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ENL 6236 Restoration Literature


Class 1: Restoring what?


    Class Objectives:

      Introductions
      Review Syllabus and Assignments
      Exercise on Charles I


    Notes and Discussion Questions:

    Introductions

    Sherry Linkon's "The Reader's Apprentice"

    As soon as you are able, read the assigned article by Sherry Linkon, available in Course Documents on Blackboard or via the library's access to Project Muse or JSTOR. We will be applying several of her key pedagogical ideas in this class:

  • Critical cultural reading
  • Teaching interpretation
  • Becoming expert readers (p. 251)
  • Six practices that constitute slow and recursive cultural reading: 1) inquiry, 2) considering multiple positions, 3) self-awareness, 4) examining cultural context, 5) revisiting the text and one's ideas, 6) making connections
  • Analysis of texts relies upon thorough and complex understanding of culture and history
  • Reading and rereading allows the expert reader to gain new insights
  • Readings can be complex, ambiguous and even contradictory at times

    Discussion Excercise: Restoring What?

    Powerpoint presentation: Restoration Literature: Restoring What?

    Video clip
    Blog
    Eikon Basilike
    Images
    Poem by Katherine Philips

    Handout -- Execution of Charles I image - the banqueting house

    Study the picture for five minutes, making silent observations.

    Open discussion. Observations.

    Take five minutes and write: What does it mean to execute the King? What does it mean, then, to Restore the king?

    Ask for volunteers to share observations, questions, comments.


    For next week:

    Read DeKrey (see syllabus link). You will have your first post due for Monday even though there is no class meeting due to Martin Luther King Day.


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