Spring 2017 Syllabus

Reading assignments for Contemporary Literature – Spring 2017

Assignments due

WEEK 1 (Jan 23)
Monday (Novel): INTRO
Wednesday (Poetry): #1 – Intro to Poetry
Thursday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 1-31
Thursday Presenter: NONE
Friday (Short Story): Hotel Des Boobs – Lodge

WEEK 2 (Jan 30)
Monday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 32-73
Tuesday: POL Semifinals (see you there!)
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #2 – Lyric Tide
Thursday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 74-107
Thursday Presenter: Erica
Friday (Short Story): Structural Anthropology – Mars-Jones

WEEK 3 (Feb 6)
Monday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 108-138
Tuesday: POL FINALS!!! Good luck.
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #3 – Zeitgeist & Taboo
Thursday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 139-171
Thursday Presenter: Zoha
Friday (Short Story): Seraglio – Swift

WEEK 4 (Feb 13)
Monday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 172-216
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #4 – Poetry v. Prose
Thursday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 217-240
Thursday Presenter: Alex
Friday (Short Story): The Prophet’s Hair – Rushdie

WEEK 5 (Feb 27)
Monday (Novel): Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 241-275ish
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #5 – Philip Levine – Previous Poet Laureate
Thursday (Novel): Finish Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Thursday Presenter: Britney
Friday (Short Story): NONE – we’ll work on our essay

WEEK 6 (Mar 6)
Monday (Novel): NONE – Essay Work?
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #6 – Juan Felipe Herrera – Current Poet Laureate
Thursday (Novel): NONE – Movie Time
Thursday Presenter: Sara
Friday (Short Story): NONE – Movie Analysis

WEEK 7 (Mar 13)
MONDAY: Billy Lynn essay Due
Monday (Novel): The Sense of an Ending – pages 1-29
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #7 – L.A.N.G.U.A.G.E.
Thursday (Novel): The Sense of an Ending – pages 29-61
Thursday Presenter: Zoha
Friday (Short Story): My Wife is a White Russian – Tremain

WEEK 8 (March 20 – MCAS week … might be hectic)
Monday (Novel): The Sense of an Ending – pages 62-86
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #8 – FLARF
Thursday (Novel): The Sense of an Ending – pages 86-113
Thursday Presenter: Sara
Friday (Short Story): Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie – Bainbridge

WEEK 9 (March 27)
Monday (Novel): The Sense of an Ending – pages 113-141
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #9 – Poetry’s Function
Thursday (Novel): Finish The Sense of an Ending
Thursday Presenter: Erica
Friday (Short Story): NONE

hWEEK 10 (April 3)
MONDAY: Sense of an Ending Essay Due (counts as 4th quarter grade)
Monday (Novel): NONE – Movie time
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #10 – Trethewey – Former Poet Laureate
Thursday (Novel): NONE
Thursday Presenter: Alex
Friday (Short Story): A Family Supper – Ishiguro

WEEK 11 (April 10)
Monday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 1-3
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #11 – Tradition & Form
Thursday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 4-6
Thursday Presenter: Britney
Friday (Short Story): Axolotl – Cortazar (handout)

WEEK 12 (April 24)
Monday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 7-9
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #12 – New Formalism  (we will skip #13)
Thursday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 9-12
Thursday Presenter: Zoha
Friday (Short Story):

WEEK 13 (May 1)
Monday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 13-15
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #14 – Spoken Word
Thursday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 16-18
Thursday Presenter: Erica
Friday (Short Story): Olive Kitteridge – Pharmacy

WEEK 14 (May 8)
Monday (Novel): Never Let Me Go – ch 19-21
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #16 – Novel-In-Verse
Thursday (Novel): Finish Never Let Me Go
Thursday Presenter: Alex
Friday (Short Story): Olive Kitteridge – Incoming Tide

WEEK 15 (May 15 – FINAL FULL WEEK FOR SENIORS!)
Monday (Novel): Olive Kitteridge – A Little Burst
Wednesday (Poetry): Packet #18 – Favorite Poetry
Thursday (Novel): NONE – Movie Time
Thursday Presenter: Britney
Friday (Short Story): Olive Kitteridge – Basket of Trips (movie time may bump this to Monday)

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