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!


Author: alarsson

Anna-Alexis Larsson is a doctoral student of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation revisits the ideas and archived correspondence of the late anthropologist and communication theorist, Gregory Bateson, to explore pedagogy in relation to embodiment and ecology. She teaches at Queens College.