American Literature Carey Hall Room 202
EE51 Office Hours: 2:15-3:30 p.m. (daily)
Spragins jspragins@gilman.edu 
Spring 2017 (443) 608-8068
1st Period: Odd Days, Drop Down Day 6

Second Semester Topics:

 
photo by Marilyn Julius

Baltimore Presentations


Cliffdwellers (1913) 
by George Bellows

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1892) by Stephen Crane
 


Blue and Green Music, 1919. 
Georgia O'Keeffe

 

Modernism Independent Projects

 

The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lila  (2014) by Marilynne Robinson

One Act Playwriting Project
and Film Festival


Jitney (1977) by August Wilson






Month Day Cycle
Assignment


1           

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Mon. Grading Day





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Tues.

 

 

 



photos by Marilyn Julius

Baltimore Presentations

Baltimore Links

Homework:

Choose your Baltimore Presentation and start work.
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Baltimore Presentations

Homework:

More Baltimore Presentations


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Fri.

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photos by Marilyn Julius


Baltimore's Growth from 1712 to 1918


Baltimore Presentations

Homework:

Prepare Presentations:

The Intellectual Backgrounds to Modern Consciousness:

Presentation Expectations:

  • Brief Biography of your Modern Thinker
  • Answer the Study Guide Questions
  • Quote your Thinker at least Once.
  • Provide Interesting Graphics (pictures, sketches, tables) to Illustrate your Presentation.
  • Provide Excerpts from Videos to explain Difficult Concepts
  • End Your Presentation with a Properly Formatted Works Cited Page.

Helpful Videos:
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Karl Marx 1818-1883


Charles Darwin 1809-1882


Freiderich Nietzsche
(1844-1900)


Sigmund Freud 1856-1939


Baltimore Presentations

Psychology: The Mashmellow Test (Video) 

Homework:

More Presentations:
Intellectual Backgrounds to Modern Consciousness

The Intellectual Backgrounds to Modern Consciousness:


Helpful Videos:

Marx:
Darwin:Nietzsche:Freud


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Thurs.




2 

3
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Fri.
 

Freiderich Nietzsche
(1844-1900)


Sigmund Freud 1856-1939


Presentations on Nietzsche and Freud

The Zeitgeist of Modernism

Discussion:
  • Why did intellectuals in the late nineteenth century begin to doubt that history was naturally progressing towards a harmonious state?
Homework:
Baltimore Presentations:


2    

6
Day 6
Mon.
 




Stag at Sharkey's (1909) George Bellows


Quiz on Modern Consciousness

The Transcendent City vs. The Modern City:

Homework:

  • What happened to Whitman's hopeful vision of the American city during the second half of the nineteenth century?

2    

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Tues. Parents Conference Day
2 8 Day 8
Wed.

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Thurs.  
 


Cliffdwellers  (1913) George Bellows



Jacob Riis, Mulberry Street (1890)

Jacob Riis, Bandit's Roost

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Backgrounds to Modernism: Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud and Marx: Study Guide; Quiz:

The Transcendent City vs. The Modern City:

New York City 1888:


Stephen Crane:

Homework:

For further reading:
2
10
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Fri.

2
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Mon.




Typical Toughs (1890) Jacob Riis
How the Other Half Lives (1890)


Little Mother (1890) Jacob Riis


Daumier, Melodrama Show (1860)


Modernism Presentations:
Stephen Crane and Literary Naturalism:

Discuss the Reading: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (part one) (GoogleDocs Page) Study Guide (Lecture One)  (Quiz)
  • Setting: Describe the situation of children who grow up in the Rum Alley ghetto.
  • Plot: What can you predict will happen to the heroine in a melodrama
  • Style: What is Crane's perspective on his characters? 
  • NaturalismLiterary Definition Is Maggie's character determined by biology or economics or psychology? 

Homework:

Key Questions:

  • What prevents Maggie from achieving the insight necessary to understand her situation? What makes her unable to accomplish this goal? Do you hold her responsible?
  • What could Maggie have learned from Nellie? Would that have saved her?
  • What has Maggie realized when Pete throws her out of his bar? What options does Maggie have at this point?
  • Could Maggie have done anything to interrupt this slide down the slippery slope?
2
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Day 2
Tues.

