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Mapping Literary Ecologies For this three-fold assignment it is your task 1) to select one of the assigned readings on our syllabus and prepare a short, written ecocritical analysis of it (500-750 words); 2) to make use of free online resources, such as google maps, google “Lit Trip,” or dipity.com, and create a map, timeline, or other visualization of your argument; and 3) share your findings to the class in a short (5-7 minutes) presentation.
For this assignment, you should highlight moments or passages within a story that conform to one or more of the genre conventions above–of either Magical Realism or the Gothic. A quick reminder (Note that these are not complete definitions. They are meant to trigger your memory about our class discussion.)
Readings: Tyson, the New Criticism; T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock” and “Tradition and the Individual Talent”
Prompt: In “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” Eliot discusses a peculiar anxiety that writers have about their potential for originality and argues that any “new” artistic form necessarily emerges from the past. For this assignment it is your task to locate one contemporary work of art or literature and write one paragraph about its relation to a previous work of art or literature.