Monday, May 12, 2008


For the Monday seminar group:

Today's engagement with the question of Flora Poste's marriage as representing a triumph for the protagonist was a practical exercise in polemic, of the type that can be productively apply for the two-part Polemic Project this Term. One could use each of the two parts of the assignment to present a different course text to argue for one side of the debate-- say, that the marriage is a personal failure rather than a triumph -- or, alternatively, the two parts could each take an opposing side.

Today's seminar demonstrated how to engage a topic polemically: and as you experienced, the clearer and stronger the position is presented, the more enjoyable the polemic.

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