Daily Schedule

Note: Reading is due the day it appears on our schedule. Unless otherwise noted, written or other work are due before the beginning of class. The course blog is a standing reading assignment. Please check it daily and read any new material posted.

Aug 25 – Welcome to class! What is a text?

Aug 29 – the basics: text
Aug 31 – the basics: image; Last day of add/drop.
Sept 2 – the basics: read Gil Scott-Heron – “The Revolution will Not be Televised

Sept 5 – University closed
Sept 7 – What is culture? Who decides? Read Williams – “Coded Language
Sept 9 – What are the most anthologized poems in English? Read “The Tyger” and “Stopping by…” Discuss Textual Analysis 1.
Deadline for students to provide advance written notification to instructors of intent to observe religious holidays

Sept 12 – Google: Paul Coates and Black Classic Press. Browse the website here. In class: Discuss googling and Textual Analysis 1.
Sept 14 – Coates – The Beautiful Struggle (chs 1-2)
Sept 16 – Site visit and / or research day! No in class meetup. This is your chance to get support or do some travel for Textual Analysis 1.

Sept 19 – Coates – The Beautiful Struggle (chs 3-4)
Sept 21 – Sick day. Check email and I’ll see you Friday!
Sept 23 – Coates – The Beautiful Struggle (5-6). Textual Analysis 1 due by midnight. 

Sept 26 – Coates – The Beautiful Struggle (finish the book)
Sept 28 – Presentation groups 1-4: library visit, read up on zines. Presentation Groups 5-9: work day – submit notes (directions here) by midnight.
Sept 30 – Presentation groups 5-9: library visit, read up on zines. Presentation Groups 1-4: work day – submit notes (directions here) by midnight.

Oct 1 – Richmond zine fest. Come on out!

Oct 3 – Discuss library visit.
Oct 5 – Group work for presentations (meet in the FILL, HH 5116). Goals: selected product, basic notes, shared presentation docs.
Oct 7 – Skills check: presentational mode

Oct 10 – Skills check: slides and materials
Oct 12 – Group Presentations: 1, 2
Oct 14 – Group Presentations: 3, 4, 5

Oct 17 – Group Presentations: 6, 7: “Sister Wives
Oct 19 – Group Presentations: 8, 9
Oct 21 – Reading days. University closed.

Oct 24 – The Breakbeat Poets – Bonair-Agard: “Fast…” (34), “In defense of the code-switch…” (36), and “Journeying to the break…” (319)
Oct 26 – The Breakbeat Poets – Bonair-Agard cont., & Coval – Intro (xvi-xxi), “the crossover” (133) and “white on the block” (140)
Oct 28 – The Breakbeat Poets – Coval continued.

Oct 31 – The Breakbeat Poets – Ocean Vuong – all poems (235-240)Discuss Textual Analysis 2.
Nov 2 – The Breakbeat Poets – Ocean Vuong continued.
Nov 4 – In class: How to read graphic narratives. In life: Last day to withdraw from class with a “W.”

Nov 7 – DeConnick – Bitch Planet
Nov 9 – DeConnick – Bitch Planet
Nov 11 – DeConnick – Bitch Planet

Nov 14 -Gibson – Pattern Recognition. Textual analysis 2 due before class. 
Nov 16 – Gibson – Pattern Recognition
Nov 18 – Gibson – Pattern Recognition

Nov 21 – Gibson – Pattern Recognition through ch. 20. In class: Discuss Multimodal Publications.
Nov 23 – No class.
Nov 25 – University closed.

Nov 28 – Gibson – Pattern Recognition finish!
Nov 30 – Group work on MP’s – meet in the FILL (HH5116)
Dec 2 – TBA

Dec 5 – Meet in the FILL, group work for multimodal publications.
Dec 7 – Multimodal Publications due before class. In class: Show and Tell.
Dec 9 – Show and Tell; Last day of class.

No final exam for this course.