Week 2

Tuesday

David Antin - "Postmodernism"

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Background

  • Format and genre of Antin's “talk pieces,”
  • relationship to Socratic dialogue,
  • contrast with what we might expect of a literary work
  • challenges to what are “conventions” of formal writing (mechanics, style)
  • Enlightenment ideas about reason, truth, knowability and progress; Modernism as a rupture; Postmodernism as a calling into question (skepticism) of all “master narratives”

Reading experience: DISCUSSION:

  • How did the format of this text effect your processing of what you read? Did it lead you to make certain judgements?
  • How do you relate Antin's perspective on truth and action with the perspective of William Clifford?
  • What passages most attracted your attention in your Commonplace entries?

Homework

Please read Christy Wampole. “How to Live Without Irony,” __The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments__. As I read Wampole, I see her as extending some of the thinking in Antin but also, perhaps, identifying a kind of crisis. She is dissatisfied with the attitude towards truth, authenticity, or knowing that she associates with ironic living. Consider her argument, perhaps focus on a particularly interesting short section, and consider whether you find her persuasive. (You might resort to Haskin's guide) or not.

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Thursday

Wampole and "Irony"

Orienting questions

  • How do we usually define irony?
  • How is Wampole using the term?

Commonplace Quotes

  • Share quotes and responses

Small Group Discussion Activity

Does the author convince you that irony could be a kind of ethos, attitude or “style” that shapes one's way of being in the world? What are the supposed attitudes towards truth, commitment, knowledge etc. embodied by an ironic style? Does the author convince you that this is a generational attitude? If this were so, are you also convinced this might be undesirable? Why or why not?

Homework

1. This week we begin our reading of Winning Arguments by Stanley Fish. Homework: Read the introduction, Chs. 1 “Living in a World of Argument” and 2 “Political Argument.” Reflect on the reading, compose and type a multi-paragraph discussion post in response to this prompt:

Fish Writing Prompt 01

  1. Please register for a class blog and bring a laptop to class on Friday.

Friday

Intro to Fish

  • connections between literary theory, philosophy, and law
  • author, text, audience (reader response as a theory of meaning)

Key Terms and Orientating Questions

  • medium (2), argument from authority (10), anti-rhetorical (20), logos, ethos, pathos (47)

Summary of Fish's argument for the rhetorical context for truth

  • How does this compare with prior readings

Discussion of Writing Prompt

Blog

  • create your blog
  • login
  • post your first response.

Student Blog Sites

Homework

  • Read Fish, Chapters 3 and 4 for Monday.
  • Make a Commonplace entry in your journal (quote and reflection).