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Class Meeting Time: TTh 9:30-10:45 a.m., Henkel 107

Monday, March 26, 2012

[Archive Post] Homework Post for Monday, 3/26/12

Tormented and Happy:
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
in August Wilson's Fences
We ended our last discussion session on August Wilson's Fences with the directive to discern whether the play is a comedy or tragedy. You'll begin writing your answers to this and related questions in class today. You'll finish the day's work by posting your answers here by midnight tonight. This assignment counts as one participation grade. While this assignment is open-book, outside source usage will result in a failure.

Assignment: Answer the following questions in writing:

1. Is Fences a comedy or tragedy?
2. What are the ancient Greek definitions of comedy and tragedy?
3. How does Fences satisfy the definition you claim it does? Properly cite textual evidence from the play.
4. If you claim Fences is a tragedy, then skip to question #7. If you claim Fences is a comedy, then is it satiric (textual evidence)?
5. Is Fences high or low comedy (textual evidence)?
6. If you claim Fences is low comedy, then is it burlesque, artistic, or slapstick (textual evidence)? If you claim Fences is high comedy, then cite three examples.
7. If you claim Fences is a comedy, then skip to question #10. If you claim Fences is a tragedy, then who is the tragic hero (textual evidence)?
8. What is the hero's tragic flaw (textual evidence)?
9. What is the doom which the tragic hero meets (textual evidence)?
10. Identify the main and subplots.

Friday, March 23, 2012

[Archive Post] Online Class Post for Friday, March 30, 2012

Troy
Using the checklist for "Writing About a Play" on page 826 of our Literature anthology, respond to Wilson's charge, on page 1353, that Fences attempts to normalize Black experiences for White audiences, and to consider those experiences as artistry for Black audiences. Do you see Wilson making a political statement or social critique? If so, then what is it? What textual support do you have from the play? This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by midnight on 3/30/12.

Monday, March 19, 2012

[Archive Post] Online Class Post for Monday, March 19, 2012

Drama: Comedy, Tragedy
I hope you had a good spring break!

Instead of meeting synchronously today, you'll post a comment here as per the homework assignment on drama listed in the course syllabus: your answer to #5 on page 826. This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by midnight tonight, on 3/19/12.