a 10–15 page essay that demonstrates your understanding of the readings and our
In your presentation
please make specific reference to our readings.
You can choose to
develop your own study of sacred texts and folk traditions by using the
techniques of presentation that you have learned in this class.
You can analyze the
texts we have discussed this semester that illuminate world-views challenging
our Western philosophical assessment of “knowledge” and “judgment.” The artistic presentations of these texts also
introduce us to “new worlds” that require we broaden our typical analytic
systems of assessment so we may negotiate “meaning” from these presentations.
You may analyze how conventional
genre classifications serve us only nostalgically; since our most interesting
writers delight in flooding the old catacombs and confounding our pedestrian
expectations for, and of, a given genre. Fact or fiction? Oral or literal? Criticism or literature? Aesthetics or analytics?
texts we read this semester present genre distinctions that no longer cut a
clear, clean consciousness of texts. In
fact, our current discussions of this literature challenge us to advance new
theories of genre, new assessments of the value of generic classifications to
our concepts of language and living.
You may compose an
essay that reflects a concept or idea that you discovered as a result of class
discussions and readings this semester.