Further Reading Presentations
Our studies into the craft of nonfiction can be enhanced by doing some further reading into these writers and their craft beyond the assigned text. You will present in class some basic research into the writer you have been assigned; you will also initiate discussion into some element of this writer’s biography and/or craft that is of interest and that might provide some context for the book we are reading. With the final project at the end of the semester, you will be selecting a mentor from one or more of these authors to guide you in your own crafting of an essay; at that point, you can return to these further reading posts to delve more into the author and the elements of craft.
Here are the guidelines for this assignment:
- Research. Find and provide a brief summary of an additional text by the author or about the author: another essay, a chapter from another book, an interview with the author (such as Paris Review), a critical essay or review of the author.
- Connections. Make note of any elements of style or craft or particular topics in this further reading that might compare/contrast with the text we are reading: further evidence of how the writer writes and thinks that we can apply to our reading. Identify an element or passage in the class text that you want to highlight for comparison in class discussion. As a way to develop this focus on craft, identify for discussion one philosophical, rhetorical or poetic element of writing relevant to this writer: for example, a particular rhetorical figure used, an element of the writer’s style or grammar you notice and want to highlight, an idea or principle the writer focuses on. Consult course resources such as Silva Rhetoricae and the Guide to Grammar and Writing. Make a link to whatever web resources you find relevant or useful.
- Question. Sketch out one or two questions or ideas to raise for further discussion in class the day you present. Help us forward your further reading into a better grasp of the writer, his/her text and craft.
- Publish. Write this up into a 1 page overview and
- post to this Further Reading page (copy into the “Leave a Reply” box); post before your class presentation. The presentation/discussion should be around 5 minutes. If you desire, you can combine your efforts with another person also scheduled to present on the same day, though will need to post your overview separately.
Schedule of Presentations:
- W 3/1: Dillard
- J Yon, Jessie W., Rachel
- W 3/8: Douglass
- Ian, Natalie, Helen
- W 3/22: Kaysen
- Alison, Robert, Meaghan
- F 3/31: Chris Abani
- Bridget, Andrew Jirsa, Jamison
- F 4/14: new media essayists (any of your choice)
- Laiken, Jessica G., Hailey
- W 4/26: D’Agata
- Andrew D., Kyle