Friday, October 26, we spent class taking advantage of our new library space. It’s far too comfortable in there for its own good.
Splitting into groups, each work team selected a motif evident in “The Dead” and uncovered that motif in the rest of Dubliners with the goal of establishing a thematic statement Joyce develops in the collection. Folks worked diligently and posted their findings and thinking on their newly created WordPress blogs.
We just got into a great conversation about Gabriel & Michael Furey & The Last Supper when the bell rang. All are encouraged to keep the conversation going online by commenting on the post that inspired it all here. (Well done, Makenzie.)
Award-winning book title projects land at the end of next week and Tuesday is the last day to submit revisions of synthesis essays.
Wednesday, October 24th, Joyce’s “The Dead” was the story du jour. Actually, it was only the first day of what will be a two day event.
We discussed theme, symbolism, and the cool thing that lives in-between the two — motif. And from there we started a close reading in the Food Court. It was a bit challenging as every idea discussed bred more ideas and new ideas and we were a bit all over the place.
The first blog entry was assigned: If you were to make a film version of “The Dead” what would it look like? Include at least three links to other online material to support your ideas.
People seemed rather stoked about that.
Friday we will be discussing “The Dead” in relation to other stories in Dubliners. Friday will have a tighter, more directed focus as the discussion, while not bad, didn’t yield as much substance as it might’ve.
Motif is a challenging idea and it needs time, and specifics, to really sink in.