Skype conversation with Amardeep Singh, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, about postcolonial literature and his class's project, Harlem Shadows: Claude McKay's Early Poetry.
Working in pairs, you will transcribe or review an existing transcription of a letter for the 1916 Letters Project. Review the instructions for transcribing and editing letters. In reviewing an existing translation, you can add to other readers' findings.
We will return to W.B. Yeats’s poem “Easter, 1916” in light of our immersion in the correspondence of the time, interpreting its language and response to the Easter Rising.
Working in groups, today we will collect and interpret instances of sound in the texts that we have read, particularly Salman Rushdie's story "The Free Radio" from his collection East, West. How do sounds function in different texts we have read? What do they sound like? How has sound been addressed in other texts? Working in groups, we will collect instances of sound from Rushdie, Louise Erdrich, Jean Rhys, Claude McKay, and other readings this term. Using The Postcolonial Studies Dictionary, we will consider how to interpret these instances. We will then compare our findings, which could create the basis for a chart, diagram, or digital archive.
Working in small groups. divide up the tasks. Have two group members search the texts we have read, finding and analyzing passages. Another group member should investigate Project Muse and Google Books (see, for instance, Perloff and Dworkin, ed. The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound on Google Books), looking into how sound has been addressed in literary studies. Another group member will search the existing British Library Sound Archive for comparison and address how to interpret the group's findings using some of the terminology in the Postcolonial Studies Dictionary.