Syllabus- RC FYS, Sec. 009, Fall 2004-J. Hegman Shier
Updated on SUNDAY, Dec. 5.
Course Description: The Self, the Other, and The Self as Other in Text, Image, and Performance
Ideas for art and writing projects
This syllabus does not contain all assignments, since some will be determined on
the basis of your work and needs. To contact me with questions, email me
or stop by 112 Greene. Office hours: M 3-4, Th4:30-5:30 and by appt. I
can frequently be found in the RC Advising office, too.
|Tues.||Themes. . .||Thurs.|
|9/7 Intro to course and each other, Handout
Writing assignment: "on anticipation" or
Reading assignment for 9/14:
|9/9 Workshop: perception, production, & reflection
Self portraits: producing the self, seeing the other, reflecting on the self and the other
Journal suggestions, use all or none. . .: Comment on your experiences in this class so far; on your reactions to being at a new school; What has happened to your sense of self or your self as other now that you are in a new place (physically or in essence)? Pick one of the general topics planned for the course and reflect on it.
(More journaling tips will be handed out )
|9/14 Sites of self
Discussion of readings (see 9/7)
Reading assignments: the senses (handout);
on Georgia O'Keeffe (handout)
|9/16 UM Museum of Art (meet there)
Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit
Writing Assignment: to be started in the Museum (topic tba)
Reading for 9/21: Hull, Touching the Rock (excerpt)
Discussion: "Whither Thou Goest" (Aaron as facilitator)
Begin Powerpoint Presentation (Janet)
|THE SENSES &
|9/23 Continuation of Power Point Presentation (Janet) and notes on journaling
Discussion on Hull reading, and if time, on senses, and O'Keeffe
Readings & Assignments
for 9/28: Alvarez(Coursepack); Read: How the Garcia Girls. . .
Next writing assignment due 9/30
(Topics sent over email)
Guest: On organ transplantation
Discussion: Defining Features of identity; begin discussion of how we see ourselves, how others see us.
Discussion of Reading (Garcia Girls)
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HOW WE SEE OURSELVES & HOW OTHERS SEE US. . .
DIAG: Arts Workshop: Presenting and Representing the Self and the Other.
Portraiture and Self-Portraiture
Assignments for next week: Read and journal about some of the non-literary readings in the coursepack. Explore these on your own, but definitely look at: Stories we live by (McAdams) and the writings on identity by Woodward. Handout from class. . .
By Thursday you should decide which event/s you are participating in during the week of 10/11-10/16 (related to the "Beyond the Stigma" Course)
|10/5 3-5PM (note that class goes an extra 1/2 hour)
Storytelling Workshop with professional storyteller, Yvonne Healy: "Writing Outloud"
This Workshop is being funded by ARTS AT MICHIGAN .
|NARRATING THE SELF. . .||
10/7 Theater of Brecht: A scientific laboratory for the theater. . .
topics: demonstrating a role, historicising, alienation effect, "gesture/gist"
Focus on identity: the scripted self?
"The Jewish Wife"
Don't forget to do the next paper assignment (run your topic by me please) and turn it in early next week. Also, don't forget to be working on one of the three proposed assignments on the back of the Handout from class last week. . . (found object self-portrait, etc. )
|10/12 Beyond the Stigma calendar of public events (Choose one and message me the choice): Palestine, Israel, USA Events all week at Honors and in the RC AUD. . .
Attend one outside event (see schedule above) instead of class on this Tuesday. Type up a reaction to the event and submit this by next Wednesday via email). Please focus on an aspect of identity that interested you the most.
WHERE IS HOME?
THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL
ART & ACTIVISM
|10/14 There is CLASS today-- 3-5 Improvisation workshop
Meet in AUD
Continued work next week on Brecht's _Jewish Wife_
Reading Assignment for next Thursday: Gogol (Coursepack), Kafka (book from Ulrich's): The Metamorphosis, The Hunger Artist
Writing Assignment related to Mini Course (a reflection/ reaction) is due next WED. via email. Please submit it as soon as you can. I will read your reflections as they come in.
Please note: On FRIDAY, 10/15 from 11-12, you can meet informally with a small group of students talking with Henry Chalfant, artist and author on Graffiti and subway art in New York and Hip-Hop culture. Message or tell me if you are interested in this.