2    

15
Day 3
Wed.



Stag at Sharkey's (1909) George Bellows


Henri, Robert
Salome 1909
Mead Art Museum


Essay on Maggie due Thursday, February 23rd at 3:30 pm

Modernism Presentations:

Discuss Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (part two) (Quiz 2) Study Guide; (Lecture Two)

  • What is the primary obstacle to Maggie achieving the insight necessary to understand her situation? What makes her unable to accomplish this goal? Do you hold her responsible?
  • What could Maggie have learned from Nellie? Would that have saved her?
  • What has Maggie realized at the moment that she is dumped by Pete? What options does Maggie have at this point? 
  • Could Maggie have done anything to interrupt this slide down the slippery slope?

Homework:

Criticism on Maggie:

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Thurs.





2
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Fri.
Professional Day





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Mon. Presidents Day





2    

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Tues.
  

Shinn, Eviction (1904)


Daumier, Melodrama Show (1860)


42 Kids
(1907) George Bellows

Melodramas:
 Essay on Maggie due Thursday, February 23rd at 3:30 pm.

Discuss Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (part two) (Quiz 2) Study Guide; (Lecture Two)

Approaches to Interpreting Maggie:
  1. Marx: Maggie belongs to a class which Marx called the lumpen proletariat: that layer of the working class which is unable to gain class consciousness; on her own, she is doomed. What would Maggie need to understand to achieve this consciousness? How does the Marxist believe that culture helps keep the working class in its place?
  2. Darwin: Social Darwinist thinkers loosely combined Darwin's conception of  natural selection with classical liberal economic theory to argue that some races and ethnicities were losing out in the struggle for survival and therefore deserved to be allowed to die off. Other more radical Social Darwinists argued that poverty bred contagious social threats which needed to be medically removed. Is Crane a Social Darwinist?
  3. Freud: Freudian theory held that children traumatized in their development would struggle to establish independence when they reached adulthood. How does the childhood trauma Maggie experienced as a child manifest itself when she becomes a young adult? Can Maggie be treated? 
  4. Nietzsche: Nietzsche argued that people should overcome their rational and religious qualms about taking the necessary action to establish one's own power over others. Who would Maggie need to become to achieve such power?
  5. Liberal: How would liberals respond to Maggie's dilemma? To what degree is she responsible for the terrible situation she finds herself in?

Homework:

2    

22
Day 6
Wed.
Essay Workshop:

Peer Review
223
 Day 7
Thurs.
 

Durand, Kindred Spirits (1849)


Charles Demuth, The Figure 5 in Gold, 1928. 

Essay on Maggie due  at 3:30 pm.

Modernism Independent Projects:

Homework:

2

24
 Day 8
Fri.
2
27
 Day 9
Mon.
  


The Voice of the City of New York Interpreted: The Bridge, 1920-22. Joseph Stella

 

Modernism Independent Projects:

Williams Writing Prompt (Koch)

Independent Projects on American Modernism

The Zeitgeist of Modernism  

Check out the Thomson Gale Literature Resources CenterJSTOR , or Bloom's Literary Reference Online on the Gilman On-line Database Page.  

Homework:






2
28
Day 10
Tues.

3

1
Day 1
Wed.



Foghorns (1907) by Arthur Dove

Independent Projects on American Modernism

The Zeitgeist of Modernism

Check out the Thomson Gale Literature Resources CenterJSTOR , or Bloom's Literary Reference Online on the Gilman On-line Database Page. 

Homework:
  • Final Draft due Thursday, March 9th at 3:30 pm






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 Day 2
Thurs.
3
3
Day 0
Fri..Professional Day




3
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Day 3
Mon.

   
Zora Neale Hurston (1925)

Independent Projects on American Modernism

Writing Prompt #2

The Zeitgeist of Modernism

Check out the Thomson Gale Literature Resources CenterJSTOR , or Bloom's Literary Reference Online on the Gilman On-line Database Page. 

