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ERH203: Ways of Reading

This course research guide is created for MAJ Hodde's ERH203 class.

This library guide contains resources in support of ERH 203: Ways of Reading, taught by MAJ Hodde in the Fall of 2020. Cadets will have the opportunity to give close attention to literary form in narrative, poetry and drama. Cadets will analyze tone and irony, the use of figurative language and rhetorical figures.  Assignments will focus on relationships between writers, texts, and readers. 

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Authors explored in this course:

Alice Walker, Flannery O'Connor, James Baldwin, & Raymond Carver

Assignment Details:

Essay 2: Overview of Ishiguro / ROTD Reception Essay
# of Sources:  2 additional book reviews or interviews (1 close to publication date, 1 later); 1 scholarly article about the novel or Ishiguro; 2 timely "news" sources/trends that you think reflect the novel's original or lasting impact

Length: 1250-1500 words

Format: 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaces, help received, Header with a good title
Citation Style: MLA
Overview: The lasting power of any literary work often begins with notoriety it receives when first read by the public. Its power for readers and critics may continue with later adaptations or conversations that re-contextualize how we should read that work in a given cultural moment or community. For this essay, research and examine how Kazuo Ishiguro's seminal work, The Remains of the Day was first received in the public imagination. Then pick a particular thematic aspect related to Ishiguro's depiction of human character to trace recent conversations about either an issue in the realm of private relationships (such as intimacy, gender and working relationships) or more public manifestations of book themes (such as diplomacy, public service, political alliances). Use Ishiguro's construction of individual and world events to argue for how Stevens characterizes either a "small or big world" that still has currency for reading publics.


Helpful databases for your research:

Links to ebook versions of one of your course texts: