Assignments

Assignments:

Weeks 1-4, January 18- February 15

Week 1: January 16-25

Step 1: Over the course of the next few weeks, you will be gathering information on Little Magazines that we have not discussed in class. To consolidate this information, I would like you to go to MARBL, look at two to three little magazines published from 1900-1945, and gather three pieces of information: What were the dates of publication? Where were they published? Who were the publishers?

Step 2: You will now consolidate this information on a timeline found HERE. Please place the information in the correct place on the timeline to tell the class which journals you found. If you and one other person look at the same journals, please provide extra information, which means you will need to look a little closer at these journals than just the questions I outlined above.

Week 2: January 28-February 1 

This week, we will start building our very own digital archive. Each of you will set up a wordpress site / headway and start to build a digital archive of materials that you have collected. This first attempt at archiving will include images of the magazines that you have been working with. Put photos of the magazines that you have found up here.

 Week 3: February 4-8

Getting to know your periodical: Choose one periodical that is particularly interesting to you. Go to MARBL and look at the series run. Ask yourself these questions: Flip through it and look at tables of contents to try to get a general feel for it. Take note of any familiar names that appear in the table of contents. Note whether it publishes mainly political commentary, literary criticism, or actual literature—fiction, poetry, etc.—and how much space the periodical assigns to each of these, if appropriate. Try to figure out what its political and/or aesthetic orientation was. (Liberal?  Conservative?  Radical?  Old-fashioned?  What kind of writing does it publish?  Which writers do its reviewers favor?) By reading in the periodical, or doing some outside research, find out 1) who the editor or editors were, 2) how it was paid for (Did it support itself from advertisements, from subscription fees?  Was it bankrolled by a patron?) 3) how long it ran, 4) what its

circulation was (i.e. how many copies were printed and/or sold per issue). Put the front page of the issue on your website. You can also put a full run of first photos up on your website.

Week 4: February 11-15

Write a two-page, double spaced, MLA style “Getting to Know You” report that summarizes the information that you provided above. This assignment functions as a report more than an essay—you do not need an argument to ground your research. Your assignment is to explain the periodical to people who may know less about it than you. Thus, description that tells your classmates “What’s the periodical like?” is important. You can approach this assignment in many different ways. You may focus on the overall “feel” of the periodical, or you can focus on particular issues or debates that arise through a set of issues, or perhaps you want to discuss the ways that political or aesthetic issues arise. Put this paper on your website as the final product for this paper.

Weeks 5-9, February 18- March 18: Assignment Sequence #2

Week 5: February 18- February 25

Look through a handful of little magazines that we have in MARBL that were published between 1945 and 1975. Choose one little magazine for this project. Find one poem or set of poems by a relatively unknown author that you think should become a part of the 20th century poetic canon. Investigate secondary sources- have any of these poets been written about? How? In what context? Are they scholarly works or popular sources? Choose one to two sources, and in MLA style, write a literature review for each source.

Week 6: February 27- March 8

Make the case for the poem. That is, explain why others should like it because of certain virtues of thought or expression to which you can point directly. Your argument should be 4-5 pages in length, with a works cited in MLA style. Due March 8.

Week 7: March 8

Write a blog for your poem. Put it on your website.

Week 8: March 18- March 22

Finalize your poem paper.

Final paper: Due March 22

Third assignment sequence:

Week 9: March 25- 29

The avant-garde journals of the 1960s, often early in their runs, published a manifesto (or similarly functioning editorial statement of purpose) that spells out the outlook, values, and goals of the magazine. Some of the journals, however, do not. Write a one-page manifesto for the Little Magazine from which your poem came. Put it on your website.

Week 10: April 1- 5

Think about your own “manifesto.” If your life beliefs and ideologies could be written in 2 pages, what would it state and why? Write a manifesto about your life. Place your manifesto on your website. Cite in MLA style anything should be cited. DUE April 5th.

Week 11: April 8- 12

Now think about the website as a personal space of expression. What would your website look like? What images would be attached to both your website and your manifesto?

Week 12: April 15-19

Continue to cultivate your online web space. Work on you digital storytelling project

Final projects: Digital Storytelling

April 19- Digital storytelling project presentations (4 students)

April 22- Digital storytelling project presentations (4 students)

April 26- Digital storytelling project presentations (4 students)

April 29 END OF CLASSES – Digital storytelling project presentations (5 students)

May 8– Final paper DUE at 7pm

May 13- END OF TERM