Welcome to the class blog for English 211, Professor Benzon’s Fiction course! I’m looking forward to a great semester exploring our course material with all of you. We’ll do a lot of interesting things with this blog, but for now, just take a moment to get set up with the blog, introduce yourself, and post some initial thoughts about our first set of readings:
- First, subscribe to the blog using the form on the front page: enter your email address and click subscribe. You should receive an email with a link that you need to click in order to activate your subscription.
- Then click on the comments link and leave a message in the field that appears — use this as a chance to say hello and tell us a little bit about yourself, but you should also do some writing and thinking about the three “Extreme Fictions” we’ll discuss on Friday. What seems significant about these texts in terms of how they work as pieces of fiction? How do they resemble and/or differ from what we might conventionally think of as fiction? What alternative possibilities do they pose for what fiction can be? You’re free to critically engage this material in whatever way seems important to you, as long as you ground your discussion in close analysis and citation of at least two of the three texts.
Don’t forget to include your full name in the appropriate box as well so that everyone knows who’s who and I can give you credit for your work. If it’s your first time posting on a WordPress blog, I may have to approve your post manually, so it might not show up immediately when you post it, but don’t worry — it will be there soon enough!
Good luck — let me know if you run into any trouble. See you in class Friday!
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by midnight on Thursday, September 8th. If you have any questions, let me know via email.