In Animals in Literature, Ancient and Modern, we will explore the roles that animals and animal symbolism play in literature across time and across culture, reaching back into classic folk traditions and extending into the modern literary imagination.* You will read and respond to a range of enduring literary texts from a range of literary genres, such as fables, fairy tales, poetry, fiction, and graphic novels. Through the process of exploring the place of animals in literature, you will also explore and present your own unique ideas and creativity through written expressions, interpretive performances, and formal presentations. For the major written assignments, we will follow the steps of the writing process—prewriting, drafting, revision, and editing. Throughout the semester, we will also sharpen your command of grammar, usage, and mechanics and expand your literary and everyday vocabulary.

* To establish some continuity between the work you did last semester and what we have planned for this semester, I will look for ways, as often as possible, to foster connections to the readings, themes, and concepts you have already studied. Please do not hesitate to call attention to any connections yourselves during our classes or in your work for this semester.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LA2's blog: Spiegelman Interview

Hey guys,
So we've got a blog! And you're all welcome to join me as authors of the content. So, if in your browsing of the internet you find stuff that relates to the work of our class, then please-please-please share it with the world through our blog!! Okay...I'll kick it off. Here's an interview with Art Spiegelman, the author of our first text.



  1. I"m sorry, where exactly do we find the words that we were assigned? I did not get an invite to any google doc.

  2. Hi, everybody! Just wanted to say that this is working great and I was able to figure out how to set up an account. Can't wait to use this some more later in the year!

    Thanks for setting this up Greg!

  3. Hey guys,
    Glad to see ya! I especially look forward to see what cool stuff you can find to contribute. Mitch, so you know, the vocab words can be found in the LA2 Google Docs. Go to your VCS email account, click on the "documents" link at the top of the page, and look for a file called Vocab_due_2_10.
    Till next class,

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