Toni Morrison “Recitatif”

Find a few of your favorite examples of lyrical writing from “Recitatif.” Choose one or two of these and analyze the language, imagery, or simply the sounds of the words (in the way you might explicate a poem). (This is also called “close reading.”) Discuss the significance of the passage (or passages) in relation toRead More

Melissa Bank “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing”

In the story “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” how does Melissa Bank play with our concepts of a traditional romance? (In case you’ve forgotten, Pride and Prejudice is an example of a traditional romance. It’s comic, there are obstacles to union or some sort of antagonism between the heroine and the love interest,Read More

Katherine Anne Porter “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”

Try to understand Granny’s character. What are examples of Granny’s strengths? Her weaknesses? What other character traits does she have? Think about Cornelia’s statement, “She was never like this, never like this!” Do you trust Cornelia’s perception? If not, why not? Toward the end, Granny thinks of several things she’d like to do, but theRead More