- 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.
- Write an essay (1500-2000 words) that discusses the following two topics:
- 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?
- 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!