Sunday, March 1, 2009

Final Groups & Assignment for this week (Group one)

Groups: I'm listing you by pairs, with those in group one first, those in group two second. Those of you in a stable pairing remain in one; for those of you for whom there has been some confusion (due mostly to people entering and leaving the class), there may be something new.


For the time being, I'll be commenting on Dan's drafts. If you have any questions or difficulties, let me know.

Assignment (for group one, due Thursday): This one, for a change, isn't precisely an essay.

Option one: Do a close reading/viewing of an image, or brief series of images in Jimmy Corrigan. This means that you should select a single image (probably in a single frame or short sequence of frames, although it might be a repeating image), examine it as closely as you can, and explain in detail how it can help us understand either the book as a whole, or a particular section of it. For instance - you could analyze the significance of the details of Jimmy's apartment as he works up his courage to call Peggy, or you could analyze the details of the appearance of the "dream-robot."

Option two: Pick some part of the "general instructions" on the inside cover of Jimmy Corrigan, and use those instructions (which are simultaneously serious and funny, very complicated and silly - this isn't easy material) to explain how we ought to read some section of the book (as short as an image, or as long as a few pages).

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