3
7
Day 4
Tues.

3

8
Day 5
Wed.




Langston Hughes (1925)


Independent Projects on American Modernism

The Zeitgeist of Modernism

Check out the Thomson Gale Literature Resources CenterJSTOR, or Bloom's Literary Reference Online on the Gilman On-line Database Page. 

Remember that you MUST turn in a Works Cited Page with your essay. You MUST cite sources for ideas which are not your own using correct MLA form.

Internet Citation Machines:

Homework:

  • Final Draft due Friday, March 10th at 3:30 pm
3
9
Day 6
Thurs.




Independent Projects on American Modernism

The Zeitgeist of Modernism

Check out the Thomson Gale Literature Resources CenterJSTOR, or Bloom's Literary Reference Online on the Gilman On-line Database Page. 

Remember that you MUST turn in a Works Cited Page with your essay. You MUST cite sources for ideas which are not your own using correct MLA form.

Internet Citation Machines:

Homework:

  • Final Draft due Friday, March 10th at 3:30 pm

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10
Day 7
Fri.
311Day 0Sat.Spring Break
320Day 0Mon.Spring Break




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Tues.

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Wed.

  


The Great Gatsby (1925) Dust Jacket Illustration by Francis Cugat


Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, newlyweds,  3 April 1920

 

Final Draft of Modernism Project due at 3:30 pm

  • Remember that you MUST turn in a Works Cited Page with your essay. You MUST cite sources for ideas which are not your own using correct MLA form.

Introduction to The Great Gatsby (1925)

Homework:

Read The Great Gatsby, Chapter One (1-26) (Googledocs Version) Study Guide

For Further Reading (and listening): 

3   

23
Day 10
Thurs.

 


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Fri..

 

 

 

The map (1917) shows the locations of Fitzgerald's imaginary West Egg and East Egg, as well as of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.


Estates on West Egg and East Egg


Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

The Jazz Age (Notes)

The Great Gatsby, Chapter One (1-26) Study Guide

Paragraph: Describe the frame which Fitzgerald creates for Gatsby's story. Why tell this story from the point of view of Nick Carroway? 

Paragraph: What is it about Gatsby which so fascinates Nick? Why is he telling us Gatsby's story?

Paragraph: Party #1: How does Fitzgerald characterize East Egg society as represented by the Daisy, Tom and Jordan?

Homework:

For further reading:

3
27
Day 2
Mon.
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28
Day 3
Tues.  

 


(Video clip from 1974 film)

Zelda at age 18


The Flapper illustration by John Held from Life Magazine 1922

VIDEO: The Roaring Twenties: Dance Craze


Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

The Great Gatsby, Chapter One (1-26) Study Guide

Review: Chapter One

  • Describe the narrative frame which Fitzgerald creates for Gatsby's story. Why tell this story from the point of view of Nick Carroway? 
  • What is it about Gatsby which so fascinates Nick? Why is he telling us Gatsby's story?
  • Party #1: How does Fitzgerald characterize East Egg society as represented by the Daisy, Tom and Jordan?
  • Fitzgerald's Imagery vs The Real Character of These People
The Great Gatsby, Chapter Two (27-42) Study Guide Homework:

For further reading:





3
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Wed.

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30
Day 5
Thurs.

 

 

 



Scott and Zelda



The Party Machine at Gatsby's Mansion


To Live in the 1920's


"A Flapper's Appeal to Her Parents" (1922)


Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

Gatsby Quiz Chapters Three and Four

The Great Gatsby, Chapters Three  (Googledocs Three) and Four (43-85) (Googledocs Four) Study Guide Three and Four

Paragraph: Chapter Three: Party #3Describe the Gatsby party machine in action.

  • Why has Gatsby invited Nick to the party? What does he talk about with Jordan? (She won't tell Nick.) Why has Gatsby been throwing all these parties?!

Paragraph: Chapter Four: Lunch In NYC: What picture of Gatsby's character is beginning to emerge for Nick and for you as we learn more and more about him?

