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Until we meet again on Tuesday, April 12th..

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hi folks,

This is a reminder about what’s due by the time we meet again on Tuesday, April 12th:

1) Finish reading The Ambassadors. After finishing, use your sixth blog post (the sixth of seven–you’re almost there!) as a follow-up to post five (if that post was an initial response to the relationship between the painting and the book). And if you did not write your fifth post about the two versions of “The Ambassadors,” the question that you’re responding to, the one that is hovering over our reading, is this:

Upon seeing Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” (1533) in the National Gallery, why was he compelled to use this title for his novel? How successful has Strether’s mission as an “ambassador” in Paris been? How is the anamorphosis that appears at the bottom of Holbein’s painting a signal of a theme that recurs throughout James’s novel? Can you isolate scenes in the second volume of the novel where this theme appears? (How and where does it appear? In what way is this story, like the “The Pupil” and the “The Real Thing” a commentary on the trickiness of “appearances”?)

You need not address ALL of these questions but can use them to think about the “big picture” (bad pun intended) of the novel.

2) The facilitators of the Wikipedia groups should contact me this weekend with a substantial report about sources the group is using and with, if possible, a draft of part (or all!) of your entry. I should be able to respond on Sunday evening.

3) If you’ve received your first paper and would like to revise, I will gladly take your revision next week, before our break. If you want to talk to me about turning in a revision after the 14th, I can be flexible. Next Thursday, after each group delivers their 10-minute wikipedia presentations in which they talk about the process of composing their wiki, show off their site, and lead us to helpful resources on their subject that they have located over the last month, I will distribute prompts for the final paper that will be due in mid-May.

Ok–deep breath. We will get all this done.

Speak to you soon,

Professor Zino

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