Friday, May 5, 2017

Reading Period 27: May 5 - May 11: Heart of Darkness

Long Read: 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Part III

Short Read: 

1. Textbook: 837-850. (Virginia Woolf bio, Excerpt from "A Room of One's Own," James Joyce bio, "Araby," Excerpt from "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.")
2. Take a look at this annotated e-version of Finnegan's Wake, and read as much as you can bear to read. At least two pages. Click on each underlined word and look in the window at the bottom to see the annotation.
3. Read Virginia Woolf's suicide note on Wikisource.
4. Take a look at Ulysses online. Using your browser's "Find" function, find the phrase "He went out through the backdoor into the garden." Read from this point to where the bells toll. Then read the last huge paragraph.

Creative Assignments:

Create a floor plan for a house to suit a family of six who are all artists: writers, musicians, visual artists, and poets. Give each fictional member of your family their own creative space, and access to common areas. Would the ideal house for artists have separate buildings for everyone? Or is a separate room enough? Name each family member and depict them using the space you define for them in your sketch.


Write your own nonsense stream-of-consciousness in the style of Joyce's Finnegan's Wake. Have fun with it, and see if you can turn out 250 words that makes sense to you, read as a whole, even if certain words sound completely bonkers.

Writing Assignments: 

James Joyce's Ulysses has been widely banned in America and the UK, and due in part to the material in the assigned sections for this week, is not considered appropriate for high school students. Given what you know about banned books, and relating your points to the sections of the novel that you read for this week, create a balanced short essay giving the pros and cons of banning this particular novel. Start planning your essay with a Venn Diagram where one circle contains the risks of exposing children to challenging material, and one circle contains the rewards of such exposure. Are there any effects of reading banned books where risks and rewards intersect? Put those in your conclusion. In your essay, use examples from Ulysses.


Teachers constantly struggle with presenting material to children that is interesting and thought-provoking, but not too disturbing or mature. We want you to read things that are historically accurate, that represent the time period they are written in, but are not too offensive in language or vocabulary. For example, the movie "Apocalypse Now" is based on the book Heart of Darkness. It would be interesting to discuss the parallels and the way the characters cross over, but there is a lot of cussing, and some adult material. None of you are 18. After discussing this with your parents, decide whether or not you will watch "Apocalypse Now." Then watch it, or don't. Write an essay of 250 words in which you discuss your decision. If you watched it, did you feel that it was too much, or were you not bothered by the content? If you didn't watch it, what led you to that decision? Everyone needs to know where their boundaries are. In this essay, I want you to discuss those boundaries and why you set them.


1. What advantages enjoyed by Shakespeare would have been denied to his sister, if he had had one?
2. Why does Woolf agree with the bishop that no woman in Shakespeare's day could have had his genius?
3. According to Woolf, how did the repressed genius of women show itself?
4. What does Woolf believe would have happened to a highly gifted girl in Shakespeare's time?
5. Why is Mangan's sister unable to go to the bazaar?
6. Why is it important for the narrator to go to the bazaar?
7. Why is he delayed?
8. What does he find when he arrives at the bazaar?
9. What happens in the section of Ulysses that begins with "He went out through the back door into the garden"?
10. What happens in the last paragraph of Ulysses?
BONUS: Give 10 examples of made-up words from Finnegan's Wake and guess what meaning Joyce might have intended.
BONUS +1: Using Google, figure out what person Virginia Woolf was addressing in her suicide note, and the circumstances of her death.

No comments:

Post a Comment