Paragraph: How about Nick? What is happening in his life? Where is his relationship with Jordan, Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby leading him?

Homework:

331Day 6Fri.

Arnold Rothstein, the man who fixed the 1919 World Series

Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

The Great Gatsby, Chapter Four (43-85) (Googledocs Four) Study Guide Four

Paragraph: Lunch In NYC: After hearing Gatsby's tale about his upbringing and then Jordan's story about how Gatsby met Daisy, what picture of Gatsby's character is beginning to emerge for Nick and for you? (Chapter 4)

Homework:

4  

3
Day 7
Mon.

 

 
 



Gatsby and Daisy

 

Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

The Great Gatsby, Chapters Five and Six (Googledocs 5) (Googledocs 6) Study Guide Five and Six

Paragraph: Jordan's Story of Daisy Fay and Jay Gatsby  (Chapter 4)

Paragraph: Party #4: Tea at Nick's What happens to Gatsby moments after he has achieved his dream? Why is he so bewildered? Shower of Custom-Made Silk Shirts (Chapter 5)

Paragraph: James Gatz: What version of American History is Fitzgerald teaching us when we finally learn the true biography of Jay Gatsby? (Chapter 6)

Paragraph: Tom Buchanan's Horseback Visit (Chapter 6)

Paragraph: Party #5 Daisy and Tom at Gatsby's Mansion  What does Daisy find so offensive about Gatsby's party? Nick realizes that Daisy and Gatsby's relationship is finished, but Gatsby will never accept that fact. Where has Gatsby's dream gone awry? How, by the 1920's, had the American Dream gone awry? (Chapter 6)

Gatsby Quiz Five and Six

Music mentioned in the text:

Homework:





4  

4
Day 8
Tues.
45Day 9Wed.
 


Karen Black as Myrtle


Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

The Great Gatsby, Chapters Five and Six (Googledocs 5) (Googledocs 6) Study Guide Five and Six The Great Gatsby, Chapter Seven (119-153) Study Guide Seven (Googledocs Chapter Seven)

Gatsby Quiz Chapter Seven

Party #6: The Catastrophe

Paragraph: Unpack the meaning of the action's catastrophe. Consider the details: the heat, the reprise of details from earlier in the novel, Gatsby and Tom's confrontation, and the mistaken identities which lead to Myrtle's death. All the strands of the novel come together. How does the scene relate to Fitzgerald's overall intention?

Homework:





4  

6
Day 10
Thurs.

4
7
Day 1
Fri.




The Great Gatsby (1925) Dust Jacket Illustration by Francis Cugat


The Great Gatsby, Chapter Eight and Nine (154-189) Study Guide Eight and Nine

Paragraph: What ultimately separates Gatsby from Daisy? Is it class? Or is the barrier something else?  To what extent could any real woman live up to the dreams Gatsby spins about Daisy and her wealthy lifestyle?

Paragraph: Make sense of Gatsby's murder as part of Fitzgerald's overall purpose in the novel?

Paragraph: Unpack the final image of the novel. What has Nick learned about the American Dream?

How many of the summer guests who came to Gatsby's parties showed up at his funeral? (See Chapter 4)

Gatsby Quiz Eight and Nine

Homework:

Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.

410
Day 2
Thurs.
4
11
Day 3
Tues.




Scott and Zelda

Essay Workshop

Peer Review

Check out the Thomson Gale Literature Resources CenterJSTOR , or Bloom's Literary Reference Online on the Gilman On-line Database Page

Essay on The Great Gatsby due Thursday, April 13th at 3:30 pm.






