6 September: Joseph in Genesis.
Let's say that you're teaching the Bible as literature to a group of bright high-schoolers, and your best student, a bomb-thrower (who likes you), concludes aloud to the class that the story of Joseph (Genesis 27-50) has nothing redemptive or heroic about it. She claims that it's a tale of human misery, greed, stupidity, and disloyalty. You need to respond.
20 September: Moses in Exodus
You're doing the same job, teaching the Bible as literature to a group of smart people who are younger than you are. Bomb-throwing student from last time really likes you, so she's going to challenge you again. You have pointed out that the God in Exodus is remarkably human. She takes that assertion and runs with it. In fact, she argues, this deity is so human that he's as disagreeable as he is human. Which specific aspects of this all-too-human disagreeable deity do you think she means? Cite some of them and answer her, agreeing or disagreeing.
Please avoid summarizing the plot of Exodus. We know what happens. What matters is WHY what happens happens, so to speak. Look at Analytical Writing to your right.
4 October: Homer, Odyssey
11 October: Sophocles, Oedipus
25 October: Virgil, Aeneid
1 November: Sappho and St. Augustine
15 November: Beowulf
22 November: Marie and Chrétien
6 December: Dante, Inferno
20 December: Chaucer, Wife Of Bath's Prologue and Tale
Short, analytical papers can be a demanding form for the novice. We're often trained to summarize or describe (show) rather than explain why something is there or what it might be doing (explain). Please click the button below for some advice.
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