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Can I do Bishop or Baldwin? thanks.
Can I do Ashbery, Bishop or Plath?
Can I do Angels in America?
I was wondering if I could request O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. (PS my handout for this week will be uploaded asap)
This may be too late (if so that is perfectly fine!), but could I possibly do Ishiguro next week?
Can I do Barthes or Beckett?
Can I do Pinter for the coming week?
So, given some of the texts we're currently reading (not naming names), I thought I'd start a thread for people to put down any questions, "I-feel-like-I'm-freaking-out" concerns, or puzzlements, in the hope that someone else will come along and have some thoughts.
Can I do Moore for next week?
Also – apologies – my Eliot sheet is going to be a few days late because I have come down with the flu.
Could I possibly do freud for next week?
Can I do Eliot or, if Eliot is taken, Conrad?
If it would be possible for me to do Edwards, that would be great! :) Thanks
I don't have any really strong preferences, but I'd like to request the Franklin/Jefferson.
I'd like Dickinson if possible. Whitman would also be nice.
I'd like to do Melville if possible. I would also be fine with Whitman or Twain.
Can I do a handout on Browning for next week?
I have a suggestion #5, which may be stupid, but if so you can all veto it.
I thought it worked really well to have fewer presentations (we only did 4 works plus the moderator overview) that were more in depth but really focused on drawing connections to other works and fleshing out broad trends. It seemed like we ended up talking about pretty much all the texts despite the limited presentations, and it was less frenetic. So my suggestion:
5) Limit the number of presentations to 5 or 6 per week, but discuss more. So like next week, we'd only hear presentations on one of the novels, one of the 18c guys, one critic, and say, one or two of the Romantics (depending on who's in town, obvi).
I thought today's meeting went really well for the relatively small number of us that were there. So, I thought I might throw out some changes in procedure and see what people think for the next meeting. I really liked that we were able to discuss works in a little more depth and throw idea around, make connections together, have fun. But obviously, when we're at full strength and holding meetings the way we have been, adding those discussions would bring us to about a 6 hour meeting.
My Options Include:
1) Really limiting people's "presentation" of their handout to just a couple bullet points to start discussion of the work. Really just a couple of minutes to open up discussion. This means an end to going through individual handouts in order to open up discussion.
2) Eliminating presentations altogether and just working from questions people had or thoughts people wanted to share with the handout maker as the local expert.
3) Ignoring these suggestions and keeping things the way they are.
4) Your wonderful idea which you'll provide in the thread below.
What do you think?