What do you think Dethier means when he says that “Revision takes you from self to society.” Do you agree with this statement? Have you ever experienced revision as a process that operates in this way?
What could you relate to in this essay? What were you resistant to? If you tried the mouse-in-the-jar exercise at the end, how did it go?
How closely did the description provided in this text match your experience of college writing, so far?
After doing a second, close reading of the text you will analyze for Paper 2, using the techniques described in “On Thinking and Reading Critically,” how has your understanding of this text evolved? Were things you saw when reading this way that you missed in the first read through?
How would you describe the structure of “Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power”? Why do you think Lorde chose to structure this essay the way she did?
After reading the selection of poems, pick your favorite one and do a close reading, commenting on use of language, meaning, rhythm, or anything that particularly strikes you.
How does this essay recommend you see your own role as a peer reviewer? Was there anything surprising in this essay, or anything you disagreed with?
For this class we are looking at two modes of writing by one author, Kirill Medvedev. How do you see the relationship between Medvedev’s poetry and his prose? Do they share similarities in terms of voice. Do they participate in the same political or artistic practice? Do they send the same message, or different messages?
What are some of the ways that Barbara Ehrenreich uses imagery in Maid to Order to dramatize the conditions of the maid in the modern household? How does she connect the account of modern cleaning services to the bigger stories of 20th century feminism and the rise of a globalized economy?
What is the ecological, political, and psychological importance of the small farm, according to Wendell Berry? What are the values that threaten it, and what are the values that it upholds?