My apologies again that I can’t be in class on Friday! Your homework for Monday is to bring in a short text (article, form, document, song lyrics, bill, etc.) that makes you mad or upset, that feels inaccurate or offensive. Be prepared to write on it. We will be making our own found poems. Also, bring Zong!, since we will continue our discussions.
In order to receive participation credit for Friday’s class, please follow the instructions below and post your comment by midnight on Friday. You will need your copy of Zong! handy.
First, watch this video of Phillip reading Zong 17, 18, 19 (29-34). Start from the beginning and watch until about 4:36. You may want to listen twice: once while looking at the poems she is reading and once without, to take it all in.
Next, please listen to this short lecture (20 mins), which will help you answer one of the discussion questions below. Follow along in your book. (Bonus = my cat interjects throughout!)
In your comment, please respond to one of the following discussion questions. You are encouraged to quote from the text and engage with the ideas of your peers.
- How did watching the video of Phillip reading change the way you read the text? Did it help you see any aspect of the text in a new way?
- In what sense is this an “impossible” story to tell?
- How did you read the names at the bottom of each page? What do they suggest?
- What strategies did you develop for reading these difficult poems?
- Phillip repeatedly compares the process of writing Zong! To the actual Zong massacre itself. Why? What is she inviting us to think about?
- Was there a particularly striking detail, pattern, or theme you observed in the poems for today (20-76) that raised an interesting thought or question? Please explain.
Comments are due by midnight on Friday. Looking forward to reading your responses. Have a great weekend and see you Monday!