Lee's Lecture Notes:
New critical analysis of Negro Speaks of Rivers (Packet 1); Hughes and Jazz (a line of organized music combined with improvisational high notes swirling all around it; the poem's use of anaphora gives the predictability of Jazz and rivers, yet each one changes just as a river changes...)...any oppositional tension? Any irony? Any paradox?

Irony in Hughes' "Harlem" about a dream deferred...

--Universal themes for our readings (think Aphorisms, but much more complex, and the best you can think of, better than other's interpretations):

Death of a Salesman; What would a New Critic say about the Sparknotes for Death of a Salesman? Evil! You can't do a close reading of complexities and formal elements with a summary (though perhaps you could learn more about the "universal human" themes of the text)...

--Close reading skills--what all English Majors must have!

--Why New Criticism can't claim universal, timeless meanings--because not everyone on the planet is the same throughout time;

 

From Complexity to Order: Universal Human Themes are large, abstract, and significant; see this Poster web site (scroll down) for examples of Universal Human Themes (or aphorisms, or truisms)

Clifton's poem in Tyson (pp. 143-146): but is it a great work? Tyson makes a good case for that by showing all the complexities, ambiguities, ironies, and formal elements in service of the poem's Universal Human Theme (like "hope springs eternal," Clifton's poem is about how "youth springs eternal").


1. Write-up, share, and discuss.
2. Reader Response practice with texts.
3. Watch additional clips from The Great Gatsby.
4. Vocabulary list for ch. 6.
5. Quiz #4&5 for study

3. Some subjective/group, and transactional RR and Hayden.
4. Duchamp and the questioning of conventions (shared assumptions)

4. The literary reading community codes of haiku (Social RR).

5. More close reading examples and critiques.

7. First impressions.