Author Archives: kfitz

Open Thread

Hi, all. Assuming you’ve read your email lately, you can probably imagine that it was a bad day in Crookshank. I want to throw open the discussion here, to let you respond in any way you like, including thinking about the role of the author as redefined by the new critics. I’ll look forward to talking with you all Monday.

Literary Series

A quick announcement, in case you haven’t seen the flyers: the first reading in the fall Literary Series will be this coming Tuesday, September 16. Susan Straight, who is a fantastic novelist, will be our first visitor in the series. The reading will start at 7.30 pm, in the Ena Thompson Reading Room (Crookshank 108).

I’d like each of you to attend at least one reading this fall, so that we can talk some about the relationship between reading and listening, as well as the effects that the presence of the author has on your interpretive practices. Plus, the authors coming are all fantastic. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Information about the Blog

A quick post to lay out some of the details of the blog assignment:

  • Each of you have signed up for a blog facilitation slot. If your assigned slot is on a Monday, you should post your opening questions or comments by midnight Saturday; if your slot is on a Wednesday, you should post by midnight Monday.
  • Each of the rest of you should check the blog on Sunday/Tuesday, and should respond in the comments at least once a week, contributing to the conversation begun by your classmates.
  • And each of you should post, either at the top level or in the comments, at least once more a week. This post need not focus on the reading — it can be about any of the things I listed in my opening post, or anything else besides.
  • Let me know — perhaps here in the comments — if you have questions…


    Hi, all. Most of you have sent me your usernames, and your accounts should be up and functioning. Do make sure that you test them by logging in with the information emailed to you by the system. (If you’re not logged in, you should see a link to do so at bottom right; if you are logged in, there’ll be a link that reads “site admin.”)

    Once you’re logged in, come back to this post and leave a comment. I’ll pose a question to get us started, but you should feel free to raise questions of your own.

    My question(s): What surprised you, if anything, in the essays by Fruit and Lockwood? What caught your attention? What seems notable in the picture those essays create of the state of literary criticism in the early twentieth century?

    what is this blog thing, anyway?

    This site is yours to make of what you want, a space for further interaction, for exploration, for testing out some of the ideas that come up in our discussions or in your papers. I’ll be asking each of you to take the lead on our discussion of one day’s reading here on the blog, but I also want to see you trying things out here for yourselves, thinking actively about how this blog might be made a useful space for practicing the kinds of reading and writing that we’re working on this semester.

    So any number of things might provide a good topic for a blog post. Here’s an incomplete list that my colleague Meg Worley gave a class of hers:

    • Isn’t it cool the way that Author X uses puns to achieve effect Y?
    • Aargh, I just can’t get my head around today’s reading.
    • Does “jargonterm” mean P or Q – or something else entirely?
    • Wow, Reading Z really reminds me of last week’s episode of Lost.
    • I could use some feedback on this complex problem I’ve been wrestling with…
    • Did she say A or B in class yesterday? I forgot to write it down.
    • Hey, I’m in a play this weekend, and y’all should come!

    You’ll no doubt find other things you want to post about, too — things you stumble across on the web that the rest of the class should see, things you find in your research that the rest of the class might be interested in. This kind of sharing is what makes group blogs exciting; I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with.