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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.