LC English Lab

Humanize Me . . .

        To this point, we have created a persona, marketed to that persona (archetypes), branded that persona (economy), and run that persona as a political candidate (politics).  Now, we are going to make that persona a human (a soul = social, psychological, physical) — only we won’t make him human as much as discover how/why we become human.

Human Aspirations: Part I (Research/Work-Over)

         Below, you will see a list of literary theories/periods.  Each of these periods has a Short Story (Author), a Poem (Poet), Painting (Artists) and a Philosophy (Philosopher).  You will be assigned a period, for each of the items in that section (including the period itself) do the following:

                   Literary Periods 

  • Research — 2 Sources, Take Notes


  • Research — Philosophy, Philosopher, Take Notes


              Short Story 


  • Research — Poet, Poem, SPACE Exercise – In light of Literary Period (what does it share?)

                                 Absurdism                                                   Naturalism 

                                       * Albert Camus  (Philosopher)                 * To Build a Fire (Writing)

                                       * The Myth of Sisyphus (Writing)             * A Slant of Sun on Dull Brown Walls (Poem)

                                       *  Jim Flora (Art)                                       * The Ironworkers Noontime (Art)

                                 Beat Generation                                         Neo-Classicism 

                                       *  Supermarket in California (Poem)           * Diana and Cupid (Art)

                                       *  Dharma Bums (Writing)                           * One Happy Moment (Poem)

                                       *  William de Kooning (Artist)                      * Candide (Writing: Introduction, A Chapter)

                                 Determinism (Economic)                          Post Colonialism 

                                       *  The Necklace (Writing)                           * At the Market (Art)

                                       *  The Anti-Suffragists (Poem)                    * Reading Lessons (Writing)

                                       *  Karl Marx (Philosopher)                           * Backdropp Addresses Cowboy

                                 Existentialism                                             Post Moderinism 

                                       * The Metamorphosis (Kafka)                  * Composition (Art)

                                       * How is Your Heart (Poetry)                    * Video: What is Postmodernism (Ch 2, 8 min) 

                                       * The Uknown Masterpiece (Art)              * Video: Postmodernism, Doubt, Vision (Ch 3, 16 min)

                                                                                                        * All Watched Over by Machines (Poem)

                                 Expressionism                                          Rationalism (Age of Enlightenment) 

                                       * Deer in the Forest (Art)                            * Emile, Book III (Writing)

                                       * Song (Poem)                                           * Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady 

                                       * Zarathustra (Intro through Book 4)          * Madame de Pompadour (Video)

                                 Futurism                                                   Realism 

                                       *  Search for Volumes (Art)                    * Central Park, Winter (Art)

                                       * The Third Wave (pg 1-20)                   * Theological Realism (Philosophy)

                                       * Harrison Bergeron (Writing)                * The Hill (Poetry)

                                 Lost Generation                                      Romanticism 

                                       * Babyon Revisited (Writing)                  * Somnombulism (Writing)

                                       * Exile’s Return (Philosophy)                  * Parsifal (Listening), Background (Text)

                                       * Nude Standing by the Beach (Art)       * Stormy Coast Scene (Art)

                                  Magical Realism                                     Surrealism 

                                       *  Two Words (Writing)                         * Zone (poetry)

                                       * Magic(al) Realism (Art)                      * Accomodations of Desire (Art)

                                       * I’ll Tell You Some Things  (Poetry)     * Dada and Surrealism (Philsophy)

                                  Modernism                                             Transcendentalism

                                       * Barn Burning (Writing)                           * Walden (Writing)

                                       * Moderism (Philosophy)                         * The Oxbow (Art)

                                       * . . . a pretty how town (poetry)              * 1861 (Poetry)

Finished Product: Due End of Long Period

        When completed with all the preliminary research

                                         * Complete a Work-Over (or here for a Work-Over Template) on your research and findings 

                                         * Hand it in stapled to the top of your finished annotations and notes

On Being Human: Part II (Major Paper)

Finished Product: Due End of Finals Period


To evaluate the different strategies and research you used for the Straw Man Project

Assignment: Major Paper #2

    This final paper will examine the difference between advertising, branding, marketing and creating (artistic and literary ventures).  Being a Major Paper, you will write a 5-page (minimum) Classical Argument using personal response, past research, and your  own written/visual work to answer the following prompt:

Plato argued that civilized city-states should “kick out all the poets” for fear that creative expression becomes only lies people trust.  By looking at everything we have seen this semester, it is as if you have stepped out of the cave.  Now, after having examined political, commercial, and literary texts, which one of these is the most honest reflection of reality and which do you trust the most?

Paper Pre-Write:  Before you write the paper . . . 

  Your primary goal should be to show the difference between the motivations of commercialism versus the motivations of the creative spirit.  Before you write the paper, then, write a reflective, OCI Paragraph in response to the TOPICAL QUESTIONS BELOW (to be handed in).   These will be the first draft of your paper.

           After writing the paragraphs, revise your answers using outside sources (material we have used in class) and make sure you can defend your editorial decisions according to the  EWP Writing Outcomes. Answering these questions will also help you address the proper issues in your paper.

            After you have written the final paper, WRITE A PORTFOLIO LETTER explaining the differences between your first and second drafts.  Within the letter, you should examine

Editorial changes you made

How each UW Outcome is reflected in your final paper

Which paper is better, and why (using EWP Outcome Language)

The difference between Academic (1st Semester) and Commercial (2nd Semester) writing (Which you prefer and why . . .)

Paper Requirements 

Paradoxical Introduction 

(reflect on the nature of the different assignments and answer prompt with Major Claim)

Topical Questions #1 – Straw Man (Outcome #1 – Audience/Situation)

What are some of your assumptions about marketing?

Why/How was it easy or hard to create someone?

What was missing from the process?

How did the focus groups compare/contrast to you perceptions?

Topicical Questions #2 – Advertising (Outcome #4 – Editing)

What decisions need to be made to sell something?

What role do evaluators play in the creation of an Ad?

What did audience feedback tell you about your conclusions?

Topical Questions #3 – Politics (Outcome #3 – Complex Arguments)

What happens when a person, not an object, needs to be sold?

What were some of your conclusions about the campaign process?

What are different demands for media (writing, visual, audio-visual) in a campaign setting?

What does the feedback tell you about what humans want? 

Topicical Questions #4 – Literature and Art 

What is the significant difference between these texts?

What are these people searching for, and do you think their desires are universal?

What do their creative expression say about human desire?

Conclusion (Outcome #2 – Evidence)

Answer the PROMPT

Comparative OCI Paragraph

Given the different texts, which will grant you, a prisoner, more freedom in Cave?