Introductory Blog (25 points)
In class on the first day, I asked you to think about and write down your opinion on the intersection of politics and literature (literature broadly defined: literary texts, films, TV shows…cultural products in general). Paste here, as a response to this prompt, what you wrote in class. Resist the urge to alter what you wrote, and remember that there are no right answers here. But we’ll use these initial reactions to chart, by the end of the semester, what we’ve learned. We’ll gauge any changes in our sense of whether and how literature can be political.
Concluding Blog (100 points)
While the introductory blog can be loose, hypothetical, and speculative, the concluding one should be reflective and much more fleshed out, and it is due the Monday of Finals Week (May 11). Think about what we’ve discussed in this class, and use your knowledge of how literature and politics interact in order to provide support for your opinions. Do you, at the end of the semester, think what you did at the beginning? Do you believe literature can be or should be or always is political? Do you believe it’s just entertainment? Does it depend on the kind of literature? Seek out your Introductory Blog, and respond to it with your Concluding Blog. Remember to use quotes and examples where it will help, and cite your sources.