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Class, Thurs, 4/16/2015


Share your 500-word piece for today with the person next to you. After you read your partner’s essay, jot down some thoughts in response to these three questions:

  • What would you like to know more about the primary text?
  • What would you like to know more about the secondary text?
  • What would you like to know more about how the author is trying to connect the two?

Return the piece with your comments to your partner. Chat for a bit about what you noticed or about any questions you might have.

Rewriting, Chapters 2-3

  • Coming to terms: Re-presenting the work of another  writer
  • Forwarding: Thinking with another text, borrowing and extending its ideas and keywords. “As the writer suggests . . .”
  • Countering: Thinking against another text, noticing problems and gaps. “Yes, but . . .”

Leslie Hilmann, “I’m Trapped in a Paper Case of Emotion” [video]

  • When and how does Leslie come to terms with Carr and McLuhan?
  • When and how does she forward ideas from either writer?
  • In what ways does she counter either writer?


  • Drafts
  • Conferences: Tues, 4/21, and Wed, 4/22

To Do

  1. Mon, 4/20, 11:00: Post e2d1 to your Dropbox folder.
  2. Tues, 4/21, or Wed, 4/22: Bring an annotated print-out of your e2d1 with you to your conference with me. Be ready to ask questions and try out ideas, as well as to hear my responses.

Class, 4/09/2015

Some Comments on Grades

Finding Secondary Texts

Ask a librarian!

After you do that, here are some other places to start as you look for other people who have written about your primary text.

Make Your Own Web

When you read a  piece that cites other writers—or that comments on other films, books, images, songs, etc.—then look up those texts. They are much more likely to be of interest and relevance than texts generated by an ordinary google search.

Citing Films, Videos, and DVDs

Oddly, the Chicago Manual does not offer guidelines for citing audiovisual texts. But it is easy  enough to adapt their basic formula:

Author. Date. Title. Location/Publisher.


Director. Date. Title. Studio (DVD, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, etc.).

For example

Chandor, J. C. 2013. All Is Lost. Lion’s Gate (Netflix).


Chandor, J. C. 2013. All Is Lost. Official Trailer. Lion’s Gate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk_R04LfUQU).

In quoting from a film or video, if you can, you may want to note the approximate time of the speech or scene, much as you would note a page in a print text.

For example

In All Is Lost, the character of Our Man speaks only once, when he curses God for his incredible streak of bad luck  (46:00).

 Coming to Terms (slides)

  • Defining a project
  • Noting keywords
  • Assessing uses and limits
  • Gilligan on Freud (16–20)
  • An exercise: Brown and Duguid (26)

To Do

  1. Mon, 4/13, 11:00 am: Post your proposal for Essay Two to your Dropbox folder.
  2. Tues, 4/14, class: Read Chapter 2, “Forwarding”, of Rewriting (34–53).
  3. Tues, 4/14, class: Bring a print copy of your proposal and your primary text with you to class. We will work with both.