Annotating Eliot: Part 2 (Richer, fuller, more robust . . . .)

3:52 pm in Uncategorized by ProfHanley

By now, your group should have: a) assembled instances of your motifs; b) linked these instances within the text of the poem to your motif page; c) finished a first draft of your annotations.

Now, it’s time to make these initial annotations into something richer and more satisfying.  You’ll do this in two ways: a) use the hypermedia possibilities of wikitext to link and add – – e.g. linking from your annotations to other texts, poems, images that expand on and develop your annotation and adding images and media to your motif page; b) a header note that introduces your motif and explains – – briefly, directly, and concisely – – the significance of the motif to the poem.  The header note should be based on your annotation work, i.e. work inductively.  You’ve assembled instances of the motif and connected these instances to each other.  Now, re-read your annotations and decide the most important three or four things that you’ve discovered about the motif through your work.

Let’s finish this up by next Tuesday, August 9.


Annotating Eliot

6:07 pm in Uncategorized by ProfHanley

Now that we’ve sampled some of Eliot’s massively dystopic epic, let’s try to track the way he uses fragments to build up the structure and meaning of his poem. In class, we’ve assembled a list of motifs (e.g. wet/dry, impotence/blind/deaf/mute, unreal city, voices/polyphony, nature/roots/organic, exile/sailor/jouirney, zombie, natural time/human time, fragments/dust, etc.). Let’s split up into groups based on the motif you choose.

Your goal in this project is to track the motif across the poem and to understand how the poem develops this motif. To do this you will first create a wiki page for your motif on our digital anthology.  Next, start reading through the poem with your group  – – look for instances or versions of your motif.  When you see an instance, link that instance from the poem to your wiki page.  Make a note on your wiki page for each instance of the motif – – e.g. quote the use of the motif.  Then, explain the following for each motif: how does this instance of the motif relate to the broader motif?  what is new or different about this motif?  how does it add to the meaning of the motif?  do you see any patterns among the motif – – chronologically or thematically?

Once you’ve collected and annotated the motifs, we’ll move on to Stage 3.

3:55 pm in Uncategorized by ProfHanley

3 things

7:40 pm in Uncategorized by Patrick Zettle

I enjoy coming off as a cynic when in all reality I don’t really hate everything.

I listen to too much music.

I spend most of my time staring into space at work.

Wiki Work

11:15 pm in Uncategorized by ProfHanley

By tomorrow (Thursday, July 14), we’ll want to get started on our digital anthology.  This will require two things:

1) planning, organizing, and drafting your author and date/context entries.  Remember: the author and date/context pages are not intended to be encyclopedic or arbitrary.  The question that should guide your work is this: what kind of information will help to make this text richer and more interesting for a reader?  I.e. your pages are not interpretations of the texts or authors; we’ll trust readers to do that.  Your pages have a specific purpose – – to give readers the kind of information and context that will help them to think more deeply about the meaning and significance of the texts.

How to create this context?  First, read the text.  Then, ask yourself some questions: what kinds of context or information does the text point or allude to? (e.g. is the story or essay or poem is about women’s domestic life, it might be helpful to understand what was going on with women’s domestic lives in 1920 or 1930, etc. If the poem seems odd in a formal way – – a really intricate sonnet or crazy free verse – -then it might be interesting to understand something about what was happening in poetry in 1925 or 1935, etc.)  In other words, let the text guide you to context.

How or where to I get this context?  First, the internet is your archive.  Start by googling terms or ideas.  The second step is to dive a little more deeply into the context.  For this, check out the tab above labeled  – – “finding resources.”  There, I offer some basic research routes.  In this phase of production, your goal is to become a “novice expert” in the topic or area you are investigating.  I.e. learn as much about the context as you can – – given constraints of time and labor.

How do I draft this context stuff?  Here, you will need to collaborate with your partner(s), using perhaps the Community site.  Together, try to figure out what seem to be the most important contexts.  Then, think about the page as a whole.  How do you want to organize the page? What kinds of sections should the page have?  What should come first or last?  Remember: you are writing for a reader – – next semester’s student or a stray internaut.  Organize the page so that it makes it easy for this reader to follow and understand.  (It always helps to add some variety to your text – – e.g. think about  graphics, sound, video etc.  Where and how would these be helpful, both in explaining or illustrating the context and in breaking up text blocks on the page.)

2) Now, armed with some sense of what you want to do and what the materials you’re working with, start getting practice with creating and editing wiki pages.  For a quick overview of wiki writing, see the tab above or click here.  It’s best to try some editing in the wiki sandbox before you start editing pages.  The nice thing about a wiki is that nothing is permanent – – i.e. you can always delete, re-arrange, re-compose.  Another nice thing about a wiki is that nothing is ever really lost – – every time you save a page, that page is saved as a version.  (I.e. the wiki automatically archives every version of the page.)  If you make a mistake or lose changes, just click on the “history” tab above the wiki page.  This will show you all the earlier versions of the page.  You can then replace a page with an earlier version or cut and paste from that earlier version.

Let’s get started!

(You should have a very, very rough draft of your author/context page up by next Tuesday – – July 19.)

3 Things

9:15 pm in Uncategorized by Hannah Cherkassky

1. I love jazz: Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, etc.

2. I prefer sparkling water over regular water.

3. I love Shakespeare and seeing productions of his plays.

Three Things About Joe…

6:19 pm in Uncategorized by Joe Ramos

1. I like Mexican, Italian & Chinese food

2. I also like the three P’s Poetry, Playwriting, Percussion

3. I love Drama, the first play I saw live was West Side Story

three things

6:05 pm in Uncategorized by Elise Stewart

An old man at Rosso just asked me if I liked his fleece beanie and I lied and said yes. That was unlike me.

I’m vegan, but I’m not a jerk about it.

I just took a trip to Vancouver and almost got arrested at customs on the way up. Tell you about it later.


Jessica Brugler

5:59 pm in Uncategorized by Jessica Brugler

I don’t fear the beard.  I am a Phillies fan.

Chocolate & peanut butter is my favorite food combination.

I usually tell the punchline to jokes wrong.

3 things about me, chris

5:54 pm in Uncategorized by Chris Hugen

Im about to graduate in the fall!!!!

I love the Giants

and I like rock climbing, hiking and skating when I have the time

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