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Reflection Essays

One of the oldest and most influential justifications for the study of literature is that such study makes us better human beings.  While this is not necessarily true, the literary texts students have studied in and outside class present ethical conundrums, which force us to rethink our relationships with others, ourselves, and the social/natural world. […] Continue reading

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Research Abstracts

For this Wednesday (11/20), students will post their research abstract by 9:30am that day.  Please categorize under “research abstracts” and include relevant tags. Continue reading

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The Class Self-Annihilates, Blake Style

Today my students collectively experienced what William Blake calls “self-annihilation” (the purging of the ego and self-righteous thinking) at the Beginnings statue (see below) in the UC Merced campus, inspired by Blake’s Milton of course.  In the file below are students’ and their professor’s drawings of their self-examinations or the Last Judgment.  I want to […] Continue reading

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Debating The Song of Los

For next Wednesday (10/30), students will write a blog post for or against this debate prompt: Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s “Asia” section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity. We will debate this prompt in class.  Please categorize under “Urizen’s […] Continue reading

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Blog Post Competition

Based on the three student blog posts hyperlinked below, answer the following question and explain your answer (3-4 sentences) in the comment box of your chosen blog post.
Which of the three blog posts offers the most persuasive and original interpreta… Continue reading

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Reflective Essay

Reflective Essay One of the oldest and most influential justifications for the study of literature is that such study makes us better human beings.  While this is not necessarily true, the literary texts students have studied in and outside class present ethical conundrums, which force us to rethink our relationships with others, ourselves, and the […] Continue reading

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The Last Judgment is Perverse

For next Wednesday (11/13), students will answer ONE of the following two blog prompts about Blake’s Milton: 1. In book 2, plate 48-49, lns. 35-39, 1-15 (p. 202-203), does Ololon’s recognition of herself and Milton as “Contraries” result in her self-annihilation? If so, explain how her self-annihilation is similar to or different from Milton’s.  Feel […] Continue reading

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Blake’s Milton: The Quest for Self-Annihilation

For next Wednesday (11/6), students will answer the following question: Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Because this poem is so dense and confusing, I ask that students provide a close reading of ONE of the six passages listed below […] Continue reading

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Re-volution or the End of History?

For this Wednesday (3/14), students have the option to write a post on ONE of the four prompt questions:   1. Why does Blake deviate from the Biblical account in making Adam and Noah contemporaries? (SoL, Plate 3; 6, 7; p. 109)   2. What is the significance of Urizen’s weeping at the end of “Asia”? (Plate 7, […] Continue reading

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Idea Map of the French Revolution Debate

Below is an idea map of the French Revolution debate students collectively put together.  The green marker represents Thomas Paine; purple, Edmund Burke; blue, Richard Price; and red, William Blake.  This map is a useful study aid for thinking about Blake’s political views and historical moment. Oh, yes….there is no blog post due this week! […] Continue reading

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