Slight change

Hi Students,

Please use the USPS box in front of Klapper 342, as stated in the previous post. I haven’t been able to bring consent form to campus as I had planned. I will send an electronic version that requires a simple response via the internet shortly. Thanks for your flexibility.


Hi Students,

I’ve left a USPS box in front of my office,


Please leave your zine in my office. An envelope on the door will have consent forms to quote your writing in future research. You are not obliged to sign these, but it would be a kind thing to do for future students and their instructors. Thanks for a great semester.

All the best,




Updates and Next Class Assignment

For class on May 9th, read to the end of part I (pg. 199).

Choose one of the following threadlines weaving through Beloved, and keep notes on it in your journal. Come prepared to explain how it continues and unfolds in the story. These threadlines are:

Ghosts as agents/artefacts of the past

Crossroads and liminality (threshold spaces, crossroads, borders, twilight, transition, etc.)

Kinship, weaving kin through story

Rememory—by the way, all students will be expected to explain rememory as they understand it at the end of the book.

Lastly, the final zine is due in a box at my office (Klapper 352) Wednesday the 23rd at 3. This way you can focus on the book and have an extra week to write and assemble your thoughts.

I am collecting journals for the last time on May 9th. 




Class Wednesday 5-2

Read the first 99 pages of Beloved. 

Also, do remember the basic rule of college: students who do not attend classes and do not hand in work do not pass the class. It’s not a college professor’s job to chase students down and convince them to do their part as students.


Today’s class, 4-25

Please remember that we will begin class by attending Patricia Smith’s poetry reading at 6:30.

As I mentioned in class, class will begin in the museum in Klapper Hall. Please arrive at 6:30, if you can. We will end class ten minutes early to accommodate the adjustment.

We will then discuss Ellison’s essay in class as well as your final assignments for the semester.

ENG 152 Spring Break assignment:

  1.  Read this very short excerpt from Walden and get a sense of this canonical American text about living in attunement with the nonhuman world at a time of industrial expansion.
  2. Write an essay (1500-2000 words) that discusses the following two topics:
    1. Discuss Raymond J. Mallie’s footnotes in the 2014 “Complete” edition of Black Elk Speaks. Do these footnotes merely provide historical context, do they assist John G. Neihardt’s purported “sacred obligation to be  true to the old man’s meaning and manner of expression” (xxvii)? Or, does Mallie have his own agenda?
    2. Use details from the main text and its footnotes to explain how Black Elks Speaks can be read as an extensive footnote to Sherman Alexie’s On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City.

Your essay is due by email on April 11 by 9:30pm.  USE MS WORD, provided by Queens College, and save your document with your name. Example: lastname_Essay1.doc.

Also, a note on the Midterm Zine: all students have been granted an extension. Your zine is due at our next meeting, April 18th. 

Have a good break!