Group 2’s 5th Blog Response

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Louisa May Alcott, Age 20. Image via Wikipedia

For this blog response, write an ecocritical analysis of Louisa May Alcott‘s “Transcendental Wild Oats,” Harriet Prescott Spofford‘s “Circumstance,” or Sarah Orne Jewett’s “The White Heron.” Your blog post should focus on  an ecocritical reading of only ONE of these stories. As you know, there are many directions you can take with this, but here are some questions you may want to consider:

  • How does the story conceptualize nature? What are the characters’ relationships to nature?
  • What ecocritical tropes do you see at work in this text (pastoral, wilderness, georgic, ecological Indian, apocalypse, etc) and how do they function? (NOTE: If you do decide to go this route, you should focus on only one trope for such a short response.)
  • How (or, to what extent) do the characters’ experiences with nature differ, and in what ways are they similar?
  • In what ways do gender, race, and/or class difference influence the way characters experience and/or conceptualize nature in the story?
  • How is this story influenced by its historical/cultural context, especially regarding environmental issues of the era? (See the syllabus for dates of publication and the resources tab for helpful links).
  • If you had to argue that this story had an environmental message, what would it be?

Remember, your posts should follow these requirements and guidelines:

  • Posts must be at least 300 words.
  • Posts must include at least one quote from the text. Is.
  • Stay focused on answering the prompt question above. Avoid repeating the question and be as specific as possible in your answer.
  • Please note that you do not need to answer every “thinking question” I have posted (the bulleted questions after the bold directive). These are just options, so you could focus on one or a few. Avoid writing a response that looks like a Q & A or laundry list of answers to these smaller questions; make sure your response flows smoothly and has unity.
  • Your response should make an argument, not summarize the text. If some summary is asked for in the prompt you chose, keep that summary brief and concise.
  • Use specific moments from the text(s) to support and illustrate your argument.
  • Be sure to introduce, quote, cite, and comment on all quotes.
  • Don’t forget to tag your posts! Before adding a new tag, check the “choose from the most used tabs” menu to make sure it is not already listed.
  • Don’t forget your Works Cited!

Group 2, your blog response is due by class time on Tuesday, November 8.

Group 1, blog comments are due by class time on Thursday, November 10.

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