412
Day 4
Wed.
413
Day 5
Thurs.


Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson
  • b. 1943 grew up in rural Idaho, B.A. Brown University; Phd. U.of Washington. She currently teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
  • 1st novel: Housekeeping (1980) wins Pen Hemingway Award.
  • 2nd novel: Gilead (2004) wins Pulitzer prize. It is the first of three novels Robinson wrote about John Ames, a Congregationalist minister in America's heartland, the imagined town of Gilead, Iowa. The second novel in the series, Home was published in 2008, and the third novel, Lila was published in 2014.
  • Lila is set during the Great Depression and then into the 1940's in the rural farmlands of Iowa. It follows the story of an unlikely romance between Rev. Ames, who is 67 years old, and a homeless woman about 27 years old who happens into his church one rainy Sunday morning. 
  • Lila has spent her whole life on the road, working the fields with an itinerant tribe of crop pickers who moved with the seasons from farm to farm until Hard Times and the Dust Bowl broke them apart. 
  • The novel is written in a Stream of Consciousness style as Lila tries to think through her feelings for Rev. Ames and their life together begins.
  • Tiki-Tiki Marilynne RobinsonTimeline Sign-up
    • The class code for the account is 883810-100960766.
    • The secret word which enables students to contribute stories to the timeline is "Teamwork".
  • Great Depression Backgrounds
  • Lila Study Guide
Homework:





4  

14
Day 0
Fri. Good Friday





4 17
Day 0
Mon. Professional Day





418Day 6Tues
Reading Day

4

19 Day 7
Wed.





Lila by Marilynne Robinson, pp. 3-26 (Sections One through Section EightLila Study Guide

Homework:
For further reading:
  • A Moralist of the Midwest (2004)  by Megan O'Rourke for the New York Times Magazine. Good profile of Marilynne Robinson, her amazing first novel Housekeeping (1980),  her fascination with Iowa history and John Brown, her Calvinist faith, and her love of Melville, Dickinson, Thoreau and Whitman.
  • John Brown in Gilead 
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Day 8
Thurs.






4

21
Day 9
Fri.

Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson
Homework:
424
Day 10
Mon.




425
Day 1
Tues.



Andrew Wyeth Christina's World 

Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson
Homework:
426
Day 2
Wed.




427
Day 3
Thurs.


Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson
Homework:
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Fri.





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Mon.



Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson
Homework:
52Day 6Tues
Reading Day

5

3
Day 7
Wed.

Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson
Homework:
54Day 8Thurs.




5

5
Day 9
Fri.

Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson

5

8
Day 10
Mon.
5
9
Day 1
Tues.


Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson

  • Essay Work
510
Day 2
Wed.




511
Day 3
Thurs.





Creative Writing ala Zen Buddhism:

Natalie Goldberg's Rules

Journal Entry #3: (prompt 1) (Goldberg 145) (prompt 2) (Goldberg 166)

Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller
  • The Place:  New York City
  • The Time: 1945, late on a weeknight for Act One, the following day and night for Act Two
Homework:
512Day 4Fri.2015-16




5
15
Day 5
Mon.





Journal Entry #4: (prompt 1(prompt 2) (prompt 3) (Goldberg 47)


Act One of Death of a Salesman (Study Guide)

Act One

  1. Willy and Linda (pp. 11-18) 
  2. Biff and Happy (pp. 19-27) 
  3. Willy, Biff and Happy (pp. 29-32) (VIDEO)
  4. Willy, Linda, the Woman, Bernard (pp. 37-40)
  5. Willy, Charley, Ben (pp. 42-47) (VIDEO)
  6. Linda, Biff, Happy (pp. 52-61)
  7. Willy, Biff, Linda, Happy (pp. 61-69)
Homework:

516Day 6Tues.





Journal Entry #5  (prompt 3) (prompt 1)

Act One

  1. Willy and Linda (pp. 11-18) 
  2. Biff and Happy (pp. 19-27) 
  3. Willy, Biff and Happy (pp. 29-32) (VIDEO)
  4. Willy, Linda, the Woman, Bernard (pp. 37-40)
  5. Willy, Charley, Ben (pp. 42-47) (VIDEO)
  6. Linda, Biff, Happy (pp. 52-61)
  7. Willy, Biff, Linda, Happy (pp. 61-69)
Homework:

5 17
Day 7
Wed.




