “Sisters” carefully, taking notes about the moments that stand out to you.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, bring the Kollontai story into conversation with the critical readings from Mina Loy (“Feminist Manifesto”) and Virginia Woolf (Chapter 5 of A Room of One’s Own). How does the story reflect certain themes from one or both of the readings? How does its example complicate theoretical assumptions?

3/4 – Response 2.1

March 1, 2019

Reading Assignment: Read both Mina Loy’s “Feminist Manifesto” and chapter 5 of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

Writing Assignment: In a short response, compare these two different feminist responses from women writing from about the same time. How do the stylistic choices each make shape the meaning of their message? What do Woolf and Loy have in common? Where do they differ?