Hope your heads have cleared from the intertwinings and doublings of Poe’s story yesterday and that you’re seeing your ways towards some downtime over break soon. Obviously there is no response post due tomorrow, but here’s a thread for first day with Gone Girl next Monday when we come back.
As I mentioned yesterday, this final text of the semester presents something of a shift from our path up to now: Flynn’s novel takes place in a realistic, contemporary world, without anything supernatural or otherworldly in it. Part of our task with this text (both in class and in the final paper) will be to make it part of our larger ongoing conversation by connecting it to the rest of our material, so I thought it would be helpful to use this blog post to start that thinking. In your post, you should engage our first chunk of the reading in some way that connects it to the questions and concerns of an earlier text from the semester. You should ground your connection in some of our usual quotation and close analysis of Flynn’s writing (although you don’t need to directly quote the other text you’re connecting it to here). Use that quotation and analysis to make a connection that points at something larger — rather than comparing two characters, for example, think of how and why Flynn and another author address a conceptual issue or question in similar and/or different ways.
One more rule: If you happen to read ahead, or if you’ve seen the film of this novel — please, no spoilers!!
Happy reading and happy break — see you all next week.
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 Sunday, November 27th. After class on Monday, you should return to this thread and post a response to one classmate’s post by class time Wednesday the 30th. If you have any questions, let me know via email.