Journal Entry #6  (prompt 3) (Goldberg 91)

One Act Playwriting Project:

Act Two: (Study Guide)

  1. Willy, Linda  (71-76)
  2. Willy, Howard (76-84) (VIDEO)
  3. Willy, Ben, Young Linda, Young Biff, Young Happy, Bernard, Young Charley (84-90)
  4. Grown-Up Bernard, Jenny, Willy, Charley (90-98)
  5. Frank's Chop House: Stanley, Happy, Miss Forsythe, Biff, Willy, Young Bernard, Young Linda, The Woman, Letta, Operator's Voice (98-116) (VIDEO) (Willy's Entrance)
  6. Willy, The Woman, Young Biff (116-122)
  7. Happy, Linda, Biff, Willy (122-136) (VIDEO)
  8. Linda, Happy, Biff, Charley, Bernard (137-39)

Homework:

5

18
 Day 8
Thurs.

5

19
 Day 9
Fri.


One Act Playwriting Project: Day Two  

Act Two: (Study Guide)

  1. Willy, Linda  (71-76)
  2. Willy, Howard (76-84) (VIDEO)
  3. Willy, Ben, Young Linda, Young Biff, Young Happy, Bernard, Young Charley (84-90)
  4. Grown-Up Bernard, Jenny, Willy, Charley (90-98)
  5. Frank's Chop House: Stanley, Happy, Miss Forsythe, Biff, Willy, Young Bernard, Young Linda, The Woman, Letta, Operator's Voice (98-116) (VIDEO) (Willy's Entrance)
  6. Willy, The Woman, Young Biff (116-122)
  7. Happy, Linda, Biff, Willy (122-136) (VIDEO)
  8. Linda, Happy, Biff, Charley, Bernard (137-39)
Homework:

522Day 10Mon.

5

23
 Day 1
Tues.




August Wilson (1945-2005)


Bearden, Rocket to the Moon (1971)


One-Act Play Due at 3:30 p.m.
  • One Act Playwriting Project: Day Three:  Peer Review

Final Exam 2017  (Final Exam Schedule)

August Wilson Backgrounds

Jitney (1977; 1997)

Homework:

5

24
 Day 2Wed.

5
25
 Day 3
Thurs.


The Cast of Jitney


Paul Butler as Becker


Carl Lumbly as Booster

Final Exam 2017  (Final Exam Schedule)

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?)

  • Act One Scene One
    • The Hill District comes alive.
  • Act One Scene Two
    • What has pushed Turnbo over the edge today? (Look at his rant about respect. (30-31)) What does he tell Rena?
    • Why has Rena run out of patience with Youngblood? What was the straw which broke the camel's back for her? (32-35)
    • Why is Becker thinking about giving up after the city let him know that they were gonna board up the place the first of the month? (36)
    • Who did Booster kill? Why? (39)
  • Act One Scene Three
    • How does the fight between Youngblood and Turnbo break out? (43)
    • Describe the way Becker functions in this neighborhood: what makes his presence essential?
    • How does Fielding get himself fired? (51) Who does he dream about twenty years later? (53)
    • Becker and Booster: Booker vs. Malcom
Homework:

5

26
 Day 4
Fri.  

5
29
 Day 0
Mon.Memorial Day




5

30
 Day 5
Tues.



Paul Butler, Michole Briana White and Russell Hornsby in "Jitney,"  Second Stage Theater 2000. 


Paul Butler and Philip Randolph Smith


Paul Butler as Becker


Carl Lumbly as Booster



Final Exam 2017 (Final Exam Schedule)

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:

  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.
Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?)

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

Homework:

5 31  Day 6 Wed.  

Spring Way (1966) Romare Bearden


The Street (1975)


Village of Yo, ca. 1964

Final Exam 2017  (Final Exam Schedule)

Act One Conclusion: Becker and Booster: Booker vs. Malcolm

Act Two of Jitney (Study Guide) (Quiz)

Connections to African American History:

Homework
61Day 7Thurs.Reading Day

62Day 8Fri.Exams

65Day 9Mon.Exams

66Day 10Tues.Exams

67Day 1Wed.Exams

68Day 2Thurs.Prom/ Grading Day

69Day 0Fri.Faculty Meetings

610Day 0Sat.Baccalaureate

611Day 0Sun.Founders Day