10/19 NO CLASS
|EXPERIENCING THE SELF AS OTHER
THE RELATIONAL SELF
10/21Discussion: Gogol "The Nose"
Kafka: "The Metamorphosis"
"The Hunger Artist"
Jewish Wife Scenework
Original work (Reading by members of the class not doing the scenework for JW).
|SEEING THE SELF AS OTHER
Paper topics for paper due on 11/2
Discussion: Gogol "The Nose"
Begin discussion on Kafka: "The Metamorphosis"
|THE RELATIONAL SELF
THE SELF AS OTHER
Neil Labute: The Shape of Things
1)The next recommended reading from the non-literary coursepack is:p. 110-134. Please read this and reflect on it in your journal. Keep working on the art and writing assignments.
2) In class on Tues., we will discuss Sexton's Transfor-mations, p.157-164 and Alice Notley's "Mysteries of Small Houses", p. 119-126. Please be very familiar with these and identify points you would like to discuss.
3)Make sure that you have at least contacted your interviewee to set up a meeting time (Prepare your questions in advance.). If you don't have the name of the person to contact, you need to contact me (We probably haven't had a conference recently enough.)
Discussion: "Transformations" (Sexton) and "Mysteries of Small Houses (Notley)
For next Tuesday., please read: the texts from _Minding the Body, Coursepack_, p. 44-68/ Also look at the books on reserve for you in the media room, including _The Adonis Complex_, _Looking Good: Male Body Image in Modern America_ and _Him/Her/Self: Gender Identities in Modern America_. Jot down quotes that strike you from your readings (good journaling stuff!)
|TRANSFORMING THE SELF
SURVIVING THE SELF
Looking at Self-portraits and _Life? or Theater? by Charlotte Salomon.
If you have completed your interview, please write a report or protocol of the interview.
On Tues., we will discuss the readings listed as homework from 11/9.
discussion:_Minding the Body, Coursepack_, p. 44-68
Turn in journal if you haven't done so in the past 10 days.
Please read Walker: "When the Other Dancer is the Self",
AND: 46-59 in OTHER coursepack (Mohanty) and start article on p. 175-188.
Summarize or write about these (not relating them to each other) in your journal or on a separate sheet.
Turn in your protocol or report on your interview as soon as you have it.
Image Theater. . .
Read for Tuesday: Fires in the Mirror , p. 165-181.
Prepare part of something you wrote OR part of Smith, _Fires in the Mirror_ to present in class on Tues. (Smith, CP p. 165) You may present alone or with someone.
Finish article (Other CP 175-188)
Paper topics for the final two papers were handed out in class. Add'l. copies in envelope at 112 Greene.
presentations (original and from _Fires in the Mirror_). . . (See homework from last Thurs.)
Read for Tuesday after Thanksgiving: Hesse: The Indian Land (p. 88-107); and OTHER cp, Jung, p. 30-34 and 71-90--at least part about Jung.)
Here's a web site that (briefly!) summarizes many of Jung's theories (on individuation, dreams, collective unconscious, archetypes, persona.
Journal about the Self: Individuation or Fragmentation. Start working with ideas for a longer paper on the self--due on Dec. 7.
HANDOUT (from Nov.18)
Continue working on art and writing assignments.
|PRESENTING Ourselves. . .
FIRES IN THE MIRROR! Narcissus!
|Thanksgiving break. . .
Try to work on upcoming papers and the final project, as well as preparing the Hesse and Jung readings for discussion on Tues.Nov. 30.
HANDOUT (from Nov.18)
CLASS CANCELLED: Please work on assignments
Discussion: Hesse: "The Indian Land" and Jung (articles from Other coursepack)
On Thurs., turn in protocol or report on interview if you haven't already. Turn in what you expect to present at the end of the semester (short description in writing).
|SEARCH FOR THE SELF. . .
DEFINING THE SELF. . .
EMAIL sent on 11/30 containing instructions for last paper and update on the semester.
CLASS CANCELLED: Please work on assignments
TURN IN JOURNAL to Cynthia Burton in RC Advising by 4 pm.
(See email from 11/30)
Guest presentation by Leslie Stainton (RC Creative Writing Program). Writing Workshop. Please see the message I sent on Sunday, Dec. 5 for details about the remainder of the semester, including individual work with Janet/coaching for final presentation.
|PRESENTING and REPRESENTING the self.
turn in paper this week (if final project next week) or next week (if final project is Thurs.).
|12/9 final presentations
(Please turn in a folder containing your returned papers and your journal today or Monday, at the latest.)
|12/14 final presentations and wrap up|