For next week, read up to page 160 (or Chapter 17) of Your blogs will be due on Wednesday at 11:59 pm.
Your comments on other student blogs will be due by FRIDAY at 11:59.
Given our discussion in Forum B last week, I thought it would serve students best to have more time to formulate their comments on other students' blogs. I hope this will help with the workload and provide you with greater opportunity to develop strong responses to each others' work.
In addition to your blogs and comments, you also must post in one or more of the discussion forums on my blog by Friday at 11:59 pm. You do NOT have to post in all of the forums, but I will be assessing you on how well you are able to respond to the various prompts and each others' ideas. Remember that Forum C is an open forum, so if there is something you would like to discuss that hasn't been addressed by me or another student, please post there.
Here are some questions to get you started on your blogs. Feel free to use them or develop your own. Remember, you can also write a blog responding to another student's post.
1) Read through Rachel’s blog on the Byronic Hero http://brokebibliophile.blogspot.com/2010/09/polidori-and-byronic-heroes.html
and discuss the ways in which we could characterize Heathcliff as a sort of Byronic hero. In what ways is he similar to Lord Ruthven? Include passages from the text to support your answer. In what ways does Heathcliff’s character inform later vampire characters? Make sure to use examples to support your ideas.
2) Compare the descriptions of Thrushcross Grange and
3) 1847, the year Bronte wrote her novel, was one of the most calamitous years of the Irish famine or what is now more often called “The Great Hunger.” During this time,
Part of the horror of the Famine is its atavistic nature—the mind-shaking fact that an event with all the premodern character of a medieval pestilence happened in
Explain what you think Eagleton means in the passage above. What do you think of Heathcliff as a “fragment” of the Famine, or as a colonial “Other”? How do he and Catherine “haunt” history? What does that mean? Eagleton says that that time in Irish history and
4) How do Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean influence the story as narrators? Do you think they are completely reliable observers? How do they perceive the events at
5) How would you characterize the novel’s female characters? Do you find these female characters sympathetic? Are they victims of the patriarchal forces around them or are they simply the harbingers of their own self-destruction? Use examples to support your answer.
6) Read through these contemporary reviews of