small group work on The Humument

Can you string your assigned four pages together with a close-reading based on the text/images? Can you give us an interpretation of your four pages by drawing on ALL elements: text, visuals, page-design (breaking into the margin? text somehow uniquely broken up into, say, panes? or cartoon panels? significance of this?)? And, finally, what is Philips able to do in your assigned four pages by drawing over/painting over/treating and erasing a source-text rather than writing an original work?

Group 1: pages 1-4
Group 2: pages 6-10
Group 3: pages 11-14
Group 4: pages 15-19
Group 5: pages 20-24



small group work on Ian Hamilton Finlay

A fellow poet has written of Finlay’s works on paper the following: “The point is to give the reader a shock not of recognition but of cognition, which is much harder and much more valuable.” With this in mind, please work with your group members to come up with a careful analysis of what your assigned poem is about and/or what’s at stake in your assigned poem. Consider what sorts of conventions of poetry Finlay is trying to disrupt and consider how he is trying to expand our sense of what poetry is or what poetry could be.

GROUP 1: Wave/rock (check out some different iterations of the poem using Google images)

GROUP 2: Fisherman’s cross

GROUP 3: A Patch for a RipTide: Sail

GROUP 4: Sales/Waves

GROUP 5: Star/Steer

GROUP 6: You/Me/Us (and also this version)

literary research overview


  1. What is the difference between a primary source and a secondary source? Should a research paper include primary sources, secondary sources, or both?
  2. What is an example of a nonacademic source and what do you use these nonacademic sources for?
  3. What is the difference between a library catalog and a database? Name some databases relevant to our class.
  4. What is the difference between Chinook and Prospector and Interlibrary Loan
  5. What is the difference between subject word searching and keyword searching
  6. What does “peer reviewed article” mean and why do you want to include these sources in your papers?
  7. Which literature-related databases are full text? What IS “full text”? Which database is the most complete and extensive for doing literary research?
  8. When you’re doing an advanced search, what function does the Boolean operator “and” serve?
  9. When you’re doing an advanced search, what function does the Boolean operator “or” serve?
  10. When you’re doing an advanced search, what function does the Boolean operator “not” serve?
  11. When you’re doing an advanced search, what function does the Boolean operator “*” or “?” serve?
  12. When evaluating a source for a research project, what aspects of the source should you consider?
  13. What do you need to do to conduct research on your computer at home/off-campus?



in-class small group work on Futurism

Give the class a reading or an interpretation of your assigned Futurist work; if possible, tie your reading back to in-class lectures on Futurism. Do whatever you can to avoid saying “I don’t know” and, as always, make sure all your claims about the text are supported by evidence. Finally, once again, keep in mind you can use this as the basis for your discussion forum post that’s due on Tuesday.

Group 1: Après la Marne

Group 2: Correction of Proofs + Desires in Speed

Group 3: Canguillo’s “Detonation” and Marinetti’s “A Landscape Heard”

Group 4: Marinetti’s “They Are Coming”

Group 5: Depero’s “Colors”

Group 6: (focus on explaining the key points and think through their motivation for writing this) Marinetti’s “Variety Theatre Manifesto”