Throughout the course, your will be working closely with Jane Tompkins’ fascinating argument, “Indians: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History,” which is posted on the next page. Below I have included a brief bio and some other resources should you want to learn more about her.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Jane Tompkins (born 1940) is an American literary scholar (Links to an external site.) who has worked on canon (Links to an external site.) formation, feminist literary criticism, and reader response criticism (Links to an external site.). She has helped develop the idea of cultural work (Links to an external site.) in literary studies (Links to an external site.). She earned her PhD (Links to an external site.) at Yale (Links to an external site.) in 1966 and subsequently taught at Temple University (Links to an external site.), Duke University (Links to an external site.), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Links to an external site.).
PLEASE REVIEW 2.7 HERE BELOW TO DO THE BELOW WORK
Take These 3 Steps…
Before reading Jane Tompkins’ “Indians: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History,” think critically about the title by doing each of the following:
After your first reading (most students need to read her essay more than one time to fully comprehend it) of Jane Tompkins’ “Indians: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History,” watch and take detailed notes on “Indians” and New Historicism, a brilliant lecture by Dr. David Nunnery, who teaches a course that prepares students for university-level work. Ignore his comments with regards to exploring information later in the semester, as you are not in his class. I am having you watch this for our class because Nunnery succinctly introduces and contextualizes (Links to an external site.) Tompkins and her argument, as well as summarizes some important theories that will help you to understand her argument. This brief lecture will prove beneficial as you work closely with Tompkins’ argument in this course–and later in the semester, attempt to write your own essay in the same style.
Part I: Post (100 points)
Post Charting of Jane Tompkins’ “Indians: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History.”
Part II: Participation (40 points)
Make at least 2 significant replies (a minimum of 10-12 carefully-crafted sentences, each worth 20 points). The goal is to critically engage with your peers on the charting of Tompkins’ text, including your understanding of her argument and how she shapes it, as well as the assignment. You may ask questions or make comments, of course, but they are not considered “significant” replies. With that said, do not limit your engagement to the two required replies–dig in!
Moreover, keep in mind that charting is not a science; for example, two of you may have grouped paragraphs a little differently but arrived at the same major claim. (Remember to create ONE precise and concise sentence for each group of paragraphs you make.) While not all charting will look the same, reasons can be given and supported on why some groupings are more accurate than others. The only thing that is fixed is the amount of paragraphs in Tompkins’ essay, and you will all want to make sure you have numbered them the same; there are 45.
Finally, there is only one accurate major claim (personally, I think it has two parts), but it can be phrased differently. (Hint: Do not look for the thesis/major claim in the beginning of Tompkins argument–you are in advanced composition.) Remember, the major claim should be in your own words and quotes should never be used in charting. To receive a high score on Part II, I will need to see sustained, quality engagement on the forum. Remember, in an 8-week course, each day is two days!
Her are some additional ideas for successful participation on this forum:
Remember: Late Discussion Posts and Replies are never accepted. They are “real time” assignments.